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Friday, March 22, 2013

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening - Jesse Crawford

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Jesse Crawford The Poet Of The Pipe Organ
Decca DL 74477
1965

Presented here, because I can't resist a woman dressed in animal print cover art.

Soft Lights And Sweet Music
Love Send A Little Gift Of Roses
Dinner At Eight
Together
Cheek To Cheek
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Say It With Music
Two Hearts In Three-Quarter Time
All The Things You Are
One Alone
Time On My Hands
It's Almost Tomorrow

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dancing Under The Latin Skies - Tito Puente

Port-au-Pleasure
Dancing Under The Latin Skies
Instrumental Dance Music By Tito Puente And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1874
1958

From the back cover: Recored in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York, August 3 and September 2, 1958.

Nice late 50s Latin set.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Toronto Mass

The Toronto Mass
A New Celebration For All To Sing
Rite Records - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sides #30853 & 30854
1973

From the back cover: The Toronto Mass was written and arranged by Tim Elia. This recording was produced in Canada by Martin Robinson. These Mass settings and hymns blend blues, rock, jazz & classical forms and encourage dialogue between singer and the congregation. Tim Elia did the lead vocals, piano and organ on the recording; Mike Malone played trumpet and alto recorder; Frank Kubl also played trumpet; Paul Mosley played bass and drums; Jim Kenzie did vocals and guitar' Vic Voytek played drums; Mile Kennedy did congas and percussion; Mike Griffin did tymbali and percussion, and Jeanne-Marie LaCalamita did lead vocals. Intonations were by Pat Elia. The "congregation" was Mary Elia, Jean Kubl, Linda Mosley, Vera Cudjoe, Shal Kerov and Joan Kennedy.

USA Edition published by North American Liturgy Resources - Cincinnati, Ohio.

Entrance Hymn
Lord Have Mercy
Glory To God
Meditation Psalm
Trinity And Halleluiah
Offering Of The Gifts
Holy, Holy, Holy
Proclamation Of Faith
Lamb Of God
Communion

Calypso - King Caribe

Stone Cold Man
Calypso
King Caribe And His Steel Bandits
Masterseal 1821
1957

From the back cover: King Caribe and his Calypso Bandits are veterans and victors of many Calypso wars. And they display their winning form on these twelve delightful and melodious selections. Some have gay and humorous lyrics and others are downright fiery.

The Bandits
The Girl I Adore
Juanita
Jean And Dinah
The Milkman
Diana
Margie
Mrs. Jacobs
If Your Mother And Your Wife
Calypso Man
Stone Cold Man
Mambo Calypso


Monday, March 18, 2013

Modern Art And The Gospel

Modern Art And The Gospel
United Church Press
Color Filmstrip With Sound
1964

Here's an obscure and interesting spoken word/jazz album that was created to go with a filmstrip.

Paintings by J. Thomas Leamon.

From the back cover: In this forceful examination of the whole spectrum of modern painting, author-narrator, J. Thomas Leamon, shows us that the vision of modern artists such as Rouault, Picasso, Beckmann, Klee and Jackson Pollock is closely akin to the vision of the Prophets and See-ers of the Bible. The modern artist exposes the predicament of modern urban man which can be finally ministered to only through the gospel. Mr. Leamon is pastor of the Westfield Congregational Church in Danielson, Connecticut.

Composer-conductor, Robert Freedman, uses jazz instruments to create a score as biting and contemporary as the works of visual art examined here. The present work is scored for piano, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass and drums. Mr. Freedman, who has played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and Duke Ellinton, and written for Louis Bellson, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton and Jerry Mulligan, not only conducts his own work here but also plays, piano, clarinet and tenor saxophone. He has especially dedicated this composition to Duke Ellington.

The other members of the musical ensemble: Herb Pomeroy - trumpet, Joe Benjamin - bass and Joe Cocuzzo - drums.

From the enclosed booklet: The Reverend J. Thomas Leamon is minister of the Westfield Congregational Church. Danielson, Connecticut. A graduate of the Rhode Island School Of Design, he is an artist as well as a writer. Since entering the ministry he has continued his interest in art, especially in working with youth groups in writing and producing films and and filmstrips. He was the artist for the Church and Home curriculum filmstrip, Members One Of Another, and the writer for the United Church curriculum dramatic recording, On The Third Day.