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Monday, November 20, 2017

One World Concert - Erroll Garner

One World Concert
Erroll Garner
Recorded in actual performance at Seattle World's Fair
Octave Records
Reprise R-6080

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

From the back cover: Erroll Garner made his solo concert debut at the Cleveland Music Hall in 1950, winning critical and audience accolades. Since that time his concert acclaim has been world-wide.

One World Concert is Garner's first in-person concert recording in seven years. The long-awaited live concert album was recorded at the Seattle World's Fair Playhouse during his week-long concert there. The festive atmosphere which permeated the Fair is reflected in the performance here. For this album, Garner himself spent several weeks making selections from twelve hours of recorded material.

From Billboard - May 9, 1963: For several reasons this should be a big one for Garner. It's his first release on the Sinatra Reprise label and its his first live concert set since his earlier smash, "Concert By The Sea." Then, too, the performances find the pianist at his best on such items as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Sweet And Lovely" and his own "Misty." Solid with broad appeal.
The Way You Look Tonight
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Sweet And Lovely
Mack The Knife
Lover Come Back To Me
Movin' Blues
Dancing Tamborine
Thanks For The Memory

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Eleventh Hour - Johnny Hodges

Something To Live For
The Eleventh Hour
Johnny Hodges
Arrange and Conducted by Oliver Nelson
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recording Engineer: Bob Arnold
Cover Photograph: Harris Haft
Recorded in New York - August 15 & 18
Verve V/V6-8492

From Billboard - November 24, 1962: This is a lovely album, featuring warm and tender alto work by Johnny Hodges, showcased in mellow string arrangements by Oliver Nelson. The backings contribute much to Hodges work and Hodges, in kind, has responded with some of his most moving and graceful solos. He is romantic on "Don't Blame Me," "The Eleventh Hour Theme" and "In a Sentimental Mood," and lightly swinging on "Guitar Amour" and "Solitude."

Something To Live For
It's A Sentimental Mood
I Didn't Know About You
Guitar Amour
You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart
Theme from "The Eleventh Hour"
Love Song From "Mutiny On The Bounty"
Satin Doll
Don't Blame Me
Prelude To A Kiss
Warm Valley

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Still More Genius Of Jankowski

The Shadow Of Your Smile
Still More Genius Of Jankowski
Arranged and Conducted by Horst Jankowski and Bernd Rabe
Produced by Lou Reizner
Mercury Records
SR 61076

From Billboard - March 26, 1966: More keyboard wizardry from the German genius in this delightful program; a potpourri of great international melodies. Top programming and sales results guaranteed.

From the back cover: Horst Jankowski is now occupied with his own radio and TV shows, recording, arranging and composing, that he has been forced to refuse requests to perform and accompany such greats as Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald who have "commanded" his services in the past during their European tours. Jankowski is now a star and recognized as one of the most renowned pianists on the Continent, having come a long way since his first band days with Erwin Lehn, an outstanding German orchestra leader.

Also interesting to note are the honors that have been bestowed on Jankowski here in America. Within six months times, the Bibles of the music business such as Billboard, Cash Box and Record World have acclaimed Jankowski as best Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator. His composition of "A Walk In The Black Forest" has been nominated for the coveted NARAS (National Academy of Records, Arts and Sciences) awards, in not one, but three categories; "Best Instrumental Performance," "Best New Artist" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement."

– Morris L. Diamond

A Taste Of Honey
Violets In March
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Elmer's Tune
Let's Live A Little
Black Forest Holiday
Twilight Time
Danke Danke
Adieu Ciao Ciao Good-Bye
Sir Scotch Whiskey
No Arms Can Ever Hold You
Flowers For A Princess

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Latin Escapade - George Shearing

Old Devil Moon
Latin Escapade
The George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T 737

From Billboard - February 23, 1957: This is Shearing in a quite commercial mood – sultry, Latin American tunes, done by the quintet in extremely danceable style. There is a lot of this type of material on LPs, but not too much has the technical quality of Shearing's quintet.

Mambo With Me
Without You
Old Devil Moon
Mi Musica Es Parati
Anitra's Nanigo
Cuban Love Song
Watch Your Step
Poodle Mambo
Canto Karabali
Strange Enchantment

Femme Fatale - Hadda Brooks

Don't You Think I Ought To Know
Femme Fatale
Hadda Brooks
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records
CLP 5010

From Billboard - April 13, 1957: The most of these have been issued previously as singles during the last 10 years, Hadda Brooks' vocals work is still refreshingly welcome. The hushed tones are all pear-shaped, while the music is quiet and strangely winsome. At the suggested list price of $1.98, the package is a buy and is deserved of being stocked by dealers. "There Is No Greater Love," a big hit years ago, is an excellent demo track

The Thrill Is Gone
Take Me
Please Be Kind
How Do You Speak To An Angel
My Ideal
Don't You Think I Ought To Know
There Is No Greater Love
My Romance
Stolen Love
Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

Out Of Sight!

