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Friday, April 10, 2015

El Fabuloso Pancho Charro Avitia

El Patas Blancas
El Fabuloso Pancho Charro Avitia
Dimsa DML-1004
Alco Reseach & Engineering Inc. for Orfeon Records - Los Angeles, Calif.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Nation's Top Tunes - Al Garry

Come Closer To Me - Bob Robins
The Nation's Top Tunes
Al Garry And His Orchestra
Parade Record Co.
SP 202

Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu
Come Closer To me
Early In The Morning
Are You Really Mine
Stupid Cupid
Do You Wanna Dance
Western Movies

Dance With The Latin Champions - Joe Loss

Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday
Dance With The Latin Champions
Joe Loss And His Orchestra
From The Empire Ballroom, London Englan
Arrangements by Alan Moorhours
Telemark Dance Records S 6397

Pictured on the cover: Bob Bedeiros and "Sheryn" who won the North American Latin Championship (1970).

They will be members of the American team in the Country Team Match at the British Championships in May 1971 and have been invited to demonstrate at the World Dancing Congress in the same month.

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
My Cheri Amour
The Happy Trumpeter
Bridge Over Trouble Water
The Champ
Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday
Can't Help Falling In Love
Sugar, Sugar
If You Love Me
Love Grows
Wand'rin Star

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hollywood Gold

Love Is Just A Mile Away
No Easy Way Down
Hollywood Gold
Rainbow Records

My Country Music Dreams - Norman Rayman
Ancient Mysteries - Speedboat (aka - Shoehorn Shirt-Sleeves)
All I Know - James M. Smith
Don't Let The Blues Bring Me Down - Bruce Bitkoff
I Wish I Were Your Friend - Joseph A. DeLucia
Ready To Toll - Dan Cloutier
When I Love Come Around You - Bill Kelley
American Car Dealer's Christmas - P. T. Harman
Got No Woman - Gregory Lee Arledge
One Little Mistake - Nanci McCall
Love Is Just A Mile Away - David R. Garcia
Take My Keys Away - Dan Cloutier
Summer - J.J. and Rose Yockman
No Easy Way Down - Gregory Lee Arledge
My Son - Karen Buak
Heart Points - Marguerite Davis/Arthur Vasquez

Machinations - Marvin Stamm

Bleaker Street
Marvin Stamm
Arranged and Conducted by Johnny Carisi
Produced by Johnny Carisi and Esmond Edwards
Recorded at A&R Studios in New York on April 16, 23 and 24, 1968

Wedding Dance
Bleaker Street
Flute Thing
Jes' Plain Bread
The March Of The Siamese Children

Side By Side - The Barry Sisters

Side By Side
The Barry Sisters
Produced by Joe Reisman
Arrangements by Stan Applebaum and Richard Wess
Special Vocal Arrangements by Hal Kanner
Roulette SR 25136

Tracks are available at your usual download sites, so I will not be posting a sample. Autumn Leaves was my favorite band.

Terrific cover art and nice set featuring strong solo moments which outshine the harmonies.

From the back cover: This album is dedicated to Ed Sullivan, one of the kindest, most generous human beings it has ever been our privilege to know. It was Ed's helping hand and belief in us that made this album possible" – Claire and Merna Barry.

Also from the back cover: From childhood, the busy Barrys have serenaded first radio, then supper club, T.V. and theatre audiences with their multi-lingual exuberance, reaching new heights with Ed Sullivan's All-Star Caravan in the U.S.S.R. Good buddy, Sullivan, whose top-rated television show afforded the sisters their greatest single show biz' triumph had himself an Iron Curtain smash in the Barry's, who literally tore down The Kremlin with a rip-roaring Western medley… which only goes to prove that all you need are ears to hear with, and eyes to see with, and makes no difference – Yank, Britisher, Ruski, or Hottentot, the Barry Sisters have it made.

From Billboard - December 5, 1960: The gals who scored quite a trump in the Soviet Union last summer thanks to TV's Ed Sullivan, devote this album to him as they offer a varied program of familiar tunes, done in their unique vocal harmony style. One really offbeat band has a Chinese version of Who's Sorry Now. Fans of the act will find the duo at their best here with fine arrangements by Dick Wess and Stan Applebaum.

Around The World
Cry Me A River
Why Don't You Do Right
Come' Prima
Ciao Ciao Bambina
Who's Sorry Now
I'm A Fool To Want You
Bill Bailey, Won't You Come Home
Autumn Leaves
It's Alright With Me

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Witchcraft! - Ray Martin

Old Devil Moon
Ray Martin and His Orchestra
Produced by Morty Palitz
Cover Design by Si Leichman
Photograph by Charles Varon
Jubilee Records

Delightful mood set with just enough "witchcraft" to keep you "spellbound".

