Neal Hefti

This edition of PatesPlace we salute a person who passed away on October 11, 2008, just a few weeks before his 86th birthday. Here at Pate’s Place we’re going to celebrate the man and his wonderful music that, lucky for us, will go on forever. October 29, 2011 would have been his 89th birthday.

Fantail (on Atomic Basie)

Pensive Miss (originally on Basie Plays Hefti, no longer available, but a live CD titled Corner Pocket includes this tune)

Flight Of The Foo Bird/Girl Talk (Foo Bird is on Atomic Basie; Girl Talk is on Tony Bennett’ The Movie Song Album)

Splanky (on Atomic Basie)

Li’l Darlin’ (on Fourplay’s Between the Sheets)

Lonely Girl/The Odd Couple (Lonely Girl was originally on an old Frank D’Rone LP titled Brand New Morning. The Odd Couple is on Russell Malone’s Look Who’s Here)

It’s Awfully Nice To Be With You (originally on Basie Plays Hefti, no longer available)

Whirly Bird (on Atomic Basie)

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