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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Si! Si! M. F. - Maynard Ferguson

Si! Si! - M. F.
Maynard Ferguson and His Orchestra
Produced by Teddy Reig
Arrangements by Willie Maiden
Design: Moskof - Morrison Inc.
Photo: Chuck Stewart
Roulete Birdland Series SR 52084
1962

Maynard Ferguson - Trumpet
Donald Arthur Rader - Trumpet
Rufus Jones - Drums
Gene Arnold Goe - Trumpet
John C. Gale - Trombone
Michael Christian Joseph Abene - Piano
Lincoln B. Milliman - Bass
Lanny Morgan - Alto Sax
Kenneth Harold Rupp - Trombone
William R. Maiden - Tenor Sax
Donald J. Menza - Tenor Sax
Frank J. Hittner Jr. - Sax
Natale Pavone - Trumpet

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover and Billboard review.

From Billboard - October 27, 1962: Maynard Ferguson is back once again with another LP tailored to the likes of big band fanciers. The album is nicely programmed between solid swing tracks and easy ballads, all done in an instrumental view. The band is ripping and roaring on the LP and the set features solid choruses by Maynard on trumpet, and good solo work from alto and tenor sax, trumpet and rhythm section. There's nothing Latin about the album but the title tune "Si Si," which emerges as one of the better tracks as do "Morgan's Organ" and "Early Hours."

What'll I Do
Early Hours
Morgan Point
Si! Si! - M. F.
Almost Like Being In Love
Mimi
Morgan's Organ
Born To Be Blue
Straight Out

Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 8

Do What Ory Say
Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 8
Recording Engineer: Glenn Allen
Album Design: Andrew Heminway
Mastering & Editing: Glenn Allen, Pete Campbell, Bill Sinclair
Album Notes: Pete Campbell
CTJC - SLP - 8 Stereo

From the back cover: The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club, Inc., that durable organization devoted to the preservation, documentation and presentation of the Traditional Jazz art, delights in offering this eighth album featuring selections from the 1972 archives.

We have noted before that jazz is an international language and that language has been spoken between our album covers of the past. But 1972 was an even more international year, for no less than three bands from across seas graced our concerts. Two of them, the famous "Papa But" Viking Jazzband from Denmark and the French High Society Jazz Band are contained herein, the latter in a combination jam session with the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra led by Dick Miller and Woody Allen. Barry Martyn's Ragtime Band made its fourth annual trek from England and can be heard on ConnTrad SLP 4.

The Popular Red Onion Jazz Band inaugurated what was to be a year notable in ConnTrad history. In addition to the variety and international flavor to the music, the club sponsored its first riverboat jazz cruise featuring the New Black Eagle Jazz Band led by transplanted British cornetist Tony Pringle. And a smashing success it was. The momentum was maintained by the most ambitious of the annual picnics. Over 250 members, guests and offspring heard a New Orleans band led by Percy Humphrey, and including Louis Nelson, Chester Zardis, Alfred Lewis and Louis Barbarin, blast the leaves from the trees under a warm September sun.


St. Louis Blues / Old Fashion Love / Royal Garden Blues
Hayes Alvis' Pioneer Of Jazz
Hayes Alvis - Bass / Leader, Doc Cheatham - Trumpet, Herb Hall - Clarinet, Clyde Bernhardt - Trombone & Vocal, Jimmy Evans - Piano, Wilbert Kirk - Drums
Meriden, Conn. 3/18/72

When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo / 1919 March
Southhampton Dixie, Racing & Clambake Society Jazz Band
Bill Barnes - Cornet / Leader, Joe Ashworth - Clarinet, Roy Rubinstein - Trombone, Ted Prochazka - Piano, Connie Worder - Banjo, Barry Bockuss - Bass, Richard Barron - Drums
Bridgeport, Conn. 1/29/72

