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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Lonely Hours - Sarah Vaughan

Friendless
The Lonely Hours
Sarah Vaughan
Arranged by Benny Carter
Produced by Teddy Reig
Designed by Moscow-Morrison, Inc.
Roulette Birdland SR 52104
1964

Lonely Hours
I'll Never Be The Same
If I Had You
Friendless
You're Driving Me Crazy
Always On My Mind
Look For Me, I'll Be Around
What'll I Do?
Solitude
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
The Man I Love
So Long, My Love

South Pacific - Al Goodman

Bali Hai
South Pacific
Al Goodman and His Orchestra Play Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Vocals by Richard Torigi, Susan Shaute, William Reynolds, Dolores Marin & Paula Wayne
Spin-o-rama S 3047

Overture
Some Enchanted Evening
There's Nothing Like A Dame
Bali Ha'i
I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy
Entre' Acte
Younger Than Springtime
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
This Nearly Was Mine
Happy Talk
Finale

Masterpieces By Ellington

Mood Indigo
Masterpieces By Ellington
I Uncut Concert Arrangements
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Recorded December 19, 1950
Columbia CL 825
1957

Personnel:

Piano: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Saxophone: Russel Procope, Paul Gonzales, Johnny Hodges & Jimmy Hamilton
Trumpet: Nelson Williams, Andrew Ford, Harold Baker, Ray Nance & William Anderson
Trombone: Quentin Jackson, Lawrence Brown & Tyree Glenn
Horn: Mercer Ellington
Drums: Sonny Greer
Bass: Wendell Marshall
Vocalist: Yvonne

From the back cover: Born in Washington D.C. on April 29, 1899, he earned his name Duke in high school, for his exceptionally neat dress and fastidious manners. Edward Kennedy Ellington took only a few piano lessons, but became proficient enough to acquire a job as jazz pianist in Washington cafes during the first World War. At the same time, he became a member of a large orchestra organized by Russell Wooding to give Sunday night concerts in the war-time capital.

Later, he became the leader of one of Oliver "Doc" Perry's orchestras, and in 1922 he joined Elmer Snowden's orchestra, where he met trumpeter Arthur Whetsel, drummer Sonny Greer and saxophonist Otto Hardwick. Next he played with Wilbur Sweatman's band, and sometimes obtained outside engagements with a five-piece group known as The Washingtonians, including the above-named players, with James Miley as second trumpeter and trombonist Charley Ervis.

In 1926, he moved to New York and began playing at the Kentucky Club with his own orchestra. His fame began to spread, and soon publisher Irving Mills stepped in to foster the growth and promotion of the orchestra. On December 4, 1927, Ellington opened at the then-famous Cotton Club in Harlem, and here the tingling excitement of his music really burst into the limelight. The startling arrangements, the unforgettable originals poured forth in rich profusion, and the orchestra was securely established as one of the great organizations in music, a popular success, and a critical success. This record presents, for the first time in full-length recorded arrangements, four of the finest Ellington scores, typical of the advancement and lively intelligence that the Duke has brought to popular music. Each is genuinely a masterpiece, and each, obviously, could have only been created by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. – GBD


Mood Indigo
Sophisticated Lady
The Tattooed Bride
Solitude

Dance The Twist - Bunny Chess

Red Devil Twist
Dance The Twist
Bunny Chess And The Twister
Hudson Record, Co.
Acorn 677

Red Devil Twist
Hey Little Girl
The Spinner
My Baby Couldn't Dance
The Twister
Two To Twist
I Need Your Love
Diggin' The Twist
Oh This Is Love
Like, The Twist
I Just Couldn't Take It
Ankle Twist

Suite Music By Bizet - Bamberg Symphony

Carmen Suite
Suite Music By Bizet
Arlesienne Suites #1 & #2
Carmen Suite
Bamberg Symphony
Marcel Couraud - Conductor
Vox Productions VOX PL 10 230
1957

From Billboard - May 6, 1957: A well executed and packaged interpretation of the always popular L'Ariesienne Suites which obviously are subject to extremely rough competition with such names as Tocanini, Stokowski, Ormandy, etc., attached to other versions. Couraud conducts with lively understanding by comparative results don't look to touch off more than moderate sales interest.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Designed For You - The Johnny Smith Trio

I'll Take Romance
Designed For You
The Johnny Smith Trio
Produced by Teddy Reig
Back Cover Illustration: Leonard Slonevsky
Roost SLP 2238
1959

From Billboard - December 7, 1959: Johnny Smith, a big deejay favorite, displays his relaxed, sensitive musicianship here on a group of standards. He registers particularly well with tasteful, smiley stated guitar solo treatments of "Fools Rush In," "Mood Indigo," "My Romance," etc.

Fools Rush In
I'll Remember Clifford
The Lady Is A Tramp
There Will Never Be Another You
Autumn Leaves
Mood Indigo
Sentimental Journey
Three Little Words
My Romance
Sometimes I'm Happy
I'll Take Romance

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Easy Listening _ Johnny Smith Trio

I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Easy Listening
Johnny Smith Trio
Produced by Teddy Reig
Cover Photo: Ray Jacobs
Royal Roost Records LP 2233
1959

From Billboard - May 4, 1959: Johnny Smith continues his easy ways with this new release, performing a group of standards with the tender touch that has made many of his guitar albums steady sellers. On this set Smith performs both unaccompanied and with a small combo, handling standards like "When I Fall In Love," and for tunes such as "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" with warm and feeling. For the many Johnny Smith fans.

