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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo

Prelude To Act III Of Lohengrin
Great New Sound For '65
New Improved Full Dimensional Sound
The Exciting New Sound For '65 and Complete Tracks From Selected Capitol Albums for February
Capitol Records SPRO 2797

Gatefold 1965 Capitol promotion LP that was "Not Available To The Public" featuring a visually stunning "3-D" cover which, for the most part, my scanner was able to capture the look of. The design was printed on top of some type of plastic material (somewhat like you might see on a "winking postcard") that creates the impression of about 1/2 inch of depth.

A Hard Day's Night (The Hollyridge Strings)
Six-Nix-Quix-Flix (The George Shearing Quintet)
San Francisco Bay Blues (The Travelers Three)
Stick Around (H. B. Barnum)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (The Don Scaletta Trio)
Take Good Care Of My Baby (The Lettermen)
More (Fred E. Finn And His Friends)
Prelude To Act II Of Lohengrin (Stan Kenton And His Orchestra)

Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing

A Sinner Kissed An Angel
Lullaby Of Birdland
George Shearing
Pickwick SPC-3039

A fine Pickwick release of Shearing material featuring a seldom seen photo of George, sans glasses, printed on the cover.

From the back cover: ...Pickwick/33 is proud to present in the ten tracks on this record which highlight the smash Shearing career.

Don't Blame Me
Easy To Love
Lullaby Of Birdland
I Remember You
I Wished On The Moon
Over The Rainbow
A Sinner Kissed An Angel
There's A Lull In My Life
They All Laughed

Monday, July 24, 2017

Very Truly Yours - Don Ralke'

Pastel Blue
Very Truly Yours
Don Ralke' Orchestra
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records CLP 5018

Jazz inspired arrangements and top notch guitar solos are featured in this well paced, creative mood set.

From the back cover: Don Ralke' is a composer, conductor, and pianist of unusual talent. A graduate with honors from the University of Southern California, he holds the degree of Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music. He has also studied musical composition from such prominent modern composers as Arnold Schonberg and Ernst Toch and keyboard technique from the eminent Dr. Alice Ehlers. Don Ralke' has been a successful artist in the recording field for many years, and has gathered together some of the finest talent on the West Coast to record this alum.

Bud Coleman , the featured guitarist, has been active in the radio, television and recording segments of the music industry for many years. He has appeared on CBS Radio NBC TV and, as a guitarist with Frank DeVol. Among the many vocal artists with which he has been associated as guitar accompanist are Lena Horn, Herb Jeffried, Anita O'Day and Lucille Norman. The fluid technique and rich chordal progressions displayed here by Bud Coleman are designed to please the most discerning ear.

A few of the other outstanding soloists to be heard are Ed Kusby – trombone, and Frank Flynn – Vibraphone. Gloria Wood and David Diller are among the vocal artists.

All The Things You Are
When Your Lover Has Gone
Pastel Blue
Tango Of The Roses
The Moon Is Low
April In Paris
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I Cover The Waterfront
Blue Moon
Don't Blame Me
Dark Eyes

Make Mine Manhattan - D'Artega

Fire And Ice Ballet (D'Artega)
Make Mine Manhattan
Moods In Music Featuring
D'Artega and His Orchestra
Mercury Wing MGW 12101

From the back cover: D'Artega was born in Spain and came to the United States as a youngster. For years he studied orchestration and composition under Boris Levenson, who had been a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. Early in the days of radio, D'Artega was attracted to this new magic medium which could bring music into the homes of everyone. But he knew that the techniques of classical music, while glorious to the ears of an initiate, would be strange to millions of Americans who had never had the opportunity to develop a taste for classics. So he committed his art to the development of a style which would combine the best of the familiar, popular music, with the most attractive qualities of his first love, the classics.

That he succeeded in striking the extraordinary balance is evidenced by the outstanding parade of successes which unfolded in his career. D'Artega soon was in demand by the already giant networks to display his unusual combination of easy listening pleasure with artistic distinction. He conducted on the Jell-O Program, You Hit Parade, Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Show and the Cavalcade of Music. He became the director of "Pop" concerts for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Frequently he came to Carnegie Hall to conduct its famous Pop Concert Orchestra as a guest, until recently, when he was appointed its permanent conductor.