Out Of Sight!
Design Records

Paul Revere & The Raiders - Like Charleston
Joe Tex - Wicked Woman
Vic Dana - A Lot Of Lovin'
The J Brothers - Don't Turn My World Upside Down (Written by Lou Reed/Terry Philips/Jerry Vance/Jimmie Sims)
Lou Rawls - Walking (For Miles)
The Hi-Lifes - Soul City
Lou Christie - Close Your Eyes
The Liberty Men - Wonderful World Of Love
Tommy Roe - Foreman
The Beachnuts  - Cycle Annie (Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed)

Monday, November 13, 2017

You Made Me Love You - Harry James

You Made Me Love You
Harry James
Pickwick International

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

You Made Me Love You
Sleepy Lagoon
My Silent Love
I've Heard That Song Before
I Cried For You
Music Makers
Sleepytime Gal
James Section

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Melodies Of Love - Wayne King

My Chrysanthemum Flower
Melodies Of Love
Wayne King And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8124

From Billboard - May 4, 1955: Record buyers will be given their choice of Wayne King love melodies – plural or singular – this month with RCA Victor bringing out a collector's issue by King titled "Melody Of Love" and this package of new King waxings tagged "Melodies of Love." The chief difference in the two albums is that this one is purely instrumental, a factor which could influence sales in its favor, since the vogue for King-styled music was originally sparked by Billy Vaughn's instrumental version of the oldie. In addition to the title song, this package includes 11 other dreamy instrumentals. An added sales plus for the LP is the photo of a screen beauty on the cover.

Melody Of Love
My Chrysanthemum Flower
My Buddy
Blue House
My Wonderful One
Huguette Waltz
That Naughty Waltz
The Waltz You Save For Me

Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade - Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra

First Movement
The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Dr. Franz Schmidt
Library In Sound 9905
A Product Of Hi-Fi Sales Co. - Wilmington, Delaware

I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Pearl Bailey, Rose Murphy, Ivie Anderson

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Pearl Bailey
Rose Murphy
Ivie Anderson
Grand Prix Series K-423
Pickwick International

Available from online vendors so I will not be posing a sample. Presented here to share a quality scan of the cover.

Rose Murphy
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Honeysuckle Rose

Ivie Anderson
Twice Too Many
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Tall, Dark And Handsome

Pearl Bailey
Solid Gold Cadillac
Hit The Road To Dreamland
That Certian Feeling
I Had A Man

New And Now! - Sue Raney

New And Now!
Sue Raney
Arranged and Conducted by Billy Byers
Produceer: Jack Tracy
Engineer: Jack Hunt
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Design: Gabor Halmos
Photography: Ivan Naggy
Hair Design: Gus Le Pre
Fashions: The Hole In The Wall, La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif.
Imperial Records/ Liberty Records
LP 12355

From Billboard - September 30, 1967: Miss Raney has herself a groovy album here which makes for very pleasant listening. And with the proper exposure, she could start sparking attention. Mis Raney has a polished, easygoing, but very much alive delivery. Her rendition of "Groovin'" a gem and the other 10 numbers also sparkle.

We'll Be Together Again
I Can Hear The Music
Once Was A Time The Music
I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
Open For Business As Usual
Love Me Tender
Holiday For Strings
Where's The Love
Georgy Girl

12 String Guitar Great Hits - Walter Raim

12 String Guitar Great Hits
Walter Raim
Arrangements by Walter Raim, Bobby Scott and Al Gorgons
Engineer: Ray Fowler
Cover photo: Studio Five
Back cover photo by Norman Vershey
Liberty Records

Musicians participating in this recording:
Walter Raim - 12 String Guitar
Al Gorgoni - 2nd 12 String Guitar
Mr. Bellzouki - Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Scott - Piano, Organ and Celeste
Buddy Saltzman, Gary Chester, Osie Johnson - Drums

From the back cover: Raim is one of the most well-rounded musicians on the music scene today. He is an accomplished instrumentalist, arranger and composer with a great deal of such diverse music experience as playing electric guitar in a dance band, accompanying vocalists in night club and folk singers in concerts, conducting of the Belafonte Singers), writing scores for documentary and industrial films and for TV commercials, teaching various instruments (including trumpet, clarinet, and oboe) in high school, and vast amounts of recording work with many of the top names in the recording world, both folk and popular.
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Georgia On My Mind
Green, Green
One Note Samba
Don't Think Twice It's All Right
Yellow Bird
Fools Rush In
Some Swinging Bach
Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gold On Silk - Ray Wright

Gold On Silk
The Ray Wright Orchestra
Produced and Directed by Andy Sannella
Technical Director : Robert J. Engler
Recording Engineer: Aaron Nathanson
Everest LPBR 6048


Will Bradley - Trombone
Doc Severinsen - Trumpet
Jimmy Chambers - French Horn
Don Butterfield - Tuba

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the biographical information found on the back cover.

