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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Flights Of Fantasy - The Ventures

Flights Of Fantasy
The Ventures
Producer: Joe Saraceno
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Illustration: Wayne Kimbell
Liberty Records LST-8055

Available from online vendor so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share a nice scan of the original cover.

From Billboard - May 11, 1968: Always assured of sales with their unbeatable guitar work, The Ventures work over instrumentally some current chart favorites including "Mighty Quinn," Cry Like A Baby," "Summertime Blues," "Scarborough Fair" and "Soul Coaxing." The combo established manner of redoing the hits of the day and winning spins with their shear ability to spark new life is the reason why The Ventures are a pop landmark.

Might Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)
Cry Like A Baby
Flights Of Fantasy
The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde
Summertime Blues
Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline)
Scarborough Fair / Canticle
Innermotion Faze
Fly Away
Walking The Carpet
Love Shower

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Si! Si! M. F. - Maynard Ferguson

Si! Si! - M. F.
Maynard Ferguson and His Orchestra
Produced by Teddy Reig
Arrangements by Willie Maiden
Design: Moskof - Morrison Inc.
Photo: Chuck Stewart
Roulete Birdland Series SR 52084

Maynard Ferguson - Trumpet
Donald Arthur Rader - Trumpet
Rufus Jones - Drums
Gene Arnold Goe - Trumpet
John C. Gale - Trombone
Michael Christian Joseph Abene - Piano
Lincoln B. Milliman - Bass
Lanny Morgan - Alto Sax
Kenneth Harold Rupp - Trombone
William R. Maiden - Tenor Sax
Donald J. Menza - Tenor Sax
Frank J. Hittner Jr. - Sax
Natale Pavone - Trumpet

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover and Billboard review.

From Billboard - October 27, 1962: Maynard Ferguson is back once again with another LP tailored to the likes of big band fanciers. The album is nicely programmed between solid swing tracks and easy ballads, all done in an instrumental view. The band is ripping and roaring on the LP and the set features solid choruses by Maynard on trumpet, and good solo work from alto and tenor sax, trumpet and rhythm section. There's nothing Latin about the album but the title tune "Si Si," which emerges as one of the better tracks as do "Morgan's Organ" and "Early Hours."

What'll I Do
Early Hours
Morgan Point
Si! Si! - M. F.
Almost Like Being In Love
Morgan's Organ
Born To Be Blue
Straight Out

Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 8

Do What Ory Say
Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 8
Recording Engineer: Glenn Allen
Album Design: Andrew Heminway
Mastering & Editing: Glenn Allen, Pete Campbell, Bill Sinclair
Album Notes: Pete Campbell
CTJC - SLP - 8 Stereo

From the back cover: The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club, Inc., that durable organization devoted to the preservation, documentation and presentation of the Traditional Jazz art, delights in offering this eighth album featuring selections from the 1972 archives.

We have noted before that jazz is an international language and that language has been spoken between our album covers of the past. But 1972 was an even more international year, for no less than three bands from across seas graced our concerts. Two of them, the famous "Papa But" Viking Jazzband from Denmark and the French High Society Jazz Band are contained herein, the latter in a combination jam session with the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra led by Dick Miller and Woody Allen. Barry Martyn's Ragtime Band made its fourth annual trek from England and can be heard on ConnTrad SLP 4.

The Popular Red Onion Jazz Band inaugurated what was to be a year notable in ConnTrad history. In addition to the variety and international flavor to the music, the club sponsored its first riverboat jazz cruise featuring the New Black Eagle Jazz Band led by transplanted British cornetist Tony Pringle. And a smashing success it was. The momentum was maintained by the most ambitious of the annual picnics. Over 250 members, guests and offspring heard a New Orleans band led by Percy Humphrey, and including Louis Nelson, Chester Zardis, Alfred Lewis and Louis Barbarin, blast the leaves from the trees under a warm September sun.

