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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Nancy Naturally - Nancy Wilson

Willow Weep For Me
Nancy - Naturally
Nancy Wilson Sings, and Sings, and Sings
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Photo Courtesy of TV Guide/Prigent
Capitol Records T 2634

From Billboard - January 7, 1967: It's Nancy Wilson at her swingingest, bluesiest best! Destined to be a blockbuster sales item, this package is loaded with electrified performances such as heard in the pulsating "Ten Years Of Tears." With strong support of Billy May arrangements, this Dave Cavanaugh production is one of the best in the long string of Wilson hits. Top interpretations include "My Babe" and "Alright, Okay, You Win." Her exceptional reading of "Willow Weep For Me" is second to none.

In The Dark
Ten Years Of Tears
Since I Fell For You
You Ain't Had The Blues
Willow Weep For Me
My Babe
Just For A Thrill
Alright, Okay, You Win
I Wish I Didn't Love You So
Smack Dab In The Middle
Watch What Happens
Ain't That Lovin' You

Friday, September 7, 2018

Theme From The Silencers - The Wilson Lewes Trio

Theme From Our Man Flint
The Wilson Lewes Trio
Diplomat DS 2380

Theme From The Silencers
Theme From The Silencers (Reprise)
Theme From Our Man Flint
Song From The Oscar

Tops In Pops - Bobby Krane

Sea Of Love
Tops In Pops
Today's Juke-Box Parade Of Hits
Bobby Krane And His Orchestra
A BK Production
Bravo Records KC101

I'm Gonna Get Married
There Goes My Baby
Baby Talk
The Three Bells
Sea Of Love
Broken-Hearted Melody
Lavender Blue
Sleep Walk
My Heart Is An Open Book
What A Difference A Day Makes

Award Hits - The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra

Award Hits
The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Somerset SF-34200

Windmills Of Your Mind
Reverie (Debussy)
El Choclo
Chopin (Love Theme)
Romeo And Juliet (Love Theme)
Londonderry Air
Romance (Tchaikovsky)
Beautiful Dreamer

Percussion In A Tribute To Glenn Miller - Frankie Capp

V Hop
In A Tribute To Glenn Miller
Featuring The Frankie Capp Percussion Group
Arranged by Jerry Gray
Sounds In Motion
Kimberly 2008

The Frankie Capp Percussion Group
Trumpet: John Best, Ray Linn, Frank Beach, John Audio, Zeke Zarchy, Al Porcino
Trombone: Jimmy Priddy, Hoyt Bohaman, Joe Howard, Ray Sims, Milt Bernhart
Sax: Wilbur Schwartz, John Rotella, Ronnie Lang, Dave Harris, Babe Russin
Piano: Ernie Hughes
Bass: Rolls Bundock
Percussionists: Frankie Capp, Emil Richards and Mel Lewis

From the back cover: Frankie Capp is not a newcomer to the percussion world. He is one of the top men in the jazz field today, being featured as the third man in the Andre Previn trio and as featured soloist with the Dave Pell Octet. He has also been with such aggregations as Neal Hefti, Billy May, Harry James, Shorty Rogers and Stan Getz. He has at various times worked with Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and David Rose. At present he is one of the busiest studio musicians in Hollywood and we are very happy to present him as a bandleader in his own right.

Emil Richards, one of the outstanding vibraphone players of our day, started as a legitimate concert and symphonic percussion player of the Hartford and The New Britain Symphonies. In 1956 he joined the George Shearing group and stayed with him until he made his home on the West Coast in 1960. Since that time he has played with the Paul Horn group and has been very busy as a free lance studio musician.

Anvil Chorus
Sunrise Serenade
Little Brown Jug
Sweet Eloise
String Of Pearls
V Hop
At Last
Tuxedo Junction
Moonlight Serenade
Crew Cut

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Super Hits - Volume 5

Sweet Seasons
Runnin' Away
Stay With Me
Super Hits (King's Road Super Hits)
Volume 5
Pickwick International, Inc.

