BERNSTEIN: THE AVA COLLECTION

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 262
Date: 1962 / 1963 / 1964 / 1965
Time: 58:52 | 49:16 | 61:34
Tracks: 23 | 21 | 21
At long last! Intrada proudly presents legendary Elmer Bernstein recordings made for Ava label between 1962 - 1965, all of them finally presented on CD from original 1/2" three channel and 1/4" two channel stereo album session masters!

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  • At long last! After some 25 years of searching, Intrada proudly presents legendary Elmer Bernstein recordings made for Ava label between 1962 - 1965, all of them finally presented on CD from original 1/2" three channel and 1/4" two channel stereo album session masters! These six classic albums have seen many reissues on vinyl and CD throughout the last several decades but always in presentations dubbed from vinyl copies, from mono tapes or from truncated second generation tape copies with missing cues. For the first time ever, these near audiophile quality recordings can be heard complete, all in stereo, all directly from true masters finally uncovered at last! Bernstein (with partners Fred Astaire, Jackie Mills) created Ava label in 1962, hired top Hollywood session players plus top West Coast jazz soloists, premiered then current Walk On The Wild Side spotlighting incredible main theme (heard over Saul Bass credits in film) plus lush romantic tunes, vibrant jazz numbers. Next up was dynamite collection of Bernstein Movie And TV Themes, all newly recorded in then-state-of-the-art sound, including rare Saints And Sinners, Take Five, Anna Lucasta, Sudden Fear, Sweet Smell Of Success, "Jubilation" in only stereo performance (heard in mono originally on fifties Decca jazz album Blues And Brass) plus many others. All-time classic To Kill A Mockingbird followed in what is our favorite recording of score, with musicians from 1962 Universal soundtrack sessions gathering at United Recording to perform again with sensitivity, transparency. Note distinct sound of accordion in harmonic passages, detail of harp, subtlety of clarinet, precision of piano, power of trombones in octaves, all heard with clarity unlike any other recording. The Caretakers saw Bernstein writing one his most propulsive main titles, a stunning stereo experience right down to crisp bass trombone! The Carpetbaggers (released earlier as part of Intrada premiere of actual soundtrack) again gives composer opportunity to create blazing main title music. Final Ava project for composer was 1965 score for Baby The Rain Must fall, much-underrated dramatic Robert Mulligan film with Steve McQueen, Lee Remick. Here Bernstein brings in ace arranger Shorty Rogers (who worked with composer on Man With The Golden Arm) to create what album describes as "nuclear" arrangements of Bernstein tunes. All six masters were in pristine condition, right down to tape boxes themselves! In keeping authenticity with what were some of the finest quality recordings of the day, Intrada has preserved that vivid sound quality right down to each pause between tracks! Handsome packaging offers full color reproductions of all original jackets inside booklet plus backcovers with detailed liner notes. Bernstein generally kept each album between a brief 25 - 32 minutes. We present all six on 3 CDs, in musically satisfying order that opens with Walk On The Wild Side, goes through everything and concludes full circle with final track of theme collection, which just happens to be new arrangement of Walk On The Wild Side. Should make Bernstein fans delirious! Elmer Bernstein conducts. Intrada Special Collection 3-CD set available while quantities and interest remain!

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    CD 1 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
    01. Walk On The Wild Side (2:43)
    02. Somewhere In The Used To Be (2:02)
    03. Hallie’s Jazz (3:35)
    04. Rejected (4:05)
    05. Doll House (2:37)
    06. Teresina (1:53)
    07. Night Theme (2:19)
    08. Walk On The Wild Side Jazz (2:18)
    09. Dove (2:31)
    10. Kitty (2:37)
    11. Oliver (2:28)
    12. Reminiscence (1:42)
    13. Finale (1:36)
         Total Time: 33:17