Do What Ory Say / The Chrysanthemum Rag
"Papa Bue's" Viking Jazzband
Arne "Papa Bue" Jensen - Trombone / Leader, Keith Smith - Trumpet / Vocal, Jorgen Svare - Clarinet. Jens Solund - Bass, Jorn Jensen - Piano, Knud Ryskov Madsen - Drums
Meriden, Conn. 7/7/72

Bugle Boy March
New Orleans High Society Funeral And Marching Band
John Bucher & Pierre Merlin - Cornets, Pierre Atlas & Woody Allen - Clarinets, Daniel Barda & Dick Dreiwitz - Trombones, Martine Morel & Dick Miller - Piano, Marshall Brickman - Banjo, Fredy Yzerman - Tuba, Teddy Hocquemiller - Drums
Wallingford, Conn. 4/21/72

Friday, January 18, 2019

Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 10

My Sweetie Went Away
Jazz Of The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club 10
Recording Engineer: Glenn Allen
Album Design: Andrew Heminway
Mastering & Editing: Glen Allen, Pete Campbell, Bill Sinclair
Album Notes: Club Members
CTJC - SLP - 10 Stereo
1974

From the back cover: This, we suppose, can be called our 10th "Anniversary Album", since it represents selections from our tenth full ConnTrad Concert year. Our beginnings can be traced to the January, 1965 appliance of George Lewis in Hamden. The society as it is presently organized from September, 1965.

Along the way there have been some memorable occasions, like the rousing "December Band" of 1965 with Kid Thomas, Cap'n. John Handy, Jim Robinson and Sammy Penn; and like that potentially disastrous February day in 1966 when it snowed the previous evening and nearly all the day of the concert, closing schools and businesses, only to have the heavens eventually quiet, the parking lot plowed, and Glorietta Manor in Bridgeport jammed with devotees to hear the famous Eureka Brass Band of New Orleans led by Percy Humphrey. And who remembers the July, 1968 visit of the Onward Brass Band, marching in the streets of Hartford? Or the SRO concert in December, 1969 of the Condon-McPartland Chicagoans featuring Gene Krupa
? Musicians have come from around the country and the world to present live jazz to our audiences.

The Ragtime Dance / Snake Rag
Max Collie's Rhythm Aces
Max Collie - Trombone / Leader, Noel Kalentsky - Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone, Jack Gilbert - Clarinet, Trevor Williams - Baritone Saxophone (?), Jim Macintosh - Banjo, Ron McKay - Drums
Wethersfield, CT. 4 May, 1974

Stack O'Lee Blues / Bogalusa Strut
The Galvanized Jazz Band
Fred Vigorito - Trumpet / Leader, Noel Kaletsky - Clarinet & Soprano Saxophone, Craig Grant - Trombone, Bill Sinclair - Piano, Art Hovey - Baritone Saxphone (?), Tuba, Joel Schiavone - Banjo, Bob Becquillard - Drums
Wethersfield, CT. 29 June, 1974

Once In A While / My Sweetie Went Away / Mecca Flat Blues
The Red Onion Jazz Band
Bob Thompson - Drums / Leader, Lew Green - Clarinet, Denis Brady - Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Charlie Bornemann - Trombone, Hank Ross - Piano, Jack Harkavy - Tuba, Eric Hassell - Banjo, Natalie Lamb - Vocal, Thies Jensen - Guest Trumpet (cut one only)
Meriden, CT. 30 March, 1974

The Eel / Westmoreland Weave
Jim Cullum's Happy Jazz Band
Jim Cullum - Clarinet, Bobby Gordon - Clarinet, Mark Hess - Valve Trombone, Gene McKinney - Trombone, Cliff Gillette - Piano, Jim Newell - Banjo, Buddy Apfel - Soprano Saxophone (?), Harvey Kindervalter - Drums
Meriden, CT. 8 February, 1974

Street Of Dreams - Stan Kenton

Street Of Dreams
Stan Kenton
Production: Bill Stilfield
Mastering: Dave Ellsworth
Research: Audree Coke
Cover Photo: Ron Sheridan, Los Angeles
Graphics: Lexington Avenue West, Hollywood
Creative World Records
ST 1079
1979

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share a decent scan of the cover.

