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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

All Points East - Gus Vali

All Points East
Gus Vali And His Casbah Ensemble
Produced and directed by Jack Lewis
Assistant to Mr. Lewis: Chet Amsterdam
Conducted by Gus Vali
Arranged by Luis Barreiro
Engineer: Fred Christie / Olmsted Sound Studios
Cover Design: Bacon-Braren-Lewine
Cover Photo: Melvin Sokolsky
United Artists UAL 3083

Clarinet - Gus Vali
Bass - Luis Barrreiro
Buzukie - Nicholas Patides
Oud - Manny Ayvas
Dumbek - Tarik Bulut
Accordion - Chet Amsterdam, Harry Hirsch, John Yalenezian
Nicholas Patides does not appear on Hasapiko, Zexpa, Misirlou and Rampee

The set is available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover

From Billboard - April 4, 1960: Gus Vali and his ensemble present intriguing settings of a flock of Eastern melodies. The instrumentation is interesting, and the group manages several exciting moments. Some of the tracks have vocals. Those looking for unusual fare have their meat in this.

Oglan Oglan
Skali Skali
Kashlarin Inge Inge

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Softly - Jackie Gleason

The Girl From Ipanema
Jackie Gleason
Album Director: Ernest K. Dominy
Capitol Creative Products

Moon River
A Man And A Woman
Strangers In The Night
I Don't Know Why
This Guy's In Love With You
Softly, As I Leave You
The Girl From Ipanema
On The Street Where You Live
Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

Speak To Me Of Love - A Time For Young Lovers - The London Festival Orchestra

Somewhere My Love
A Time For Young Lovers
Speak To Me Of Love
The London Festival Orchestra
Produced by Paul Robinson
GWF Records ST 3017

Day By Day
Somewhere My Love
The Autumn Of My Life
I Wish You Love
Young & Foolish
Fly Me To The Moon
If You Go Away
Call Me Irresponsible
Till The End Of Time

The Theme From The Unforgiven - Don Costa

The Theme From The Unforgiven
Don Costa
Voices And Orchestra
Produced by Don Costa
Photo by Wagner International Photos Inc.
United Artists UAL 3119

From Billboard - April 11, 1960: Don Costa, Untied Artists Records' recently appointed a&r chief, and his orchestra and chorus present a winning recording of Theme From The Unforgiven, the main theme from the motion picture The Unforgiven which opened in N.Y. last week and stars Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn. The movie, incidentally, is based on the best-selling novel and was filmed entirely in Durango, Mexico. United Artist has an album of original music from the sound track composed by Dimitri Tiomkin.

Also from Billboard (Special Merit Spotlights) - May 28, 1960: The Costa work and chorus present a lovely treatment of the main theme from "The Unforgiven." It's a pretty strain and it's handed a spinnable treatment. Flip is "Streets Of Paris."

The Theme From The Unforgiven
An Affair To Remember
The Song
From Moulin Rouge
The 3rd Man Theme
Lonely Room
From Here To Eternity
Stella By Starlight
Return To Paradise

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Belly Dancing With Elektra

Byr Demet Yasemen
Statler Records Presents
Belly Dancing
Middle Eastern Dance With Elektra
Cover Photos by Dance Classics
Statler Records S.L.P. 1192

From the back cover: Elektra, born in New York City, the Dance Center of the World, she has studied Middle Eastern Dance with her noted father Stephen Parascos. She has performed the dance for 30 some odd years for organizations such as" AHEPA, Daughters Of Penelope, Maids Of Athens and Social Functions Sponsored By The Greek Orthodox Church. She has frequently dance for club date engagements and recently has had the opportunity to entertain aboard the Atlas cruiser while touring the Middle East. She has traveled Europe and the Middle East in search of material for this teaching manual and L.P. album.

She has appeared on television and has made frequent concert stage appearances. At present, she is involved in teaching extensively for the A&S Corporation and is performing for charity organizations such as Cancer Care, Hadassah, ORT and private organizations. She is introducing the dance in its classic form, emphasizing the art for its benefits to physical fitness.

The future holds an exciting teaching career in Athens, Greece and with "The International Cultural Dance Center" of which she is also director.

Zehra (Rhumba - Greek)
Maharaya (Chiftelli - Greek)
Miserlou (Bolero - Greek)
Aziza ( Chiftelli - Arabic)
Eben-El Bald ( Chiftelli - Arabic)
Leila ( Chiftelli - Arabic)
Byr Demet Yasemen (Bolero - Turkish)
Rampi Rampi (Karslassma - Turkish)
Halalaya ( Chiftelli - Arabic)
Pou Ene Ta Hronia (Karslaama - Greek)
Azayain ( Chiftelli - Arabic)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Innovations By Boyd Raeburn - Volume 2

Soft And Warm
Innovations By Boyd Raeburn
Volume 2
Savoy MG 15011

10 inch LP.

From Billboard - July 21, 1951: In music circles some four or five years ago, there was a considerable to do over the rather sensational concert approach which Boyd Raeburn had employed for his new band. The band, hitting at a time when Woody Herman and Stan Kenton were immovable from the top rungs of the big band jazz ladder, never really got off the ground in the market. However, its recording, then issued on Jewel Records, received quite a bit of attention. These disks now have been reissued in long-play form and, at least in sound, are an improvement over the originals. An appraisal of the content of these disks at this point would show that the Raeburn idea, put into practical action by arrangers George Handy and Ed Finckel, was quite pretentious and windy but produced many moments of fascinating sound and modern "progressive" jazz touches. "Boyd Meets Stravinsky" still stacks up as something of a big band jazz masterwork, for instance. The half dozen or so vocals in the three volume are shared between Ginnie Powell and David Allyn, the latter a particularly gifted young man. Jazz fans of the modern school will most particularly want to have this complete disk documentary of the noble Raeburn experiment.

