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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lab '76 - The North Texas State University Jazz Lab Band

North Texas State University School Of Music
Marceau C. Myers, Dean Presents
Lab '76!
Leon Breeden, Director
Album Design, Liner Notes, Photography: J Frank Lively
Loomis Photo by Gary Rago
Shanklin photo from Dr. Wn. Latham
Distributed by Ray Lawrence LTD., Studio City, California


Side one:
Love Beams: Omega Audio; Darrell Henke, Engineer
Myth Of Sisyphus: Vestige Recording; Bob Grace, Engineer
Chief's Blues: Alcorn Productions; Jim Alcorn, Engineer
Side two:
Dallasonic Recording: Thom Calceta and Don Smith, Engineers


Saxophones: Roger Dismore (Lead)
Dan Higgins (Pete Brewer*)
Steve Spencer
Bev Dahlke

Chuck Schmidt (Lead)
Bill Collins
Ron Bergan (Wayne George*)
Doug Coltman
Clay Jenkins (Mike Davis*)

Jim Milne (Pat Coil*)

Marc Johnson (Jim Lacefield, 2nd Bass on "Myth Of Sisyphus)

John Riley

Jim Chirillo (Jett Davang*)

Gene Glover
*On "Chief's Blues" Only

The Cover: Those of you who remember the famous "lizard" who appeared on our "Lab '75!" cover will find a relative of his on this year's cover. He's down there in the lower right hand corner, watching the "Monster flute player." (Another visual pun!). Our thanks to Sue Ellen Brown, NTSU senior Advertising Design major, who created the work.

From Billboard - March 19, 1977: This remarkable musical and professional collegiate big band conducted by Dr. Leon Breeden is a model of what contemporary large-scale jazz is all about. Exceptional solos by Dan Higgins, alto; Jim Milne, piano and Clay Jenkins, flugelhorn blend well with adventurous, musically fascinating charts by six different arrangers. A bow, too, to J. Frank Lively's lively annotation, LP design and photos. Best cuts: "Love Beams," "Ballad For Gary," Chief's Blues."

Love Beams
Composer/Arranger Mark Taylor (NTSU) - Dan Higgins, Alto Sax Solo

Myth Of Sisyphus*
Composer/Arranger Paul Loomis (NTSU) - Mark Henderson, Tenor Sax Solo

Chief's Blues
Composer/Arranger Rich Shanklin (NTSU Alumnus) - Roger Dismore, Soprano Sax Solo

Phone A Trois
Composer/Arranger Alf Clausen (NTSU) - Dan Higgins, Alto Sax Solo - Clay Jenkins, Flugelhorn Solo - James Chirillo, Guitar Solo

Ballad For Gary*
Composer/Arranger Alf Clausen - Jim Mike, Piano Solo - Clay Jenkins, Flugelhorn Solo

Composer Arranger Jim Milne (NTSU) - Bill Yeager, Trombone Solo - Jim Milne, Piano Solo

Friday, April 19, 2019

Quietly There - Chet Baker

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Quietly There
Chet Baker
Producer: Richard Bock
Arrangers: Harry Betts & Julian Lee
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Photo: Ken Kim
Engineer: Lanky Linstrot
World Pacific WP-1847
Liberty Records, Inc.

From the back cover: Chet Baker and strings always seem to this writer a natural – if not obvious – paring. The 36-year old Oklahoman is essentially a romantic on his instrument. And since he has forsaken trumpet for flugelhorn, the romantic turn of his musical approach has been that much further evident. The flugelhorn, with its roundness and fullness of tone, lends its character very well to a player with the time to rhapsodize. One recalls that Miles Davis (Chet Baker's stylistic ancestor) took to flugelhorn at a point in his career marking a departure from wholly small group settings and the beginning of adventures in music now considered historic.

So the romantic Chet has ample opportunity here to make the most of the arrangements of Harry Betts and Julian Lee, two of our leading craftsmen in the canny art of orchestration. If an arranger is really good, he can leave his personal mark on the treatment of a song just as indelibly as may a jazz improvisor. Both men are capable of this, and both do so here. Betts has been trombonist with many of the country's top name bands, from Charlie Barnet on through the alphabet. Lee is a gifted Australian who has been a Hollywood resident for several years. Both were assigned a half dozen tunes apiece to dress up for the Baker horn... what they did with them may be summed up in the words: Good Taste. – John Tynan

Early Autumn
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Forget Him
Christmas Song
Quietly There
Spring Can Really Hang Up The Most
Stranger On The Shore
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
The More I See You
No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)
Message To Michael
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration

Guitars Unlimited - The Barclay Stars

Opus De Funk
Guitars Unlimited
The Barclay Stars
Musical Supervision: G. Levecque
A&R Director: J. Fernadez
Cover Design: Loring Eutemey
Recording Engineer: Gerhard Lehner
Recorded by Barclay Records, Paris, France
Atco Records SD 33-194
A Division of Atlantic Recording, Corp.

Guitar: Francis Le Maguer, Pierre Cullaz, Raymond Gimenes, Paul Piguillem & Victor Apicella
Piano: Raymond Le Senechal or Jacques Danjean
Bass: Paul Rovere or Guy Pedersen
Drums: Frank Houplain

From Billboard - October 22, 1966: Guitarist Doing Right For Barclay - French guitarist Francis Le Maguer has produced a new sound for Barclay Records with an ensemble called Guitars Unlimited.

Le Maguer uses the guitars to reproduce the sound of the various sections of a big band in faithful interpretations of celebrated jazz standards by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and others.

The album has already sold 6,000 copies in three months and is released in the U.S. by Atlantic and in Britain by Philips. Le Maguer plans a follow-up album shortly in which he will feature further Count Basie and Ellington numbers, Sacha Diestel's "The Good Life," and possibly some Lennon-McCartney tunes.

Shiny Silk Stockings
Sophisticated Lady
Flight Of The Foo Birds
In A Mellow Tone
Four Brothers
April In Paris
Satin Doll
Take The A Train
Early Autumn
Opus De Funk

Flamenco Festival In Hi-Fi - Nino de Alicante

Fantasia Espanola
Flamenco Festival In Hi-Fi
Nino de Alicante and His Troupe
Design DCF-1046
A Product Of Pickwick Sales Corp. - Long Island City 1, N. Y.

From the back cover: On the Spanish coast of the Mediterranean, there is a seaport famous for its shipments of wines, oil, cereals, fruit and the finest and greatest of all Flamenco performers, Nino de Alicante is his name, and the seaport is known as Alcanite.

Nino de Alicante was born in a cave halfway up the side of a mountain between the towns of Alicante and Aspe. Here, at his mother's knee he learned all the intricacies of Flamenco with its variety of rhythms; the snapping fingers, castanets, hand clapping (palmas) and of course the wonderful soul-stirring heel work (taconeo). Nino grew to become the leader of his troupe because of his great virtuosity.