Lush, dynamic arrangements featuring soloists as noted. Excellent period mood set.

Ray (for Rayburn) Wright is a former baseman himself, having played trombone with Tony Pastor and the Glenn Miller orchestra. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, and he's done graduate work at the Juilliard School of Music. His subsequent career included three years as chief arranger for the Radio City Music Hall, and his work can be heard on Raymond Paige's Everest album, Music Hall Bon-Bons (Everest SDBR 1024, LPBR 5024, STBR 1024). Ray has been "the man behind the scenes." He is a consistently skillful arranger who has the ability to catch the quality that best complements the particular style and feeling of each artist. On this set, "Gold on Silk," he did the arrangements along with Dick Lieb and Larry Crosley. He also wrote Small Town Blues and Lonesome Horn especially for this album.

Will Bradley, has been playing trombone professionally since he was 16. His band experience includes stays with Red Nichols and Ray Noble and from 1939 to 1942, Will led a buoyantly successful band with Ray McKinley whose recorded hits include Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar and Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat. Before and after his experience as a band leader, Will had extensive network staff experience at CBS. He's also been continually in demand at recording sessions. Currently at NBC, Will freelances on recording dates and pursues another career as a composer of classical music. He's written, among other compositions, several larger string works, a brass suite, and recently, a Suite For Ten Brass And Percussion. As an avocation, Will paints in textural forms and does abstract wood sculpture.

Trumpeter, Doc Severinsen was trained by his father as a classical trumpet player. While still attending school, Doc joined Ted Fio Rito, and then came Army service. After having been discharged, he played with Charlie Barnet and Sam Donahue. Doc's next job representing the fulfillment of a high school ambition – he joined Tommy Dorsey with whose band he was a featured soloist, as he had been with Charlie Barnet. After some time with Dorsey, Doc settled in New York and joined the NBC staff orchestra. He was featured on the former Steve Allen Tonight Show and with Skitch Henderson's orchestra on many other programs. He's conducted NBC "Band Of Stars" on the Bandstand Show and was a prominent member of Billy Taylor's group on the NBC-TV educational series The Subject Is Jazz.

Jim Chambers is solo French Horn for the New York Philharmonic- Symphony. Although he began to play the French horn at the age of ten, his formal study of that difficult instrument didn't begin until he was seventeen – two years after he made his debut with the Trenton Symphony. In 1940-41, Chambers played in the All-American Youth Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. After being graduated from Curtis Institute in 1941, Chambers won his first post with a major orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Fritz Reiner conducting. In 1942, he became solo horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1946, he was engaged as solo French horn with the New York Philharmonic. In addition to his orchestral work, Chambers has also appeared as a concert with chamber groups. He taught at Curtis Institute, at Juilliard since 1946, and for the past three years, conducts a class in orchestra repertoire at the Manhattan School of Music.

Don Butterfield, the tuba virtuoso, started on the tuba in the high school band. From 1946 - 52, he studied at the Juilliard School of Music with the brilliant tuba player, Bill Bell. Butterfield's experience includes work with New York Philharmonic, the NBC and CBS Symphony Orchestra, the Goldman Band, the Band Of America, and the dance units of Claude Thornhill, Sauter-Finegan and Dick Malthy, and is currently principal tuba player with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. He organized his own jazz sextet, appeared at the Newport Festival, and all in all, has been zealous in championing the cause of the tuba as a instrument capable of more musical range than had been generally assumed. He notes, incidentally, that this album represents the first time the tuba has been featured as a solo instrument with strings.

In addition to these four superior brass soloists, that are Gene Orloff, who is responsible for the eloquent violin statements; Al Klink, flute; Bill Gromko, viola; and Dave Soyer, cello. The equally expert rhythm section consists of Don Lamond or Joe Venuto, drums; Bernie Leighton, piano; Bar Galbraith, guitar; and Homer Mensch, bass.

– Nat Hentoff

Stormy Weather - Jimmy Chambers
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Doc Severinson
Small Town Blues - Will Bradley
Yesterdays - Don Butterfield
September Song - Doc Severinson
My Man's Gone Now - Jimmy Chambers
Lonesome Horn - Doc Severinson
My One And Only Love - Don Butterfield
Why Was I Born - Will Bradley
Moonlight Mood - Jimmy Chambers
Ghost Of A Chance - Doc Severinson
"The Bad And The Beautiful" Theme - Don Butterfield

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Fair Lady - Shelly Manne

Modern Performances Of Songs From My Fair Lady
Shelly Manne & His Friends
Shelly Manne (drums), Andre Previn (piano) and Leroy Vinnegar (bass)
Produced by Lester Koenig
Engineer and Technical Supervisor: Roy DuNamn
Cover Photo by Phil March
Design by Guidi/Tri-Arts
Andre Previn appear courtesy of Decca Records, Inc.
Vol. 2 Contemporary Records C35287
Recorded August 17, 1956 at Cotemporary's Studio in Los Angeles

Files are available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the back cover biographical information.