Enlarge the back cover image for lists of session personnel.

Send In The Clowns (From the Creative World album ST 1076 - Kenton '76 - 1976)
Rhapsody In Blue (From the Creative World album ST 1039 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra Live at Brigham Young University - 1971)
Street Of Dreams (From the Creative World album ST 1065 - Birthday In Britain - 1973)
Body And Soul (From the Creative World album ST 1070 - 7.5 On The Richter Scale - 1973)
Tiare (From the Creative World album Stan Kenton and His Orchestra Live at Redlands University  -1970)
Too Shy To Say (From the Creative World album ST 1077 - Journey Into Capricorn - 1976)
My Funny Valentine (From the Creative World album ST 1076 - Kenton '76 - 1976)

Wanted! - Marion & Jimmy McPartland

Lonely Avenue
Wanted!
Marion & Jimmy McPartland
And The All Star Jazz Assassins
Producer: Steven Lapa
Engineers: Vince Morette and Bob Grotte
Art Design and Direction: Ron Warwell
Liner Design: Ed Thomas
Trans Central Reproductions, Inc.
Improv IMP-7122
A Division of Tobill Entertainment, Corp.
Distributed by Audio Fidelity Ent. Inc.
1977

Marian McPartland - Piano
Jimmyu McPartland - Cornet
George Reed - Drums
Brian Torff - Bass
Herb Hall - Clarinet
Spider Martin - Saxophone
Buddy Tate - Saxophone

From the back cover: This live recording lets you share the magic that happened May14, 1977 at the Downtown Night Club in Buffalo, N.Y.

Bill Hassett has formed the Improv Record label in 1975. Several earlier releases had been done "live" at the club and met with excellent critical and market response.

That weekend was a jazz and good music festival in Buffalo. This album captures the essence of the joyful, easy, yet brilliantly disciplined playing of artists like the McPartlands, Buddy Tate, Herb Hall, and a newcomer who'll be heard a lot more – John "Spider" Martin. – Bill Hassett


All The Things You Are
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Lonely Avenue
Royal Garden Blues
Dinah
Undecided

Anthology Of American Music Sound Forms For Piano

Conlon Nancarrow: Studies For Piano
Anthology Of American Music
Sound Forms For Piano
Robert Miller, Piano
Producer: Sam Parkins
Recording Engineers: Buddy Graham, Frank Laico, Roger Reynolds
Mixing Engineer: Arthur Kendy
Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street, New York and Mexico City
Cover by Elaine Sherer Cox
Photographs by Marc Musnick
New World Records NW 203
1976

Experimental Music By

Henry Cowell
The Banshee / Aeolian Harp
Piano Piece (Paris 1924)

John Cage
Sonata I, V, X, XII and Second Interlude
(from Sonatas and Interludes

Ben Johnston
Sonata for Microtonal Piano

Conlon Nancarrow
Studies for Player Piano
#1, #27, #36

From the back cover: Robert Miller. During the past decade numerous works have been expressly written for Robert Miller by such leading American composers as Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, and Mario Davidovsky (the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Synchronisums No. 6). Miller's concert appearances have take him to the festivals of Tanglewood and Aspen, and to many other musical centers of North America. He has also made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (in conjunction with Acoustic Research), Columbia, Turnabout-Vox, and CRI. Robert Miller combines his career as pianist with that of a practicing attorney on Wall Street.

The piano used for the Ben Johnston compositions was tuned microtonally using the Scalatron Tuner and Pitch Monitor. This equipment can establish any pitch progression both aurally and visually with extreme accuracy. We wish to extend our thanks to Richard J. Harasek and Motorola Scalatron, Inc. for their help and equipment for the microtonal tuning.