St. Louis Blues / Old Fashion Love / Royal Garden Blues
Hayes Alvis' Pioneer Of Jazz
Hayes Alvis - Bass / Leader, Doc Cheatham - Trumpet, Herb Hall - Clarinet, Clyde Bernhardt - Trombone & Vocal, Jimmy Evans - Piano, Wilbert Kirk - Drums
Meriden, Conn. 3/18/72

When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo / 1919 March
Southhampton Dixie, Racing & Clambake Society Jazz Band
Bill Barnes - Cornet / Leader, Joe Ashworth - Clarinet, Roy Rubinstein - Trombone, Ted Prochazka - Piano, Connie Worder - Banjo, Barry Bockuss - Bass, Richard Barron - Drums
Bridgeport, Conn. 1/29/72

Do What Ory Say / The Chrysanthemum Rag
"Papa Bue's" Viking Jazzband
Arne "Papa Bue" Jensen - Trombone / Leader, Keith Smith - Trumpet / Vocal, Jorgen Svare - Clarinet. Jens Solund - Bass, Jorn Jensen - Piano, Knud Ryskov Madsen - Drums
Meriden, Conn. 7/7/72

Bugle Boy March
New Orleans High Society Funeral And Marching Band
John Bucher & Pierre Merlin - Cornets, Pierre Atlas & Woody Allen - Clarinets, Daniel Barda & Dick Dreiwitz - Trombones, Martine Morel & Dick Miller - Piano, Marshall Brickman - Banjo, Fredy Yzerman - Tuba, Teddy Hocquemiller - Drums
Wallingford, Conn. 4/21/72

Friday, January 18, 2019

Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 10

My Sweetie Went Away
Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 10
Recording Engineer: Glenn Allen
Album Design: Andrew Heminway
Mastering & Editing: Glen Allen, Pete Campbell, Bill Sinclair
Album Notes: Club Members
CTJC - SLP - 10 Stereo

From the back cover: This, we suppose, can be called our 10th "Anniversary Album", since it represents selections from our tenth full ConnTrad Concert year. Our beginnings can be traced to the January, 1965 appliance of George Lewis in Hamden. The society as it is presently organized from September, 1965.

Along the way there have been some memorable occasions, like the rousing "December Band" of 1965 with Kid Thomas, Cap'n. John Handy, Jim Robinson and Sammy Penn; and like that potentially disastrous February day in 1966 when it snowed the previous evening and nearly all the day of the concert, closing schools and businesses, only to have the heavens eventually quiet, the parking lot plowed, and Glorietta Manor in Bridgeport jammed with devotees to hear the famous Eureka Brass Band of New Orleans led by Percy Humphrey. And who remembers the July, 1968 visit of the Onward Brass Band, marching in the streets of Hartford? Or the SRO concert in December, 1969 of the Condon-McPartland Chicagoans featuring Gene Krupa
? Musicians have come from around the country and the world to present live jazz to our audiences.

The Ragtime Dance / Snake Rag
Max Collie's Rhythm Aces
Max Collie - Trombone / Leader, Noel Kalentsky - Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone, Jack Gilbert - Clarinet, Trevor Williams - Baritone Saxophone (?), Jim Macintosh - Banjo, Ron McKay - Drums
Wethersfield, CT. 4 May, 1974

Stack O'Lee Blues / Bogalusa Strut
The Galvanized Jazz Band
Fred Vigorito - Trumpet / Leader, Noel Kaletsky - Clarinet & Soprano Saxophone, Craig Grant - Trombone, Bill Sinclair - Piano, Art Hovey - Baritone Saxphone (?), Tuba, Joel Schiavone - Banjo, Bob Becquillard - Drums
Wethersfield, CT. 29 June, 1974

Once In A While / My Sweetie Went Away / Mecca Flat Blues
The Red Onion Jazz Band
Bob Thompson - Drums / Leader, Lew Green - Clarinet, Denis Brady - Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Charlie Bornemann - Trombone, Hank Ross - Piano, Jack Harkavy - Tuba, Eric Hassell - Banjo, Natalie Lamb - Vocal, Thies Jensen - Guest Trumpet (cut one only)
Meriden, CT. 30 March, 1974