Over The Rainbow
Hep Boyd
Rip Van Winkle
Prelude To The Dawn
Love Tales
Soft And Warm

Continental Latin Rhythms - French Latin Orchestra

Continental Latin Rhythms
French Latin Orchestra
Recorded In Europe
Royale 1845

10 inch LP.


Dance Time U.S.A. - Herbie Layne

Nearness Of You
Dance Time U.S.A.
Herbie Layne And His Orchestra
Hollywood Records LPH-46
A Blue Ribbon Product

From the back cover: Herbie plays tenor sax and has surrounded himself on these sides with a group of really fine musicians.

Dancing On The Ceiling
I Could Write A Book
Star Dust
Autumn In New York
La Vie En Rose
Get Happy
Carolina In The Morning
Girl Of My Dreams
Our Love Is Here To Stay
The Nearness Of You
Once In A While

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Organized For Hi-Fi - Marty Gold

Organized For Hi-Fi
Marty Gold And His Organ Ensemble
Arranged And Conducted By Marty Gold
Recorded At Webster Hall, New York City, August 29 and 30, 1956
Recording Engineer: Lew Layton
Produced And Directed By Herman Diaz, Jr.
Vik LX-1069

From the back cover: Marty Gold's preparation for this unusual arranging and conducting task started with a Town Hall debut when he was only 12 and has included arranging assignments for Charlie Barnet and other big bands and work as a conductor for such singers as Sarah Vaughan and the Four Aces. For several years he has been associated with The Three Suns.

The tunes has has chosen for his three-organ ensemble are some of the most warmly loved works of our popular composers. Most of them are thoroughly familiar and some – like Yesterdays and Over The Rainbow – are heard almost daily by anyone within earshot of television, radio or jukebox but never before in the unusual instrumentation in which they are offed here.

From Billboard - March 2, 1958: Superior sound, unusual instrumentation, and excellent technique make this package a solid commercial bet. Ensemble features three organs, string bass, percussionist, celesta and a keyboard glockenspiel. Nostalgic line-up of standards included "I Saw Star," "Penthouse Serenade," "All The Things You Are," etc. For hi-fi addicts, organ fans and romantic deejay sets. Striking cover photo.

I Saw The Stars
My Silent Love
Penthouse Serenade
It's Easy To Remember
All The Things You Are
Once In A While
You're Mine You
Sentimental Journey
Someone To Watch Over Me
Over The Rainbow

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Blue Prelude - Gordon Jenkins

Blue Prelude
Blue Prelude
Gordon Jenkins
Art Direction" Woody Woodward
Cover Photo: Three Lions
Sunset/Liberty Records
SUM 1149

From the back cover: Gordon Jenkins, a product of Webster Groves, MO., gained some early professional experience as banjoist, pianist and later conductor and arranger with various orchestras in St. Louis. Broadway became award of him in 1937, when he scored the music and served as conductor for "The Show Is On." A year later, he was with NBC in California as musical director.

Since then, Jenkins has enjoyed a multiple career. His compositions have ranged from "Manhattan Tower" to "Tzena Tzean"; he has had many TV and film credits, and occasionally he has been teamed with virtuosi from the jazz world, his best-known partnership having having been with Louis Armstrong. Marshall Royal has been a sort of eminence grass of the Count Basie band, which he helped reorganize in 1951. Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, he studied violin as well as the reed instruments and was only 13 when he made his professional debut. During the 1930s, he worked in California, chiefly with the Les Hits orchestra, which for a while served as Armstrong's backdrop. When Lionel Hampton left Benny Goodman to form a band in 1940, Marshall was a key man with Camp' unit for two years. During the 40s he played with Jack McVea, Eddie Haywood and many studio groups around Hollywood.

Because he has been best known for his section work with Basie and is rarely given a chance to exhibit his solo ability, Marshall Royal's work here will come as a surprise to less observant followers of the Basie phenomenon. Fortunately, like many musicians who had studied the band closely Gordon Jenkins has long been aware of Royal's gifts as a subtly melodic improvising musician. His style most closely evokes the work of another great alto man who rose to prominence in the 1930s. Benny Carter, and at times there are traces of Johnny Hodges. What emerges most strikingly from these sides, though, is not the impression of any influence but the sweeping impact of Royal's own fluency and inspiration and the remarkable degree to which Jenkins, by giving him this sumptuous showcase, has drawn out his full personality to an extent the Basie setting can never make possible.

Pagan Love Song
When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Ain't Misbehavin'
Birth Of The Blues
Blues For Beverly
Battle Royal
Blue Prelude
Take The "A" Train

Latin Si! - Warren Covington

The Moon And I
Latin Si!
Warren Covington And His Orchestra
Warren Covington's Instruments By Selmer
Cover Photo: Decca Records Photo Studio, Hal Buksbaum
Decca Records DL 4208

From the back cover: Latin Is!, loosely translated means we like our latin music with a Latin Beat!

