The master of arranging for voice and Orchestra!
Riddle had an unreal gift of letting the solo-voice shine.
Virtually all famed Jazz singers worked with him during the "grand-years”;
Frank Sinatra, Nat 'King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland…you name'em.
Riddle began arranging in his youth, while playing trombone in Tommy Dorsey's Big-Band.
Soon he realised that he was earning a lot more by arranging than playing.
In 1950 he was hired by Les Baxter to arrange some songs for a recording at Capitol-Records.
Working as a “ghost-writer” for Baxter, he never got the credits for one of Nat 'King' Cole's biggest hit's; "Mona-Lisa".
Cole later found out about the truth and started working with Riddle directly - with huge success!
As Capitol-Records then had hired Riddle as their Staff-Arranger, they asked him to do some works
for this Sinatra-fellow... ...the rest is history.
A nice collection of Jazz-standards scored for orchestra & solo-voice,
that were originally arranged by Nelson Riddle.
- all meticulously transcribed for modern symphony-orchestra.
A small collection of Riddle’s Big-Band arrangements,
as well as my arrangements of his Orchestral-Works, set for Big-Band.
- all meticulously transcribed for your enjoyment.