When I Fall In Love
It Might As Well Be Spring
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair)
Like Someone In Love
You Don't Know What Love Is
Isn't It Romantic
I Remember The Corn Fields
A Foggy Day
Scarlet Ribbon
People Will Say We're In Love
The Nearness Of You

Let's Go Loco - Joe Loco

Madness
Let's Go Loco
Joe Loco and His Orchestra
Photo: Garrett Howard
IR Imperial LP 12014
1959

From the back cover: Since has been the case with Latin-American music, especially in the hands of its leading exponent, Joe Loco, who was the first man to introduce both the mambo and cha cha cha to this country. His mambo treatment of "Tenderly," the first mambo record ever released in 1951, was not only one of the biggest selling records of the day (and is still selling), but was a forerunner to adapting Latin rhythms to American pop tunes. Along with the Latin and pop tunes, Loco added another most important ingredient – jazz. This gave his music that extra bit of seasoning that made it distinctive and universally accepted. It appealed to the jazz buff, the melody lover, and the dancer. Two years later, in 1953, when Loco introduced cha cha cha, he handled it the same way for the same mass appeal.

Joe Loco is one of the most talented and versatile musicians in the business. He is a graduate of Juilliard and plays every instrument in the band. He is a fluent writer and excellent arranger. Following four years at Juilliard, Loco took post-graduate work at New York University and then studied the complicated Schilinger system of music under Richard Bender. He was playing piano professionally at sixteen years of age and before that was a hoofer. At seventeen he was playing trombone with Count Basie's band when Basie brought his first band to New York from Kansas City. He has played with dozens of the biggest bands, including Will Bradley, Joe Reisman, and Xavier Cugat, to name a few.


From Billboard - April 20, 1959: Here's an album that should appeal to all dancers of Latin rhythms, with the music dished out by one of the top Latin bands, the Joe Loco crew. On this well-recorded stereo set, the Loco crew comes thru with rhythmic versions of "From This Moment On," Nightmare," and "Tangerine."

Moderna Muchacha
Regalame Esta Noche
Shakin'
Julie Is Her Hame
Madness
From This Moment On
Nightmare
Tangerine
September Song
Take Me In Your Arms
Summertime
Gypsy In My Soul

Anita - Anita O'Day

Beautiful Love
Anita
Anita O'Day
Orchestra Conduct by Buddy Bregman
Cover Photo by Alex de Paola
Verve MGV-2000
1956

From the back cover: Through the years, from the time when she was emerging from Chicago's Schurz High School and singing with Stan Kenton and Gene Krupa and turning out such best-selling records as "Her Tears Flowed Line Wine," Miss O'Day has had an enviable reputation as a singer with a beat. This affinity for the beat, along with a highly individual manner of phrasing and the pleasantly unexpected accents and pauses, is put to good use, to begin with, on one of the finest songs Cole Porter ever turned out – "You're The Top," from the Broadway hit, "Anything Goes." For all his facile genius as a lyricist, Porter may be surprised, though – and you will be delighted – by the second chorus in which Anita supplies her own up-to-date but nonetheless appropriate words.

Also from the back cover: For this (A word about the strings: they are, fortunately, divorced from the current trend towards sticky over-lushness and are used subtly, tenderly and with artful simplicity throughout.), you can credit Buddy Bregman (like Anita a native of Chicago), who arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for these sessions in January, 1956. Bregman's name is familiar to record buyers. Following his studies at Chicago Musical College and UCLA, Bregman has been an arranger for most of the top singers in the business, including Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin and Ethel Merman, and for such television programs as the NBC "Comedy Hour" and the Johnny Carson show on CBS.

Here, to accompany Miss O'Day, Bergman has assembled some of the foremost musicians in Hollywood: Paul Smith, Piano and celeste; Barney Kessel, guitar (courtesy Contemporary Records) (Smith and Kessel take particularly notable solos on "Who Cares?", "As Long As I Live," and "Beautiful Love"); Joe Mondragon, bass; Alvin Stoller, drums; trombonists Milt Bernhart, Cy Zentner, Joe Howard and Lloyd Elliott; Corky Hale, harpist; and an outstanding string section.


You're The Top
Honeysuckle Rose
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Who Cares?
I Can't Get Started
Fine And Dandy
As Lone As I Live
No Moon At All
Time After Time
I'll See You In My Dreams
I Fal In Love Too Easily
Beautiful Love

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gone For The Day - June Christy

Interlude
Gone For The Day
June Christy
Capitol Records T902
1957

From Billboard - November 11, 1957: This could be the third best seller in a row for the swingin' thrush. Her latest effort, "Fair and Warmer," was a big one and this package of themes built around "a lazy day in the country" can go just as well. Excellent backing by Pete Rugolo. Choice items include "Lazy Afternoon," "Give Me The Simple Life" and "It's A Most Unusual Day." Attractive cover.

It's So Peaceful In The Country
When The Sun Comes Out
It's A Most Unusual Day
Interlude
Love Turns Winter To Spring
When You Awake
Lazy Afternoon
When The World Was Young
Gone For The Day
Lost In A Summer Night
Give Me The Simple Life
Lazy Mood