In The Blue
When Love Is New
Dreamer's Serenade
Concerto Pathetique
Wedding Of The Violins
Tulips In Springtime
Dagger Dance
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 1
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 2
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 3

Highway One - The Mystic Moods

Highway One
The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Don McGinnis
Produced and Directed by Brad Miller
Spoken Words by Rosko
Spoken Words written by Jim Molin
"Touch" features by Clare
Sound Effects recorded by Brad Miller
Production Assistance by Bob Todd
Recorded by Olympic Sound Studios, London
Remixed at Warner Bros. Studios, N. Hollywood
Recording Engineered by Bart Chiate and Vic Smith
Remix for stereo and quadraphonic sound by Lee Herschberg and Lanky Linstrot
Photography and Art Direction by Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. Records BS 2648

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the jacket and promotion label. If you are into The Mystic Moods, you will find that this set features another interesting artistic blend of recorded environmental sound and smooth mood arrangements. The mood is augmented by laid-back poetic spoken word lead-ins by "Rosko".

Highway One (Adagion - from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major by J.S. Bach arranged and adapted by Don McGinnis)
The First Time (Don McGinnis)
Reason For Staying (Don McGinnis)
Electric Music And The Summer People
Rain (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
I Wonder How Long
My Love, My Life (Don McGinnis)
Touch (Bonnie Breitzman)
Reflections (Don McGinnis)
Images (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
Crystal Morning (Traditional, arranged and adapted by Ginseng Music/Medallion Avenue Music)
Highway One (Reprise)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shufflin' Along - The Four Aces

It's No Sin
Shufflin' Along With The Four Aces
Featuring Al Alberts
Orchestra Directed by Jack Pleis
Decca Records DL 8567

My copy of this LP came with a single sheet marketing insert (images above).

From the back cover: This album will obviously be a favorite. It is a natural successor to such previous albums by The Four Aces as "Mood Fo Love" (CL 8122), ""Sentimental Souvenirs" (DL 8227), and "Heart And Soul (DL 8228).

Also from the back cover: Everybody who knows The Four Aces is aware of the fact that the boys just seemed to find themselves – Al Alberts was completing a three year hitch in the Navy when he met Dave Mahoney and, after being discharged in 1946, Al and Dave began a combined singing career. A little later they added Sod Voccaro on trumpet and Lou Silvestri on drums. It is a pleasant coincidence that all four grew up and went through school in the same state: Pennsylvania.

Have You Been Lonely
Girl Of My Dreams
Miss You
Peg O' My Heart
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
It's No Sin
Lonely Wine
Day By Day
My Reverie
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
There I've Said It Again

The Faraway Part Of Town - Andre Previn

Trav'lin Light
The Faraway Part Of Town
Andre Previn
His Piano and Orchestra
Produced by Irving Townsend
Cover Photo: Horst
Columbia Records CL 1786

Winning lush string mood arrangements back Previn's smooth jazz inspired piano passages.

From the back cover: When Andre Previn was a little boy in Berlin, where his father was a lawyer and amateur pianist, he would sit under the piano at family musicales while his father and friends played for their own amusement. "I was involved unconsciously with music as far back as I can remember." The father left Germany to get out of the way of the Nazis and took his family to California, where Andre was unceremoniously deposited in a public school without possessing a single word of English. He felt terribly embarrassed and awkward; it must have been a traumatic experience. Yet, to compensate for what he felt, he turned to music as a means to showing his worth. In his early teens he began hanging around radio stations, playing piano and, when he was allowed to, arranging for house bands. (The conductors allowed him to do this free. "I didn't have to pay them for the experience," Andre says, ironically.) Presently someone at MGM heard of "that kid" and sent for him to do some arrangements for Jose Iturbi, who was to play jazz piano in a picture but hadn't the slightest notion of how to do it. That assignment led to his doing the scores for about thirty films, including Three Little Words, It's Always Fair Weather, Invitation To The Dance, Gigi, Porgy And Bess, Bad Day At Black Rock, Elmer Gantry, and most recently, One, Two, Three and The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. Scoring for films is only one of his many activities. He conducts and appears as piano soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, he leads a jazz combo in nightclubs and in concert appearances, he composes "heavy' music as well as popular, and he and his wife are working on a musical comedy. It is my suspicion that somewhere in his busy schedule he also finds time to make his own music. – Richard Gehman