The discovery and subsequent famous concert tours of Spain and Europe were brought about because of a statue. The famous sculptor Amleto Cataldi of Rome, Italy had gone in his youth to Valencia, Spain and subsequently to Alicante to sculpt some works for an exhibition that was to be held in Paris featuring the best of the Neoclassical school. He tool ill and returned to Rome. Many, many years after his early death, his daughter Eleanora Cataldi, in going through her father's papers, realized that some of his work existed in Alicante. Off she went by ship across the Mediterranean. Arriving in Alicante, she found nothing remained of her father's work, but she discovered Nino and his troupe working in a little side street cafe: As Miss Cataldi explains it... "Flamenco, when heard and seen at it best, is exciting and infectious; it ensnares us with its sound of 'be alive'... 'be happy'... 'live.'"

Here we present Flamenco at its best. A true art form that is exciting to the ear. While listening, Spain will blossom before your eyes. All the romance and mystery is there – If you get the urge to holler "Ole" or "Viva Espana" ... go ahead... it's part of enjoying the listening.

Nino Alicante and his troupe have never appeared in the United States and it gives us great pleasure to bring their first recording to this country.

We guarantee you many hour of exciting listening. Each time you play this record the sounds will develop more and more in your mind. This is something you must share and play for your friends. – Abbot Lutz

Danza Oriental
Fiesta del Rocio
En Un Cuadro Flamenco
Brisas de Malaga
Fragua Audaluza
Albaicin Granadino
Garrotin Feo
Mezquita Cordobesa
Fantasia Espanola

Waltz Favorites - The 77 Strings Orchestra

Danube Waves
Waltz Favorites
The 77 String Orchestra
Golden Tone Hi-Fidelity C4043

Skaters' Waltz
Danube Waves
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Over The Waves
It's A Grand Night For Sharing
Falling In Love With Love
Beautiful Dreamer
Merry Widow Waltz

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gene Vincent Rocks! And The Blue Caps Roll

Gene Vincent Rocks!
And The Blue Caps Roll
Capitol Records T970

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

From the back cover: Exciting because the songs, each in a brand new arrangement, range from the frantic Brand New Beat to the inspiring You'll Never Walk Alone and the traditional By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.

Gene Vincent, the young man behind it all, is pretty exciting himself. Untrained, he stepped from Norfolk, Virginia, into national prominence with his first Capitol recording Be-Bop A-Lula. Today, at 21, he continues the same style of singing that zoomed him to the top – a style that's fresh, action-packed and unrestrained.

Exciting too, are Gene's Blue Caps – a group of talented young musicians with a sound that that can set a statue to clapping its hands and tapping its feet.

Finally, there are some particularly unusual and exciting in this album items in this album. One is a modernized Rock n' Roll version of the folk classic, Frankie And Johnnie, with new words by Gene himself. Another is It's No Lie, a new song from Otis Blackwell, who wrote the sensational Teddy Bear and Don't Be Cruel.

It all adde up to an explosive, different kind of musical experience when "Gene Vincent Rocks and The Blue Caps Roll" – for these are 'hits that won't quit."

From Billboard - March 17, 1958: Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps have a hot album here, one that could rack up healthy sales to teen-agers. There are new songs and oldies, ranging from the frantic, like "Brand New Beat," the the quieter , country styled efforts like "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon. Of the new items, "It's No Lie" could get action as a single. A strong new album for Vincent and his Blue Caps.

Brand New Beat
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
You'll Never Walk Alone
Frankie And Johnnie
In My Dreams
Flea Brain
Time Will Bring You Everything
Should I Ever Love Again
It's No Lie

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - Sammy Kaye

I Want You
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Sammy Kaye ande His Orchestra
Produced by Milt Gabler
Arranged by Dave Mullaney
Engineer: Elvin Campbell
Decca Records - A Division of MCA, Inc., New York, N. Y., USA
DL 75176

From the back cover: Everybody's talking about the return of the big bands and I like that kind of talk. Not that me and my band have been "away," but I have to admit the band business has seen better days, even though we've been working regularly. Possibly we've been more fortunate than a lot of the other bands that can't say the same, but we have seen a period of time when bands weren't drawing crowds and were therefore finding it difficult to get bookings. That appears to be changing and people are starting to see and hear the bands again and what's even more important, people are starting to dance again.

Since our Decca albums have been so well received by you folks, we've been recording regularly, too, which gives us a reason to be thankful and continue making more. This latest album of ours gives me a special kind of satisfaction, for it represents a giant step for the Sammy Kaye Orchestra into the contemporary music scene. There's a lot of good music being written these days and I'm particularly impressed with the current crop of tunes on today's hit parade. Writers like Bacharach and David, Lennon and McCartney, George Harrison and Paul Vance have spun a magic web of music and lyrics on a whole new generation of people, young and old alike, and their songs relate the kind of feeling and impact of today's way of life to these people. We've selected some of the best of the many excellent tunes we feel are destined to become standards and the choice wasn't easy because of the quality of those we couldn't use being equal to the quality of the ones we did include.

From the movies, we chose the title song, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, and The Old Fun City, both of which are in "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" which stars Paul Newman; from Alfred Hitchcock's suspense thriller, "Topaz," we took the Juanita Love Theme (Strange My Love), written by Academy Award winning composer, Maurice Jarre; and from "The Sterile Cuckoo," we burrowed the beautiful Come Saturday Morning. The prolific writing talents of The Beatles were responsible for three of my favorites in the album, Something, Maxwell's Silver Hammer and I Want You (She's So Heavy). Early In The Morning, Backfield In Motion and She Let's Her Hair Down (Early In The Morning) are three more fine songs and ideally lend themselves to a big band sound. For an unusual blend of yesterday and today, we thought we'd include two great standards on one great arrangement, Hold Me/Oh, How I Miss You Tonight. And there you have it... the newest album by the Sammy Kaye Orchestra. Before I sign off, I have to give credit where it's deservingly due, so here's a tip of the Kaye clarinet to Dave Mullaney, whose imaginative, inventive, contemporary arrangements made this album a rewarding experience for all of us. I look forward to doing more of the same on future albums and I hope our fans, both new and old, enjoy hearing un "do our thing" with today's kind of music. – My best to you always, Sammy Kaye

From Billboard - February 28, 1970: Dance bands have come and gone, but Sammy Kaye is still around, and sounding better than ever. He's right in today's groove with his topnotch arrangements of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Early In The Morning and a medley that blends the oldies "Hold Me" and "Oh How I Miss You Tonight." For listening or dancing, this album will prove a must item for his many fans.

