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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Rhaburn Combo In New York


Boogaloo A La Chuck

Rhaburn Combo In New York
Album Producers: Compton Fairweather, Henry Young & Robert Hulse
CES SLP 67806

Percival Drummond - Vocal & Tumbos
Ceil Gillette - Organ
Herman Bennett - Guitar & Drums
Pablo Clarke - Tenor Sax
Gerald Rhaburn - Vocal & Drums
Alfredo Nelson - Alto Sax
Rudolph  Gladden - Guitar
Carlton Usher - Bass
Roy Cutkelvin - Percussion

From the back cover: The Rhaburn Boys are back... For those of you who were not fortunate enough to accompany them on their most successful tour of the Greatest City in the world, we bring you a souvenir of their efforts. From the night they performed for a full house at the Manhattan Center, and throughout all their other appearance in the Metropolis, the Combo has lived up to its greatest expectations, evidenced buy this, their third album.

The musical selections were as varied as the style in which they performed, whether it was their mainstay, the Calypso, or the Boogaloo... the present craze of the U.S.A.

The Lord Rhaburn Combo is certainly the most famous and successful aggregation our country has produced. They have been popular for more than eight years now, in person and on record. For two consecutive years (1965 & 1966) they have been victorious in the Battle Of The Bands contest held annually in Belize City.

The two original composition on Side B is further testimony of their ability, In Marcelita, pay particular attention to the polished musicianship .. listen to those saxophones. In Chuck's Boogaloo, "Chuck" Gladden sets the pace.

New York Calypso - vocals by Rhaburn
Cuando Calienta El Sol - Vocal by Drummond
Rain Sometimes - Bolero 
Muchacha Tan Bonita - Cha Cha
Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Vocal by Drummond
La Cumbia
Marcelita - Jerk
Don't Fight It - Vocal by Drummond
Winchester Cathedral - Boogaloo
Lara's Theme - Bolero

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Bach: Chaconne - Andrés Segovia



Bach: Chaconne
Andrés Segovia, Guitar
And Other Works by Bach, Sort, Mendelssohn, Villa-Lobos & Rodrigo
Decca Gold Label Series DL 9751

Prelude - J. S. Bach
Gavotte - J. S. Bach
Chaconne - J. S. Bach
Minuet In C - Sors
Andantino - Sors
Minuet In D - Sors
Canzonetta - Mendelssohn
Prelude - Villa-Lobos
Sarabanda - Rodrigo

The Burlesque Show


The Burlesque Show

The Burlesque Show
Recorded Live
Wyncote W-9057

The Widow
Husband And Wife

The Explosive Betty Reilly


Under The Pairs Skies

Quiéreme Y Veras

The Explosive Betty Reilly
Design: Cla Freeman / Cal-Art & Assoc.
Golden Tone Hi-Fidelity C4067

The Saga Of Elvis Presley 
It Ain't Necessarily So
Under Paris Skies
Run Joe
Look To The Rainbow
When The World Was Young
Quiéreme Y Years
Quizas, Quizás, Quizás

Friday, May 26, 2023

Tijuana Sounds - Teddy Phillips & Colleen Lovett


Winchester Cathedral

Tijuana Sounds
Teddy Phillips & Colleen Lovett
And Their Mexicali Brass
Produced and Arranged by Teddy Phillips & Colleen Lovett
P&L Records - MST 10357

From the back cover: The fabulous "Tijuana Sounds" come to you in the colorful and unique style of Teddy Phillips and Colleen Lovett and their Mexicali Brass. Here is a group that has captured the mariachi style made so famous the past couple or yers by the Tijuana Brass. Add to the brass sounds the golden tones of Teddy Phillips' saxophone, the rich quality of the Colleen Lovett's voice and you have an exciting album that is truly unique in quality and sound.

Teddy and Colleen and their Mexicali Brass have played all the best clubs throughout the country in addition to State Fair appearances with stars like Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddy Arnold plus many others. Add to this many TV appearance on all the top shows, plus several million seller records, and you can easily see why the Mexicali Brass is such a popular group.

There is a must album fro any collector who enjoys good music – music with a beat and sound – all this, plus the unusual combination of Colleen Lovett and Teddy Phillips!

Tijuana Taxi
Georgy Girl
Shadow Of Your Smile
Medley: Spanish Flea / Born Free / Our Day Will Come / Somewhere My Love
Taste Of Honey
Spanish Flea
Sunrise, Sunset
Lonely Bull
Winchester Cathedral

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Jimmy McHugh In Hi-Fi - Urbie Green


Diga Diga Doo

Jimmy McHugh In Hi-Fi
Urbie Green His Trombone and Orchestra
Arrangements by Al Cohn and Irwin Postal
Produced by Fred Reynolds
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York, May 5, 9 and 12, 1958
Engineer: Ernest Delrich
RCA Victor LSP-1741

From the back cover: This album combines the talents of two superb musical giants – Jimmy McHugh and Urbie Green. To do full justice to McHugh's wonderful songs, Urbie has assembled some of the New York's finest sidemen. He sparks this big, wonderful band with is own great trombone. And Mr. Green's trombone-playing is widely conceded to be just about the best in the business.