From Billboard - August 18, 1962: Moody, wistful and introspective piano solos by Andre Previn, backed by a lush string ork, makes this a solid item for the market. The pianist turns in expressive and winning performances on a flock of standards, including "Where Are You," "Gone With The Wind," "Over The Rainbow" and "When Your Lover Has Gone." A tasteful and nostalgic set that should score throughout the fall.

Where Are You
Strangers When We Meet
A Place In The Sun
Trav'lin Light
Gone With The Wind
Lost In The Stars
Over The Rainbow
When Your Lover Has Gone
Where, I Wonder
Near To No One (Theme from "The Scapegoat")
Meet Me Halfway
The Faraway Part Of Town (From the Columbia Picture "Pepe")

Friday, July 14, 2017

Soul Of Hawaii - The Hawaiian Islanders

Beyond The Reef
Soul Of Hawaii
By The Hawaiian Islanders
4:35 Channels (MMF Millimeter Film)
Cover Design by Al Can and Miller, Bodden & Rich, Inc.
Photographed by Robert Wenkam
Courtesy of Hawaii Visitor's Bureau
Liner Notes by Herman Kaplan
Cameo C 4002

Song Of The Islands
The Hukilau Song
Beyond The Reef
My Little Grass Shack
Lovely Hula Hands
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Little Brown Gal
Sophisticated Hula
Hawaiian War Chant
Aloha De

An Ode To Young Lovers - Living Jazz

The Frog
An Ode To Young Lovers
Living Jazz
Arranged and Conducted by Phil Bodner
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recoding Engineer - Bob Simpson
RCA Camden CAS-2196

Phil Bodner - Leader, Sax, Flute
Irvin Markowitz, Mel Davis, Bernie Glow - Trumpets and Flugelhorns
Buddy Morrow, Alan Raph - Trombones
Dick Hyman - Organ and Harpsichord
John Pizzarelli - Gut String and Combo Guitars
Tony Mottola - Electric and Gut String Guitars
Russell A. Savakus - Fender Bass
Phil Kraus - Vibes, Tambourine and Bongos
Bobby Rosengarde - Drums

An Ode To Young Lovers
Gone With The Wind
The Frog
To Sir, With Love
Lush Life
Hello, Young Lovers
For Once In My Life
The Last Waltz
More Than A Miracle

Enchantment - Russ Garcia

Russ Garcia And His Orchestra
Play The Music Of Joe Greene (rear cover photo by Stan Lewey)
Liberty Records LRP 3062

Beautifully arranged lush string mood set.

All About Ronnie
Make Me A Present Of You
The Tender Thirds
Whispered Love
Dusky January
Some Women I've Known
Lost Kisses
Let's Have A Talk
Read My Lops

Thursday, July 13, 2017

88 a la carte - Willard McDaniel

I'll Remember April
'88' a la carte
With Willie McDaniel
Crown Records
CLP 5024

From the back cover: He (McDaniel) started playing the piano as a youngster and has been busy at it ever since. Living in the Los Angeles area for the last twenty years, Willard has played with a number of local bands, among them Roy Milton's famous group. He's done studio work on films like "Young Man With A Horn," "Panic In The Streets," "The World in His Arms" and "Family Secret." He's also written a number of tunes "Blues on the Delta," Blues for Mimi" and "Three A.M. Boogie," "Moon Tide" and others.

The album here is a wonderful balance of Willard's piano and 88 A LA CARTE presents Willard as you might hear him in a Hollywood night spot for music lovers where he's played for the past six years.