The Nancarrow "Studies" were recorded during an impromptu visit to the composer's home in Mexico City during March 1973. The recording equipment used was antiquated but well maintained. The studio in which Nancarrow's two Ampico upright player pianos are housed is approximately 20' x 50'. It is a resonant concrete-block structure lined with shelves containing musical books and manuscripts. Considerable care was taken in microphone placement in an effort to achieve a representative sound quality.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shelby Flint

Shelby Flint
Arranged and Conducted by Perry Botkin, Jr.
Cover by George Jerman / Ken Kim
Valiant Records, Inc. VALIANT LP 401
Distributed by Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
1961

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

From the back cover: Shelby is unashamedly "enthusiastic" when it comes to what she calls "my kind of music, folk music." A fan of participant in folk singing since her high school days in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, when she joined a folk song trio, she is still very genuinely surprised by her commercial singing success. As a matter of fact, Shelby is a dedicated anti-commercialist. When approached with the usual questions, such as "What is your greatest professional goal," Shelby honestly and frankly says, "I have none. I want to star right here at home with my husband and new baby girl, Tara Lee. I think my career is, well, as accident. Barry De Vorzon, the man who first brought me to records, is the one person to whom I owe most of my success.

Shelby met De Vorzon while in school. "I never had sung professionally before," Shelby recalls, "and had never had any aspirations to. My main interest in singing was in folk music, but I had performed only for friends, school programs, and civic groups." De Vorzon found Talent in the young Miss Flint; he and his partner Billy Sherman recorded her, and shortly thereafter were able to watch Angel On My Shoulder begin to climb up the national popularity charts. This was the beginning.

The success of that recording prompted the album, in which Shelby joins with Arranger Perry ("Bunny") Botkin, Jr. It is he who has added the instrumentations to Shelby's voice and guitar, backgrounding her with a variety of woodwind and string groups chosen to set Shelby off to her best advantage.

Joey
Quiet Kind Of Love
Scarlet Ribbons
Lavender Blue
Far Away Places
I Will Love You
Heather On The Hill
The Riddle Song
Danny Boy
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Every Night
Angel On My Shoulder

Percolator Twist - Earl Palmer

Hit The Road Jack Twist
Percolator Twist
And Other Twist Hits
The Drums Of Earl Palmer
Producer: Snuff Garrett
Engineers: Eddie Brackett and Jim Economides
Cover Design: Francis & Monahan, Inc.
Photography: Garrett-Howard, Inc.
Liberty LRP-3227
1962

From Billboard - April 7, 1962: Drum star Palmer sets a fine, danceable beat for 12 catchy Twist tunes on this teen-appeal package. The line-up presented attractively by ork and young vocal chorus, includes such recent and current hit single songs as the title tune, "Dear Lady Twist," "Midnight In Moscow Twist," "The Twist," "Hit The Road Jack Twist" and "Twistin' The Night Away."

Percolator Twist
Twistin' The Night Away
I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) Twist
Peppermint Twist
Dear Lady Twist
Midnight In Moscow (Twist)
The Twist
Hey! Baby (Twist)
Hit The Road Jack (Twist)
I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Twist
Hey, Let's Twist
Let's Twist Again

Aquarius - Charlie Byrd

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Stroke Of Genius
Charlie Byrd
Aquarius
Produced by Teo Macero
All Selections Arranged and Conducted by Teo Macero
Engineering: Stan Tonkel, Frank Laico and Russ Payne
Cover Photo: Frank Bez
Columbia CS 9841
1969

Personnel:

Charlie Byrd - Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums and Percussion
Bobby Rosengarden - Drums and Percussion
Ed Shaughnessy - Drums and Percussion
Herbie Hancock - All Keyboard Instruments (Courtesy of Blue Note Records)
Mario Darwin - Flute
Joe Mack - Fender Bass
Vinnie Bell - Electric Guitar
Romeo Pence - Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, English Horn and Piccolo

Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
My Way
Galveston
Time Of The Season
Julia
You've Made My So Very Happy
Traces
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Way It Used To Be
Happy Heart
Where's The Playground Susie?