Here's some history on Martin from the back cover:

The spellbinder conducting the 'assembly' of sweetly relaxing illusions is Ray Martin, who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1918 and lived there for 20 years. He studied there at the Vienna State Academy for Music and Fine Arts from 1933 to 1938.

In 1938, Ray went to England and toured the Music Halls as a solo violin act. When war broke out in 1939, he monitored U-boat short-wave for the British Armed Services, enlisted in the British Army in 1940. Ray served with their Intelligence Corps until hostilities ceased in '45. He was naturalize as a British subject in 1946.

Then began a long career, broadcasting for B.B.C. There were weekly series, variety shows, music for plays and features. His associations with the B.B.C. ran through Radio and TV, from 1946 to 1957. In 1949, Ray cut some sides in England. His 'Blue Tango' was Number One in Europe, since then he has 9 other records in the Top Ten.

Besides conducting and arranging (for such as Stanley Black, Billy Ternant, Geraldo, Montovani), Ray Martin has written more than 1200 compositions, instrumentals and songs. 7 songs and 2 instrumentals hit the English 'lists'. Best known in the U.S. were "Blue Violins" with Hugo Winterhalter, Nat Cole's "You Are My First Love", "The Book" with David Whitfield and Dick Lee, and "Celeste" with Richard Hayman.

In 1957, Ray received the Ivor Novello Award from the best British song of the year, "You Are My First Love".

Old Devil Moon
The Witch
It's Magic
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
That Old Black Magic
Kiss Of Fire
I Wished On The Moon
In The Still Of The Night
The Gypsy
Make Believe
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jazz Concert

I Got Rhythm
Jazz Concert
Jazztone Society Classic

Red Norvo and His All Stars:
Red Norvo, vibraphone
Teddy Wilson, piano
Flip Phillips, tenor saxophone
Shorty Rogers, trumpet
Eddie Bert, trombone
Aaron Sachs, clarient
Remo Palmieri, guitar
Slam Stewart, bass
Specs Powell, drums

The Kruppa-Ventura Trio
Gene Krupa, drums
Charlie Ventura, tenor saxophone
Georgie Walthers, piano

Teddy Wilson Quintet
Teddy Wilson, piano
Bon Byas, tenor saxophone
Remo Palmieri, guitar
Slam Stewart, bass
Specs Powell, drums

Seven Come Eleven
The Man I Love
One Note Jive
One, Two, Three, Jump
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Body And Soul
Stompin' At The Savoy
I Got Rhythm

From the back cover: The music heard on this recording was played before an audience at Town Hall in New York during June, 1945. The musicians were a mixed group, some of whom even then ranked high on anyone's list of jazz "greats," and others who were new-comers at the time but would become the most influential instrumentalists of the next decade.

An article found in the March 17 issue of Billboard suggests that the "jazz concert" title was taken from an idea for a "gimmick" introduced by Bill Randle who promoted the "jazz concert" idea at Detroit's WJLB. Plans are to expand the jazz concert idea all over the Middle West with the possibility of bringing in to New England too. If latter develops, a lot of top musikers (jazz groups) now on the Stem will be able to use their days off to take a couple of hours run and collect some nice dough for their trouble

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

That's My Desire - Frankie Laine

That's My Desire
Frankie Laine
Mercury Records
MG 20080

This is a compilation set of (from the back cover) "his most successful early single records". Great cover art and an equally great introduction to Laine's jazzy vocal treatments. The engineering is very good making all of the tracks sound as though they had be recorded just for this release.

Most, if not all tracks, can be found at your usual digital download outlets. I might suggest giving "Black And Blue" or "We Will Be Together Again" a spin.

September In The Rain
I'm In The Mood For Love
Exactly Like You
Till We Meet Again
That's My Desire
By The River St. Marie
Georgia On My Mind
Black And Blue
You're Wonderful
Cherie, I Love You
We Will Be Together Again

Sea Drift - Mort Garson

Sea Drift
Dusk 'Til Dawn Orchestra
Wedded To The Sounds Of The Sea
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Mort Garson
Produced by Alex Hassilev
Elektra Records

From Billboard July 1, 1967 - The company has a four-LP deal with Elektra and has already released Mort Garson and his Duk 'Til Dawn Orchestra with the mood package, "Sea Drift." Another mood LP to spotlight sounds of the city and an additional electronic LP are planned.

The producers have under contract pianist Fred Ramirez, who will be cut by Garson for Warner Bros.

Sparkling concept album featuring compositions that include, on a few tracks, a touch of "Mystic Moods-styled" environmental sound overlay.

Sea Drift
Sand Castles
The Lonely Surfer
The Sea Of Love
Sea Cricket
Big Sur
Our Secret Cave
Underwater Fantasy
The Pink Seagull
Across The Sea And Far Away