From Billboard - April 13, 1957: One of the better West Coast pianists, Willard McDaniel unfortunately hasn't had too much exposure. It's hoped this $1.98 package will correct that, for his is an excellent style, reminiscent in spots of the late Fats Waller. He's energetic, imaginative and refreshingly smooth on all selections. Tunes are all standards, with "I'll Remember April" a particular standout, for bargain-disk vendors.

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Lover Man
The Gypsy
I'll Never Smile Again
Sugar Blues
All Or Nothing
Along The Navaho Trail
Under Paris Skies
A Sunday Kind Of Love
You Always Hurt The One You Love
I'll Remember April
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Girl From Ipanema - Jimmy Davis & Norma Lee

Way Beyond Today
The Girl From Ipanema
By Jimmy Davis & Norma Lee
Wyncote SW 9028
1964 Cameo-Parkway Records

From the back cover: All the songs in this album feature the sweet saxophone of Jimmy Davis. You will especially enjoy the vocal renditions of Norma Lee on the songs "The Girl From Ipanema," "Bossa Nova, It's The Things," "Way Beyond Today," "One Note Samba," and "Somewhere".

Budget collection of jazzy tracks which, in fact, seem to feature Jimmy Davis and the light bouncing vocals of Norma Lee on side one only. Tracks from side two were apparently collected together from a completely different, but pretty hip, recording session.

The Girl From Ipanema
Bossa Nova, It's The Thing
Way Beyond Today
One Note Samba
Five To Four
Spanish Flea
Blues For Bill

This Modern World - Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton Conducts This Modern World
Composed By Bob Graettinger
Capitol Records H 460

10 inch LP. 

Terrific stuff from Kenton's experimental period that can be download from online vendors as a part of City Of Glass.

From the back cover: Graettinger's writing methods and style are most unusual. He uses mathematical computations in his work, like an architect calculating the necessary physical support for his artistic conception. In making notations he employs a striking system of color charts and graphs (their interesting visual patterns have been adapted for this album's cover).

He has spent over a year on this composition, his first to be recorded since the controversial City Of Glass. Like the work of any sincere modernist, it is not designed for easy acceptance; but the open-minded listener will find in it a creative imagination that is exciting, dramatic, and greatly rewarding.

Graettinger died of lung cancer in 1957. He was 33 years old.

A Horn
Some Saxophones
A Cello
A Thought
A Trumpet
An Orchestra

Rumbas - Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
From The Treasury Of Immortal Performances
Popular Collector's Issue
RCA Victor LPT 8

10 LP originally issued in 1941 as a 4 disc 78 set (P67).

From the back cover: Watching Xavier Cugat standing before his orchestra, grinning happily and energetically shaking maracas while his men pound out a savagely rhythmic rumba behind him, it is hard to picture the same man soulfully playing a violin accompaniment while the world's greatest tenor sings a concert aria. And yet that is how Cugat, America's Rumba King, began his career – as accompanying artist to Enrico Caruso.

It began quite a number of years ago in Cugat's native Barcelona, Spain, where he was born in 1900, of a noble Spanish family. After receiving his musical education in some of the finest conservatories in Europe, Cugat was playing the violin in Barcelona when Caruso happened to hear him. The result was an invitation to come to America and tour with the great singer.

The arrangement lasted for five years, during which time Cugat toured the whole country with Caruso. During the many hours they spent on trains, between concert engagements, they discovered they shared a love of sketching and an uncommon talent for it. Caruso's impromptu caricatures of friends and celebrities, dashed off on odd scraps of paper in rare intervals of relaxation are famous. Today, the cartoons of his "pupil" Xavier Cugat, are even more famous. Cugat's first completed sketch, a merciless caricature of Caruso, amused the singer mightily.

So it was natural that when Caruso's untimely death ended the association, the young Cugat took to cartooning, on the staff of the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately, as "Cugie" himself points out:

"When the Los Angeles Times tell you to be funny by tomorrow morning 10:30, I can't do it, so I quit cartooning and start this little band of seex man only. I haf never been in dance hall before and we play only the roomba from Cuba. Lopez, Coleman and other had played the roomba but dat was way too soon. Den you had to throw your partner in the zeiling and get a bandanna. When we start, years ago, they all look at us like we are a bunch of wild animals. They only let us play relief to those bees name band."