Here's Art Tatum

Here's Art Tatum
Piano Solos
Art Tatum Trio
Brunswick BL 54004
1955

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

From the back cover: Born in Toledo, Art got his first chance to appear in public over his hometown station WSPD. He had begun at 13 as violinist, but Art soon recognized that the piano was his natural medium. After three years, Art left Toledo for Detroit, went on to New York, after which he shuttled between the East and Midwest. In 1938 he found himself in England where he became a sensation. He had always been interested in the classics – Chopin had been his favorite composer since youth – and his favorite pianists were such eminent classicists as Leopold Godowsky, Vladimir Horowitz and Walter Gieseking. Somehow, he was able to blend a classical feeling with a strictly modern rhythm and a forceful jazz technique.

Honeysuckle Rose
Moonglow
I Got Rhythm
Begin The Beguine
Tea For Two
Stormy Weather
Gone With The Wind
St. Louis Blues
Cocktails For Two
Deep Purple
After You've Gone
Rosetta

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Pete Fountain Presents Jack Sterling and His Fascinatin' Rhythm

Golden Wedding
Pete Fountain Presents
Jack Sperling and His Fascinatin' Rhythm
Drum Solos with Orchestra Featuring Pete Fountain
Directed by Charles Dant
Coral Records CRL 57431
1961

From the back cover: On each of the previous Pete Fountain albums for Coral the propelling factor at the drums has been Jack Sperling. It is not inappropriate, then, that such a basic and yet highly important integer be showcased with a special spotlight. And to add color, special arrangements were written, and a hand-picked group of musicians rounded up for the occasion. Don Bailey, who has appeared with Pete on at least one of his albums for Coral, and who is a Kenton big band alumnus, did the arrangements. Pete told me, gleefully, that after "Bags" has completed a couple of arrangements for the date he brought them in to Bud Dant and said, "Give me some more to do, man; my chops are fine!" Which, (in musicians parlance) usually refers to physical condition in playing, and more specifically embouchure; but in this case it was the arranging ideas that were flowing easily; and as you will hear, the results were as colorful and direct as Bagley's speech.

Rounding out the rhythm section and comprising the rest of the basic a quartet with Pete and Jack are pianist Stan Wrightman and bassist Morty Corp – both veterans of the jazz scene and no strangers to recording dates with Pete and Jack.

It's something of a tribute to Jack Sperling that I can't tell you minute biographical details about him. After I'd had a chance to give an advance dub of the album a listen we chatted long-distance (I here in New Orleans and he in Hollywood) and in my enthusiasm for the music I had heard and in discussing it I forgot to ask him where he was born, which shoe he ties first, how he likes his eggs (or if he even likes eggs!) and all that jazz. This we know: that he was with the Glenn Miller band that Tex Beneke took on the road right after World War II; that subsequent to that he became Les Brown's drummer and held that chair for several years on a steady basis, eventually relinquishing it to accept a position as staff drummer at NBC, but still working with Les on the Bob Hope TV shows. Needless to say he's an experienced, talented and swinging drummer; and if you can corner him long enough between duties, recording dates, etc., I'm sure he'll be glad to fill you in with additional personal data...


From Billboard - February 13, 1961: This happy, swinging set features Pete Fountain along with drummer Jack Sperling and musicians Stan Wrightsman, Bill Russelton and Conrad Gozzo, in a group of jazz classics. The tunes include "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Hawaiian War Chant," "Wire Brush Stomp" and "Big Noise From Winnetka." They are played with the usual Pete Fountain sparkle. Fountain is on clarinet and he's backed smartly by the combo. Album could be a big seller.