The Eel / Westmoreland Weave
Jim Cullum's Happy Jazz Band
Jim Cullum - Clarinet, Bobby Gordon - Clarinet, Mark Hess - Valve Trombone, Gene McKinney - Trombone, Cliff Gillette - Piano, Jim Newell - Banjo, Buddy Apfel - Soprano Saxophone (?), Harvey Kindervalter - Drums
Meriden, CT. 8 February, 1974

Street Of Dreams - Stan Kenton

Street Of Dreams
Stan Kenton
Production: Bill Stilfield
Mastering: Dave Ellsworth
Research: Audree Coke
Cover Photo: Ron Sheridan, Los Angeles
Graphics: Lexington Avenue West, Hollywood
Creative World Records
ST 1079

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share a decent scan of the cover.

Enlarge the back cover image for lists of session personnel.

Send In The Clowns (From the Creative World album ST 1076 - Kenton '76 - 1976)
Rhapsody In Blue (From the Creative World album ST 1039 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra Live at Brigham Young University - 1971)
Street Of Dreams (From the Creative World album ST 1065 - Birthday In Britain - 1973)
Body And Soul (From the Creative World album ST 1070 - 7.5 On The Richter Scale - 1973)
Tiare (From the Creative World album Stan Kenton and His Orchestra Live at Redlands University  -1970)
Too Shy To Say (From the Creative World album ST 1077 - Journey Into Capricorn - 1976)
My Funny Valentine (From the Creative World album ST 1076 - Kenton '76 - 1976)

Wanted! - Marion & Jimmy McPartland

Lonely Avenue
Marion & Jimmy McPartland
And The All Star Jazz Assassins
Producer: Steven Lapa
Engineers: Vince Morette and Bob Grotte
Art Design and Direction: Ron Warwell
Liner Design: Ed Thomas
Trans Central Reproductions, Inc.
Improv IMP-7122
A Division of Tobill Entertainment, Corp.
Distributed by Audio Fidelity Ent. Inc.

Marian McPartland - Piano
Jimmyu McPartland - Cornet
George Reed - Drums
Brian Torff - Bass
Herb Hall - Clarinet
Spider Martin - Saxophone
Buddy Tate - Saxophone

From the back cover: This live recording lets you share the magic that happened May14, 1977 at the Downtown Night Club in Buffalo, N.Y.

Bill Hassett has formed the Improv Record label in 1975. Several earlier releases had been done "live" at the club and met with excellent critical and market response.

That weekend was a jazz and good music festival in Buffalo. This album captures the essence of the joyful, easy, yet brilliantly disciplined playing of artists like the McPartlands, Buddy Tate, Herb Hall, and a newcomer who'll be heard a lot more – John "Spider" Martin. – Bill Hassett

All The Things You Are
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Lonely Avenue
Royal Garden Blues

Anthology Of American Music Sound Forms For Piano

Conlon Nancarrow: Studies For Piano
Anthology Of American Music
Sound Forms For Piano
Robert Miller, Piano
Producer: Sam Parkins
Recording Engineers: Buddy Graham, Frank Laico, Roger Reynolds
Mixing Engineer: Arthur Kendy
Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street, New York and Mexico City
Cover by Elaine Sherer Cox
Photographs by Marc Musnick
New World Records NW 203

Experimental Music By

Henry Cowell
The Banshee / Aeolian Harp
Piano Piece (Paris 1924)

John Cage
Sonata I, V, X, XII and Second Interlude
(from Sonatas and Interludes

Ben Johnston
Sonata for Microtonal Piano

Conlon Nancarrow
Studies for Player Piano
#1, #27, #36

From the back cover: Robert Miller. During the past decade numerous works have been expressly written for Robert Miller by such leading American composers as Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, and Mario Davidovsky (the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Synchronisums No. 6). Miller's concert appearances have take him to the festivals of Tanglewood and Aspen, and to many other musical centers of North America. He has also made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (in conjunction with Acoustic Research), Columbia, Turnabout-Vox, and CRI. Robert Miller combines his career as pianist with that of a practicing attorney on Wall Street.

The piano used for the Ben Johnston compositions was tuned microtonally using the Scalatron Tuner and Pitch Monitor. This equipment can establish any pitch progression both aurally and visually with extreme accuracy. We wish to extend our thanks to Richard J. Harasek and Motorola Scalatron, Inc. for their help and equipment for the microtonal tuning.