But not for long. The suave, continental Cugat tamed the jungle exuberance of the rumba to something Americans could and would dance. Beginning at Los Angeles' famed Cocoanut Grove, the Cugat band was soon being booked at the nation's most distinguished hotels and night spots, where it proceeded to break attendance records and be invited back year after year by delighted managements. Cugat returns yearly to New York's swank Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and there is no record of any dancer being inspired by his music to throw his partner "in" the "zeiling" – with of without a bandanna.

My Shawl
Recorded April 15, 1935

The Lady In Red
Vocal refrain by Don Reid and Chorus. Recorded April 1, 1935

Green Eyes
Vocal refrain by Chorus. Recorded September 6, 1940

Recorded February 19, 1940

Havana's Calling Me
Vocal refrain by Chorus. Recorded April 5, 1937

Vocal refrain by Chacha Aguilar and Carmen Castillo. Recorded April 8, 1938

Recorded December 9, 1937

La Bomba
Vocal refrain by Dorothy Miller. Recorded August 7, 1936

Friday, July 7, 2017

Reap The Wild Winds - Stuart McKay

Reap The Wild Winds
Stuart McKay And His Woods
These recordings were made July, 22, 23, Aug. 3, 1954
Photos: David Hecht
Notes: Bill Zeitung
RCA Victor LJM-1021

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Posted here to add scans of the gatefold cover.

Great fun. A joyful "progressive" mix of big band swing, jazz, woodwinds and a sense of humor.

From the liner notes: Much too often – and especially since the advent of the "progressive" trend – jazz has become associated in the public mind with a deadly serious art, one much too cerebral and complex for comprehension by anyone except musicians who play it. There is certainly a good case for that view – especially since some artists have done their best to make it appear this way – but jazz, for all its seriousness, is, after all, wonderful fun. That particular fun – its swinging humor, its broad appeal, and the obvious enjoyment of the participating musicians – has probably never been demonstrated to such vivid effect as in these recordings by Stuart McKay and one of the most phenomenal-sounding bands ever assembled for the purpose of blowing jazz. "Wild winds" is some of the wildest music yet waxed!

Saxes, Bassoon, Oboe, English Horn, Flute: Stuart McKay, Ernest Victor Mauro, Jerry Sanfino, Tom Mace
French Horn: Albert Richman or John Barrows
Piano: John Saunders
Guitar: John Porcello
Bass: Bill Halfacre
Drums: Red Paskett
Voice: Suzanne Lovell

Music And Martinis - The Silver Strings

Music And Martinis
The Silver Strings
Conducted By Attilio Mineo
Perfect Listening PL 12013
A Product Of Epic Records

Waltz Of Love
Sounds Of Love
Ready, Willing And Able
You Are Everything
Baby Mine
Italian Waltz
Its The Time
Lento's Bolero

Love's Several Faces - Domenico Savino

Holiday For Strings
Love's Several Faces
Mood Music featuring the Compositions and Arrangements of Domenico Savino
David Whitehall And His Orchestra
RCA Camden CAL 278

Dawn Of Love
And The Angels Sing
Gypsy Violins
Serenade To A Mountain Blue
Holiday For Strings
Nostalgia Oriental
Love Me Or Leave Me
Green Hours
Dance Puppet Dance
Moonlight Interlude
Over The Rainbow
Spanish Sunrise
Joyful Youth

Theme For Candy And Other Sweets - The Wyncote Orchestra

Young Lovers
Theme For Candy And Other Sweets
The Wyncote Orchestra
Wyncote W 9101
Cameo-Parkway Records

Well executed small combo, extended track, lounge set.

Theme For Candy
Theme From Moll Flanders
Theme From Fanny Hill
Young Lovers

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sleepy Serenades - Russ Case

Sleepy Serenade
Sleepy Serenades
Russ Case And His Orchestra
"X" A Product Of Radio Corporation Of America
LXA 3014

10 inch LP.