From Billboard - July 21, 1956: Shelly Manne's "friends" on this record date were pianist Andre Previn and bassist Leroy Vinnegar. Previn's work is of most immediate interest, for it represents a great advance jazzwise over anything of his released to date. Not that he hasn't always had something of interest to say, but in the past too much of it was precious and unslinging. Here, however, he moves along dynamically from start to finish. Sample of exquisitely fingered line of "Stars Fell On Alabama," the variety of dance accents of "The Girl Friend" or the subtle percussive quality of "I Cover The Waterfront," with Manne and Vinegar giving unfailing brilliant support. This West Coast be a good traffic item for all dealers.

From the back cover:

Shelly Manne was born in New York City, June 11, 1920. He joined the union when he was 18, and his first job was with a band on ship plying between New York and Le Have. Between trips he spent much time in the clubs on 52nd Street and in Harlem, listening and learning. Before joining the Coast Guard for 3 1/2 years he played with leading big bands. Upon discharge he worked on 52nd Street again, then joined Stan Kenton for three tours of the U.S. In 1951 Shelly left Kenton to settle in California. He played for motion pictures, radio, TV and night clubs until 1952 when he joined Howard Ramsey's Lighthouse All-Stars. In 1954 he left the All-Stars to co-front a group with Shorty Rogers until the fall of '55 when he formed his own quintet, Shelly Manne & His Men. He is generally considered winner of Down Beat and Metronome popularity polls, and was Metronome "Musician Of The Year" for 1955.

Andre Previn was born in Berlin, Germany, April 6, 1929 and began his musical studies in Europe. He came to the U.S. in 1939 and continued studying in Los Angeles, first with the late Joseph Achron, and since 1944 with Casttelnuovo-Tedesco. He has been composing and conducting film scores at MGM since 1949 (except for two years 1950-51 spent in the Army), and is currently working on his 25th picture. He has been nominated three times for Academy Awards. He is a gifted classical, popular and jazz pianist, and has appeared on the concert stage and in night clubs with equal success. He became interested in jazz after hearing Art Tatum and realizing what could be done in jazz forms. His conviction jazz is "a very important and genuine American art form" was strengthen in the 1950s when he heard Bud Powell and the late Charlie Parker. He enjoys playing with Shelly Manne, and appeared on the first Friends album (C3525) with Shelly Manne in February 1956.

Leroy Vinegar was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 13, 1928. He is a comparatively new name in jazz, yet critics and fans are beginning to recognize his extraordinary talent. He is a completely self-taught bass player who "just picked it up" as a teen-ager in Indianapolis. He had fooled around with the piano, but the first time he tired the bass he "discovered that was for me." He has been a professional musician since he was 20, first with local groups in Indianapolis, then for a year in Chicago. He came to Los Angeles in 1954, and his first "real gig" with Barney Kessel's Quartet at Jazz City led to his playing and recording with many of the best-known West Coast musicians. Since October 1955 he has been a regular member of Shelly Manne's group.

Lester Koenig
August 27, 1956

Get Me The The Church On Time
On The Street Where You Live
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Wouldn't It Be Lovely
Ascot Gavotte
Show Me
With A Little Bit Of Luck
I Could Have Danced All Night

Nexus - Klemmer

For Duo And Trio
John Klemmer - Carl Burnett - Bob Magnusson
Produced by John Klemmer
For John Klemmer Productions
Age Of The Artist Series
Novus / Arista Records AN2 3500

Gate fold jacket featuring a 2 disc set.

From the back cover: This group concept called Nexus, consists of myself, Bob Magnusson and Carl Burnett. The musical collaboration has allowed me to express my roots with them, Chicago... Post-Be-Bop... all night jam sessions.

Body And Soul
Mr. PC
God Bless The Child
My One And Only Love
Softly As In A Morning Sunshine

Saturday, November 4, 2017

John Davison

John Davison
Produced by Tim O'Brien
Arranged and Conducted by Everett Gordon and Joey Scott
Engineering: Stan Tonkel and Rafeal O. Valentin
Columbia CS 9795

Special Thanks to:
Buddy Saltzman - Drums
Chet Amsterdam - Bass
Sal DiTroia - Guiar

Little Green Apples
I've Got To Be Me
Woman Helping Man
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Goodnight My Love
Those Were The Days
Didn't We
Both Sides Now

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jon Hall Brings Music From Hawaii

Sweet Leilani
Jon Hall Brings Music From Hawaii
Mercury Wing
MGW 12141

Jon Hall's wiki page.

