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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The King Plays Some Aces - Xavier Cugat

Night Must Fall
The King Plays Some Aces
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Produced by Fred Reynolds
Recorded in New York, June 27 and 28, 1958
Engineer: John Norman
Baia And Adios arranged by Sid Ramin
RCA Victor LSP-1882

From the back cover: There is no doubt my father never dreamed I'd succeed in the entertainment world. For if he did, would he have christened one of his three sons Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeo? Who's that? Caramba, it's me! Such a name would certainly take up a whole album cover, theater marquee and movie screen. So I excerpted the Javier Cugat, exchanged the Spanish "J" for the English "X" in my first name, and went to work.

I began pursuing a musical career in childhood, in my birthplace of picturesque Gerona, Spain. Fo me, it was years of studying the violin with visions of becoming another Jascha Heifetz or Mischa Elman. I had a brief career as a concert artist. However, the critics' cool reception to my fiddling on Carnegie's staid stage perhaps left Heifetz, Elman and their ilk breathing easier, but it certainly left me with the sad realization that I was never to become a great concert violinist. To earn my bread and room rent and keep myself in suits costing two dollars each, I took jobs as a dance band musician. Then I finally formed my own orchestra and things began to click pronto.

My first orchestra made its debut at the famed Cocoanut Grove of the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles. It was there I began to popularize authentic Latin-American and Spanish music. That was a long time ago, and I have had many beautiful memories ever since. Some of the fondest memories are inspired by the great Latin stars I started off to fame. These include Design Arnaz, the superb dancers Rosario and Antonio, and such singing stars as Yma Sumac, Miguelito Valdez and Carlos Ramirez.

Oye Negra
Dance des Mirlitons
Night Must Fall
Linda Mujer
Cuban Mambo
Green Eyes
Chiu Chiu
Danse Arabe
Mambo No. 5

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Yoga For Life - Richard Hittleman

Scalp Exercise
Yoga For Life
Second Exercise Album
Richard Hittleman
Yoga For Heath
Hollywood, California

Gatefold jacket, 2 record set that apparently came with an illustrated insert (missing from my copy).

No interior jacket printing.

Getz Au Go Go - Stan Getz

One Note Samba
Getz Au Go Go
The New Stan Getz Quartet
Featuring Astrid Gilberto
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded at Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village N.Y.C., August 19, 1974
Director of Engineering: Val Valentine
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Notes by Gene Lees
Verve V/V6-8600


Tenor sax and leader: Stan Getz
Vocalist: Astrud Gilberto
Vibes: Gary Burton
Bass: Gene Cherico
Drums: Joe Hunt

On Corcovado, It Might As Well Be Spring, Eu E Voce and The Telephone Song add Kenny Burrell, guitar and Helcio Milito replaces Hunt. On Summertime, One Note Samba, and Here's That Rainy Day, Chuck Israels plays bass.

Inside jacket photo: Stan Getz and Astrud Giberto are pictured during their historic Cafe Au Go Go engagement. Shown here sitting in on guitar with them is highly-talented Brazilian composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim

From the inside cover: The individual members of the New Stan Getz Quartet certainly deserve special credit for their work. The youngest member of the group is Gary Buron, 21. He is the product of the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music and he also worked with George Shearing of a year. Stan took a liking to this talented kid the moment he auditioned. He encouraged him to develop his capabilities both as a vibraphonist and as a composer. His writing is represented in this album by The Singing Song and 6-Nix-Pix-Flix. Stan takes paternal pride in every achievement on this young virtuoso.

Drummer Joe Hunt, 26, began his professional career with the experimental George Russell group. Stan heard him at this time and inquired about him only to find out that a somewhat larger group had engaged his services for two-years – the United States Army. A day after his return to New York, however, Stan heard him again and hired him on the spot.

Bassist Gene Cherico, 29, began his career as a drummer. He learned bass as therapy for an injured right arm and became so accomplished at it that he never returned to drums. He has, however, an unusual understanding of that instrument which helps make this rhythm section so tight and fluid. Gene began and later worked with Maynard Ferguson, Red Norvo and George Shearing. He came on the band as a replacement but, as far as Stan's concerned, no one can replace Gene now.

Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
It Might As Well Be Spring
Eu E Voce
Only Trust Your Heart
The Singing Song
The Telephone Song
One Note Samba
Here's That Rainy Day

Music To Moog By - Gershon Kingsley

Music To Moog By
Gershon Kingsley And The Moog Synthesizer
Arranged and Conducted by Gershon Kingsley
Executive Producer: Herman D. Gimbel
Cover Design: Sheila Below
AF Audio Fidelity Records, New York, N.Y.
AFSD 6226

Available from online vendors, so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

Hey, Hey
(Kingley-Davis) Kingsley Sound & Valentine Music
Scarborough Fair
(Paul Simon) Charing Cross Music
For Alisse Beethoven
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
(Gershon Kingsley)
Pop Corn
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Twinkle, Twinkle
(Kingsley-Davis) Kingsley Sound & Valentine Music
Nowhere Man
(Lennon-McCartney) Maclen Music
Sunset Sound
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Trumanburg Whistle
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Paperback Rider
(Lennon-McCartney) Maclen Music

Waltzes By Cugat! - Xavier Cugat

Waltzes But By Cugat!
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Columbia Special Archives Series
CSRP 8059 (Canada)

Available from online vendors, so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and note excerpts.

From the back cover: In this collection, he (Cugat) offers some familiar Mexican waltzes from his basic repertoire, and then got along to provide a veritable around-the-world trip with waltzes from all over. Fascination is basically French, although it was recently enormously successful in the United States; Arrivederic Roma is Italian; La Seine returns us to France, and then back to Italy for Come Back To Sorrento. The familiar La Golondrina is Spanish, and Chiapanecas is Mexican. Another Spanish-type number is Lady Of Spain, while the Missouri Waltz is indubitably American. Cuatro Milpas comes from Mexico, Mademoiselle de Paris from France, Mexicali Rose is a Mexican-American contribution, and Cugat concluded with the charming Alma Ilanera, from Venezuela.

From Billboard - June 23, 1958 (CL 1143 review): This set could help Cugat capture the title of "Waltz King" in addition to his crown as king of Latin-American music. Of course, all of the waltzes are Latin-styled in spite of the three-quarter time. The ork plays them in delightful fashion, and dancers will enjoy the set. "Fascination," "Come Back To Sorrento" "Lady Of Spain" are some of the tunes played in waltz time, and some have English-Spanish vocals.

Arrivederci, Roma
La Senie
Come Back To Sorrento
La Golondrina
Lady Of Spain
Missouri Waltz
Cuatro Milpas
Mademoiselle de Paris
Mexicali Rose
Alma Ilanera

Friday, January 19, 2018

Basie's In The Bag - Count Basie

Memphis Tennessee
Basie's In The Bag
Brunswick Record Corporation
Produced by Teddy Reig
Directed by Chico O'Farriel
BL 754127


Count Basie: piano and organ
Harry Edison, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Gene Goe: trumpet
Grover Mitchell, Harian Floyd, Richard Boone, Bill Hughes: trombone
Marshall Royal, Bobby Plater, Lockjaw Davis, Eric Dixon, Charlie Fowlkes: reeds
Freddie Green: guitar
Norman Keenan: bass
Louis Bellson: drums

Goin' Out Of My Head; Hang On Sloppy; Green Onions and Knock On Wood recorded Los Angeles, 15 August, 1967

Bright Lights; Big City; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' and Ain't Too Proud To Beg, recorded Los Angeles, 15 August 1967, Irv Cottler, drums replacing Louis Bellson.