Sleepy Serenade
Penthouse Serenade
The Lamplighter's Serenade
Moonlight Serenade
Serenade In Blue
Manhattan Serenade
A Blues Serenade
Sunrise Serenade

The Feminine Sax - Willene Barton

Barton's Blues
The Feminine Sax
Rock "N" Rhythms of the Dayton Selby Trio
Featuring Willene Barton
Cover Photo by Philip Lustig
Design Records DLP 33
Division Of Pickwick Sales

Reissue of There She Blows! Hollywood LPH-15

From the back cover: A woman in a man's world. That's about the only way to describe Willene Barton. Willene is to the saxophone what Lillian Briggs is to the trombone. A dervish, a talented exponent of unusual riffs and progressive chords and certainly the foremost member of her sex to establish her career in the music industry as a playing artist. – Roy Freeman

Too Close For Comfort
Blues #2
Blues #1
Little Brown Jug
Dayton's Dance
I'll Never Stop Loving You
Blues #3
Seven Eleven
Breakin' The Blues
Blue Moon
In The Still Of The Night
Barton's Blues

The Art Van Damme Quintet

There Will Never Be Another You
The Art Van Damme Quintet
House Party Series
Columbia Records CL 2585

10 inch LP featuring 6 tracks on both sides that add up to a lot of empty disc space, enough space that Columbia could have included as many as 4 more tracks to the disc. The tracks that Columbia thoughtfully did include in this package do add up to another great Art Van Damme jazz accordion set.

I Get A Kick Out Of You
There Will Never Be Another You
The Cricket
Just One Of Those Things
Taking A Chance On Love

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

George Shearing Quintet

George Shearing Quintet
Discovery DL 3002

The tracks are available with other period trio and quintet numbers from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and biographical information.

One outstanding Shearing set, in my opinion, despite The Billboard review (below).

Discovery 10 inch LP pressed on very dark, just translucent red vinyl.

Personnel: Chuck Wayne - Guitar, Margie Hyams - Vibes, Denzil Best - Drums and John Levy - Bass.

From the back cover: George was born in August 1920, in a London district known as Battersea, where it would be hard to find an atmosphere less conductive to the development of jazz ideas. Son of a fireman who had no interest in music, George was educated at a school for the blind in London, having been sightless since birth.

His musical education was entirely classical, and it was not until he was sixteen that he began to take an interest in the American recordings of such artists as Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller.

George was seventeen when one night he visited a jam session I was running in the West End of London. He created an immediate sensation, not only with his modern jazz piano work, but also by playing swing accordion, an accomplishment without precedent.

Soon after that, it was my privilege to arrange for George's first recording date. During the next few years he developed rapidly as both a pianist and arranger, dictating his arrangements to a skilled copyist. He appeared as soloist in numerous night clubs and stage shows throughout Great Britain, and rose to become winner of the piano division in the annual poll conducted by the Melody Maker, London musical weekly.

In 1945 George decided to visit the United States for the first time. The experience was so stimulating that he decided to return later as an immigrant. With his wife and little daughter Wendy he settled in this country in December 1947.

At that time, George present style had not been clearly formulated. There were still traces of the Teddy Wilson and other early influences. But soon after he landed his first job working among the great modern jazzmen at the Three Deuces on 52nd Street, a new and more exciting Shearing personality began to evolve. By the time George has listened to the other leading bop pianists for a couple of months, he began to outstrip them in their own highly specialized art.

The Quintet heard in the present selections was actually formed for the Discover record date, and the results were so successful that the five artists decided to stay together. Their first night club engagement in New York began in April 1949 at Cafe Society.

Also from the back cover: The cover artist, Chris Kealey has symbolized the bebop pianism of George Shearing by the little abstract man who beckons all to look at his exhibit – a creative piano; and a portrait of a bopper, complete with beret, horn rimmed glasses and goatee.