Sweet Leilani
Mine Minoi E
Fish And Poi
Hawaiian Hospitality
My Little Gras Shack In Kealakekua Hawaii
Hula O Maki
Que Linda

Monday, October 30, 2017

Jumps With Joya Sherrill - Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.
Jumps With Joya Sherrill
Cover Photos by Milton H. Greene
Design Records
DLP 22

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

From the back cover: His (Davis) is a typical show business story... born in a trunk... celebrated his first birthday in a crib at the old Hippodrome Theater where his parents Sam and Elvira Davis were performing in a Dixieland act that had been put together by Will Mastin. One of the nice things about Sammy is that the act is still The Will Mastrin Trio starring Sammy Davis, Jr. This makes it one of the older and certainly one of the finest acts in all of show business. From the moment that Sammy, his father and his uncle walk on until the time that they have to "beg" off, you know that you're in for solid entertainment. They just don't stop. How can you stop when it's in your blood. Sammy has recorded for Decca and his first recording there Hey There was an instantaneous hit. You couldn't expect anything else. Sammy knows every trick of the trade.

Coupled with Sammy is Miss Joya Sherrill. A truly beautiful girl with a voice to match. Schooled under the perfectionist ears of that American musical genius, Duke Ellington, Miss Sherrill has rapidly become an important artist in the field of jazz and popular vocalizing. She has recorded over forty sides with the Ellington orchestra for RCA Victor. Here, she makes her debut as a solo recording artist. We know that you'll agree with us that she is certainly an artist of major stature. Notice how she changes the mood as she sobs the lament of Billy Strayhorn's haunting Lush Life and then bounces into the lit of Thou Swell.

Joya has appeared in a list of theaters literally from coast to coast including the Paramount and Strand in New York, the Chicago in Chicago and the Paramount in Los Angeles. Her night club dates include Ciro's and the Macombo in Hollywood, the Black Orchid in Chicago, Casino Royal in Washington, Town Casino in Buffalo and the Blue Angel, Ruban Bleu and Cafe Society in New York. She has appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen TV shows and recently starred on the Theater Guild's production for U.S. Steel of Duke Ellington's great jazz classic A Drum A Woman. Nuff said.

Gypsy In My Soul
Baby Me
Who Needs Spring
Lush Life
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Who Do I Worry
Easy Street
End Of A Love Affair

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Friml's Rose Marie

Oh What A Beautiful Day
Friml's Rose Marie
The Broadway Orchestra and Singers
Halo 50241
Printed in U.S.A. - Record Corporation Of America - Union City, New Jersey

This is the track list (below) is as it appears on the disk label (there is no list printed on the back jacket). From the sample above, the only track to feature vocalists, the list is obviously wrong.

Regimental Song
The Door Of Her Dreams
Indian Love Call
Rose Marie
L'Amour Toujours L'Amour
Allah's Holiday
Only A Rose
Valse Huguette
Donkey Serenade
Indian Love Call

Come To My Party - Mrs. Mills

I'll Always Be In Love With You
Come To My Party
Mrs. Mills
With Accompaniment Directed by Geoff Love
Produced by Norman Newell
Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd., Great Britain
Parlophone/E.M.I Records - Hayes-Middlesex-England
PMC 7010

Good Morning
Me And My Shadow
I'll Always Be In Love With You
Far Away Places
My Melancholy Baby
Second-Hand Rose
There's A Blue Ridge 'Round My Heart, Virginia
Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
I Belong To Glasgow
Dancing With My Shadow
Over The Rainbow
Get Out And Get Under The Moon

The Fabulous Bill Holman

The Fabulous Bill Holman
Coral Records
Cover photo by Garrett-Howard
CRL 57188

Audio files are available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the back cover information.

Fine big band jazz set featuring one 17 minute Holman penned track on side 2, The Big Street.


Bill Holman, Arranger-Conductor-tenor saxophone and Leader

Trumpets - Al Porcino, Roy Linn, Conte Condoli, Stu Williamson (also plays valve trombone)

Trombones - Bob Fitzpatrick, Ray Simms, Lew McCreay*

Saxes: Charlie Mariano, Herb Gellar, altos; Charlie Kennedy, Richie Kamuca, tenors; Steve Perlow, baritone. Rhythm: Mel Lewis, drums; Max Bennett, bass; Lou Levy, piano.

*Replaced by Harry Betts and Bright Eyes, Evil Eyes and You And I.

Solo Annotation:

Airegin - Bill Holman, tenor; Conte Condoli, trumpet; Mel Lewis, drums**; Max Bennett, bass.

Evil Eyes - Lou Levy, piano; Holman, tenor; Lewis (breaks leading to coda).

Bright Eyes - Levy, piano; Williamson, trumpet; Holman, tenor; Bennett, bass.

Come Rain Come Shine - Holman, tenor; Roy Sims, trombone; Holman, tenor

The Big Street

Part I - Lewis, drums; Condoli, trumpet; Holman, tenor; (16 bars). Charlie Kennedy, tenor; (16 bars), Holman, tenor; (8 bars). Charlie Kennedy, tenor (8 bars). Levy, piano, Lewis (on assemblage of breaks in closing portion and final break into Part II).

