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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Love Letters In The Sand - Frank Chacksfield

You Are Too Beautiful
Love Letters In The Sand
Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra
London PS 145
1959

From the back cover: Frank Chacksfield was born in Battle, Sussex, and studied music from the age of seven. First he played the piano, then the organ, passing the Trinity College exams and appearing as a soloist at Hastings Music Festival before he was fourteen. At the age of fifteen he formed his own dance band, but his parents were against his embarking on a musical career and he started working in a solicitor's office.

All day Frank worked in Law, at night he studied music. Slowly he grew convinced that music was to be his career. War broke out and in 1940 he joined the Army. After being transferred to the Southern Command Entertainment Section at Salisbury, he became staff arranger to the War Office shows "Stars in Battle-dress." This led to a job with "Stand Easy" at Blackpool, with Frank conducting the orchestra. Later he became composer, arranger and conductor for various well-known B.B.C. shows. He made his first record in 1948, and has directed the accompaniment for a number of the leading singers of radio and records. Among many very fine recordings, his version of Limelight and Ebb Tide became best sellers. The Chacksfeld Orchestra began to appear regularly on B.B.C. sound programs, and its first appearance on T.V. in August, 1954 was the forerunner of many more successful shows... and so the success story continues.

April Love
Fascination
Please
Your Love Is My Love
The Banks Of The Seine
They Didn't Believe Me
So Rare
Love Letters In The Sand
East Of The Sun
Catalan Sunshine
You Are Too Beautiful
The Breeze And I

Hi Fi Calypso, Etc. - Enid Mosier

Chant Song
Hi Fi Calypso, Etc.
Enid Mosier And Her Trinidad Steel Band
With The Clarence Williams Trio
Columbia CL928
1956

Tinga-Layo,
Sweethearts
Tra-La-La
Petit Brun Doux Doux
Mary Ann
What Did I Do
Chant Song
Buds Won't Bud
Cheek To Cheek
Hey, Come Ring Diamond
Boy Days
I Want You To Be My Baby
Satan's Little Lamb
Coconut
Shopping Around
Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Love Is A Fabulous Thing - Les Baxter

Hot Summer
Love Is A Fabulous Thing
Lex Baxter
His Music and His Orchestra
Producer: Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records
ST 1088
1958

Fabulous romantic set from the Baxter mood library.

Love Is A Fabulous Thing
Hot Summer Night
Cherchez La Femme
Our Kind Of Love
Moonlight Stroll
Rush Hour Romance
Early Morning Blues
Paris Interlude (Mignonette - Femme Du Monde - Gamin)
My Love And The Sea
Afternoon Affair
Well, All Night Long
Dawn On The City

They Are All Raving About Bruce Scott

Once A Thief, Twice A Thief
They Are All Raving About Bruce Scott
A Concert House Production
Produced By Lew Futterman
Director Of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover Design: Ace Lehman
Cover Photo: Charles Varon
Liner Photo: James Demetropoulos
MGM Records E/SE-4339
1965

From the back cover: Whether he (Scott) has been in the "In-Group" environs of "The Merv Griffin Show," the youthful tumult of "Hullabaloo," of the "show-biz" glitter of "The Al Hirt Show," Bruce has always performed beyond expectations. Whether he sang a rock-and-roll hit, an all-time standard or a show-tune, Bruce has invariably received heavy mail from fans saying they felt his version of the song was the best they had ever heard.

Yesterday
So Much To Live For
Soon It's Gonna Rain
Once A Thief, Twice A Thief
As Tears Go By
Venus
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
A Young Man Says Goodbye
If It Wasn't For You
You Can't Lose Something You Never Had
Something In My Eye

Friday, December 8, 2017

I'll Remember April - Patti Page

Garden In The Rain
I'll Remember April
Patti Page
Mercury Records
MG 20406
1959

A Blossom Fell
It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane
Mighty Like A Rose
You're The One Rose That's Left In My Heart
My Wild Irish Rose
Garden In The Rain
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
The Breeze (That's Bringing My Baby Back To Me)
I'll Remember April
April Showers
Young At Heart

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kenton Wagner - Stan Kenton

Ride Of The Valkyries From "Die Walkuere"
Kenton Wagner
From The Creative World Of Stan Kenton Comes Innovations On Great Wagnerian Themes
Capitol Records STAO 2217
1965

From Billboard - February 27, 1965: A giant of this ear of music, Stan Kenton has brilliantly and sensitively arranged the great works of Wagner to fit the modern world of music and yet retain their classic quality. An undertaking few could accomplish with such impact and beauty. All the fire and drive of Wagner is complemented by Kenton. Prelude and Love Death from "Triston and Isolde" a classic example.

From the inside cover: In 1940 after more than eight years of study Kenton began composing and arranging for his own orchestra "Everytime I'd sit at the piano and begin writing," said Stan, "I'd think about all the things Ravel and I discussed that night. In fact, he was the stimulus for two of the things I later wrote for the Artistry In Rhythm Orchestra. I think if he had lived he would have enjoyed analyzing the structure of Artisty In Bolero and Fantasy."

Over the next ten years Stan and chief arranger Pete Rugolo became convinced that the only way to make their modern music survive as to experiment with the complex ideas of the classical school and to fuse them along new thematic and harmonic lines. "If I had stuck to the original music that Pete and I wrote for the Artist In Rhythm Orchestra," said Stan, "I'd probably be the richest man in music today. But Id also be the most bored!"

