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The George Shearing Quintet With Voices
Featuring The Voices Of The Jud Conlon Choir
Arrangements by George Shearing and Jud Conlon
Capitol Records T 943
From the back cover: For the most part, this mood is sensuous, evocative. There is excitement of another kind too. Cubano Chant highlights the combined choir, quintet and bongos, in a flash of ritualistic West Indian color.
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Darn That Dream
In Other Words
Long Ago And Far Away
Where Are You
A Handful Of Stars
You're My Girl
Themes From The Movies
Featuring Great Hollywood Vocalists And Orchestras
A collection of tracks produced by studio musicians including this peppy cover of Dragnet.
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
The High & The Mighty
Stranger In Paradise
Moonglow & Theme From "Picnic"
3 Coins In The Fountain
Man With The Golden Arm
Song From "Moulin Rouge"
It's A Woman's World
Young At Heart
Rains In The Tropics
Songs And Sounds Of Far Away Lands
The Gene Rains Group
Decca DL 4348
This from Gene Rains wiki page: Today, Rains is considered the third man of Exotica, behind Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Although he did not achieve the level of renown of Denny or Lyman, Rains' albums nonetheless are textbook examples of the style of Exotica.
I've been lucky enough to finally pick up several Rains albums. This elusive album is every bit as good or better than any of the many popular Denny or Lyman albums I've collected (and love the sound of). The album is solid. The sound is rich. But what strikes me most, or what seems to set this effort apart from the other exotica albums I have on hand, is the band's sophisticated arrangements and jazz-inspired syncopation.
From the back cover: The late, incomparable Alfred Apaka discovered a fresh new sound in four young Hawaiian instrumentalists calling themselves The Gene Rains Group. Convinced that their provocative originally warranted a wider audience than that available to them at the small clubs they had been playing, Apaka arranged for their appearance at the Shell Bar of Waikiki's Fabulous Hawaiian Village Hotel.
Some successes, like some avalanches, require a little shove to set them in motion. Their great potential coming to full flower on the stage of the Shell Bar, it wasn't long before the group became one of the most popular acts in the Islands. Now, two extraordinarily successful Decca albums later, they are international favorites.
Gene, on vibes, sets the pace for the group; the drums are in the capable hands of Allen Watanabe; Archie Grant takes charge of the bass; and Byron Peterson's forte is the piano. Each of the boys, however, can and does double on almost anything – including a unique collection of rare and authentic percussive instruments (rhythm logs, conch shells, Burmese bells, nose flutes, the samisen, etc.) The group's sound – amplified through unique skill and versatility far beyond what might be expected of so small an ensemble – characteristically exhibits a a strong tropical and Near-Eastern influence.
Bangkok Cock Fight
The Song Of Delilah
Soshu Night Serenade
Shadow Of Love
I Will Always Love You
Jasmine And Joe
Dancing With My Fair Lady
The Harwyn Quartet
Herb Waters - piano, Reggie Merrill - clarinet, Garry Gillis - drums and Ed Bruno - bass.
Enjoy a minty fresh sound file from a sealed jacket. The price printed on the plastic sleeve: $1.98
On The Street Where You Live
Wouldn't It Be Lovely
The Rain In Spain
I Could Have Danced All Night
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Just You Look
With A Little Bit Of Luck
I'm An Ordinary Man
Get Me To The Church On Time
Jumpin' At The Left Bank
The John La Salle Quartet
John La Salle, Bill Smith, Marlene Ver Planck and Hugh Martin
Capitol Records T 1176
From the back cover: Dick Kollmar, in whose Left Bank cafe the group got it's start, fills in with some vital statistics: "When Johnnie La Salle sings, the message gets through, but large! Happily, he has chosen colleagues who have mastered this same crazy magic. Only the show-wise have it, and this group has it to spare.
Welcome To The Left Bank
Let There Be Love
I'll Never Smile Again
Tired Of Love
Jus' Sick Blues
Out Of This World
Just In Time
Jumpin' At The Left Bank
Dee Die Soe
Everybody Loves My Baby
Enchantment From Hawaii
By The Hawaiian Islanders
This was a surprise. I purchased an album from ebay and this LP came in the box, inserted as packing material to help protect the record I purchased. The seller was nice enough to leave the vinyl in the jacket. I didn't expect much from a budget Cameo press, but this is one fine space age "Hawaiian" recording. The arrangements are creative and the engineering is excellent.
Does anyone know who the names of "Hawaiian Islanders"or session musicians?
Moon Of Manakoora
Maururu A Vau
On The Beach At Waikiki
Girls! Girls! Girls!
