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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tops In Pops Artists

Montuno In G
Tops In Pops Artists
Evon 312

Preacher And The Bear - Pee Wee Hunt
After The Ball - Fred Burton
Annie Laurie - Ted Nash
Montuno In G - Noro Morales
Barcarolle - The Three Suns
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Sarah Vaughan
The Whiffenpoof Song - Lanny Ross
Willow, Tit Willow - Marty Green
Rose Of Tralee - Frank Connors
Alohe Oe (Farwell To Thee) - Lani McIntire

Intoxicating Peral Bailey

Empty House Blues
The Intoxicating
Peral Bailey
Photo by Wesley Bowman
Mercury Records MG 20277

I'm Gonna Keep On Doin' What I'm Doin'
I've Taken A Fancy To You
Here You Come With Love
That's What You Think
Call Me Again When You're In Town
It Figures
The Saga Of My Life
What Will We Do On Sunday
You've Got It Made
Who Me? I'd Love It
Empty House Blues
Love 'Im, Love 'Im, Love 'Im

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Lennon Sisters Sing Twelve Great Hits

Harbor Lights
The Lennon Sisters Sing Twelve Great Hits
Arranged and Conducted by Milt Rogers
Cover Photo by Russ Halford
Dot Ultra Stereophonic Recording DLP 25292
Mfd. for Teleklew Prod. Inc.

From Billboard - July 11, 1960: The Lennon Sisters sell a group of familiar tunes with verve and sparkle on this bright new waxing. Hits range from "Among My Souvenirs," "Melody Of Love" and "Now Is The Hour." to "You Are My Sunshine" and "Harbor Lights." The gals sound very good on this waxing and the album could be a strong seller.

Among My Souvenirs
Mississippi Mud
Repeat After Me
Forever And Ever
Mexicali Rose
Harbor Lights
Melody Of Love
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Choir Of Angels
You Are My Sunshine
Now Is The Hour
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet

The Lennon Sisters' Favorites

Autumn Leaves
The Lennon Sisters' Favorites
Arranged and Conducted by Jimmie Haskell
Jimmy Haskell appears through the courtesy of Capitol Records
Produced by Ted Mack
Dot DLP-25481
Mfd. for Teleklew Prod. Inc.

The Green Leaves Of Summer
Scarlet Ribbons
Kisses Sweater Than Wine
My Rosary
Beautiful Ohio
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
My Favorite Things
Lida Rose
Autumn Leaves
Kentucky Babe
Ave Maria

Stan Getz - Chick Corea & Bill Evans

Stan Getz
The Chick Corea / Bill Evans Sessions
The 1964 and 1967 recordings, machine Getz with the pianistic brilliance of Corea and Evan; also with Elvin Jones, Richard Davis, Ron Carter and Grady Tate.
Originally Produced by Creed Taylor
Reissue Prepared by Robert Hurwitz
Cover Art: Dave Hefferman
Art Direction: Beverly Parker (AGI)
Reissue Engineer: Ed Outwater
Mastering: Bob Ludwig (Masterworks)
Recorded in New York City, March 1967
Verve VE-2-2510
1976 Polydor Incorporated
Previously released on albums V6-8833 and V6-8693

From the cover: Getz, who is currently into his fourth decade of pacesetting tenor playing, joined Woody Herman's Second Herd in 1947 at the tender age of 20, after three years of cross-country touring under such diverse leaders as Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman. In late 1948 the Herd recorded "Early Autumn," a Getz ballad feature that established his lyrically warm but sonically cool approach as the style for tenor saxophonists to pursue.

The solo's success allowed Getz to lead his own group from 1949 on, but it did not turn him into a one-dimensional musician. In 1950 Getz emphasized his commitment to more intense blowing on some marvelous live recordings made at George Wein's old Boston club Storyville. "It's fun swinging and getting hot for a change instead of trying to be cool," Getz told Leonard Feather at the time. "I don't want to become stagnant. I can be a real stomping tenor man.

For all the polls he won without interruption during the decade, the '50s were a time of crisis for Getz. A brief but unhappy stint as a studio musician, a failing marriage, drug busts, a suicide attempt, six months in a California Jail, an auto-crash that almost killed one of his sons, a near-fatal case of pneumonia, and the increasing hostilities of black musicians all took their toll; in July 1958, Getz and his Danish second wife fled the United States for the outskirts of Copenhagen. When Getz returned in January 1961, John Coltrane had established himself as the dominant trendsetter among tenor saxophonists. Getz could have accommodated as eager group of reactionary listeners who felt Coltrane's way was somehow "anti-jazz," but sedate rehashing of "Early Autumn" and "Moonlight In Vermont" were not what he had in mind. He proceeded to hire such young explorers as Steve Kuhn, Jimmy Garrison and Scott La Faro, and at the close of '61 undertook the soloist's role in Eddie Sauter's ground-breaking work "Focus."