    THE CARPETBAGGERS
    14. The Carpetbaggers (2:31)
    15. Love Theme From The Carpetbaggers (2:40)
    16. Speak Of The Devil (2:01)
    17. Forbidden Room (2:19)
    18. The Carpetbaggers Blues (3:52)
    19. Main Title From The Carpetbaggers (2:10)
    20. New Star (2:16)
    21. The Producer Asks For A Divorce (2:39)
    22. Jonas Hits Bottom (2:50)
    23. Finale (1:44)
         Total Time: 25:26

    CD 2 THE CARETAKERS
    01. Black Straight-Jacket (2:08)
    02. Blues For A (4-String Guitar (2:37)
    03. Take Care (2:03)
    04. Birdito (2:26)
    05. Party In The Ward (2:00)
    06. The Caretakers (Main Title) (2:17)
    07. The Cage (1:59)
    08. Electrotherapy (2:02)
    09. Day Hospital (1:41)
    10. Seclusion (1:40)
    11. Finale (2:14)
         Total Time: 23:50

    BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL
    12. Baby The Rain Must Fall (2:28)
    13. Henry’s Heap (2:48)
    14. Shine For Me (Sung By The We Three Trio) (2:34)
    15. Travelin’ Lady (2:40)
    16. Treat Me Right (Sung By Jim And Johnny) (2:02)
    17. Gospel Time (2:36)
    18. Pecan Grove Rock (2:47)
    19. Baby The Rain Must Fall (Sung By The We Three Trio) (2:27)
    20. Wagon Wheel Watusi (1:54)
    21. Main Title Theme From Baby The Rain Must Fall (2:44)
         Total Time: 25:26

    CD 3 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    01. Main Title (2:57)
    02. Roll In The Tire (2:08)
    03. The Search For Boo (2:44)
    04. Jem’s Discovery (3:24)
    05. To Kill A Mockingbird (2:12)
    06. Tree Treasure (3:52)
    07. Lynch Mob (2:55)
    08. Footsteps In The Dark (2:00)
    09. Children Attacked (2:06)
    10. Scout & Boo (2:37)
    11. Summer’s End (2:52)
         Total Time: 29:59

    MOVIE AND TV THEMES
    12. Rat Race (From The Paramount Picture) (2:12)
    13. Three Time Blueser (From The TV Show Take Five) (3:08)
    14. Radio Hysteria (From The R.K.O. Picture Sudden Fear) (2:03)
    15. Anna Lucasta (From The United Artists Picture) (3:50)
    16. Hop, Skip But Jump (3:18)
    17. Saints And Sinners (From The Four Star TV Production) (1:59)
    18. Sweet Smell Of Success (From The United Artists Picture) (3:19)
    19. The Man With The Golden Arm (From The United Artists Picture) (2:47)
    20. Jubilation (4:20)
    21. Walk On The Wild Side (From The Columbia Picture) (3:39)
         Total Time: 31:27


  • This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.



    Walk on the Wild Side

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on February 8, 9, and 12, 1962 at United Recorders for Choreo Records Inc.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    VIOLIN
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Israel Baker
    Sam Freed Jr.
    David Frisina
    Benny Gill
    Mort Herbert
    Nathan Kaproff
    George Kast
    Marvin Limonick
    Alex Murray
    Erno Neufeld
    Irma Neumann
    Ambrose Russo
    Ralph Schaeffer
    Felix Slatkin

    VIOLA
    Virginia Majewski
    Alvin Dinkin
    Cecil Figelski
    Robert Ostrowski
    Sanford Schonbach

    CELLO
    Armand Kaproff
    Eleanor Slatkin
    Raphael Kramer
    Edgar Lustgarten
    Kurt Reher

    BASS
    Abe Luboff
    Keith "Red" Mitchell
    Joe Mondragon


    FLUTE
    Martin Ruderman
    Sylvia Ruderman
    Ronald Langinger

    OBOE
    Arnold Koblentz
    Gene Cipriano

    CLARINET
    Boniface De Franco
    Mitchell Lurie
    Ted Nash
    Dominick Fera