Wild Pachanga
Jim Cha Cha
Yellow Bird
My Guantanamera
Dream Tango
La Macarena
Never On Sunday Cha Cha
The Moon And I
La Pachanga
Wall Street Cha Cha
La Empaliza

That's Life - Living Brass

Sunshine Superman
That's Life
Living Brass
Arranged and Conducted by Ray Martin
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
RCA Camden CAS-2143

That's Life
Riders In The Sky
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Besame Mucho
Sunshine Superman
You Belong To My Heart (Solamente Una Vez)
My Little Tramp
Mariachi Blues

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hamp In Hi Fi - Lionel Hampton

Le Prisoner de Nantes
Hamp In Hi Fi
The Lionel Hampton Quartet
A Product Of Columbia Records
HL 7115

From the back cover: The whole thing started in 1956 when the news got around the Camp was planning to tour the Old World again. This time, however, it had to be completely different. It seemed a good idea, therefore, to try and persuade Camp to record a number of well-known European – folk songs and other similar melodies – accompanied by his rhythm section. Lionel Hampton was immediately taken by the idea of giving free rein to his imagination with some completely new material. However, there was one major handicap to be overcome. Like a number of other "greats" in the world of jazz music – Erroll Garner, for example – he can't read music, so it was impossible to give him the "new" music on paper to allow him to study it and make his choices. A week later – March 30 and 31 to be precise – our Mr. Streefkerf met Hampton during his stay in Brussels and they started to play, one the vibes and the other the piano. Hamp picked out some tunes he liked best, and some head arrangements were thought up at the same time. It all happened on May 1 and 2. Lionel was working in Paris at the time and it was there he recorded the numbers he'd worked on since the original rehearsals in Brussels. These numbers – all of which you've heard before, but never, never like this – have been grouped together under the title Camp in Hi Fi.

It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary
La Vie en rose
Olee Dolee Doff
Tire l'aiguille
Sarie Marais
Vieni sui mar
Le Prisoner de Nantes
Die Lorelei
Londonderry Air
Zeg Kwezelken Widet Gij Dansen

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Java - Jim Collier

Featuring Honey In The Horn
Jim Collier
Wyncote SW 9013

When Your Baby Is Gone
View From My Window
Miss Daisy De Lite
Happiness Is A Thing Called Fun
Honey In The Horn
One Little Kiss
Get It Movin'

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The In Crowd - The Wilson Lewes Trio

The Breeze And I
The In Crowd
The Wilson Lewes Trio
Diplomat Records DS 2369

The In Crowd
The Peanut Vendor
What A Difference A Day Made
The Breeze And I

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cuerdas Maravillosas - David Moreno

Aires Moriscos 
Cuerdas Maravillosas
David Moreno
Musart D200

Los Sitios De Zaragoza
Cuatro Sevillanas
Aires Moriscos
La Cumparsita
Ojos Verdes - Antonio Vargas Heredia - La Bien Paga
Jotas Aragonesas
Asturias Y Galicia

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Foreign Film Festival - Frank Chacksfield

The Dark Of The Sun
Foreign Film Festival
Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra
Produced by Tony D'Amato - Allan Steckler
Engineer: Arthur Lilley
Design: Harry Farmlett
Phase 4 Stereo
London Records SP 44112

Theme from "The Good, Bad And The Ugly"
Theme from "Elvira Madigan"
Lara's Theme from "Doctor Zivago"
Theme from "The Dark Of The Sun"
This Is My Song from "A Countess From Hong Kong"
Zorba's Dance from "Zorba The Greek"
I Will Wait For You from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
Irina from "Shalako
The James Bond Theme
Rose Of Saigon from "Tell Me No Lies"
A Man And A Woman

Autumn Nocturne - The Ray Charles Singers

Autumn In New York
Autumn Nocturne
The Ray Charles Singers
With Orchestra Accompaniment
MGM Records E3145

Superbly crafted group vocal set.

From the back cover:

Here are 13 songs performed by a group of 23 vocalists in variously selected combinations of male voices, female voices and the two together. Here are songs in moods and colors as variegated as autumn itself. Here are singers whose voices are blended to give the warmth of autumn. Here is a vocal group singing as one – a group with a single personality.

Each selection offers the listener a new experience in vocal music. Listen, for example, to the voice of Katie Carnes as it sets the mood for "Autumn Nocturne" and to Artie Malvin's solo in the same song. Listen to choral director Ray Charles himself handle the vocal on "Faded Sumer Love" and "Tis Autumn." Listen, too, to both Ray Charles and Mike Stewart on "September Song," performed here by 12 male voices. Listen to the same male chorus as it delivers "Indian Summer" with the superb alto flute support of Bernie Kaufman.

For added variety, take the naivete of a song like "When the Leaves Bid the Trees Goodbye," done here by a choir of 10 female voices. For spice, listen to the poignant Katie Carnes voice and the ivory-tinkling piano of Bernie Leighton on "Autumn In New York." And for a change in the geographical scene as well as in the vocal vista, there's "Autumn In Rome."

In "The Things We Did Last Summer," lend an ear to the vocal by Artie Malvin and the caroling of Fran Carroll, whose voice has been described as having the feeling of "the sky after it has been washed by a late summer rain." On "Autumn Leaves" the female voices are used to describe the scenery, while George Barnes' guitar sparkles in "Shine On Harvest Moon." And so, through the entire group of 13 songs, there is something to listen for as well as so much to listen to.

For the statistical-minded listener it might be noted that on seven selections the Ray Charles choir consisted of four female and eight male voices. On two selections a dozen men sang the praises of love and autumn: On three other songs only 10 female voices were used. And on a single tune, Ray Charles combined the voices of six women and four men. And always supplying the tasteful instrumental accompaniment were such as the Leighton piano, the Barnes guitar, the Kaufman reeds and the accordion of Nick Perito.

It also needs to be pointed out that Ray Charles, the leader of the group, is also a singer – and this, believe it or not, is unusual in the professional music world. Choosing the singers for his group was a true labor of love for Ray Charles. In addition to those already named, the vocalists used herein include Miriam Workman, Lois Winter, Lillian Clark, Rae Whitney, Elise Bretton, Marilyn Palmer, Peggy Powers, Barbara Nelson, Jerry Duane, Steve Stick, Alan Sokoloff, Ed Lindstrom, Murray Kane, Gene Lowell, Clyde Seckler, Gene Stick, Bob Spiro and Rudy Williams.