Fascinating Rhythm
Golden Wedding (La Cinquantaine)
Big Crash From China
Cute
Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)
Hawaiian War Chant (Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai)
Wire Brush Stomp
Scott Free
Las Chiapanecas
Quiet Please
Creole Gumbo
Big Noise From Winnetka

Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann Songs And Stories - Frank Luther

Little Wooden Willie
Johnny Grelle's
Raggedy Ann Songs And Stories
Frank Luther
Vocalion
A Product Of Decca Record
VL 3665
1959

From Billboard - October 26, 1959: Strong low price kiddie merchandise. Luther does such material as "My Raggedy Ann," "The Cheery Scarecrow," "The Fairy Ring," and many other pieces of material.

My Raggedy Ann - The Cheery Scarecrow
The Fairy Ring - The Worn Out Doll - The Cookie Bush
Mother Dear - Belove Belindy - Frederika
The Swinging Brooklet - Christmas Morn - Little Wooden Willie
The Tired Old Horse - Coo Coo Clock
Snoopwiggy - Happy Bluebirds - Raggedy Andy

Accompanied by Jesse Crawford At The Organ (side two)
Raggedy Ann and Andy and The Nice Fat Policemen
Raggedy Ann and The Golden Butterfly
Raggedy Ann in The Magic Book

Gershwin For Moderns - Ted Heath

The Man I Love
Gershwin For Moderns
Ted Heath And His Music
London LL 1217
1955

Personnel:

Ted Heath - Leader
Bobby Pratt, Bert Ezzard, Duncan Campbell, Eddie Blair - Trumpets
Wally Smith, Don Lusher, Jimmy Coombes, Ric Kennedy - Trombones
Les Gilbert, Roy Willox - Alto Saxes
Henry McKenzie - Tenor Sax & Clarinet
Danny Moss - Tenor Sax
George Hunter - Bariton Sax
Frank Horrox - Piano
Johnny Hawksworth - Bass
Ronnie Verrell - Drums

On Nice Work If You Can Get It, George Hunter (Baritone Sax) is replaced by Ken Kiddier

From Billboard - September 17, 1955: When Ted Heath played his most recent concert at the London Palladium August 21, London Records had its engineers on hand to tape the affair. This month the firm is releasing an earlier concert from the same source. No. 3 in the series. Heath also is represented this month with his "Gershwin For Moderns" LP.

The Man I Love Love Walked In
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Love Is Here To Stay
Clap Your Hands
I Got Rhythm
But Not For Me
Someone To Watch Over Me
That Certain Feeling
Embraceable You
Changing My Tune
Soon

At The Varsity Drag - The Australian Jazz Quintet

At The Varsity Drag
The Australian Jazz Quintet
Illustration by Burt Goldblatt
Recorded July, 1956 in Hollywood, California
Bethlehem Records BCP-6012

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share jacket notes excerpts.

Personnel:

Dick Healey - Alto, Flute
Errol Buddle - Tenor, Bassoon
Jack Brokensha - Vibes
Bryce Rohde - Piano
Jimmy Gannon - Bass
Frankie Capp - Drums

From the back cover: The title of this album, besides being the name of one of the tunes, is in honor of the success of the group with the younger, college set. Even though the costumes of the collegian crowd isn't as depicted on the cover, the spirit is still with us in their appreciation and support of jazz of all kinds. The Australian Jazz Quintet's success is naturally partly due to this kind of youthful support of their appearances in clubs, at "Varsity Drags" and on records.

This is the Quintet's first complete twelve inch record. The others in the Bethlehem catalog are all or partly by the earlier quartet.

The group is heard here is a well rounded sampling of their current product: jazz, within the framework of swinging arrangements, interpreted on their many instruments.