The artist, Chris Kealey is a 31-year old California artist-photographer, who believes in the use of photographic techniques to achieve unusual artistic effects. Born in Passaic, N.J., and schooled in Illinois, he came to California in time to decorate the walls of several of Hollywood's better temples of jazz. Since 1940 his primary interest has been photography: He was an aerial photographer with the 7th A.A.F., and since the war has studied the medium at Los Angeles Art Center. His Discovery album covers reflect that interest, whether they are done as pure photography or in another creative medium.

From Billboard - August 6, 1949 (Review of Discovery M-12 which was the 3 record 78 set released with the same, but modified cover art with the photos removed and replaced with abstract ink drawings): George Shearing, the brilliant young blind English pianist, is emerging as a leading commercial jazz performer. His records have begun to pick up sales impetus of late. This album therefore is well timed to fall in with the Shearing trend. However, the (some copy issues here) it will probably sell, it is a disappointing presentation of the bright little quintet which is lead by Shearing and includes such stellar musicians as Denzil Best, John Levy, Margie Hyams and Chuck Wayne. This mainly because at least half of the compositions in the set are so complex as not to allow jazz freedom and feeling – greatest assets of the group – from entering these sides. Best of the sides are "Cherokee" and "Four Bars Short," a blues on both of which Shearing demonstrates his ability with an accordion. Striking album cover.

Life With Feather
Sorry, Wrong Rhumba
Bebop's Fables
Four Bars Short
Moon Over Miami
Cotton Top Cherokee

Latin Rhythms - Henry King

Rica Pulpa
Latin Rhythms
By Henry King
Tops Masterpieces L 932

Tops 10 inch LP.

Vern Vern
Chiu Chiu
Mama Yo Quiero
Chico Chico
Rica Pulpa

The Passions - Les Baxter

The Passions
Featuring Bas Sheva
Les Baxter
Conducts His Original Composition
Capitol Records LAL-486

Available on CD and YouTube, so I will not be posting a sample. Shared here to offer a look at the art found on the box and booklet.

Extremely nice single Capitol 10 inch disc packaged in box that includes one eight page informational insert. The booklet goes into detail, explaining how each track was conceptualized. Additional copy covers technical information and a description of FDS or Full Dimensional Sound.

Baxter's answer to Yma Sumac's early 1950's popularity? However, according to her entry in Wikipedia: The Passions was far too innovative and edgy and the album was not a commercial success. Despite this showcase of the astounding range of her voice, Bas Sheva never recorded again.

From the booklet insert: The Instruments of The Passions is a follows: 2 trumpets; 2 trombones; 1 French horn (an additional horn was used on one recording session); 10 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos; String bass; Harp; Piano (doubling celeste); Percussion (snare, bass drum, tom toms cymbals, wood blocks, triangle, tympani, bells, vibraphone, xylophone, timbales, conga drum, bongos, guiro, tambourine, castanets cabaza, maracas, and gong); Choir: three male, three female.


Secret Agent Themes From Thunderball - Parris Mitchell

Secret Agent Themes From Thunderball
The Parris Mitchell Strings With Brass
Pickwick PC 5007

This "spy/secret agent" themed set sounds as groovy as similar period sets that I have collected over the years and this is easily the best "Mitchell Strings" LP I've listened to.

From the back cover: The Parris Mitchell trademark is easily recognized by the lush sound and vibrant rhythm of the strings mingled with a tender and romantic coloring to the melody. It is a function of sentimentality and vigor that achieves an unique effect and affords a new experience in listening pleasure. The arrangements for the Paris Mitchell Strings reflect the young conductor's sense of timing and understanding of mood in bringing out the best in romantic music.