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
She Lets Her Hair Down
Juanita Love Theme
That Old Fun City
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Early In The Morning
Come Saturday Morning
Hold Me/On, How I Miss You Tonight
Backfield In Motion
I Want You

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dream Dust - Gordon Jenkins

Never Let Me Go
Dream Dust
Gordon Jenkins and His Chorus
Capitol Records T1032

From Billboard - June 16, 1958: Here's an album of smooth, listenable mood music by the Gordon Jenkins ork and chorus. The voices with fem choristers predominant are lush. The arrangements feature alto flute, the Jenkins piano and conga and bongo drums. Tunes include standards like "Yours," Time Was," plus the title tune, an original

Dream Dust
Never Let Me Go
Prenez Garde
The Lamp Is Low
Something To Dream About
Baubles, Bangles And Beads
I'll Remember April
Time Was
For Want Of A Star
Arrivederci Roma

Big Boss Mann - Herbie Mann

Senor Blues
The Big Boss Mann
Herbie Mann
Cover Design: Lloyd Ziff
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Columbia CS 1068

From the back cover: The flute is an instrument comparatively new to jazz. As recently as twenty years ago, it was hard to find anyone who could really play jazz flute. The situation is very different today. A studio sax man is expected to double on flute, alto flute, perhaps bass flute, and sometimes piccolo, oboe and English horn.

One of the men who did most to popularize the use of the flute in jazz was Herbie Mann.

On the other hand, flute has long been a staple of what we generally classify as "Latin" music. In Cuba, where most of the "mother rhythms" as they are called, of Latin music were developed, the wooden flute has been in use since a time predating musicological curiosity about it. Its uses in folk music, of course, go back long before the discovery of Cuba. Next to the drum, the flute is perhaps our oldest instrument.

Herbie Mann has been on of the great experimenters in mixing Latin music with jazz. The word "Latin" must be used advisedly, so rich and varied are the rhythms we call Latin. African musicians claim they can identify tribal sources in the rhythms they hear in the different Latin American countries, and even the basic jazz rhythm.

Jazz musicians have long shown a fascination with Latin American rhythms. Traces of Latin influence can be heard in jazz as far back as 1912. But in the early 1950s, the cross-pollination began to accelerate. Stan Kenton experimented with it. So did Dizzy Gillespie, who added a Cuban drummer named Luciano Gonzales, but better known as Chano Pozo, to his big band. And the Cuban composer-arranger Chico O'Farrill became an important figure in the movement with his writing for various bands, including both Kenton's and Gillespie's.

Herbie Mann formed his first Latin-influenced group in 1959, and has been at it ever since. It has, in fact, become his primary groove, though of late he has been incorporating rhythm and blues influences into his work. Herbie was one of the first to be caught by the subtle fascination of the modern Brazilian samba, and he went so far as to hie himself to Brazil to record at one point.

This album covers a board range of Herbie's Latin interests, and at the same time it shows how other American musicians have been influenced by it. All but two of the melodies were written by norte americano – Ave Maria Morena is a well known Cuban song, and Easy Morales wrote Jungle Fantasy. Manteca might be considered one-third Latin in origin: Chano Pozo wrote it in collaboration with Dizzy Gillespie and Gil Fuller. But Jive Samba is by Nat Adderley, Watermelon Man by pianist Herbie Hancock, Señor Blues by pianist Horace Silver, What'd I Say by Ray Charles. Pete Rugolo write Interlude for the Stan Kenton band, and Ralph Burns wrote Bijou for the Woody Herman band. Let's Boom Chitty Boom is by Herbie Mann.

Herbie has always used excellent sidemen, and this is true in this album. The arrangements are by the gifted Oliver Nelson, now emerging as an important film composer. The Latin percussion section includes some of the best men in the field in New York City. The soloists include pianist Which Corea, vibraharpist Dave Pike, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, and trumpeter Carmell Jones.

A few years ago, musicians talked of Afro-Cuban jazz. But with a Brazilian influence now added to it, perhaps it should simply be known as Latin Jazz. And this album explores many facets of this lush and propulsive kind of music. – Gene Lees, Contributing Editor, High Fidelity

From Billboard - September 5, 1970: Mann shows another side of his musical character with this album, focusing on improvisation with a Latin rhythm with tunes such as "Señor Blues," "The Jive Samba," and "Manteca," while stylizing such standards as "Watermelon Man," and "What'd I Say." With a Latin percussion section and such notable soloists as Chick Corea on piano and saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mann has a sound that will create some nostalgia and many new friends.

Let's Boom Chitty Boom
What'd I Say
Senor Blues
Jungle Fantasy
Watermelon Man
The Jive Samba
Ave Maria Morena

Monday, April 15, 2019

Jonah Jones At The Embers

Tin Roof Blues
The Jonah Jones Quartet
At The Embers
RCA Victor LPM-2004

From the back cover: Jonah Jones and his trumpet have been a phenomenon on the New York music scene at the famed jazz emporium, The Embers, where he and his group have been featured for a record-breaking run. The group went into The Embers on an off-day engagement. They ended up playing nightly for fourteen weeks in a row, with return engagements scheduled for the next five years.

In several ways Jonah's career corresponds to others of our most seasoned jazz musicians. He first played horn when he was twelve, in the Louisville, Kentucky, Booker T. Washington Community Center Band. This band was composed of a large group of youngsters brought together by a local philanthropist in an effort to keep children off the streets.

Jonah wanted to play trombone because he had noticed that it always led the band at picnic outings or funeral processions. But he ended up with the alto horn – the only free instrument available – on which he performed for his first seasons. Later he graduated to trumpet. There were seventeen other trumpeters in the band, but in a short time he moved up to first trumpet and his career began in earnest.

Jonah's first professional assignment came in his early teens on a pleasure boat named the "Island Queen," which plied between Kentucky and Ohio. As trumpeter with the fifteen piece orchestra, Jonah played popular dance music. Once he had gained a firm musical foundation from this experience, he furthered his career as sideman with various bands, commencing with Horace Henderson, Fletcher's brother.

During the subsequent years Jones was featured on trumpet with Jimmie Lunceford, Lil Armstrong and McKinney's Cotton Pickers. In 1936, in Buffalo, he formed a six-piece group with Stuff Smith. This group was booked into the Onyx Club in New York for an eventful eight-month flurry into musical history, the highlight of which was Jones' collaboration both in composing and performing that bright novelty sensation of the Thirties, I'se A-Muggin'.

The list of bands to which Jonah's trumpet has contributed its sleek stylings includes such variegated groups as Ben Bernie's and Dick Stabile's. Later he graduated at the more rarefied atmosphere of Teddy Wilson, Benny Carter and the accompaniments to some of Billie Holiday's most famous early recordings.

Jonah was with Cab Calloway for eleven years and then was brought to Paris by Charles Delaunay, noted French jazz authority. He was an immediate sensation. While in France, he was featured at a jazz festival in the Salle Pleyel to tumultuous acclaim, made many records, played the Olympia Music Hall, and appeared on innumerable broadcasts as well as in film.