A Vocal Spectacular
Tops L 1689
The Way You Look Tonight - Connie Haines
Summertime - Norma Zimmer
Pennies From Heaven - Doris Drew
Bewitched - Marilyn Maxwell
My Funny Valentine - June Hutton
The Lady Is A Tramp - Martha Tilton
You Don't Know What Love Is - Fran Warren
Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Georgia Carr
I'll Never Smile Again - Lillian Roth
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Lena Horne
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
And Other Bacharach David Hits
Arranged and Conducted by Leo Addeo
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
RCA Camden CAS - 2400
It seems as though everyone covered Bacharach. I wonder why the Living Marimbas logo printed so small that it is all but hidden from view on the jacket?
Back in the day RCA wasn't sure how to market the curious blend of Bacbarach/David, "now sound light pop" and, well Living Marimbas.
The bicycle on the cover must be a film reference.
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
This Guy's In Love With You
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Walk On By
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
I Say A Little Prayer
What The World Needs Now Is Love
The Window Of The World
Kenny Burrell, Bill Jennings & Tiny Grimes
Status Records 8318
Nice jacket art. Status attempts to explain, in the long winded jacket notes, that the album's uneven mix of approaches is an interpretation of the last 30 years of jazz: The three featured guitarists on this record represent the different ages and directions in jazz and span a thirty year period (and Barry Galbraith makes a fourth for bridge).
Kenny Burrell - guitar, Barry Galbraith - guitar, Leonard Gaskin - bass and Bobby Donaldson - drums
Bill Jennings - guitar, Jack McDuff - Organ, Wendell Marshall - bass and Bobby Donaldson - drums
Tiny Grimes - guitar, Eddie Davis - tenor sax, J. C. Higginbotham - trombone, Ray Bryant - piano, Wendell Marshall - bass and Osie Johnson - drums.
From the back cover: The final track on side A features the "soul-filled" conceptions of Bill Jennings as he plays the theme of organist and sideman (here) Jack McDuff.
Billie's Bounce (A)
Prelude To A Kiss (A)
It Don't Mean A Thing (A)
It's Alvin Again (B)
Lost Weekend (C)
Dood I Did (C)
More Peter Gunn
Music composed by Henry Mancini
Arrangements by Pete Candoli
The Soundstage All-Stars
Dot DLP 3204
The back cover copy, for the most part, is a brief Mancini history. Arranger Pete Candoli gets a passing mention.
Also front the back cover: So here it is – a jazz arranger and a studio full of jazz musicians. The result? Well, let's just skip the hyperbole bit and play it cool. A la Peter Gunn. Let's just call it an interesting jazz experience. Gasser type.
Session personel: Ted Nash & Ronald Langinger - alternating on alto sax and alto flute, Conte Candoli - trumpet, Frank Rosolino, Dick Nash & Milton Berhart - alternating on trombone, Jimmy Rowles & Russ Freeman - alternating on piano, Keith "Red" Mitchell - bass, Bob Hoewe & Vincent Terri - alternating on guitar, Alvin Stoller & Frank Capp - alternating on drums.
The Little Man Theme
A Quiet Gass
Goofin' At The Coffee House
Blues For Mother's
My Manne Shelly
His Stradivarius Violin With Orchestra
From the back cover: Millions of television fans will attest to the magic of Dick Kesner's Stradivarius violin. Each week they listen and watch, as though mesmerized, while Dick weaves his musical spell, his bow moving like a sorcerer's wand. The same magic quality has made him a top concert attraction all over the country, holding audiences enthralled in every city.
The television show endued to in the copy above was the Lawrence Welk Show.
The jacket, features an interesting early television or facsimile with an inset image from another Kesner album cover. His violin is nicely blended on this LP with "mood" orchestral arrangements. The vibe is just "pop" enough to keep Atomic Attic listeners engaged.
Kesner made a good number of albums, apparently, in a very short time while either working for Welk or just after he left the show in 1959. One of my favorite Kesner albums is titled Amor Latino, dated 1962, the same year Kesner died of a heart attack while he was driving his car in Reseda, California. He passed on at the very young age of 49.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
All The Things You Are
Ol' Devil Moon
I Surrender Dear
Night And Day
Someone To Watch Over Me
The Tropical Style of Frankie Carle
Arrangements by Jack Fascinato
Produced by Darol Rice
RCA Victor LSP-3609
Carle, by 1966, was late to the exotica party. None-the-less he recorded this fine album complete with subtle early 60s pop/light jazz overtones. Carle along with his arranger, Jack Fascianto, created a distinctive, soft sound that pumped fresh life into the well covered song titles.
From the back cover: "Exotic" is one of those adjectives that conjures up more than Webseter would have us believe. With all due respect to well-meaning lexicographers, I happen to prefer the way Frankie Carle defines it is his album: impression of far-off lands… fleeting glimpses of foreign people… a musical travelogue through picture-postcard settings. – Harvey Siders, Contributing Editor, Hollywood Citizen-News
Beyond The Reef
I'll Remember You
Stranger On The Shore
When The Day Is All Done
Now Is The Hour