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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Diane - Bo Rhambo

Bo Rhambo
Imperial LP-12088

From the back cover: Like his music, Bo Rhambo is a natural musician. He plays tenor saxophone and trumpet, self-taught on both instruments. In fact, Bo taught himself to read, write, and arrange music before he ever started playing a horn. Born in Austin, Texas, Bo grew up with an interest in music. He couldn't afford music lessons, so he took to learning it himself. He learned so well that when he bought his first instrument, a trumpet, during his first year of college, it was only a scant three months before he was playing in the college band. Five months after he started playing trumpet, he organized his first band, made up of fellow students, and played local dances and parties. In between, he taught music in the surrounding small towns. Three years later, when his tenor man failed to show for a dance, Bo filled in on tenor, liked the instrument, and has played it ever since. He has headed his own band off and on for the past eighteen years, although in recent years he has chosen to work with a trio.

In this album you'll hear the work of Bo Rhambo, trumpeter, and Bo Rhambo, saxophonist. He vacillates between the two horns, depending on the particular mood of the tune, and sometimes plays both during one song. Complementing Bo like another right arm is Teddy Wood's organ and piano. Wood's feel for the ballad is poignant, tasteful, and with much feeling. Laying down the beat on the drums in Bobby Pittman. At no time do you get the feeling that these three men walked into a recording studio just to do a job. Rather, you feel as if they are sitting in the next room playing for theirs and your enjoyment. But that's the way Bo Rhambo planned it.

Indian Love Call
Blues For The Doll
Lost In A Day Dream
Move It On Out
Jump Time
Bo's Blues
Blue Mist

Monday, October 27, 2014

Flutists' Showcase

Pavane - Ravel - Geargart
Flutists' Showcase
Directed by Frederick Wilkins
Golden Crest Records
CR 4020

Terrific Golden Crest cover design. The set features more "moody" tracks amongst the "standards" such as Flight Of The Bumble Bee.

Nice set.

Scherzino (Three flutes in C and piano)
Soliloquy (For solo flute)
Intermezzi (For three flutes in C)
Danse of The Mirlitons (Three flutes in C and piano)
Sursum Corda (For flutes in C)
Grand Quartet in E Minor (For four flutes in C)
Flight Of The Bumble Bee (Three flutes in C and piano)
Canon (For two flutes in C and Alto flute in G)
The Swiss Shepherd (Played on the E flute)
Quintet (For four flutes in C with piano)

Dick Hyman & Harpsichord In Hi Fi

The Blue Whistler
Dick Hyman & Harpsichord In Hi Fi
With Trio and Orchestra
MGM Records E3606

From March 3, 1958 Billboard: A charming package. Hyman's keyboard technique is of a very high order, and his good taste is unfailing. Result is an album which cannot fail to hold listeners.

A mixed bag of "nostalgic" sounding tracks with few space age touches.

When You're Smiling
Threepenny Tango
Mandolins Of Venice
The Red Cat
Gimme A Little Kiss
Blue Danube Bounce
The Red Head
The Blue Whistler
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Tokyo Alley
Good Times

Alma de Mujer - Nico Membiela

Ojo Malvados
Alma de Mujer
Nico Membiela
Adria AP 22

Alma De Mujer
Amore En Tragos
Ojos Malvados
Amar Y Vivir
Estas En Mi Corazon
En Las Tinieblas
Ni Por De Cristal

Sunday, October 26, 2014

La Creation du Monde

La Creation du Monde
La Creation du Monde - Mildaud
L'Historie du Soldat - Stravinsky
Everest SDBR-3017

From the back cover: Briefly, the action of La Creation du Monde is a danced interpretation of the creation of all living things beings. From out of the dark, mass of dancers emerge, one by one, trees and animals, progressing from the lowest forms of life to the highest, Man and Woman, who conclude the work with a climatic kiss of fertility. Mihaud's music accompanies this action on a relatively subdued plane, but the spirit of jazz, particularly the blues, is ever present.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tanzhits '72

Tanzhits '72
Hugo Strasser und sein Tanzorchester
EMI Columbia Tanz Illustrierte
C062-29 442

Spanish Harlem
We Are Going Down Jordan
Mamy Blue
Soley Soley
Let It Rock
This Is The Way To Amarillo
Holiday Stomp

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bossa Now! - Joe Harnell

Bossa Now!
Joe Harnell
Produced By Mike Berniker
Arranged And Conducted By Joe Harnell
A Total Sound Experience
Columbia CS 9499

Bossa Wow! A terrific space age Latin project that grabs you from the first track and won't let go. Lush, groovy, driving sound featuring Harnell's sparkling arrangements and keyboard work.