One of Jonah's many musical attributes has been his versatility. This was evidenced upon his return from Paris, when he performed awhile with Park Avenue maestros Lester Lanin and Meyer Davis at society "gigs" – to use Jonah's own terminology.

Also at this time, through Cab Calloway's influence, Jonah began an engagement with the musical production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," in which Calloway was portraying the role of Sportin' Life. Jones both performed in the pit under the direction of Alexander Smallens and appeared briefly in a musical sequence on stage.

All this diversified experience, which has ranged from New Orleans jazz to its 52nd Street counterpart in the Thirties, through solid commercial dance stints to the ersatz society variety, has tempered Jonah's style to the razor-fine, "middle-ground" type of technique and tone which electrified the audiences at The Embers.

In addition to Jones himself, the soft-swinging Jonah Jones Quartet consists of George Rhodes, piano; John Browne, bass; and Harold Austin, drums.

Jonah prefers performing with a small group to anything he has ever done. It gives him a chance to swing, to play the subtle, sophisticated medleys and rousing jump style tunes in the way that he likes best. After more than two decades of seasoning, Jonah's diversified background now has crystallized into the finely mellow and subtly shaded musical expression contained in this album, Jonah Jones At The Embers – Bob Kemper

From Billboard - April 6, 1959: Jonah Jones' trumpet traces elaborate figures around such standard melodies as "Lullaby Of Birdland," "High Society" and "All Of You," to name a few. Quartet is bright and bouncy and highly inventive thruout. Jones adds new fans every day and this disk, cut when he started at the Embers in 1956 will enhance his reputation. For all lovers of small combo jazz.

It's All Right With Me
From This Moment On
Learnin' The Blues
Something's Gotta Give
All Of You
Lullaby Of Birdland
Basin Street Blues
High Society
Tin Roof Blues
Muskrat Ramble
At Sundown

Lov And All That Jazz - Eric Kloss

Just For Fun-K
Love And All That Jazz
Eric Kloss
With Don Patterson & Groove Holmes
Produced by Cal Lampley
Notes: Richard Steele (May 1966)
Recording: Rudy Van Gelder
Prestige Records PR 7469
Design & Photo: Don Schlitten

From the back cover: Love And All That Jazz marks the second appearance of Eric Kloss on the Prestige label, and it is probably that the new album will be fully as successful as the earlier one (Introducing Eric Kloss. Prestige 7442). The young saxophonist again displays a frequently dazzling technique, a marked degree of musical inventiveness, and an astonishingly mature sense of structural discipline.

Eric is backed by the organ trios of Don Patterson and Richard "Groove" Holmes. Both combos, functioning with swinging precision, provide Kloss with bedrock support which is always invigorating, and frequently exciting.

Patterson, one of the best of the younger jazz organists, employs a modern concept which loses nothing of the essential funkiness and drive which characterizes the jazz organ today. His drummer is Billy James, a sensitive and discreetly enthusiastic percussionist who always seems to contribute substantially to any musical effort in which he is involved. Vinnie Corrao is the guitarist. He is fleet without being facile, and he moves easily and effectively throughout the session.

Richard "Groove" Holmes is a powerful swinger whose propulsive effect upon a soloist can and does produce a singularly satisfying results. With him on the drums is Grady Tate, who consistently lays down a rhythm which is reassuring in its unobtrusive potency. The guitarist is Gene Edwards, a blues-saturated stalwart who may always be counted upon for stimulating moments during any set.

The music on the album represents a variety of moods, tempos, and textures. Cole Porter's You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, taken at a mild uptempo, swings along buoyantly, retaining the lyrical quality with no trace of harshness or undue intensity. It is faintly tinctured with the blues nuances which appear again and again in so much of Eric's playing. Billy James drumming is outstanding on this track.

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home
Just For Fun-K
The Shadow Of Your Smile
No Blues
Love For Sale
I'm Glad There Is You

Superman Book And Record Set

The Best Cop In The World
Book And Record Set
Power Records BR 514
Peter Pan Industries - Newark, N. J.

Mannix - Lalo Schifrin

Arranged & Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Themes From The Original Score Of The Paramount Television Show
Producer: Tom Mack
Engineer: John Neal
Paramount Records PAS-5004

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

From the back cover: I go through phases of hating television. However, watching the three record sessions which produced this album just brought me out of such a phase, for I realized that television, that vast and wonderful wasteland, is producing almost as much first-rate music these days as are motion pictures. Most of our finest composing talent functions in one or both fields.

Among the leaders is Argentine-born Lalo Schifrin (everyone pronounces it Schif-rin except Lalo, who says Schif-reen), a man of charming disposition, enormous talent and startling creative energies. Along with his TV music, Schifrin is also an active film score composer. His score for "Cool Hand Luke (Dot DLP 25833), the South American whirlwind not only wrote and arranged, but played the piano as well. Yes, but what has he done lately? It depends on which day you mean.

It was a sunny day when Schifrin met and hit it off with another young and hyper-active talent, TV producer Bruce Geller. Together they created the winning formula of Mission: Impossible from which came Schifin's now-famous 5/4 Mission theme, plus two successful albums, Mission: Impossible (Dot DLP 25831) and More Mission: Impossible (PAS 5002), Geller and Schifrin's most recent TV project is Mannix, from which this remarkable album comes, and once again the composer displays his penchant for making unlikely musical ideas work. Who else would have thought of using a waltz as a theme for a private detective? Anyone can tell you it doesn't make sense – until you watch the credits at the beginning of the show and find yourself caught up.

A curious and heartening thing occurs when two media are meshed with intelligence and skill; each stands as an entity. That's how it is with this album. I don't think anyone, even Lalo, knew how good it was until the end of the third date. While Schifrin is flatly the captain of this ship, he is surrounded by extraordinary able hands. Thus are all good albums made. Foremost is producer Tom Mack, himself a former arranger, a quiet man with a talent for seducing the best work out of people by putting them at their ease. And a word must be said about the musicians. Schifrin's arrangements are not easy; only the best players are used for his dates. Such is their ability that, even while running down a tune, there is little "rehearsing" involved. There is only the matter of reed players getting the feel of their parts in relation to brass, piano feeling what bass and drums are going to do, 35 or so individuals making the agile transition into a whole. Execution is all but instantaneous. Often the second or third run-through is a finished take. These are a special breed of people. At the end of a successful take, the feeling in the studio is one of mild elation, mutual pride. At the end of the album, the only word for the feeling is love. – Morgan Ames

The Edge Of Night
The Girl Who Came In With The Tide
Beyond The Shadow Of Today
The Shadow
Turn Every Stone
Hunt Down
Warning: Live Blueberries
The End Of The Rainbow
End Game

Here's Jimmy Wakely

Dusty Skies
Here's Jimmy Wakely
Vocalion - A Product of Decca Records
A Division of MCA, Inc., New York, N.Y.
VL 73857