Part II- Holman, tenor; Sims, trombone; Geller, alto, Holman, tenor.

Part III - Mel Lewis, drums; Williamson, trumpet; Bennett, bass; Richie Kamuca, tenor; (16 bars) Holman, tenor; (16 bars) one chorus of four bar exchanges between Holman and Kamuca, with Kamuca leading off... Lewis (a group of breaks shortly before close)

**only key drum solos, breaks noted

From the back cover: Bill Holman, a 30 year old native Californian, first manifested interest in music as a teenager, started playing clarinet at 13, going on to tenor at 15. After spending two years in the Navy, studying engineering at the University of Colorado and UCLA, he decided to go into music full-time in 1948.

In order to pursue this course, Holman attended the Westlake College of Music (1948-50) and studied counterpoint with Russ Garcia... First playing with local bands around Los Angeles, then with Ike Carpenter. Holman joined Charlie Barnet (1951). Stan Kenton (1952-53), attaining national recognition for his playing and writing with Kenton, remaining on the Kenton arranging staff until the early part of 1956.

Since then, he has contributed to the Kenton Library on occasion, written for recordings, played with Conte Candoli, the Lighthouse All Stars, the Shelly Mann unit, and Shorty Rodgers' Giants....

Currently Holman resides in "a typical Los Angeles suburb" with his wife and two young sons.

Airegin - Sonny Rollins
Evil Eyes - Bill Holman
You And I - Meredith Wilson
Bright Eyes - Bill Holman
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
The Big Street - Bill Holman

Monday, October 23, 2017

Charlie Ventura Concert

East Of Suez
Gene Norman Presents
Charlie Ventura Concert
Featuring The Charlie Ventura Septet
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral
Actually Recorded at Gene Norman - Charlie Ventura concert - Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California in 1949
Decca Records DL 8046

Charlie Ventura - Tenor Sax
Conti Condilo - Trumpet
Benny Green - Trombone
Boots Musailli - Alto Sax
Roy Kral - Piano
Kenny O'Brien - Bass
Ed Shaughnessy - Drums

Splendid jazz set featuring excellent live performance engineering.

Introduction and Theme Music, including:
Yesterdays - Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach
 The Peanut Vendor - Moses Simons

Euphoria - Roy Kral - Charlie Ventura
Instrumental Fox Trot with Voices of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral Charlie Ventura Septet

Find And Dandy - Kay Swift - Paul Jones
Instrumental Fox Trot featuring Conti Condoli, Tumpet Solo Charlie Ventura Septet

East Of Suez - Louis Stein - Charlie Ventura
Instrumental Fox Trot with Voices of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral

If I Had You - Ted Shaprio-Jimmy Campbell-Reg Connelly
Instrumental Fox Trot featuring Charlie Ventura, Baritone Saxophone Solo

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles - Jean Kenbrovin-John W. Kellete
Instrumental Fot Trot with Voices of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral

Pennies From Heaven - Arthur Johnston-John Burke
Instrumental Fox Trot featuring Benny Green, Trombone Solo

How High The Moon - Nancy-Hamiliton-Morgan Lewis
Instrumental Fot Trot

Fiddlin' For Fun - David Rose

Fiddlin' For Fun
The Dazzling Music Of David Rose and His Orchestra
MGM Records E3108

Obscure alternative cover(?) for the more common MGM catalog number E3108 with a 1954 pressing date.

The Syncopated Clock
On A Little Country Road In Switzerland
Fiddlin' For Fun
Waukegan Concerto
Waltz Of The Bubbles
Parade Of The Clowns
Paris, Oui! Oui!
The Flying Horse
Portrait Of A Flirt

Big Beat On The Organ - Jon Thomas

Hot Tip
Big Beat
On The Organ
Jon (Hard Head) Thomas
Mercury Records MG 20303

Hot Tip
Sleepy Lagoon
St. Louis Blues
September Song
Go And See
Blu Jon
Beau Brummel
Jelly Bean
Hard Head
Memories Of You

That English Sound

That English Sound
Producer: Willam Beasley
Recording and Compatible Mastering: Columbia Recording Studio
Engineer: Tom Sparkman
Cover Design: Harris Martin
Modern Sound MS 552

We Can Work It Out
As Tears Go By
Where Were You
You Make The Decisions
Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
Day Tripper
Just Give Me Time
Bless You Little Girl

Music To Read The Pretenders By - Joe Rene

Harry's Funeral
Variation On A Menage A Trois
Music To Read The Pretenders By
The Pretenders A Novel By Gwen Davis
Music by The Joe Rene Complex
Created and Written by Joe Rene and Jackie Reinach
Engineer: Neal Ceppos
Recorded at Mercury Sound Studios, New York
Produced by Discobook, Inc. an affiliate of Rene Enterprises
Phillips PHS 600-327
1969 (book copyright)

From the back cover: Joseph Rene Born September 4, 1934, Amsterdam, Holland. Father, radio-violinist. Mother, concert pianist. Studied violin, harmony and orchestration with the famous Professor W. Buecher, Trumpet player and arranger with big bands. Career was interrupted by Mr. A. Hitler. Went into hiding and remained 3 1/2 years in an attic (three doors down from Anne Frank). Resumed career after liberation in 1945 and became musical director for United States First Army. Special Services during the remainder of the war.