Let The Good Time Roll; Reach Out I'll Be There; In The Heat Of The Night and Memphis Tennessee recorded in Los Angeles, 17 August, 1967, Lois Bellson, drums replacing Irv Cottler.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Hang On Sloopy
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Ain't To Proud
Goin' Out Of My Head
In The Heat Of The Night
Green Onions
Knock On Wood
Let The Good Times Roll
Bright Lights, Big City
Reach Out I'll Be There
Memphis Tennessee

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Award Winning Album - Joni James

Purple Shades
Award Winning Album Of Million Sellers
Joni James
MGM E3934

From the back cover: Cover Photographer Jon Abbot has been a professional photographer for 23 years. His wide range of ability and experience has made him much in demand as an advertising photographer. He studied photography and music in his native Germany, has been a music scholar for 20 years and is an accomplished pianist.

From Billboard - June 2, 1958: MGM Records, following its successful special price push on sound track albums has set as its latest campaign a "June for Joni" promotion.

For the month of June, a customer can buy any one of a dozen Joni James albums for $1.98 with the purchase of one at the regular $3.98 price tag. The deal also includes EP's with a two-pocket job going for $1.49 with the purchase of one for the normal $2.49 price. For a one pocket EP, the price is 99 cents with one bought for the regular price of $1.29.

Also from Billboard - April 10, 1954 (10 inch MGM E 234 "Award Winning Album"): The tunes that brought the thrush to the attention of every teen-ager in the country, and to many others besides, are included on this collection of Joni James hits. "Why Don't You Believe Me?" "Have You Heard?" "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Is It Any Wonder" and "My Love, My Love" are all here. Little doubt that this set will move rapidly across the counters to the canary's large following.

Have You Heard
Almost Always
Purple Shades
Your Cheatin' Heart
Why Don't You Believe Me
Is It Any Wonder
Wishing Ring
My Love, My Love
How Important Can It Be?
You Are My Love
My Believing Heart
When We Come Of Age

Bill Justis Plays Hot Hits Of Our Time

Bill Justis Plays Hot Hits Of Our Time
Mercury Wing
A Product Of Mercury Record Productions
SRW 16378

Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Fly Me To The Moon
Wild Weekend
Only You
Zero Zero
Walk Right In
Mr. Cool

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Music, Mastro, Please - Sammy Kaye

Music, Maestro, Please
Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye
Photo by Bottwin-Sommer Studio
Columbia CL 668

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the graphically dynamic cover art and note excerpts.

From the back cover: Sammy Kaye was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a childhood comparable to that of any other American boy. For a time, athletics became his primary interest, and he was a member of the state relay championship team and became state low hurdle champion. Winning a scholarship at Ohio University, he continued his athletic career while studying civil engineering, and turned to music as a means of implementing his income. He organized an orchestra for college proms and hops that became so popular he opened his own dance hall. This establishment flourished under his direction, and he decided to stay with the music business.

Embarking on a tour, the orchestra met with instant acceptance, and the now-famous "Swing and Sway" style was evolved. Then, in 1938, the orchestra opened at Hotel Commodore in New York and consolidated the success it had on tour. From that time on, Sammy Kaye and his orchestra have played a ceaseless round of dance halls, theaters and hotels with undiminished success, enjoying the favor of dancers and listeners of all ages with their ability to play sweet ballads or brisk novelties.

Music, Maestro, Please!
Blue Prelude
Just A Gigolo
Dream For Sale
Y (That's Why)
You've Got Me Crying Again
As Time Goes By
No Greater Love
You Oughta Be In Pictures
Till I Kiss You At The Altar
Sittin' And Waitin'

Door Of Dreams - Joe Reisman

Door Of Dreams
Joe Reisman And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1519

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover.

From the back cover: Using a good blend of all the orchestral colors in these arrangements for a thirty-five piece band, Joe collected some of the finest musicians and soloists in New York, among whom can be heard Urbie Green, trombone; Eddie Mason, harmonica; Tony Mattola, guitar; Jimmy Maxwell, trumpet; and Stanley Webb, oboe.

Door Of Dreams
El Dorado
Covered Wagon
Mi Corazon
Sunday Afternoon
Mi Vida
Front Row Center
Cheryl's Dream
When Sunny Gets Blue
Day Dream
For My Love
Joey's Song