The Life Of The Party - Jimmy Wakely
You Can't Break The Chains Of Love - With Trio (Jimmy Wakely, F.j. Tableporter, L. Porter)
Dusty Skies - Cindy Walker
My Mother's Eyes - L Wolfe Gilbert, Abel Baer
My And My Shadow - Al Jolson, Dave Dreyer, Billy Rose
When I Lost You - Irving Berlin
The Keeper Of The Key - With Chorus (Harlan Howard, Kenny Devine, Lance Guynes, Beverly) Stewart
Sleep Kentucky Babe - With Trio (Traditional)
Out In The Cold Again - With Trio (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Light Cavalry Overture - Berlin Symphony Orchestra

Song Of India
Light Cavalry Overture
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Alfred Van Weth
Rondo Record Company ST 571

Dance Of The Polevetski Maidens
Night On Bald Mountain
Song Of India
Hungarian Dance #5

Nutcracker Suite - The Viennese Symphonic Orchestra

Nutcracker Suite Op. 71
1812 Overture Op. 49
The Viennese Symphonic Orchestra
Kurt Woess, Conductor
Recorded in Europe
Masterseal Records MSLP-5004

Off Shore - Santo & Johnny

The Wandering Sea
Off Shore
Santo & Johnny
Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Mort Garson
Produced by Bernie Lawrence
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios
Recording Engineer: Bob Liftin
Album Coordination: Beverly Weinstein
Cover Photo: Jack Zehrt from Shostal
Canadian American Records LTD., New York, N. Y.
SCALP 1011

From the back cover: This entire album was recorded on the new experimental tape (Number LR 1278) – Working Number 201.), manufactured by the 3M Company. The inherent noise on this tape is 6 d.b. lower than any tape previously used. This insures top quality performance without annoying tape hiss.

From Billboard - August 3, 1963: This is one of the best Santo and Johnny albums in some time and it has a chance to turn into a strong seller. It features the duo in warm and tender arrangements of songs of the sea, aided by smooth arrangements, spotlighting a big band under the baton of Mort Garson. Best tracks include the title song, plus "Stranger On The Shore," "Red Sails In The Sunset" and "Beyond The Sea."

Off Shore
Stranger On The Shore
Ebb Tide
Lido Beach
The Enchanted Sea
How Deep Is The Ocean
Beyond The Sea
Red Sails In The Sunset
Midnight Beach Party
Love Letters In The Sand
The Wandering Sea
Beyond The Reef

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Snice I Fell In Love With You - Lenny Welch

I'm In The Mood For Love
Since I Fell For You...
Lenny Welch
Orchestra Conducted by
Bert Keyes on You Can Have Her; Mama, Don't You Hit That Boy; Darlin
Chuck Sagle on It's Just Not That Easy
All other bands, orchestra conducted why Archie Bleyer
Cadence CLP 3068

From the back cover: The usual show business story tells of years and years of struggle and hardship before the big break that leads to success. In actual fact, the history of show business is full of just such stories. Very few of the big stars became successful overnight; usually they worked their way up the ladder, learning their business the hard way – slowly and surely. But in these true stories there usually is a point that could be called the big break: a lucky meeting with the right person; just happening to be in the right place at the right time; or an usually good performance that just can't be ignored.

It looks as if Lenny Welch's career has finally reached the point of the big break and after the years of struggle and hardship, Archie Bleyer, president of Cadence Records, signed Lenny to a contract in November, 1959. Lenny's first record for Cadence was You Don't Know Me, which has already been a hit on records for Eddy Arnold and Jerry Vale. Don't You Know Me was moderately successful, and it looked as if Lenny was off to a good start in the record business. Quite a few bookings (a record artist's biggest source of income) resulted, including appearances with Chubby Checker in Ottawa, Canada, a date at the Apollo Theater in New York, and a one-nigher in Dallas, where You Don't Know Me had been a pretty big hit. But the next few records were unsuccessful, and gradually the bookings become less frequent; so did the phone calls from booking agencies.

But Archie Bleyer had faith in Lenny's talent and continued to make records. (It should be said that the usual practice in the record business is to "drop" an artist when his contract runs out if he doesn't turn out to be a profitable piece of "merchandise")

There was a slight relief from the generally discouraging state of affairs for Lenny with his recording of Changa Rock in April, 1961. Although it didn't sell in the continental United States, Changa Rock became the #1 record in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Lenny became a celebrity in San Jaun in the summer of 1961 with a highly successful engagement at the Statler Hilton in San Jaun and numerous TV shows. And probably as a direct result of his success in Puerto Rico, Lenny got bookings in Caracas, Venezuela and Buenos Aires, Argentina. But except for these few bookings, he continued in the same discouraging routine of recording, then traveling without pay to promote records, meeting disc jockeys, visiting distributors and, of course, calling booking agencies. (Successful people in show business don't call agencies – the agencies call the artists' managers).

And so the trend continued – until August, 1963, when Lenny recorded Since I Fell For You. Recording engineers are usually pretty unimpressed with the artists and songs they record, but after the first take of Since I Fell For You, Capitol Studio's Frank Abbey greeted Lenny and arranger-conductor Archic Bleyer with open admiration as they walked into the control room to hear the take. And the record received the same reaction from the normally hard-headed record distributors and keenly critical disc jockeys. Since I Fell For You was a hit record, and Lenny Welch' big break had finally come.

From Billboard - December 12, 1963: Lenny follows a system used by a good number of the hit artists today. He uses the title of his current hit "Since I Fell For You" and then links up a great many hits and standards of other for a fine easy-paced set. "You Don't Know Me," "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Are You Sincere" are some of the better tracks.

Since I Fell For You
A Taste Of Honey
Ebb Tide
You Can Have Her
I Need Someone
Mama, Don't You Hit That Boy
You Don't Know Me
Stanger In Paradise
Are You Sincere
It's Just Not That Easy
I'm In The Mood For Love

Funk City Express - Harold Betters

The Year
Funk City Express
The Trombone Sound Of Harold Betters
Arranged by Harold Betters and Don Randi
Produced by Jimmy Bowen
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Cover Photo: Bob Fisher
Engineer: Lee Herschberg
Reprise Records 6241

From the back cover: Harold Betters has about as much business playing trombone as Wilt Chamberlain has on a basketball court.

In other words, there is not much better around.

Betters moved out to the West Coast to record this album. Rode out on a trombone called the Funk City Express, and landed up in Hollywood. Spent close to a week locked up in a recording studio. Working days on songs, and nights on rebuilding his muscle fibre. Try out a song for an hour, seeing if it catches fire.

Most of them did.

Betters worked with an all-star assemblage of four sidemen, who usually are four leadermen: Don Randi, who worked on the arrangements as well as maintains a piano that is little short of inspired; Hal Blaine, a quick-witted and classy drummer, doing things on drums that Baby Dodds never dreamed possible; sitting over to the left a bit, the two guitarists, both switched on; to have them together in one studio is enough to make any arranger salivate in envy; their names: Al Casey and Larry Nectal.

