Out of This World

Out of This World (m. Harold Arlen, w. Johnny Mercer) was introduced in the 1945 Paramount feature film of the same name by Bing Crosby dubbing for Eddie Bracken who played the lead.


Alec Wilder describes the Arlen melody as creating a modal feeling (E-flat Dorian) that achieves an unearthly effect. It is unlike his other lyric ballads in that it is one of Arlen’s most direct and deliberately unrhythmic melodies — altogether a strong song with splendid support from the Johnny Mercer lyric.[1]

Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra – 1945

The video has a brief audio defect (pop).


1956 Caribbean Moonlight-Les Baxter, Capitol Records DT 733 (LP, back)

Les Baxter — from his 1956 album Caribbean Moonlight


Art Farmer with the Quincy Jones Orchestra — title song from the 1957 album ABC-Paramount ABC-200


Diahann Carroll – from Sings Harold Arlen Songs, 1957


Cal Tjader — from the 1960 album Out of This World


Sammy Davis, Jr. – Summit concert at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, 1960(?)


Benny Golson — recorded on 11 April 1961 at Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, NYC; released on the 1961 album Take a Number from 1 to 10, Argo Records ‎LP 681

Benny Golson Octet: Nick Travis (trumpet) Bill Elton (trombone) Willie Ruff (French horn) Hal McKusick (alto saxophone) Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) Sol Schlinger (baritone saxophone) Tommy Williams (bass) Albert Heath (drums)


John Coltrane – instrumental, from the 1962 LP Coltrane — John Coltrane (sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)


The Three Sounds — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 4 February 1962 — Gene Harris (p, org) Andrew Simpkins (b) Bill Dowdy (d), released on the Blue Note album Out of This World, 1962

About the band (Wikipedia):

The Three Sounds (also known as The 3 Sounds) were an American jazz trio that formed in 1956 and disbanded in 1973. The trio played and recorded with Lester Young, Lou Donaldson, Nat Adderley, Johnny Griffin, Anita O’Day, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Stitt among others.

The band formed in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds. The original line-up consisted of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on double bass and Bill Dowdy on drums, along with saxophonist Lonnie `The Sound’ Walker, who dropped out the following year. The group moved to Washington and then New York, where, as the Three Sounds,, they cut a record for Riverside Records, before signing an exclusive contract with Blue Note.

Between 1958 and 1962, the group released nine LPs for Blue Note. They toured nationally during this period, building a large following in jazz clubs across the country. Later Three Sounds recordings were also released by Limelight and Verve Records.




Gloria Lynne – from the album Gloria, Marty & Strings, 1963, arranged and conducted by Marty Paich


Mel Tormé accompanied by George Shearing, from the live album A Vintage Year, 1987



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