In addition to jazz and dance arrangements, Kenton and Rugolo added concert scores to the library which were inspired by the writings of Ravel, Debussy, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Schonberg. By 1949, Kenton's intense urge to communicate musically on as many levels as possible again caused him to re-evaluate his creative perspective.

Even though his music had been accepted as one of the post provocative art forms of the twentieth century, he still sought new methods for breaking down the harmonic barriers which had crippled contemporary music for so many years. If his music was to speak for of textures, tempos and contrasts characteristic of the age, then the range of the Orchestra would have to be expanded.

In January of 1950, Kenton assembled a forty-piece orchestra which included violins, cellos, woodwinds, brass and tympani, and commissioned a new library to be written. The Innovations In Modern Music Orchestra not only allowed him to present a classical approach to jazz, but proved a big band could remain in existence even though it had dramatically shifted musical direction. Critics thought out the world unanimously agreed that Kenton's neo-classic concert scores had intelligently begun to bridge the gap between jazz and classical music. And yet, although the thematic material Kenton wrote for the Innovation's Orchestra made a lasting contribution to modern music, he relentlessly followed his artistic conscience and kept accumulating knowledge in order to project new ideas. By 1964, the scope, subtlety, and brooding brilliance of his music emphasized the sharpness and accuracy of his reminiscences of the contemporary scene.

Last winter while preparing a lecture on the influences classical music had on his own written he began sketching out on the piano an arrangement of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, as it might sound if Wagner had scored it for the Kenton Orchestra. The more he analyzed Wagner's music the more convinced he became that the Kenton Orchestra should record the music of Germany's revolutionary 19th century composer.


Ride For The Valkyries From "Die Walkuere"
Siegfired's Funeral March From "Goetterdaemmerung"
Prelude To Act I Of "Lohengrin"
Prelude To Act III Of "Lohengrin"
Prelude To "Tristan und Isolde"
Wedding March From "Lohengrin"
Pilgrims' Chorus From "Tannhaeuser"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Aloha! - Sam Koki

Song Of The Island
Aloha!
Great Instrumental Favorites Of Hawaii
Sam Koki And The Paradise Islander
With The Waikiki Strings
Kapp Records KS-3233
1961

Paradise Isle
Pagan Love Song
The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai
Hawaiian Paradise
Song Of The Islands
The Hukilau Song
The One Rose
South Sea Island Magic
My Little Grass Shack In Kealakakua, Hawaii
White Ginger Blossoms
When Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop
Beyond The Reef

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keyboard - Oscar Peterson

Keyboard
Music By Oscar Peterson
Cover Photo: Alex de Paola
Verve Records MGV 2047
1957

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover, which does not appear with the online set.

This is the 1957 Verve reissue (black label).

From the back cover: In its present form, the Oscar Peterson trio has been together for the last several years and it is increasingly a unit where teamwork is the watchword. Not long ago, Peterson himself told a Down Beat critic that his current major aim was in perfecting the unity of his trio as well as improving his own pianists. "What helps one, though, helps the other," Peterson said. "And we all get better together – as a trio."

Oscar Peterson, piano and Major Holly, bass:

Jumping' With Symphony Sid
Robbins Nest
Tico Tico
Get Happy
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Deep Purple
Exactly Like You
I'll Remember April

Oscar Peterson, piano and Ray Brown, bass:

Easy To Love
Taking A Chance On Love
Squatty Roo
After All

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Tribute To Glenn Miller - Fontanna

String Of Pearls
A Tribute To Glenn Miller
Fontanna And His Orchestra
Masterseal MS-68

In The Mood
I Dream Of Jeannie
Moonlight Serenade
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Tuxedo Junction
Volga Boatman
String Of Pearls
Little Brown Jug
St. Louis Blues
Londonderry Air
Pennsylvania 6-5000
America Patrol

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Alto Blue - Johnny Hodges

Honey Hill
Alto Blue
The Incomparable Pairing Of Blues And Johnny Hodges
Assisted by Groups of Jazzmen including: Roy Eldridge, Billy Strayhorn, Ben Webster, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson
Originally recorded under the supervision of Norman Grans
A&R Research & Coordination: Jack Maher
Remastering Engineer: Frank Greenwald
Cover Art: John Henry
VSP Verve
VSP-20

Side One recorded April 5, 1958

Cool Your Motor
Jam Blues
Honey Hill

Cool Your Motor, Honey Hill and Blues A-Plenty:
Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Vic Dickenson - trombone
Billy Strayhorn - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Sam Woodyard - drums

Side Two recorded September 10, 1958

Blues A-Plenty
Not So Dukish
Preacher Blues

Jam Blues:
Johnny Hodges - alto sax
Lionel Hampton - vibes
Oscar Peterson - piano
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Flip Phillips - tenor sax
Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax
Ray Brown - bass
Buddy Rich - drums
This is the 8 minutes and 13 seconds from the discontinued LP V-8090 which takes up one entire side of that LP.

Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Ray Nance - trumpet (trumpet fills near close of Preacher Blues)
Lawrence Brown - trombone
Billy Strayhorn - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Sam Woodyard -drums