The Nancarrow "Studies" were recorded during an impromptu visit to the composer's home in Mexico City during March 1973. The recording equipment used was antiquated but well maintained. The studio in which Nancarrow's two Ampico upright player pianos are housed is approximately 20' x 50'. It is a resonant concrete-block structure lined with shelves containing musical books and manuscripts. Considerable care was taken in microphone placement in an effort to achieve a representative sound quality.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shelby Flint

Shelby Flint
Arranged and Conducted by Perry Botkin, Jr.
Cover by George Jerman / Ken Kim
Valiant Records, Inc. VALIANT LP 401
Distributed by Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Shelby is unashamedly "enthusiastic" when it comes to what she calls "my kind of music, folk music." A fan of participant in folk singing since her high school days in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, when she joined a folk song trio, she is still very genuinely surprised by her commercial singing success. As a matter of fact, Shelby is a dedicated anti-commercialist. When approached with the usual questions, such as "What is your greatest professional goal," Shelby honestly and frankly says, "I have none. I want to star right here at home with my husband and new baby girl, Tara Lee. I think my career is, well, as accident. Barry De Vorzon, the man who first brought me to records, is the one person to whom I owe most of my success.

Shelby met De Vorzon while in school. "I never had sung professionally before," Shelby recalls, "and had never had any aspirations to. My main interest in singing was in folk music, but I had performed only for friends, school programs, and civic groups." De Vorzon found Talent in the young Miss Flint; he and his partner Billy Sherman recorded her, and shortly thereafter were able to watch Angel On My Shoulder begin to climb up the national popularity charts. This was the beginning.

The success of that recording prompted the album, in which Shelby joins with Arranger Perry ("Bunny") Botkin, Jr. It is he who has added the instrumentations to Shelby's voice and guitar, backgrounding her with a variety of woodwind and string groups chosen to set Shelby off to her best advantage.

Quiet Kind Of Love
Scarlet Ribbons
Lavender Blue
Far Away Places
I Will Love You
Heather On The Hill
The Riddle Song
Danny Boy
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Every Night
Angel On My Shoulder

Percolator Twist - Earl Palmer

Hit The Road Jack Twist
Percolator Twist
And Other Twist Hits
The Drums Of Earl Palmer
Producer: Snuff Garrett
Engineers: Eddie Brackett and Jim Economides
Cover Design: Francis & Monahan, Inc.
Photography: Garrett-Howard, Inc.
Liberty LRP-3227

From Billboard - April 7, 1962: Drum star Palmer sets a fine, danceable beat for 12 catchy Twist tunes on this teen-appeal package. The line-up presented attractively by ork and young vocal chorus, includes such recent and current hit single songs as the title tune, "Dear Lady Twist," "Midnight In Moscow Twist," "The Twist," "Hit The Road Jack Twist" and "Twistin' The Night Away."

Percolator Twist
Twistin' The Night Away
I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) Twist
Peppermint Twist
Dear Lady Twist
Midnight In Moscow (Twist)
The Twist
Hey! Baby (Twist)
Hit The Road Jack (Twist)
I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Twist
Hey, Let's Twist
Let's Twist Again

Aquarius - Charlie Byrd

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Stroke Of Genius
Charlie Byrd
Produced by Teo Macero
All Selections Arranged and Conducted by Teo Macero
Engineering: Stan Tonkel, Frank Laico and Russ Payne
Cover Photo: Frank Bez
Columbia CS 9841


Charlie Byrd - Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums and Percussion
Bobby Rosengarden - Drums and Percussion
Ed Shaughnessy - Drums and Percussion
Herbie Hancock - All Keyboard Instruments (Courtesy of Blue Note Records)
Mario Darwin - Flute
Joe Mack - Fender Bass
Vinnie Bell - Electric Guitar
Romeo Pence - Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, English Horn and Piccolo

Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
My Way
Time Of The Season
You've Made My So Very Happy
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Way It Used To Be
Happy Heart
Where's The Playground Susie?