Monday, January 29, 2007
Songs From Alice
An Lp on the Decca label from 1978 I found recently in a charity shop for a couple of quid. Not really my cup of tea but intrigued to hear what they had made of Jabberwocky. The music was composed, arranged and conducted by Don Harper. Joanne Brown sings soprano and Leslie Fyson is the baritone. The musicians are Don Harper- violin and viola- Laurie Hollaway - keyboards - Arthur Watts - bass guitar/bass - Alan Sparkes - guitars - Stan Barrett - drums/percussion - Roy Willox & Manny Winter - woodwind - John Fletcher & Stephen Wick - tuba - Kenny Baker - trumpet/flugelhorn - Don Lusher - trombone/euphonium. Sound engineer - Aldo Bocca. Produced by Skip Humphries. Recorded at Eden Studios, London.
Wikipedia says of Don Harper-
"Born in Melbourne in 1921, Don Harper showed an interest in music from an early age, learning to play the violin as a child. His formal study began at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.
In later years he would become the successful conductor of one of Australia's most popular big bands as well as being a prolific film and television composer.
In 1963 he emigrated to England, and found himself much in demand for television scores. During his seven-year stay in the country he provided music for World of Sport and Sexton Blake amongst other popular series.
However he is probably best remembered for providing music for the classic 1968 Doctor Who serial The Invasion.
Returning to Australia in 1970, Don Harper would regularly be seen performing on Australian television and on radio as well as in many jazz clubs across the country. He also toured with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
After a second stint in England, during which he provided more television scores, Harper finally settled back at his home country of Australia in 1983 taking up the position of Head of Jazz Studies at Wollongong University's School of Creative Arts, a position he held until 1990.
His most popular recording was "The Hot Canary".
He died in 1999, aged 78."
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Songs From Alice - Little Fishes
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