But the big man in the center is Betters and his Funk City Express. A driving sound out of Shadyside, which is part of Pittsburgh. A Shadyside sound that's gotten bigger and then again so much more big that today it's the new sound of the trombone.

Funky. A big meaty sound, that few men can blow and make it come out still musical. Betters is pone of the few, probably their leader.

In "Funk City Express," Better has put his high-octane trombone to work on many of the big songs of this generation. Songs which before have sounded sweet as strawberries and cream now come out smellin' like chili beans. And that means plenty of life-givin' bodily juices are a-flow. Which is what separates the Betters from the boys. His ability to take an imitable song and make it inimitable. He does it again and again. "My Blue Heaven"? If that isn't a tired song, what is? Yet with Betters it comes out a kind of Delightful, The kind of Delightful which lifts up your mind and transports it.

It comes: The Funk City Express: ride it. – Stan Cornyn

Hot Tamale Man
Where Are You?
Born Free
The Glory Of Love
This Year
My Blue Heaven
That's Life
Theme To Grace
Sunshine Superman
The Masquerade Is Over
There Goes My Baby
Sweet Sue - Just You

For Dancers Also - Les Elgart

Green Satin
For Dancers Also
Les Elgart And His Orchestra
Columbia CL 1008

From the back cover: Les Elgart and his Orchestra are among the prime movers in this dandy revival and proffer in this program a dozen of their happiest inspirations. The Elgart sound is a happy combination of standard elements in dance-band orchestration (less the piano) but used with unusual imagination. There is a brightness and bounce about the orchestra's work that has made it a prime favorite for proms and for hotels alike. Coupled with its happy beat is the kind of precision and clarity that only good musicians can provide. All these elements are woven together in a book of arrangements – mostly the work of Charles Albertine – that are modern, light and full-voiced. They are also international; the Elgart records released in Europe have just as popular there as in the United States.

From Billboard - July 1, 1957: It's the second time an Elgart instrumental dance LP has been selected as Columbia's $2.98 "Buy Of The Month," and this one, like its predecessor, figures to hit the money list. Same ingredients are here – simply, swingy, sophisticated scorings of great standard tunes – eminently danceable. Cover is attractive, and most important for the younger set, the price is right.

Who Cares
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Why Do I Love You?
You Go To My Head
Green Satin
The Boy Next Door
'S Too Much
I Hear A Rhapsody
Sheer Delight
High On A Windy Hill
You Walk By

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Girl Most Likely - Jane Powell

I Don't Know What I Want
From The Soundtrack of the RKO Radio Picture
The Girl Most Likely (Technicolor)
A Universal Release
Vocal Group Specially Recorded For This Album by The Jud Conlon Singers
Capitol Records W930

Jane Powell
Cliff Roberts
Keith Andes
Kaye Ballard
Tommy Noonan
Dances and Musical Sequences Staged by Gower Champion
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
Music Arranged by Nelson Riddle
In Charge of Production: William Dozier
Directed by Mitchell Green
Screenplay by Devery Freeman
Produced by Stanley Rubin

From the back cover: The only song in the album not written by Martin and Blane is the title song. It is the work of Nelson Riddle, who scored the film, and lyricist Bob Russell.

We Gotta Keep Up With The Joneses brings in Jane Powell in a duet with Tommy Noonan, and the result is a bright commentary on one of our civilization's most common plights. Jane changes the mood in I Don't Know What I Want, a quiet, poignant ballad about a girl who doesn't know what she wants but wants it very much.

After a bouncy instrumental by Nelson Riddle titled the Beach Party, we hear one of the big production numbers in the picture, Travelogue and Balboa. Martin and Blane describe this Southern California town as a place where there are "two girls to every man and all wearing little more than a healthy tan." A novel on-the-water ballet highlights this number in the film.

The second side starts with a ballad, I Like The Feeling, combined with a romantic instrumental, Pink Cloud Music. Jane returns with a chorus of children in a colorful production number called Crazy Horse.

A few hours' drive south from Balboa is the Mexican borer and the town of Tijuana. Tijuana in Spanish, means Aunt Jane, and there's lots of life in the old girl yet. To say nothing of young Jane who, with the entire cast, goes there for a fiesta of song and dance – All The Colors Of The Rainbow – a ringing revolt against the gray-fennel approach to living.

The End Title music, sung by Jane Powell, rounds out this delightful album. It is a restatement of the song, I Don't Know What I Want – but now she knows

The Girl Most Likely (Main Title)
We Gotta Keep Up With The Joneses
I Don't Know What I Want
Beach Party
I Like The Feeling
Pink Cloud Music
Crazy Horse
All The Colors Of The Rainbow
End Title

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

By Special Request - Carmen McRae

By Special Request
Carmen McRae
With Mat Matthews Quintet
Decca Records DL8173

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

From the back cover: During the past decade there have been hundreds of singing stars on the popular music scene. Dozens of them, on being discovered and signed to record contract, have been hailed as the Greatest-Since-Somebody-or-Other. Most of them have lasted as long as the tunes they were given to perform, and in many cases neither artist nor tune stood the test of time.

A handful of singers can claim to have earned the attention and respect not only of the public but also of musicians and jazz fans, who in general tend to be very discriminating in their tastes. Among the very few who have found their way into this charmed circle is Carmen McRae.

It has taken many years for the haunting quality in Carmen's voice to make itself apparent to the American public at large, though to a few discerning listeners her ultimate success seemed to predictable many years ago. A native of Brooklyn, Carmen studied piano extensively and was originally known as an instrumentalist rather than a singer. There are many personalities in the music world who can claim to have discovered her – and now that she is comfortably settled in the top brackets, undoubtedly they will all feel completely responsible for her success. Probably the first real discoverer was Irene Wilson Kitchings, Mrs. Kitchings hailed her as a coming star and attempted to launch her professional career.

Benny Carter, the great alto saxophonist and arranger, who has so many talent discoveries to his credit, can also claim to have played a role in the McRae story. Carmen worked in Benny's band in 1944 and was also heard with Count Basie around that time. After hearing her sing in the Club Harlem in Atlantic City, Mercer, who was leading a big band at the time, offered Carmen her first job as a band vocalist. Carmen toured with Mercer's band for more than a year and even recorded on side with him (no longer obtainable). Married during those years to the noted jazz percussionist Kenny Clarke, she worked under the name of Carmen Clarke. Gaining valuable experience with the Mercer Ellington band, Carmen went out as a single after the group broke up in Chicago. For the next few years she was known mainly as an intermission pianist and singer at various night clubs, most often in New York.

Those of us who heard Carmen during the late 1940s recall her as a capable pianist who could often be found at the keyboard at Minton's Play House, the noted Harlem night spot that had earned a reputation as the birthplace of bop. Inevitably, through her marriage to Clarke and through her association with many of the great modern musicians whom she met at such spots as Minton's Carmen found herself guided in the direction of a musicianly and inventive approach to popular songs.