Sweet Seasons
Day After Day
Heart Of Gold
The Nickel Song
Stay With Me
My World
Never Been To Spain
Mother And Child Reunion
Runnin' Away

Strings In Stereo - Domenico Savino

Stranger In The City
Strings In Stereo
Domenico Savino and His Symphonic Strings
Recorded in Europe
RCA Camden CAS-487

From the back cover: Domenico Savino was born in Taranto, Italy, in 1881. He attended the Royal Conservatory of Naples, majoring in composition and piano. Arriving in the United States at an early age, he soon began making a name for himself – as a matter of fact, he began making two names for himself. Some of his works were published under the nom de plume of D. Onivas.

A growing reputation earned him an offer from one of the leading record companies. Savino became musical director for Pathe Phonograph. He functioned as a conductor, and also as a supervisor of recording sessions. He guided some of the best-known singers of the day through the intricacies of recording techniques. Among them were grand opera's famed Claudia Muzio; Tito Schipa with his modest tenor voice and memorable artistry; and the exceptionally beautiful Lina Cavalieri.

Ever alert to the promise that new technical developments held, Domenico Savino was one of first to realize that motion pictures offered a fertile field for musical expression. He penned many effective orchestral background music scores for the "silent" films. Both M-G-M and Twentieth Century-Fox utilized his talents. He did the music for the film "The Patriot," which starred one of filmdom's all-time greats, Emil Jannings.

Savino retained a deep interest of the music business, and is reputedly the first musician to arrange a popular song in symphonic style.

It would be difficult to find a phrase of the music business in which Savino was not active at one time or another. For a while, he was chief editor of one of the most prominent music publishing houses in this country, the Robbins Music Corporation. He was also an important stockholder; and when M-G-M purchased the Robbins Music Corporation, Savino was compensated in an amount that gave rise to some fantastic rumors in Tin Pan Alley. Savino admitted that the payment ran well into six figures, but declined to be too specific.

Long-time music lovers will recall Domenico Savino's work on such radio programs as the Paramount Hour, the La Paling Cigar program, and the American Telephone and Telegraph Hour. Savino also spent some time as musical director of one of the major radio networks.

The financial problem, which has proved a stumbling block for many a talented musician, was no great obstacle for Savino. After earning an excellent living for a number of years in the popular music field, he found himself in an economic position which permitted him to retire to concentrate on composing classical music. With over 900 compositions to his credit, Savino could count on a steady income from his membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – popularly known as ASCAP.

When he left the popular music field to write in a more serious view, Savino also decided to pursue the art of painting. He plunged into this new field with typical enthusiasm. Before too long, every wall in his eight-room Manhattan apartment was covered with pictures. Then he rented another eight-room apartment in the same building, and repeated his feat. And while all this was going on, Savino was busy producing piano works, choral music, cantatas, and band music. Among his better known serious compositions are Four Impressions and the Overture Fantasy. – Notes by Leonard Raphael

To A Water Lily
In The Orient
Stranger In The City
Humoresque Miniature
June Barcaolle
To Spring
Norwegian Dane No. 2
Autumn Intermezzo
Waltz From "Serenade For Strings"

Fire & Frenzy - Valente/Ros

Fire & Frenzy
Caterina Valente with Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra
London International Series
TW 91253

On the cover: New York City artist, Barbara Bert has rendered an exciting cover story for this album: an oil painting whose colors, bold brush strokes and dramatic composition bind together the conception so appropriate to the music contained on this record – fire & frenzy!

From the back cover: When Caterina Valente sat down with London Records' Artist and Repertoire executives to discuss her next LP for the company, the notion was proffered that she make a record with Edmundo Ros; thirteen seconds later the notion had turned into fact, and the fact has become the record of the year.

From Billboard - February 6, 1961: Caterina Valente does a superb job on this set of Latin tunes most of which fall into standard category. Edmundo Ros' fine work does an exceptionally fine job of backing the thrush. Besides standards like "Misirlou," Adios" and "Frenesi" there are not so often heard but equally intriguing tunes like "Estralita Del Sur" and "Felicidade Infeliz." The excellence of the performance and the names involved might make the set a consistent seller.