    BASSOON
    Jack Marsh
    Norman Herzberg

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    Richard Perissi
    John Cave
    Sinclair Lott

    TRUMPET
    Pete Candoli
    Uan Rasey
    Emanuel Klein
    Maurice Harris


    TROMBONE
    Lloyd E. Ulyate
    Richard L. Noel
    George Roberts

    TUBA
    John Bambridge

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Alvin Stoller
    Louis Singer
    Lee Perrin
    Mel Lewis

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen

    PIANO
    James G. Rowles
    Caesar Giovannini

    GUITAR
    Robert Bain

    ARRANGER
    Leo Shuken
    Jack Hayes

    COPYIST
    Ross Di Maggio
    Fran Frey
    Richard Petrie
    Frederick Cooper
    Solomon Frohyan
    Robert Gordon



    Movie and TV Themes

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on July 23, 24, and 25, 1962 at United Recorders for Choreo Records Inc.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    TRUMPET
    Raymond Triscari
    Donald Fagerquist
    Uan Rasey
    Frank Beach
    Conrad Gozzo
    Pete Candoli

    TROMBONES
    Milton Bernhart
    Richard Nash
    Richard Noel
    George Roberts


    WOODWINDS
    Ronald Langinger
    Ted Nash
    Robert Cooper
    Dave Pell
    C. E. "Bud" Shank

    GUITAR
    Robert Bain

    BASS
    Joe Mondragon

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Shelly Manne


    BONGOS
    Francisco Aguabella

    PIANO
    Russell Freeman

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Elmer Bernstein
    Jack Hayes
    Leo Shuken
    Ruby Raksin

    COPYIST
    Lloyd Basham
    Paul Sprosty
    Howard Drew
    Charles Adams



    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on January 30 and February 4, 1963 at United Recorders for AVA Records.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    VIOLIN
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Sam Freed Jr.
    David Frisina
    Mort Herbert
    Nathan Kaproff
    George Kast
    Marvin Limonick
    Alex Murray
    Erno Neufeld
    Felix Slatkin

    VIOLA
    Virginia Majewski
    G. R. Menhennick
    Robert Ostrowski
    Sanford Schonbach

    CELLO
    Armand Kaproff
    Raphael Kramer
    Edgar Lustgarten
    Eleanor Slatkin
    Emmet Sargeant

    BASS
    Abe Luboff
    Peter Mercurio


    FLUTE
    Martin Ruderman
    Sylvia Ruderman
    June Russo

    OBOE
    Arnold Koblentz

    CLARINET
    Mitchell Lurie
    Dominick Fera

    BASSOON
    Jack Marsh

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    Richard Perissi
    John Cave
    Gale Robinson

    TRUMPET
    Uan Rasey
    Emanuel Klein

    TROMBONE
    Lloyd E. Ulyate
    Richard L. Noel
    Seymour Zeldin


    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Frank Flynn
    Hubert Anderson

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen

    PIANO
    Raymond Turner
    Caesar Giovannini

    ACCORDION
    Carl Fortina

    GUITAR
    Robert Bain

    ARRANGER
    Leo Shuken
    Jack Hayes

    COPYIST
    Lloyd Basham
    Paul Sprosty
    Louis Passarelli
    Albert Lisi
    Thomas Wolf Jr.
    Jack Mills
    Camillo Fidelibus



    The Caretakers

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on August 17, 1963 at RCA Studios, Vine St, LA for MGM Records.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    VIOLIN
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Thelma Beach
    Herman Clebanoff
    Sam Freed Jr.
    Benny Gill
    Mort Herbert
    Nathan Kaproff
    Marvin Limonick
    Alex Murray
    Erno Neufeld
    Ambrose Russo
    Joseph Stepansky

    VIOLA
    Virginia Majewski
    Alvin Dinkin
    George R. Menhennick
    Robert Ostrowski