Though there were by now many admirers who could see in her the latent possibilities that have since matured with such startling success, Carmen found the going pretty rough for a long time. When gigs were scarce, she was sometimes forced to take a job as a clerk or typist. Then in 1953 Paulette Girard, actress-wife of Mat Matthews, became Carmen's unofficial manager, took her in hand, and landed her a session with a small record company, Convinced at long last that she could get away from the keyboard and sing standing up at a microphone, Carmen worked a number of dates successfully with the Mat Matthews Quintet.

Carmens' first truly lucky year was 1954. Voted the best new female singer of the year in the Down Beat critics' poll, Carmen was signed by Decca, began to appear at such nationally-known jazz clubs as Basin Street, and soon found herself in a position of prestige comparable with that enjoyed a decade earlier by Sarah Vaughan. In 1955 she was featured in a Carnegie Hall All-Star Jazz Concert and, climaxing a series of successes, left for Hollywood to take part in a Tony Curtis movie at Universal International.

In the performances heard here, all the qualities that have endeared Carmen to fellow-musicians and to students of modern singing can be found throughout each tune. Her tone and phrasing, which at one time seems to reflect a Vaughan influence, have progressed to complete independence and originality. As you would expect of a performer with such impeccable taste, she has chosen a number of great old tunes, mostly from the 1930s and '40s, and has used two superlative groups of musicians as a backdrop.

The Mat Matthews Quintet, heard on My One And Only Love, Yardbird Suite, Give Me The Simple Life, I'll Remember April and You Took Advantage Of Me consists of Dutch-born Mat on accordion, Herbie Mann on flute, Mundel Lowe on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.

There is a strange significance to Carmen's inclusion of Yardbird Suite, for this Charlie Parker composition was one of the tunes she sang during her appearance at Carnegie Hall on the evening of March, 12, 1955. Not until several days later was it discovered that at the exact moment Carmen was on stage, singing this particular number, Charlie Parker was dying of a heart attack in a Manhattan apartment. Because of her long-standing admiration for Parker's contribution to jazz, her performance of the tune thus has a deep meaning for her.

On the remaining titles, Carmen is accompanied by a fine rhythm quartet assembled by her ex-husband and good friend Kenny Clarke, Mundell and Wendell are again heard on guitar and bass. Dick Katz, the outstanding pianist who has often worked as Carmen's personal accompanist, plays on five of the tunes, while Carmen herself moves in at the keyboard for Suppertime and Billy Strayhorn, who wrote Something To Live For in 1938, plays piano on his own composition. This tune, by the way, was the first Strayhorn number ever recorded by Duke Ellington's orchestra.

During the past year Carmen McRae has established herself solidly in the popular music field with such hit performances as Whatever Lola Wants. The thousands of new friends she has made through those records will join with her original jazz-oriented fans in welcoming this superb collection of intimate renditions by one of the great new individual voices of our time. – Leonard Feather

Give Me The Simple Life
Sometimes I'm Happy
Love Is Here To Stay
Something To Live For
I Can't Get Started
Yardbird Suite
Just One Of Those Things
This Will Make You Laugh
My One And Only Love
I'll Remember April
Supper Time
You Took Advantage Of Me

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Brass On Fire - Manny Albam

Just One Of Those Things
Brass On Fire
Manny Albam
Arranged & Conducted by Manny Albam
Produced by Sonny Lester
Designed by Ruder, Finn & Fujita, Inc.
Recorded at A&R Studios, April 26,27 and 28th, 1966
Solid State / A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.


Leader - Manny Albam
Trumpets - Danny Stiles, Johnny Frosk
Erine Royal
Joe Newman
Trombones - Wayne Andre, Bob Brookmeyer, Eddie Bert, Tony Studd
French Horns - James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Howard Howard, Al Richmond
Drums - Mel Lewis
Bass - Richard Davis
Guitar - Barry Galbraith
Bongo - Ted Sommer

Musical Coordinator - Morty Trautman

That Old Black Magic
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe **
Lullaby Of Broadway **
My Heart Stood Still*
My Old Flame
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart*
Strike Up The Band**
After You've Gone*
I Get A Kick Out Of You*
Just One Of Those Things**

* Ray Alonge replaces Howard Howard
** Jimmy Maxwell replaces Ernie Royal - Thad Jones replaces Joe Newman

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Liverpool Songbook - The Londonderry Strings

You Really Got Me
The Liverpool Songbook
The Londonderry Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Ernie Freeman and Rene Hall
Produced by Jimmy Hillard
Cover Photo: Peter Whorf
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
A SER Production / Supervised by Sid Sharp
Warner Bros. Records W 1580

From Billboard - February 13, 1965: Swinging, rocking string arrangements are featured throughout this package of outstanding hit imports from England. The album should prove a winner for the vast number of discotheques. The pacing of the program is set up for just such a purpose. Good listening also.

From A Window
The House Of The Rising Sun
Someday We're Gonna Love Again
Who Can I Turn To
You Really Got Me
I'll Keep You Satisfied
Wishin' And Hopin'
A Summer Song
I Wouldn't Trade You For The World
All Cried Out

Let Me Touch You - The Bob Crewe Generation

Let Me Touch You
Let Me Touch You
The Bob Crewe Generation
Produced & Directed by Bob Crewe
Arrangements: Charles Fox & Hutch Davie
Photography: Steinbicker/Houghton
Cover Design: Dario Sacramone

From Billboard - August 1, 1970: That "Music To Watch Girls By" gang, headed by producer Bob Crewe, returns with a bright package of old favorites updated in a fresh today sound... a debut for the new CGC (Crewe) label. The arrangements by Hutch Davie and Charles Fox add new flavor and create a compelling mood with "Stella by Starlight," "Wives and Lovers," etc. Title tune a standout. Commercial LP!