From Billboard - March 12, 1955: Cleric Frowns On Cheesecake The clergy here take a rather dim view of recent rash of cheesecake cover art in the album field,. At any rate, Brother Andrew Corsini frowns on the trend.

In a letter to M-G-M Records this month, Brother Corsini congratulates the label on its "truly beautiful cover" for the Ray Charles Singers' album "The Autumn Nocturne." "I sincerely hope there are many more like it in the future," he wrote. "You can well understand my dislike for the seemingly unlimited number of half-dressed females that seem to be 'standard equipment' on record covers these days."

Autumn Nocturne
Early Autumn
A Faded Summer Love
Autumn In Rome
Indian Summer
When The Leaves Bid The Trees Goodbye
The Things We Did Last Summer
'Tis Autumn
Autumn Leaves
Shine On Harvest Moon
September Song
September In The Rain
Autumn In New York

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium

If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by Walter Scarf
Title Song Written by Donovan
Sung by J.P. Rags
United Artists UAS 5197

It It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Introduction And Samantha's Theme
Rockhouse - Vocal by Hopscotch
Bus Thur Holland
Rhine Waltz
Bus Thru Belgium
Rooftops Of Rome
Sunny Italy
Samantha's Theme
Cycling In Switzerland
G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S Fountains
Driving In Rome
On To Rome
Gone But Not Forgotten
It It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (Reprise)

Music For A Lonely Night - Jay Gordon

Something I Dreamed About Last Night
Music For A Lonely Night
The Jay Gordon String Orchestra
Tops L1524

Begin The Beguine
The Night Is Young
You're Lonely And I'm Lonely
I'll Never Smile Again
I Can Dream, Can't I
Body And Soul
Over The Rainbow
In The Still Of The Night
How Can I Ever Be Alone
April Played The Fiddle
Nocturne (My Song)
Something I Dreamed Last Night

Folk Soul

Slow Blues
Folk Soul
Wyncote SW-9198

Riddle Song
He's Gone Away
I Know Where I'm Going
Every Night
Slow Blues
Worried Man
Barbara Allen
Johnny I Hardly Knew You
Careless Love
Fast Blues

Sally Starr's Adventure To The Moon

Sally Walks On The Moon
Sally Starr's Adventure To The Moon
WFIL -TV Channel 6
AA Productions - Fred Di Sipio
Design: Chic Loganella
Liberty Bell L-1776

Professionally produced children's set featuring content with the permission of Golden Records.

From Many of the top entertainers of the day visited Sally on her daily TV show, which was broadcast LIVE from Channel 6. They included Chief Halftown, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Chuck Connors (The Rifleman), Dick Clark, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway, Jimmy Durante, Nick Adams, Gene Autry and of course, her long time friends, The Three Stooges. Many distinguished advertisers were eager to sponsor Sally's program. It was Sally who opened the first Dunkin' Donuts franchise in the Philadelphia area. She also introduced her viewers to Kentucky Fried Chicken and reintroduced them to Hires Root Beer to name a few. Even Colonel Sanders himself was a frequent TV guest of Sally's, and made numerous appearances particularly during the Christmas season.

For about a year, Sally Starr's program was actually carried live on both WFIL-TV, Channel 6 in Philadelphia and WLYH-TV, Channel 15, licensed to Lebanon-Lancaster. Both stations were owned by Triangle Publications. The simulcast was when WLYH first came on the air and they needed local programming to fill the schedule. Other Channel 6 programs were also telecasted over the Lebanon-Lancaster station.

Rocket Into Space
Meet Space Pilot James
City In Space
Is It Raining In Paris
Story Of The Planets
The Big TV Show In The Sky
Round Trips
Put A Penny In The Shade
Window In Space
Sally Walks On The Moon

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Hits Of The Drifters - Doc Bagby

On Broadway
The Hits Of The Drifters
Doc Bagby And The Ripple Blast Singers
Power S 9008

From the back cover: I've known Doc Bagby since the late thirties when he was a young struggling, and good piano player just out of Central High School and studying at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Within two years he had organized 18 musicians, becoming the most popular band in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. When Uncle Sam inducted Doc they had a versatile musical talent on their hands, He played tenor sax and clarinet in the concert orchestra and marching band, piano in the dance orchestra; and he also arranged music for these units.

In 1945 he jobbed around with cocktail units. In 1947 he joined Gotham Records as Musical Director. He had a hit on his first session with a tune which was Bill Haley's first hit "Rock The Joint"; and Doc was co-writer of this tune. From then on Doc arranged, directed, recorded and composed all kinds of music including Spirituals. Doc's interest in the Gospel field included the writing of such spirituals as "Glory, Glory, Glory to The New Born King" recorded by the Angelic Gospel Singers and "He Is My All and All" recorded by the Davis Sisters. He also recorded with the aforementioned groups, to which can be added the names of the Dixie Hummingbirds, Richmond Harmonizing Four, Silveraires. He also A & R'd the session of Clara Ward, Alex Bradford, and Rev. Brewster.

It was Wild Bill Davis, the renowned father of jazz hammond organists, who inspired Doc to play the organ. This was in 1949 and Doc hasn't let up since. He opened in New York at Smalls Paradise, following Bill Davis, for one successful year as a single. He formed a successful Jazz Organ Trio, Doc at the organ, his brother Billy Bagby on drums, and featuring Billy Butler's guitar. He also recorded with Eddie (Lock Jaw) Davis, Sonny Stitts, and many other artists in various fields.