The Quintet, with the addition of an extra man for this recording, here has a full rhythm section of piano, bass and drums (not including vibes). Perhaps because of the added rhythm, on the out-and-out "swingers" like That Old Feeling, New South Wail or Koala, the group swings harder than on their earlier records. – Joseph P. Muranyi


From Billboard - December 22, 1956: The title emphasizes the great appeal that this group has for the college set and for young people, generally. The AJQ strives for a sound and musical approach that lies somewhere between the Modern Jazz Quartet and that of the Shearing combos. Typically, it's soft, "cool," impressionistic – and accessible. Rather commercial, perhaps, but certainly not devoid of serious musical interest. Jack Brokensha's work on vibes is particularly worthy of note. Dick Healy contributes a fine flute solo in "Lover Man." To show off the swingy, extrovert side of the AJQ, demonstrate "The Lady Is A Tramp."
Alone Together
Koala
That Old Feeling
Affaire d'Amour
The Lady Is A Tramp
Lover Man
The Thrill Is Gone
New South Wail
Few Get It
So Nice
Varsity Drag
It Might As Well Be Spring

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Cheerleaders Sing Dixieland Jazz

The Cheerleaders Sing Dixieland Jazz
Under Direction of Sid Robin and The Post Paraders
Carlton Record Corporation LP12/105
1958

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

From the back cover: What makes a "good group"? The answer is obviously a personal one and each of us would define it in his own terms. But there are certain things that must be common to both your definition and mine: The Cheerleaders sing in tune. Now there's a gimmick in itself. Pay Pinney, Donna Manners, Tom Roddy, and Joe Pryor (as you listen from the top voice down) work as a unit – on one is flying off on an irresponsible tangent like a loose neutron which has just spotted a pretty female portion next door. There is cohesiveness in the way The Cheerleaders perform. A unity that can only verify their having been together since 1950, and digging it!

The shame of the music business is sometimes its lack of immediate recognition for deserving artists. There are many logical and illogical reasons for this which we needn't burden ourselves with here. Suffice to say that The Cheerleaders, although perhaps new to your record player, have a large and loyal following thanks to appearances in such diverse media as New York's Blue Angel", Palace Theater, and T.V.'s Dave Garroway, Tennessee Ernie, Betty Hutton and Frank Sinatra show. – Jack Lazare


From Billboard - November 17, 1958: The bright, bouncy sound achieved by The Cheerleaders in this platter is more in the mood of the old Pied Pipers and Modernaires groups than anything that came out of New Orleans. About half of the songs are "semi-Dixie" treatments of oldies like "Copenhagen," and the rest, like "Woodchoppers' Ball," are almost straight swing vocals. Nice stereo work, with singers "centered" before Side Robin's ork. rather than confined to one channel. Group's fans should like it.

King Porter Stomp
Monday Date
Undecided
Savoy Blues
Copenhagen
Yancey Special
New Orleans Post Parade
Nocturne For The Blues
Sweet Lips
Woodchoppers Ball
Cornet Chop Suey
Wrappin' It Up

Here's Cugat - Xavier Cugat

Here's Cugat
Featuring Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 25120
1953

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original 10 inch jacket art.

From the back cover: It is no accident that Xavier Cugat is acclaimed the foremost exponent of Latin-American music today, for he comes from a family which prided itself on its patronage of the arts and which traces its ancestry back several generations in Spanish history. He was born in Barcelona, Spain, studied music at the finest conservatories in Europe and groomed for the concert stage.

It was during a concert in Rome that the Great Enrico Caruso heard the brilliant young violinist, Cugat, perform and persuaded him to accompany him on a tour of the United States. After remaining with Caruso for five years, Cugat realized that he could not become the greatest concert violinist in the world, and if he could not be the greatest, he would seek a new vocation. Thereupon, he decided to do cartooning, which had been a hobby of his since he was a young man. He achieved great success as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper, but finally became bored with the routine of having to meet deadlines and once more returned to his first love – music.

He formed an orchestra in California featuring Latin-American music. This type of music was partially unheard of at that time, but his unique treatment of it soon "educated" the public and was widely accepted. Credit, in considerable part, is due Xavier Cugat for the popularity of the Rhumba, Tango, Conga and Mambo today, for his music not only popularized but actually influence these dance rhythms.

Green Eyes
Linda Mujer
Walter Winchell Rhumba
Brazil
A Gay Ranchero
Cucaracha Mambo
Jungle Flute
Yours (QuiƩreme Mucho)