Then, without warning, success struck for the second time. In early 1962 Getz and Charlie Byrd recored some new tunes the guitarist had brought back from Brazil. The resulting album, Jazz Samba (and its lead tune "Desafinado"), became a Top Ten hit and brought Getz his first Grammy Award. Bossa nova was the musical sound of the moment, thanks to the Getz/Byrd recordings, and the smart business move was to place Stan in additional Brazilian settings. Verve responded accordingly, matching Getz with Luis Bonfa, Laurindo Almeida and Gary McFarland's big band bossa nova," but the saxophonist refused to fall into a samba somnolence. In clubs, he condescendingly referred to his hit time as "Dis Here Finado"; in the recording studio, he hosted the 1963 summit meeting with Bill Evans, Elvin Jones, Richard Davis and Ron Carter, included on this collection's first record.

The pairing of Getz and Evans had been anticipated for years, as both players represent the epitome of lyricism, attention to nuance, and quiet strength. The real stroke of genius on the part of Getz, Evans and producer Creed Taylor was in the choice of a rhythm section. Elvin Jones, who was lighting brilliant percussive fires under Coltrane at the time, brought out the assertive side of both soloists. As Getz appreciatively told Leonard Feather a year after the session, "Elvin's a wonderful drummer... so wide and loose." These adjectives could also apply to Ron Carter and Richard Davis, two then up-and-coming bassists with distinctively iconoclastic approaches to the modern mainstream. Each had previously worked productively with Eric Dolphy, a sign of their inquisitive natures.

As many performances of the '60s Getz left the choice of material to others. Evans clearly called the tunes here: "Night And Day' and "My Heart Stood Still" appeared on early Evans trio sessions, and a recent live album found the pianist still playing "But Beautiful." Getz came to this session intending to blow, and if occasional reed squeaks and honked low notes suggest that he may have been forcing it a bit, we generally hear a master in inspired, heated flight, far from the polite niceties of the stark contrast to his more commercial work of that time that kept the Getz/Evan sessions unissued for a decade.

Night And Day
But Beautiful
My Heart Stood Still
Grandfather's Waltz
O Grande Amor
Sweet Rain
Con Alma

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

After Hours - Sarah Vaughan

Black Coffee
After Hours
Sarah Vaughan
Photo by Hugh Bell
Columbia CL 660

From the back cover: Rarely a popular singer in the commercial sense, Sarah's talents are nevertheless both popular and commercial, as the proprietors of any club or theater are able to attest. (For that matter, several of the numbers in this collection, notably "Thinking Of You", "I Cried For You" and "Perdido", made the best-seller lists). This sort of thing is a steady note in her career, which has gone forward and upward steadily ever since her debut. Her first public appearance were in Newark, N.J., where she sang in the choir of her church. Entering an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in New York, she won not only the first prize, but a week's engagement, appearing with Earl Hines' orchestra. Before the week was up, Hines offered her a permanent berth with his group, which also featured Billy Eckstine.

After Hours
Street Of Dreams
You Taught Me To Love Again
You'er Mine, You
My Reverie
Black Coffee
Thinking Of You
I Cried For You
Deep Purple
Just Friends

Hits Again 3 - Klaus Wunderlich

Theme From "Shaft"
Hits Again 3
Klaus Wunderlich
Hammond with Rhythm
Telefunken SLE 14 694-P

Avenues And Alleyways
I'm On My Way

Speak Softly Love
You're A Lady
Theme From "W"

Oh Lonesome Me
Kiss Me

Last Date

Look At Me
Delta Queen


Theme From "Shaft"
If You Could Read My Mind

Crocodile Rock

I Will Follow Him
Wig-Wam Bam

Sugar Me
Standing In The Road

An Evening With Franklyn MacCormack

Beyond The Brightest Star
An Evening With Franklyn MacCormack
Organ Accompaniment: Adele Scott
Producer: Jerome V. Man
Cover Art: Tru-View Studios
Cover Art: Tru-View Studios
IRC International Recording Co.

From the back cover: Since March of 1958, MacCormack has been starred on "The-All-Night Meister Brau Showcase." a six and one-half hour program on WGN radio in Chicago. Several awards have been given to the show which can be heard throughout most of the country. Ratings and surveys have shown that his show has more listeners than any other all-night program. It is significant to note that the Peter Hand Brewery, brewers of Meister Brau, have been his sole sponsor during this time.

Why Do I Love You?
Because You Love Me
Good Night Son
My Lonely Heart
Beyond The Brightest Star
I Cannot Be Alone
The Time To Remember
When The World Was Young
This Is All I Ask
September Song

Pal Joey - 101 Strings

Overture - Bewitched - My Funny Valentine
101 Strings Play Hits From Rodgers and Hart Pal Joey
And Victor Herbert's The Red Mill
Stereo Fidelity
Manufactured by Miller International Co.

Pal Joey
My Funny Valentine
The Lady Is A Tramp
I Could Write A Book
I Didn't Know What Time It Was

The Red Mill
Because You're You
Everyday Is Ladies Day With Me
In Old New York
Isle Of Our Dreams

Linda's Player Piano - Linda Carillon Berry

Linda's Player Piano
Linda Carillon Berry and Her Player Piano
Audio Fidelity
AFLP 1846

Mary Lou
When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver
Under The Double Eagle
In The Evening
I Never Knew What Moonlight Could Do
La Golondrina
Beer Barrel Polka
Jolly Coppersmith
National Emblem March