Early in his career saxophonist Dick Meldonian had stints with the likes of Freddie Slack, Stan Kenton and Charlie Barnett. In the 1950s he began settling in as a regular in New York's recording studios.
Meldonian also managed some sporadic recording sessions under his own name including with a big band he co-led with drummer Sonny Igoe beginning in the 1980s. The recording pictured above (the one with the 14-word title) was released on the Progressive label in 1981. Below you can listen to and download a sample track. The MP3 is from the vinyl LP.
The Plays Gene Roland Music album was released on CD in 1999 and, believe it or not, is still available.
Dick Meldonian is now 82 years old and no longer appears to be active as a musician. Sonny Igoe died this past March at his Emerson, N.J., home. He was 88.
Here's a video of their great big band from a 2003 concert in Emerson.