    CELLO
    Armand Kaproff
    Raphael Kramer
    Eleanor Slatkin
    Anne Goodman

    BASS
    Abe Luboff
    Peter Mercurio
    Keith "Red" Mitchell

    FLUTE
    Martin Ruderman
    Sylvia Ruderman


    OBOE
    Arnold Koblentz

    CLARINET
    Mitchell Lurie
    Dominick Fera

    BASSOON
    Norman Herzberg

    SAXOPHONE
    Ted Nash
    Phillip Sobel
    William Collette
    Plas Johnson
    Charles Gentry

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    Richard Perissi
    Gale Robinson
    James Decker

    TRUMPET
    Frank Beach
    Maurice Harris
    Emanuel Klein
    Uan Rasey
    Raymond Triscari

    TROMBONE
    Richard Nash
    Richard L. Noel
    Hoyt Bohannon
    George Roberts


    TUBA
    Sam Rice

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Shelly Manne
    Louis Singer
    Lee Perrin
    Jackie Mills

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen

    PIANO
    Caesar Giovannini
    Thomas Wolf Jr.
    Artie Kane

    ORGAN
    Edwin Cole

    GUITAR
    Robert Bain

    ARRANGER
    Leo Shuken
    Jack Hayes

    COPYIST
    W. D. Garlock
    Percival Goldenson
    Lloyd Basham
    Paul Sprosty
    Howard Drew
    Jack McTaggart
    Charles Adams
    Harry Stone
    Camillo Fidelibus



    The Carpetbaggers

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on April 25, 1964 at United Recorders for MGM Records.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    VIOLIN
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Arnold Belnick
    Sam Freed Jr.
    David Frisina
    Nathan Kaproff
    George Kast
    Marvin Limonick
    Alex Murray
    Marshall Sosson
    Joseph Stepansky

    VIOLA
    Virginia Majewski
    Alvin Dinkin
    G. R. Menhennick
    Robert Ostrowski

    CELLO
    Raphael Kramer
    Justin DiTullio
    Marie Fera
    Harold Schneier

    BASS
    Abe Luboff
    Keith "Red" Mitchell


    FLUTE/SAXOPHONE
    William "Buddy" Collette
    Gene Cipriano
    Charles Gentry
    Justin Gordon
    Ted Nash
    Sylvia Ruderman

    CLARINET
    Mitchell Lurie

    BASSOON
    Jack Marsh

    FRENCH HORN
    Richard Perissi
    Herman Lebow
    William Hinshaw

    TRUMPET
    Austin Brisbois
    Harry Edison
    Emanuel Klein
    Frank Beach
    Gail Martin
    Lewis Blackburn
    Russell Bridges

    TROMBONE
    Lloyd E. Ulyate
    Richard L. Noel
    George Roberts
    Jay Migliori
    Roy V. Caton
    Tom Scott


    TUBA
    John Kitzmiller

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Hal Blaine
    Louis Singer
    Jackie Mills
    Thomas Wolf Jr.

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen

    PIANO
    James G. Rowles
    Caesar Giovannini

    GUITAR
    Robert Bain

    ARRANGER
    Leo Shuken
    Jack Hayes

    COPYIST
    Larry Cramer
    Camillo Fidelibus
    Charles Knight
    Gene Bren
    Norman Bartold
    Abraham Gaber



    Baby The Rain Must Fall

    Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

    Recorded on December 14 and 16, 1964 at United Recorders for AVA Records.


    ORCHESTRA MANAGER
    Robert S. Helfer

    WOODWINDS
    Charles T. Gentry
    William H. Hood
    Plas Johnson
    Jack Nimitz
    Herb Steward


    TRUMPET
    Austin D. Brisbois
    Robert G. Bryant
    Oliver E. Mitchell
    Al Porcino
    Ray Triscari
    James Zito

    TROMBONE
    Lawrence Lofton
    George Roberts
    Kenneth Shroyer


    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Earl C. Palmer
    Emil Radocchia

    PIANO
    Russell Bridges

    GUITAR
    Carol Kaye
    Donald Peake
    William Pitman
    William Strange