Man From T.H.R.U.S.H.
From Russia With Love
The Ipcress File
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
I Spy
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Our Man Flint

Music With A Heartbeat - D'artega

Rendezvous With Romance
D'artegan Plays
Music With A Heartbeat
A Musical Love Affair
Cover photo by Philip Lustig
Design Records DLP 25

From the back cover:

About the composer - Composer Rebekah West Harkness is a native of St. Louis, Mo. At a very early age she began the study of music and her dedication to this art – grew with time. TO round out her knowledge of esthetics she also studied ballet and sculpting. Harmonic structure and musical form of compositions intrigued her during her piano studies and strengthened her desire to become a composer as opposed to a serious concert musician. Rebekah West Harkness married and came to New York, however, though she functioned as an efficient wife and dutiful mother, she nevertheless continued her musical activities. She traveled widely and all of her visits to foreign lands inspired her musical efforts. As fast as ideas came to her, she'd jot them down on paper. A perfectionist by nature, she enlisted the guidance of Frederick Werle, with whom she studied for several years. Mr. Werle helped expand her scope to encompass the symphony orchestra. Mrs. Harkness works have been recorded on MGM and Cavalcade Records. Her "Safari" was recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and has had hundreds of performances over network and local radio stations. Her works have been featured in Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York.

About The Conductor - D'Artega is one of America's finest composer-arranger-conductors. In this album he outdoes himself in presenting vivid tone portraits set to music. Starting back in 1937 when he first started to conduct the orchestra on the Jack Benny Show, he has created an envious reputation as a musical perfectionist of major import. Credited by the music wise critics as being the man who popularized Tschaikowsky in America, D'Artega was among the first to popularize the classics with popular arrangements of the great masters. He has conducted many of the major orchestra throughout America and has recently composed the score for the upcoming J. Arthur Rank motion picture "The Magic World."

From Billboard - October 7, 1957: Altho the cover and title of this low-priced LP ($1.49) are obviously aimed at rack buyers, its content is classical, which may hamper it sales wise. D'Artega offers lushly orchestrated, symphonic arrangements of selections from two suites by Rebekah West Harkness. Excellent mood music for jocks with semi-classical programs, utilizing unhackneyed material.

Rendezvous With Romance
A Whisper Away From You
Waltzing On A Rainbow
Love's First Flight
Sparkling Burgundy
My Memoirs
Mediterranean Moods
Spain The Sorcerer
Riviera Reverie
Sea Breeze
Fontana Di Trevi
Forever After

Monday, July 3, 2017

Saxophone Dance Parade - Teddy Phillips

Singing Sands
Saxophone Dance Parade
Teddy Phillips And His Orchestra
Mercury Wing
Mercury Record Corporation
MGW 12128

Phillips serves up an odd mix of "champagne" dance, lush strings, swing, swing with vocals to include western and teen pop influences. The assortment of arrangements actually makes the LP fun to spin because you can't guess what Phillips will do next.

Singing Sands
String Bean
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
Chapel Of St. Clair
Pale Moon
Laughing Teddy
High On A Mountain
Wiggle Waggle Walk
What Happens When Love Dies

Music For Togetherness - Julian Gould

Music For Togetherness
Julian Gould Trio
Design Records DLP 27

From the back cover: I first heard Julian Gould play in a service club in occupied Germany after the Second World War. I had walked in on an inspection trips as special service officer in the area. At the far end of the club there was a gathering of approximately fifty soldiers just standing around and listening to someone (I didn't know who at the time) play piano. I joined them and later induced Julian (the man at the piano) to play for boys in other areas thruout the command. When my tour of duty ended, I lost track of Julian Gould and it wasn't until last year when I was in Hollywood on a business trip that I heard those magic fingers of his, once again, tempt lovely sounds out of Mr. Steinway's best. We kept in touch and when I joined DESIGN in charge of Artists and Repertoire I convinced him to record for us. He has, and now you, too, can know why I was so anxious to have this outstanding American artist join our expanding circle of musical groups.

Tiara and Cliffs of Capri are both examples of Julian's composing skill. Even surround by the works of the very finest of composers, these two melodies are stand-outs. – Roy Freeman

From Billboard - October 7, 1957: The $1.49 price tag is the attractive feature here. Customers will probably be lured by the lower cost. The set is a pleasantly listenable grouping of schmaltzy romantic tunes. Gould's paying is in a sort of Cavaillaro vein.

These Foolish Things
Blue Moon
Deep Purple
As Time Goes By
Dancing In The Dark
Once In A While
Sunrise Serenade
Cliffs Of Capri