In 1946 went to Rio de Janeiro to be radio conductor and arranger. Came to the United States in 1949. Big Bands, radio, TV, etc.; arranging and conducting recording dates, and went into producing.

Also from the back cover: Discobook has come up with a first in the history of the recording industry. The music in this album was inspired by and specifically written for most of the provocative scenes depicted in the best-selling novel, The Pretenders by Gwen Davis.

You don't have to read the book to enjoy the music. Or visa-versa. Although it is a more than satisfying experience if you do.

If You Pretend (Music To Read The Pretenders By)
Double Bubble Bath (Music To Read Page 331 By)
Menage A Trois (Music To Read Pages 54-55 By)
Mirror On A Mexican Ceiling (Music To Read Page 107 By)
Weekend For Lulu (Music To Read Page 140 By)
Anti-Social Register (Music To Read Page 207 By)
Pictures At An Exhibition (Music To Read Page 476 By)
Harry's Funeral (Music To Read Pages 1-512 By)
Speciality Of The House (Music To Read Pages 348-350 By)
Rank-Out (Music To Go To The Party Starting On Page 124)
Variation On A Menage A Trois (Music To Read Page 344 By)

Down To Eartha - Eartha Kitt

Down To Eartha
Eartha Kitt
Henri Rene's Orchestra And Chorus
RCA Victor LPM-1109

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

From the back cover: Eartha has been in training for her present eminence for quite a few years. As a very young teenager, she yearned towards some brand of artistic expression, and the Katherine Dunham dance troupe gave her the first fine opportunity. She trained well, learned everything in sight, trouped with Miss Dunham's group as far as Paris, where she found the city of many a young lady's dreams was wonderful if a job were handy, troublesome as Timbuktu if laying off. When she couldn't eve cadge a $30-a-week Army camp show booking, Eartha put the rest of her considerable world – she had trouped roughly around it – behind her, came home to America and was booked into La Vie en Rose, a continental-type East Side saloon – her headiest salary up to then – $500 a week.

This was not a notable success in her otherwise flashy career to date; she was indeed canceled after four days, followed by a layoff and then a job in a famous bohemian Greenwich Village basement, the Village Vanguard, where at $150 a week she was approximately a riot; thereafter she was shifted to the owner's uptown branch called Blue Angel at double the money and triple the attention and before you could say George Jean Nathan, became a member of the cast of New Faces, a Broadway revue with some salary and artistic limitations, but which sprung Eartha Kitt and boodle, into popularity.

Her revue paycheck rose from $350 to $750 a week; she started making RCA Victor records, Uska Dara, C'est Si Bon, Santa Baby, the latter also raising an equal array of eyebrows and profits.

Among amazing marginal notes to her career is that her cafe' act has not notably changed from the one with which she laid a tiny bomb at La Vie en Rose, but it now commands $10,000 per week. As for the business at photographic hand, meaning this album, you will find Eartha digging representative assortment of Kittenish roundelays, tripping brightly through domestic and imported languages' serious, sexy, impudent or tongue-in-cheeck as the musical spirit movers her. – Jack O'Brian

From Billboard - September 10, 1955: Mixed in with examples of typically smart Kitt LP material are an equal number of unfortunate erstwhile attempts to produce pop singles hit. The real Kitt fans may find the cost of the set justified by the inclusion of such as "The Day The Circus Left Town" and "Apres Mir," and these are the sides to demonstrate. It's an uneven collection, but beautifully packaged as is Miss Kitt.

I Wantcha Around
Do You Remember
Looking For A Boy
I've Got That Lovin' Bug Itch
Oh John!
Strangers In The Starlight
The Day That The Circus Left Town
Apres Moi
The Heel
Mambo de Paree
My Heart's Delight
Hey Jacque

Irving Berlin Goes Latin - Joe Cain

Heat Wave
Irving Berlin Goes Latin
Joe Cain And His Orchestra
Produced by Joe Cain
Cover by Norman Graber
Seeco CELP 4330

From the back cover: The man responsible for the refreshingly new adaptations is Joe Cain, born in Philadelphia in 1929. He learned to play trumpet at 13, picked up the arranging knack while in high school and has long since acquired a wide musical background that spans appearances with the Stamford Symphony Society, under Tibor Serly, to playing Birdland with Dizzy Gillespie. There were time-outs for stints in musical comedy and TV work (especially so with NBC and CBS), and in more recent years, A&R (artist & repertoire) – Ira Howard, Editor - The Cash Box

From Billboard - June 22, 1959: Some tunes lend themselves to cha-cha-cha beat; some don't. These Berlin tunes do. Arrangements are lively and sparkling. Recommended to dance aficionados who dig the Latin beat. Sambo, merengue, bolero and tango items are included.