In 1956 he organized a quartette, "Joy Ride" and "Dumplins" were two successive hits recorded on the Epic Label. He toured the country with 90% of the name Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll artists in the country, including Paul Anna. Appeared on T.V. shows such as Dick Clark's Bandstand and Mitch Thomas's show. Played the best theaters across the country, "The Apollo" in New York, "Howard" in Washington, "The Royal" in Baltimore, and "The Uptown Theater" in Philadelphia. Doc Bagby's "Joy Ride" is still the theme for Georgie Woods' daily radio and Uptown Theater shows. Another hit recording of Doc's is "Mazel-Tov" on ABC's Hunt Label. Doc is also considered as one of our nation's top arrangers and organists. He has set up scores for Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Jerry Butler, The Impressions, Chuck Jackson, The Shirelles, Don Gardner, The Fiestas, The Quintones, Earl Hines, Louis Jordon, and The Drifters... with recording on famous labels – Atlantic, ABC, Paramount, United Artists, OK, Decca.

One of Doc's favorite groups is The Drifters. This album is one of Doc's "dreams come true". The Drifters' hit tunes played on the Hammond Organ. It was my pleasure to be the A&R man on this DREAM SESSION. – Alfred Cobbs.

Vaya Con Dios
Under The Boardwalk
There Goes My Baby
Oh My Love
This Magic Moment
Up On The Roof
Saturday Night At The Movies
Please Stay
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Save The Last Dance For Me
Down At The Club
On Broadway

Between Broadway And Hollywood - Lalo Schifrin

Between Broadway And Hollywood
Halo Schifrin
Produced by Creed Taylor
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
MGM E4156

Lalo Schifrin: Piano
George Duvivier: Bass
Ed Shaughnessy: Drums

Excellent small combo jazz arrangements.

From the back cover: Lalo Schifrin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began his piano studies. He continued learning the keyboard at the Paris Conservatory, and received a grounding in American popular music while working as an arranger for the Xavier Cugat Orchestra. Schifrin organized all his talents – composing, arranging, and playing – when he joined the Dizzy Gillespie jazz group.

And although he gained a great reputation in the jazz area, it wasn't until he left the Dizzy Gillespie group to concentrate on composing that his musical fame began to spread outside of jazz.

He has written and arranged for many of today's top artists, and has had a best-selling album of his own, Piano, Strings, and Bossa Nova (MGM E/SE 4110). His work in this album, From Broadway To Hollywood, shoes clearly that his powers as a composer and arranger are broadening greatly.

In Hud, for example, he has used Elmer Bernstein's theme to get into the complex character portrayed by Paul Newman in the film.

Days Of Wine And Roses
Theme From "Lawrence Of Arabia"
Hallucinations (Schifrin)
Who Will Buy
She Loves Me
Jive Orbit (Schifrin)
Impressions Of Broadway (Schifrin)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hundred Dollar Week-End

Hundred Dollar Week-End
You Are There... It's The Wildest
A Rollicking Frolicking Ball By The Sea
A Bold Adventure Into The Realm Of Esoteric Hi-Fedlity
Trick Records LPM 007

Did the hundred dollar week-end include the room, drinks and food... the paper bag needed to help reduce the chances that the young woman might hyperventilate during all her moaning? These questions remain unanswered as does my search for another post, which if my memory serves me, that features the same recording released under a different title.

Latin Moods - Jerry Mayeron

Latin Moods
Jerry Mayeron And His Orchestra
SOMA MG 1212

From the back cover: This array of 6 mambos and 5 bolero selections, designed to give listener or dancer a careful balance of stylings, featuring Jerry Mayeron and his Mamborchestra. Long prominent in the musical realms of Minneapolis and St. Paul, maestro Mayeron and his group are eminently qualified as even the briefest of samplings will testify. Their infectious melodies are sure to set you swaying and rocking to the irresistible bongo beat – and at the same time conjuring up a vision of darkly handsome Latin and skirt swirling senoritas. The Mayeron Mamborchestra is comprised of performers whose backgrounds are as imposing as their music is enjoyable.

Jerry Mayeron, for a decade and a half, as been a piano stylist of note. Mainstay of the organization's unique personality is Mel Paster, percussionist par excellence. Others include Bibby Bastien on bass, Ronnie Rochat on trumpet, Carl Have on accordion, Buddy Moore on bongo and Don Anderson doubling on sax and harp.

Imaginative and distinctive arrangements set this small combo Latin project apart from the competition in what was likely a late 50s pressing, judging by the cover art.

Ebb Tide
J.C. Mambo
Autumn Leaves
Ronnie's Mambo
Speak Low
Quien Sera

A Little Spice Sung By Faye Richmond

My Man O' War
A Little Spice Sung By Faye Richmonde
Davis Records
Joe Davis Record Manufacturer
JD 101

From the back cover: Faye Richmond, is of the new blood. She is a charming person, beautiful, and a delightful singer. Born in a little steel mill town called Homestead, Pa., her ambition from childhood was to become a singer. She broke into show business during the jitterbug era. She entered a dancing contest with her brother and they won the Pennsylvania Tri-State contest. One of the prizes was a two week engagement at a local night club. From Then on they became professionals and toured the country with a band. Her first break came, when the singer with the band became ill and she substituted for her. From then on Faye has been playing night clubs throughout the country.