From the back cover: Bossa Now! is just that! The exciting difference is the "bossa" sound of today. Take, for instance, the unusual instruments Joe has brought together for this album and the way he uses them. There's the sitar, the indian stringed instrument. Until now, the sitar has been limited to background accompaniment in "rock" sessions. Recognizing the instrument's potential, Joe has brought the sitar front and center, giving it a beautiful melodic line and making it an integral part of the orchestra. You'll hear the haunting sound of the sitar featured in Serenata.

The bellzukie is another sound maker that has the freshness and vitality of today. With a musical range from the whine of a Honda to the mellowness of a cello, the amplified bellzukie come into its own in Blame It On The Bossa Nova. Credit for the Blame goes to Joe and his free-wheeling arrangement that pits the bellzukie against a brace of individually tuned bongos. Add to this the magnificent string section that has become a Harnell trademark and the exciting woodwind virtuosity of Phil Bodner and you have a great example of Harnell's gift for arranging and orchestrating an old standard into something new and exciting.

Just to make sure that Bossa Nova remember its heritage, several Brazilian instruments play a key part in the session. The cabaso is a beaded shaker that gives the group a subtle, insinuating snap. And there's the cuica, the metal drum that opens Un Poco Rio.

I also hear Vincent Bell's "water drop" guitar effect on one track.

Un Poco Rio
So Soon
So Nice
Music To Watch Girls By
A Man And A Woman
Blame It On The Bossa Nova
Bermuda Concerto
Spanish Flea

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today Is Tomorrow! - The Four Freshmen

Lady Madonna
Today Is Tomorrow!
The Four Freshmen
Liberty LST-7563

Producer: Jack Tracy
Arranger: Dick Reynolds
Engineer: Lanky Linstrot
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Fashion Designs And Cover Models courtesy Of Rudi Gerneich
Cover Photography: Ivan Nagy

From the back cover: Trends come and go, and we have seen a bunch of them. Usually trends don't especially affect us – Elvis, Folk or Calypso – it doesn't matter. We do what we do. Recently though, this spinning, unpredictable music business is pointing our direction – have you noticed? Group singing is more stylish than ever before. Nothing could be more "mod" than to sing four notes in chords. We're not kicking though – we like being stylish. If we were the only ones heading in this direction, we might get to thinking we're on the wrong track. These new groups are helping keep the music business tuned to The Four Freshmen sound – helping keep us "in style."

From Billboard - June 15, 1968: The pleasant close harmonies of the Freshmen have been entertaining audiences since the early days of Presley, and with contemporary material, the soft sounds still works...

Day Dream
My Girl
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Walk On By
You've Got To Be Loved
Lady Madonna
Soul Coaxing
Come Fly With Me
When School Is Out This Year
Here's To You

20th All-Senior Honor Band

Black Magic Woman
20th All-Senior Honor Band
East Texas State University
November 23, 1974

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Goin' Crazy With The Blues - Claire Austin

On Revival Day
Goin' Crazy With The Blues
Claire Austin
Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings
Jazzology J-52

From the back cover: It was with great anticipation that I spent the entire week, well truly even longer from the time arrangements were complete, to the arrival Friday evening March 7th of Gene Mayl and his Dixieland Rhythm Kings. My excitement was fever high, for my concern was for one member of the aggregation which was expected in town that night. I knew Gene well and we have spent many happy hours together over the years and I knew most of the other members of his current touring band including Ernie Carson who makes his home right here in Atlanta. No it was different this time and the reason was that Claire Austin was coming with them. I was at long last going to meet Claire Austin… to my surprise, she, after many years of absence from the musical scene, had moved from the west coast to just outside of Cincinnati…

…It is a shame that Claire Austin has made so few recordings over the many years that she has been singing. Actually she was a professional singer in Oregon back when she was just a teenage. Her first session was those famous four sides with Turk and then the 10" lp with Ory, Ewell, Garland and Hall. Since those sessions back in the 40's she has only recorded two other albums with the Great Excelsior Jazz Band from Oregon which could have been a great session if it were not for poor engineering and a bad balance on the part of the studio. Claire is really excited about this album session as I am too. – George H. Buck, Jr.

Goin' Crazy With The Blues
Squeeze Me
On Revival Day
World's Jazz Crazy, Lawdy, So Am I
Exactly Like You
That Da Da Strain
New Orleans Hop Skop Blues
Atlanta Blues
Alabama Jubilee
Some Of These Days
Just A Little While To Stay Here