Estrellita Del Sur
Felicidade Infeliz
Fale Baixinho
Saudades Da Bahia
Canto Karabali (Jungle Drums)
Contiga En La Distancia

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cat On A Hot Tin Horn - Cat Anderson

Blue Jean Beguine
Cat On A Hot Tin Horn
The "Cat" Anderson Orchestra
Recorded in New York City, Aug. 23, 1958
Supervision: Jack Tracy
The trumpet used on the cover courtesy of the Conn Band Instrument Corp.
Mercury Records SR 80008

Trumpets - Cat Anderson, Ernie Royal, Ray Copeland and Reunald Jones
Trombones - Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak and Henderson Chambers
Saxes - Earle Warren, Alto; Ernie Wilkins and Jimmy Forrest, Tenors: Sahib Shihab, baritone; rhythm - Jimmy Jones
Piano - George Duvivier
Alto; Bass, Panama Franics
Drums - Clark Terry
Trumpet added on tracks 2, 6, 7, and 8.

From the back cover: Cat was born in Greenville, S. C., but was orphaned at the age of 7 and raised in the Jenkins Orphan Home at Charleston, S. C. "At the Jenkins Home school they taught a lot of trades if you wanted to learn any." Anderson recalls. "I heard Jabbo Smith and Peanuts Holland, who were there, and later a record by Louis Armstrong, Laughin' Louis and Basin Street Blues. I studied all the brass instruments I can still play them today, but I'd be afraid to. I carry around a trombone, but it's more for practice than for performance."

The education Anderson received at the Jenkins Home laid the groundwork for his career. He toured for three-years with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, four years with the Sunset Royal orchestra, and worked with the bands of Erskine Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, and Lucky Millinder before joining the Ellington band late in 1947 for a brief venture as a leader, but the times were bad for big bands and he rejoined Duke in 1950.

To keep himself at the required edge for his activities with Ellington's trumpet section, Cat practices about 2 1/2 hours a day. "I just have to do that to keep versatile in the things that I play," he says. "In the band, every member has to be versatile. I play exercises and practice according to a system I made up." He travels with two huge Connstellation trumpets, one for the job and the other for hotel room practicing.

Cat is a good-natured, barrel chested man who looks considerably less than his 42 years. He is the first to break into important contribution to the art to date has been his extension of the range of his horn. Until he bought his incredible upper register into the Ellinton band, there had been very few trumpeters on whom composers could count for the filling out of important chords, or around whom they could build the soaring, emotional brass climaxes so popular today.

With Cat in the section, Ellington and Billy Strayhorn could, and often did, write trumpet lines well above the staff with the assurance that they would be played cleanly, with superb articulation.

The sides included in this album were cut a continuous session. Anderson admits he was pleased on hearing the playbacks, and add, "I just can't say enough about Ernie Wilkins. He's just wonderful... a wonderful arranger. And I felt the guys on the band were so great. Technically, their playing was wonderful. This has been a new big band experience for me.

Little Man
Cat's In The Alley
Blue Jean Beguine
My Adorable "D"
June Bug
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Birth OF The Blues
You're The Cream In My Coffee

Swing vs. Latin - Heath vs. Ros

Swing vs. Latin
Heath vs. Ros
Ted Heath and His Music
Edumdo Ros and His Orchestra
Arrangements by John Keating
Produced by Tony D'Amato
Recording Engineer: Arthur Lilley
Phase 4 Stereo
London SP 44038

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

From the back cover: Ten minutes before recording time Mr. Heath and Mr. Ros entered the studio leading their respective bandsmen. As the bandsmen took their places and started to warm-up their instruments the studio air which had been up to that point friendly, but firm, was being filled with multicolored sounds. From Ros's sector came the steely patter of tight-skinned drums, the barely disciplined sound of a jungle flute, the piercing top notes of muted trumpets; claves were struck; maracas were shaken; cabanas whirled.

On the other side of the partitions, in the Heath quarter, one could hear the forceful, deep-throated tones of the trombones; rapid running fingers of the saxophones; the clear brassy ring of jazz trumpets. The Heath drummer with bass drum, two tom-toms, snare drum, four cymbals, brushes, sticks and hammers, was last to set-up. Testing his kit for sound, he looked up confirming readiness.

The scores were on the stand. The engineer turned on the red light, and the big battle, Swing versus Latin, was on.

South America Take It Away
The Coffee Song
In The Still Of The Night
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Ted Meets Ed
Heat Wave
Speak Low
Anything You Can Do