If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' On It
The Dentist Song
Naggin' Will Not Hold A Man
She's Nine Months Gone From Home
Handy Andy
I Want A Man To Gimme Some Luck
Come Up And See Me, Anytime
Find Out What They Like, And How They Like It
Keep Your Nose Out Of Mama's Business
If You Can't Get Five, Take Two
Never Brag About Your Man
My Man O' War

Piano Portraits By Giovannini

I Cover The Waterfront
Piano Portraits By Giovannini
Bally Record BAL 12009

From the back cover: As can be well imagined, by seeing his name, our piano portraitist, Caesar Giovannini, comes from the Latin, too; but he is an American (United States type) by birth – Chicago, Illinois, in 1925.

Now since Caesar means Emperor, and Emperor means "in command," the Caesar Giovannini is aptly named. At the piano, Caesar is in command. You but have to witness the despair and admiration on the faces of other pianists when they watch and listen to him play to know the nature of Caesar' Command of the Piano. His talent as a composer shows through his playing, as does, also, his skill as an orchestrator and an arranger.

Caesar began his musical training at the age of five and his studies were all pointed towards the concert piano field, but in High School he was introduced to popular music. In spite of the criticism frequently directed at our American popular music, much of this music is very good indeed, and surely plays an important role in our lives. To most of us, its call is strong, and Caesar answered this call with never a regret.

During World War II, Caesar was Concert Pianist for the Official U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and appeared many times with them. In 1947, he received his Bachelors Degree in Piano from the Chicago Conservatory of Music; in 1948, he received his Master's Degree in Composition from this same conservatory.

Caesar joined the Chicago N.B.C. Staff orchestra in 1949 and has been there ever since. During his stay there, he has composed many important works for television and radio shows. He is, at present, writing and conducting the music for the Kukla, Fran and Ollie Show.

Bally Records believes that in offering this album of "Piano Portraits" it is presenting not only on of the great popular pianists of today, but in addition it is giving much more. Most pianists who are recorded use an accompaniment a String Bass and possibly a Guitar; but backing, or rather siding, Caesar Giovannini are five of the finest Jazz performers in America. Vibes – Chuck Calzaretta, Solo Guitar – Claude Scheiner, Rhythm Guitar – Freddy Rundquist, Drums – Max Mariash, and String Bass – Lew Skalinder.

From Billboard - November 17, 1956: Young Giovannini, who writes and conducts the music for the "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" TV show, turns his attention to the package disk field for the first time with this set of 12 moody standards. The artist hews close to the melody line on the tunes, filling them in with easy-to-take full chords. Backing consists of vibes, two guitars, bass and drums which combine to make an agreeable setting. Whether the artists will manage to set the world on fire is a question, but the red-headed lady on the cover, who has little to do with the material, might easily turn the trick.

Early Autumn
Where Or When
I Cover The Waterfront
I'm Through With Love
My Romance
Fools Rush In
Autumn In New York
Stars Fell On Alabama
I See Your Face Before Me
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
The Nearness Of You
Why Shouldn't I

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Steelband And Island Songs - Tyrone & The Clouds

Take Me Take Me
Steelband And Island Songs
Tyrone & The Clouds
Fiesta Records FLPS 1876

Big Bamboo
Steelband Music
Lemon Tree
Take Me Take Me
I Love Barbados
Ring Ting Ting
Legend Of Sam Lord
Snoop John B
In The Caribbean

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill

Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill
And His Orchestra
Decca DL 78878

Excerpts from the back cover: Always instantly identifiable and away from the norm, the Thornhill orchestra was first organized in 1940, but the idea for it began to materialize while Claude was staff arranger for Andre Kostelanetz and the Chesterfield radio show in 1937.

"To create something new and arresting, an orchestra different than the others on the scene, was my goal." Thornhill told me. "With Kostelanetz and later when writing for the Skinny Ennis band on the Bob Hope radio series, I experimented and came close to the sound that would eventually become identified with me.

"The more I thought and worked on my ideas the more convinced I became that I had something a little bit different to contribute. What shaped my thinking and the sound of my orchestra to be? I guess it was a combination of experiences in the jazz and pop fields and the extent of my 'legit' musical background." (Ed. note – Curtis Institute and the Cincinnati Conservatory).

Referring back to the Skinny Ennis days, arranger-composer Gil Evans, long an associate of Thornhill's told Nat Hentoff: "Even then, Claude had a unique way with a dance band. He'd use trombones, for example, with woodwinds in a way that gave them a horn sound."

When Claude finally put his first orchestra together in the spring of 1940, and went to work at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, the sound of Thornhill began to develop.

"I wrote 60 arrangements to start with," said Thornhill, "We rehearsed every afternoon rain or shine."

"With the exception of certain places in our arrangements, the orchestra played without vibrato. Vibrato was used to heighten expressiveness. Even before we added French horns to the band, the feeling and sound were there; the trumpets and trombones, often in hats, imitated the sound, and it did it quite well."

Opening for business at Balboa with five brass, six reeds - four saxophones and two clarinets, all the reed men doubled, enabling Claude to obtain a wide range of sounds from this section of the orchestra - and four rhythm, the natural/classical sound of the Thornhill crew impressed dancers and listeners.

Before Thornhill enlisted in the Navy in 1942, he wrote or sketched most of the orchestra's arrangements, was its Chief soloist; the organization centered around him. His solo piano work reflected his feelings for dynamics and provided the motion/contrast to the cloud of sound created by the orchestra. And the sound was of utmost importance to him; the majority of the melodies he selected were "slow-moving" and easily tailored to the sound.

The spring of 1946 found Claude out of the service and reorganizing his orchestra, an orchestra that would make musical history. Evans rejoined Bill Borden, another ex-Thornhill scripted, was rehired; and a young red-haired saxophonist named Gerry Mulligan began writing about a year later.

"The time seemed right for experimentation, though the people around me said that I should stick to romantic, impressionistic music, that extending myself in a new direction was risky.