Stella By Starlight
Golden Earreings
To Each His Own
Moon River
Wives And Lovers
An Angel Is Love
Let Me Touch You
Two For The Road

The Man With The Sad Face - Stanley Turrentine

The Man With The Sad Face
The Man With The Sad Face
Stanley Turrentine
Produced by Stanley Turrentine
Arranged and Conducted by David Van De Pitte
Recording Engineer: Tony May
Generation Sound Studios, New York City - August 25-28, September 27-28, 1976
Mastering: David Crawford (Masterdisk, New York City)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Design: Krys Kleer
Photography: Phil Bray
Fantasy Records F9519

Tenor Sax: Stanley Turrentine
Acoustic and Electric Piano: Paul Griffin
Guitars: Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree
Electric Bass: Bob Babbitt
Acoustic Bass: Buster Williams
Drums: Charles Collins
Drums on The Man With The Sad Face: Idris Muhammad
Congo Drums, Percussion: Crusher Bennett
Vibes: David Carey
Synthesizers: Richard Trifan
Background Vocals: Kenny Williams, Vivian Cherry, Lani Groves, Maeritha Stewart

Trumpets, Flugelhorns: Jan Faddis, Louis Soloff, Tommy Turrentine
Trombones: Wayne Andre, Tom Molone, Barry Rogers
Bass Trombone: Peter Phillips
French Horns: James Buffington, Bob Carlisle
Alto Sax, Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo: George Young
Baritone Sax, English Horn, Flute, Oboe: Lou Del Garro

Violins: Gene Orloff (concert master), Aaron Rosand, Guy Lumia, Enanuel Green, Tony Posk, Harold Kohn, Joseph Malignaggi, Norman Carr, Peter Dimitriades, Raoul Poliakin, Julis Brand

Violas: Julien Barber, La Mar Alsop, Richard Maximoff, Mitsue Takayama, Theodore Israel

Cellos: Jesse Levy, Maurice Biakin, Anthony Sophos, Ted Hoyle

From Billboard - November 20, 1976: An all-time virtuoso of the tenor saxophone, Turrentine here creates another shimmering assortment of soul-crossover powerhouse songs. With his own production, the charts of David Van De Pitte, a well-chosen selection of material and an impressive assortment of big-name soloists, every element is in top form for tasteful commerciality. It's impossible to get tired of Turrentine's sax work. He truly plays the instrument with the expressiveness of a human singing voice. Best cuts "Evil Ways," "Man With A Sad Face," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "Love Hangover." Dealers: Intermitted use of vocal chorus on the pop songs in this LP make it even more viable for soul as well as jazz sales.

Evil Ways
The Man With The Sad Face
You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
I Want You
Whatever Possess'd Me
Love Hangover
Mighty High

Superb - Rita Moss

Gloomy Sunday
Rita Moss
Accompanied By Marty Paich
Arranged and Conducted by Marty Paich
Produced by Tom Mack
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
Dot Records
DLP 25839

From the back cover: Neal Hefit says: Rita Moss, the one of a kind, the Girl With The Flaxen Voice, has beguiled me since the first time I heard her sing. This unique facility of hers is a natural as breathing in and breathing out. Every time I hear her I'm captivated all over again and this album is another example why.

It only follows that her choice of the songs contained herein would be of the highest possible quality because of her impeccable taste. And what a perfect setting for that tastiness: the sensitive, imaginative arrangements of Marty Paich, whose scores match Rita's vocal interpretations nuance for nuance. Combine these elements and you have an album that is rightly named, "Superb."

Suggestion for an evening: invite some music l
overs to your home, pour the right wine, put this LP on and watch what happens. I know because I did.

He And I Alone
Forget Yesterday
He's Too Far Above Me
I Never Go There Any More
Love Is A Simple Thing
Who Will Be With You
Wait Until Dark
This Lonely Town
Wake Up Heaven
Gloomy Sunday
Visit Me

Friday, April 5, 2019

8 Top Hits

I Want You To Be My Baby (Trudy Richards)
8 Top Hits
Waldorf Music Hall Records
Featuring Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra
Trudy Richards - Recording Star
Loren Becker, Artie Malvin and The Brigadiers Quartet
FDR Dynamic
MH 3318

One in the series of budget records created exclusively for Woolworths Department Stores.

MH 3318 featuring a different jacket design

The Musical Toy Parade

The Musical Toy Parade
Magic Talking Books
The Book Plays
Victor Herbert's March Of The Toys
The John C. Winston Company

Danger - Tony Mottola

Danger Theme
Original Music From Danger
Television's Greatest Dramatic Show!
Tony Mottola
With The Ray Charles Singers
M-G-M Records E111

10 inch - 33 RPM

From the back cover: One of the most popular and long-lived shows created thus far by the infant TV industry is Danger, the CBS series and specializing in tales of mystery, terror, and the supernatural. Boldly experimental, the program can trace much of its success to fresh, often flamboyantly "different" production devices which give it a strong usual background music which helps to hold DANGER "regulars" spellbound week after week. At the very outset of the series, the creators of DANGER felt the need of finding something new in the way of musical atmosphere. The usual orchestral background music was discarded as too heavy and too obvious. A single instrument seemed called for, but the only one capable of a wide dramatic range that suggested itself was the organ – which was ruled out immediately because of its long-term association with radio's soap-operas. The problem was solved finally by the note guitarist Tony Mottola who proved to the producers of the show that the strings, plectrum-pick, and sound box of his instrument when used with imagination and skill could produce an amazing range of effects and carry a full show completely on its own. It could not only set moods, bridge breaks in action, and accentuate specific lines of dialogue in a completely unique way. Almost as soon as he joined the staff of DANGER, Mottola started to receive fan mail of his own and requests for copies of the music which he had provided for outstanding programs in the series. As the letters stacked up higher and higher, it became evident that he had created music of more permanent value that is usually the case with background scores. Finally, he was called upon to arrange certain of the best DANGER scores in solo guitar form for publication by George Paxton Music, Inc. Since one of his many other activities is arranging and conducting for all of the recording sessions of popular MGM vocalist Johnny Desmond, it was natural that MGM RECORDS should follow suit and give him free reign to adapt this music to records. This called for the expansion of his themes and sketches into more lengthy and detailed scores. An easy transfer could have been effected by arranging "suites" for performance by solo guitar and orchestra. Mottola felt, however, that much of the impact and originality of his material would be lost in this way. He had worked closely with talented choral conductor-arranger Ray Charles or record dates and had often discussed the almost untapped potentialities of choral groups with him. The two got together with a pile of Mottola's cue-sheets from DANGER and "let themselves go". Unrestricted by lyrics, except in the single case of the chilling chant in the Sredni Vashtar Suite, Charles devised through wordless sounds alone such extraordinary effects as the calliope chorus in Carnival Time. Experienced hands at recording, Mottola and Charles also experimented with using microphones and sound equipment in startling new ways. These technical "tricks" thus make this into an album of music designed specifically for records – in fact, one of the very first such albums ever recorded. When listening, to this fascinating music, remember that all of the strange, wonderful, and often amazing sounds presented here are produced solely by the fabulous guitar of Tony Mottola and the voices of the Ray Charles Singers.

Danger Theme
Suite From Footfalls
Beguine Tampico
Suite From The Famous Gilson Legacy
August Heat
Carnival Time
Sredni Vashtar Suite

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Latin And European Cha Cha Cha - Los Cangaceiros

Oriental Cha Cha
Latin And European
Cha Cha Cha
Los Cangaceiros
King Records 2002

Dale A Beber
La Marchand De Bonheur
C'est Ca L'Amore
Espana En Cha Cha
La Plume De Ma Tante
Toi L'Andalou
Strange Tango
Tagula Cha Cha
Ronde Mexicaine
Oriental Cha Cha
Nathalie S'En Va