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Cheek To Cheek
Heat Wave
Medley: They Say It's Wonderful, Be Careful It's My Heart, How Deep Is The Ocean
A Pretty Girl
Easter Parade
Blue Skies
Medley: Say It Ain't So, Let's Face The Music

Good Morning Starshine - Vinnie Bell

Hey Jude
Good Morning Starshine
Vinnie Bell
Produced by Harry Meyerson
Arranged and Conducted by John Abbot and Marty Manning
Cover Photo: Hal Buksbaum
Decca Records
A Division of MCA Inc., New York, N.Y., USA
DL 75138

From the back cover: Doing this sort of thing (make the sound of the 60s happen) in popular music is Vinnie's trump card. He's as much a part of today's scene as back beats, groups with daffy names, and the flashes from Mr. Moog's magic boxes that sparkle in modern music. For kicks, someone surveyed the top 50 records in the country recently, and Vinnie Bell had played guitar, or another of the many stringed instruments he's mastered, on 32 of them!

A Sinner Kissed An Angel
Good Morning Starshine
Because Of You
Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet
I Hear A Rhapsody
Love Me Tonight
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Les Bicyclettes De Belsize
If I Only Had Time
Hey Jude

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ram-Bunk-Shush - Harold Betters

Wild And Happy
The Trombone And Quartet Of The Harold Betters Sound
Produced by Jimmy Bowen
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Reprise RS-6195

From the back cover: Harold himself arranged (he has studied at the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, New York) the balance of the numbers.

Also from the back cover: Better's intrepid allies in this uninhibited workout are pianist John Thomas, bassist Chuck Ramsey, drummer Russ Lewellen, and guitarist Joe Galbraith. An invaluable ally also, albeit in background, is fellow-trombonist and arranger Slide Hampton, who penned the charts for "Ram-Bunk-Shush," "Let It Be Me," "Where Do You Go," and "Yesterday." Non-Beatlemaniacs may not realize it, but this tender bossa nova melody, "Yesterday," is the compositional work of Beatle Paul McCartney, whose hit recording of the song featured him singing solo with a string quartet, yet, in the background. Hampton heard McCartney disk, his arranger's ears immediately translated its melancholy hit into the Brazilian idiom.

Corn Fed
Let It Be Me
Do Anything You Wanna
All Alone
With These Hands
Where Do You Go

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Memories With Emil

Memories With Emil
Introducing Emil Hahn At The Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Accompanied by Billy Cosner, Ohio's Versatile Drummer
Recording Buckeye Company
Manufactured by RCA Victor Custom Records Division Of Radio Corporation Of America

From the back cover: Emil was born in Canton, Ohio, and began his musical career at the age of 7 when his mother and father constantly encouraged him to study his violin (which was horrible) and piano (not much better) lessons.

By the time he reached the age of 15, he was playing in high school, and in various combos, in and around town with musicians much older than he, therefore, giving him much needed experience for his future years in music.

His first real experience as a musician on the road was at the age of 16 when a friend of his in school had a job as a ticket seller with a freak animal show playing fairs during the summer vacation. After 7 weeks of playing the calliope and eating hamburgs, Emil realized there was "no place like home".

He has always been eternally grateful to Jimmy Wenger, who was organist at the Dueber Methodist Church, for his guidance and help in showing him the finer techniques of the organ, as is evident in his style of playing today!

At age 21, he went on the road with a trio as pianist playing hotels and restaurants, later buying an organ and working solo. While in the army he played organ at Fort Still, Oklahoma, and when in Korea, at the Hondu Theatre in Seoul. After his discharge from the 7th Division Band in Korea, he returned hime where he again played the organ and has his own half-hour radio show.

He is currently appearing nightly in the Hawaiian Room of The Four Winds Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Canton, Ohio, and will be very happy to include any of your favorite requests in his future albums if you drop him a line.

Begin The Beguine
More Than You Know
If I Had You
Sentimental Me
You Do Something To Me
The Nearness Of You
Sentimental Journey
I've Got The World On A String
Star Dust

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Buddy Tate - Rock And Rollers Orchestra

Moon Dust
Let's Rock And Roll
Buddy Tate
His Tenor Sax And Orchestra
Rock And Rollers Orchestra
Halo 50322

Split disc between Buddy Tate and The Rock And Rollers Orchestra

Side One - Buddy Tate

Moon Dust
Rough Ridin'
Skip It
Lonely Christmas
Snowy White Christmas

Side 2 - Rock And Rollers Orchestra

Let's Rock And Roll
Romp And Stomp
Long N' Lean
The Screwdriver No. 1
Cool Fool
Soda Bob