"I went on experimenting anyway," Claude declared. "A tube was added in 1947, filling out the sound even more. Around this time, Gil started rehearsing three flautists who doubled piccolo at his Manhattan apartment. They were hired.

Though uncompromising to a great extent, the orchestra could not be completely apart. Bread and butter, supplied by the mass dancing and listening public had to be considered; loss of contact, avoided. In addition business conditions were going from bad to worse. By late 1947, it became obvious to Claude that his organization was swimming against the current. The public was lavishing its affections on singers and small bands; interest in dancing was rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

Fran Warren, Thornhill's vocal star, stemmed the tide for a while with her hit records, but it soon became apparent that something had to be done. Late in 1948, Claude dropped a French horn. By the middle of the next year, he had stopped down to basic necessity; the tuba and the flautists had been let go in the economy cut. Only one French horn player was retained. The experimental period in the life of the Thornhill band was over.

The memory of the '46-48 Thornhill aggregation is a warm one for many of us. Its influence has been widespread. "The sound of the Thornhill band became common property pretty fast," says Gill Evans.

The band spoke the language of the modern jazz soloist.

– All comments by Gill Evans... from Down Beat interview with Nat Hentoff

Melody: Where Or When, There's A Small Hotel, September Song
Texas Blues
Wonderful One
Sleepy Serenade
Muskrat Ramble
Skater's Cha Cha
Autumn Nocturne
Spaghetti Rag
Medley: I Had The Craziest Dream
You'll Never Know

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Warm And Wonderful - The King Sisters

Warm And Wonderful
The King Sisters
Orchestra Conducted by Alvino Rey
Orchestrations Arranged by Warren Barker
Produced by Lee Gillette
Cover Photo by Bob Voss
Capitol Records T1205

Available from the online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the fabulous original jacket image which isn't included with the downloads.

From the back cover: Since their earliest triumphs with Alvino Rey's great band, Yvonne, Luise, Marilyn and Alyce (left to right above) have consistently held a top spot among the favorite vocal groups. They've scored hit after hit with nearly every type of popular tune.

From Billboard - June 15, 1959: The King gals are singing as well as, if not better than, ever on this fine selections of familiar but not overly recorded tunes. They're all ballads. Alvino Rey, as usual handles the backing which consist of a male vocal group as well as the smart band scoring. Plenty of good jock material here.

Nina Never Knew
Too Late Now
I Hadn't Anyone Till You
There Is No Greater Love
Girls Were Made To Take Care Of Boys
All My Life
But Beautiful
Ev'ry Day
That's All
The Nearness Of You
How Long Has This Been Going On

Sounds Different! - Joe Venuto

That's All
Sounds Different!
Joe Venuto And His Quartet With Sandi Blaine
Produced and Directed especially for Everest by George T. Simon of Bouree Enterprises, LTD.
Everest LPBR 5053

Joe Venuto: Marimba and Vibes
Howard Collins: Guitar
Julie Alexander: Drums
Warren Hard: Percussion and Drums

From the back cover: We've tried to produce a soft, subtle, happy and different sound on this record – a sound that was born, by the way, in our own apartment up in Yonkers, New York. Sandi'd feel like singing and I'd feel like playing and so I'd noodle in back of her and all of the sudden we discovered we'd come across something a little different. Howie Collins, whom we've known for years, used to drop by and he'd add his guitar to what we were doing and soon we were getting the sound you hear on this, our first record.

Arranging had always intrigued me, even though up till now I've only played professionally. But I'd listened a lot, because I'd played both vibes and marimba with some pretty great outfits: Johnny Richards, Benny Goodman, Jim Timmens, Mudell Lowe, Ken Hopkins, Raymond Paige and the Radio City Music Hall Symphony, and I guess most important of all to me, the Suater-Finegan band. Both Eddie and Bill encouraged me greatly and finally Eddie suggested I study arranging with him. He and Red Norro, for whom Eddie used to write, have always been my musical idols, and so naturally I jumped at the chance. And here I am!

From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Here's a delightful package of jazz-flavored standards and originals, featuring tasteful thrushings of Sandi Blaine (Mrs. Venuto) and brightly swinging backing some ace jazz musicians – Mousey Alexander, Warren Hard, Julie Ruggiero, and Howard Collins. Selections - all spotlighting Everest's fine sound - include "Making Whooppee," " That's All," " Love Nest," "Stars And Stripes Forever," and "Crazy Rhythm.

Makin' Whoopee
Polly Wolly Doodletown
Rockin' Chair
Tow Of A Kind
Dancing On The Ceiling
Crazy Rhythm
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
That's All
Stars And Strips Forever
Love Nest

Les Alexandrins Volume 2

Je Parle Pour Parler 
Les Alexandrins Volume 2
Luc Et Lisa Cousineau
Arrangements Et Direction D'Orchestratre: George Tremblay
Director Artistique: Pierre Dubord
Photo: Georges Patoine
Maquette: Robert Vachon
Premier Addition: October 1967
Capitol Records (Canada) Serie 70,000

Les Copains
John Kennedy
Je Parle Pour Parler
C'Est A Pendre
Chanson De Rien Et De N'Importe Quoi
Le Marche Aux Fleurs
La Danse De La Vie
T'As Manque La Chanson
Je Suis Une Chatte
Au Jour Tant Attendu
Ton Cœur N'Est Pas Un Violon
Amor D'Ete

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Music From The Happiest Girl In The World - De Vol

Adrift On A Star
Music From The Happiest Girl In The World
Music By De Vol
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia Records CS 8429

From the back cover: Frank De Vol is a conductor, arranger, composer and performer. He wrote the scores for the movie Pillow Talk, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Big Knife, and for his work as conductor and actor on the Rosemary Clooney TV Show he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Mr. De Vol is an able performer on every instrument except the oboe, the English horn, the bassoon and the harp. He began his musical career at the age of nine, helping his father in the music library of the Canton, Ohio, Grand Opera House. Young Frank soon learned to play the violin and piano, later mastered several other instruments and wrote his first score at sixteen. A lengthy period of arranging for various dance orchestras followed, until he moved to Hollywood to compose and conduct for movies, radio, television and recordings. He joined Columbia Records in 1957.

From Billboard - June 12, 1961: Composer-arranger Frank De Vol and his orchestra offer sparkling instrumental arrangements of the bright and lively Jacques Offenbach score from the hit Broadway show, "The Happiest Girl In The World." Some of the highlights are "Vive La Virtue," "Never Trust A Virgin," "Adrift On A Star" and "The Happiest Girl In The World." This pleasantly listenable package has solid sales potential. Excellent item for show music enthusiasts.

The Happiest Girl In The World
Viva La Virtue and Never Trust A Virgin
How Soon, Oh Moon?
Shall We Say Farewell
Never Bedevil The Devil
Cheers For The Hero And The Oath
Adrift On A Star
The Glory That Is Greece/The Greek Marine Hymn
Five Minutes Of Spring
Whatever That May Be

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bossa Nova With Strings Attached - Bill Perkins

Amor Em Paz
Bossa Nova With Strings Attached
The Tenor Sax Of Bill Perkins
Produced and Arranged by Bob Florence
Engineer: Bones Howe
Cover Design and Photography: Studio Five
Liberty LRP-3293

Outstanding jazzy tenor sax driven Bossa Nova arrangements. The addition of "lush" strings helps to mellow the sound which flows smoothly from one tune to another in this creative Latin set.

Tres Palabras
Little Bird
Amor Em Paz
Samba De Orfeu
Little Boat
Out Of This World
Summer Festival

G.I. Joe Castle Of The Doomed

G.I. Joe
A Real American Hero
Castle Of The Doomed
Written, Produced and Performed by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan with John Holer.
Additional voices by Joe Holer.
All material published by Gabrielle Amanda Music, Inc. (BMI), except The G.I. Joe Theme.
Words by Ford Kinder, Spence Michlin and Joe Bacal.
Music by Ford Kinder and Spence Michlin
Kid Stuff Records & Tapes KSS 5044
A Division Of IJE, Inc.

Songs Of Loretta Lynn - Rita Remington

Coal Miner's Daughter
Sounds Like Songs Of Loretta Lynn
Performed By Rita Remington
Cover Design: Kayth Horan-Grambach
Pickwick SPC-3737

Coal Miner's Daughter
Don't Come Home A Drinkin'
You Wanna Give Me A Lift?
Wings Upon Your Horns
You're Lookin' At Country
You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man
Your Squaw Is On The Warpath
I'm Dynamite
Rated "X"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Country Giants - Nashville Fiddles

Norwegian Wood
Country Giants
Nashville Fiddles
Producer: Aubry Mayhew
Certain Corporation Music Divison

From the back cover: This album will be the first of a series featuring Nashville Fiddles.

Orange Blossom Special
Black Mountain Rag
Touch My Heart
In The Ghetto
Norwegian Wood
Days Of Sand And Shovels
Gentle On My Mind
Folsom Prison Blues
Rocky Top
Apartment #9

Friday, July 28, 2017

Swingin' With Prince Igor

Symphony For Jazz - Part 4
Swingin' With Prince Igor and Tannhauser
Skip Martin's adaptation for Symphony and Jazz Band
Recorded in Hollywood at United Recording Studios, October 7-8, 1959, under the direction of D. L. Miller
Audio Mix: Bill Putnam, Tape, Edit and Assembly: Belinda Putnam
Package Art: W. Dressler
Produced in U.S.A. by Miller International Co., Swathmore, PA.

Reissued as Somerset SF16000

Creative blend of classical and swing, arranged by Skip Martin. The disc comes packaged in a lushly produced gatefold jacket featuring a plastic "winking" insert on the cover.

From the inside jacket: There are countless music arrangers with academic backgrounds who know the orchestra. There are also many unschooled arrangers with a wonderful "natural" feel. Skip Martin, however, possesses the rare faculty of knowing the orchestra and has one of the greatest natural jazz concepts of any writer on the musical scene today. At the age of 17, he played clarinet with the Indianapolis Symphony; however, as with many of our best modern composer-musicians, the love of jazz was too strong for him to remain with the Symphony. Before heading to the West Coast, Skip played saxophone with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnett. His first arranging jobs of importance were for Count Basie. After an N.B.C. staff berth in New York, Skip moved to Hollywood where he has worked on numerous films, unusual recording projects and significant TV Shows.

Trumpets: Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, Joe Triscari, Mickey Mangano, Pete Candoli
Drums: Dale Anderson, Irv Cottler
Bass: Red Mitchell, Roland Bundock
Vibes: Gene Estes
Guitar: Al Hendrickson
Piano: Jimmy Rowels
Reeds: Chuck Gentry, Gus Bivona, Harry Klee, Jules Jacobs, Paul Horn
Clarinet: Hubo Raimondi
Jazz Flute: Paul Horn
Tuba: Clarence Karella
Trombones: Dick Nash, Dick Noel, Frank Howard, George Roberts
French Horns: Jimmy Magee, Dick Perissi, Vince De Rosa, Bill Hinshaw
Music Coordinator: Al Lapin
Concertmeister: Jacques Gasselin