This is Urbie's second album for RCA Victor, following on the heels of his successful "Tet's Face The music And Dance (LSP-1667). So here, in brilliantly recored sound, are many of your favorite songs in settings that are tops for listening and arrangements that are absolutely unbeatable for dancing.

Also from the back cover: After a command performance in London in 1951 the Queen of England, then Princess Elizabeth, said to Jimmy McHugh: "Mr. McHugh, you seem to have written all my favorite songs."

It is not by implied chance, however, that millions everywhere share her royal sentiment, or that the music of Jimmy McHugh holds suck a warm and large place in the heart of the world. Nor is ti by design.

The simple answer is that Jimmy McHugh writes about love with love. Far more than most men, he genuinely loves people. Not just the rich and successful, but al kids of people in every walk of life and circumstance of fourteen. It is reflected in every song he ever wrote. Recognizing it, men and women the world over have responded in kind.

In rich and deserved reward, Jimmy has been called American's greatest composer of love songs.

There is another actor, how er, which has bled an important part in the enormous popularity of jimmy McHugh's songs. It is simply this: whatever you mood of the moment may be – gay, sad, romantic, or bustling with bounce – there is a McHugh song to fit that mood. Moreover, in this music, there is something to appeal to every brow, be it high, low or medium; classics lovers and pop enthusiasts can walk side-by-side in enjoyment of his musical magic.

Every McHugh fan, of course, has his or her favorite McHugh song, usually identified with some highly personal memory. Maybe it was a social moon, a special dance, a social date that certain song recalls. Or maybe even a special quarrel with a sweetheart. Thus for some the favorite might be Don't Blame Me, Exactly Like You or I'm In The Mood For Love, while others might choose Lovely To Look At, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Cuban Love Song, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street, A Most Unusual Day, or countless others on the fabulous list of McHugh song hits

Countless is the accurate word, incidentally, For Jimmy himself says he has lost track of the number of his songs since the first one, Emaline, was published in 1921. But considering that he has written the score for sixteen New York musicals and forty-five Hollywood movies (to say nothing of his prolific output of individual numbers), simple arithmetic sends the staggering total up in the hundreds!

To identify and cherish a song because of a romanic memory it recalls is as it should be, regardless of one's age; both are lively things meant to be cherished. There is one song must indelibly identified with Jimmy McHugh himself, and perhaps his most popular of all. It is the beloved I CAn't Give You Anything But Love. Two generations already have loved it and danced to its lovely strains, and generations to come will be doing the same thing. This is its thirtieth anniversary.

Written for the Broadway show "Blackbirds of 1928," it was one of the first hits of the team of Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. Even more exciting, the team had four smash success shows playing simultaneously on Broadway that year, all carrying the miracle tag, "Music by Jimmy McHugh – lyrics by Dorothy Fields."

The list of famous performers who have introduced Jimmy McHugh songs is almost as impressive as the number and variety of songs themselves. Staring with Maurice Chevalier in Ziegfeld's last "Midnight Revue" (the show which introduced Chevalier to America), the star-studded list includes such names as Helen Morgan, Lawrence Tibbett, Gertrude Lawrence, Lily Pons, Jan Pierce, Ethel Waters, Harry Richmond, Eddie Cantor, Mary Martin, Frances Langford, Shirley Temple, Carmen Miranda, Jane Powell, Deanna Durbin, Alice Faye, Perry Como, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, to mention but a few.

Jimmy McHugh also has been hailed as the most successful Irish-American composer since Victor Herbert. This pleases him, frankly and greatly because he is, as the sons of Erin say, "fightin' proud" of his Irish ancestry, and even coined a word, "Irishtocrat" to express it. In appearance hi is a big and handsome man, and looks like an Irishman is supposed to look. As his friends known,m he also has the temperament – great sensitivity and quick temper – the match, and is sympathetic to anyone in trouble.

Born in Boston, Jimmy well might have become a plumber if his plumber father had had his way. As it turned out, his mother, an accomplished pianist, had her way in supporting her son's determination bo become a musician, albeit he served a break apprenticeship in his father's shop.

Jimmy's first real job was as an office boy with the Boston Opera House. There he met such opera greats a Caruso, Tetrazzini, Puccini, Geraldine Farrar and Toscanini, and in their leisure moments back-stage often entertained them with unique McHugh improvisation on operatic arias. There is little doubt this early association had a great bearing later on the catholicity of his original compositions.

Next came a stint as traveling sungplugger for the Irving Berlin Publishing Company, and then McHugh struck out on his own in New York. Writing with various lyricists for the famed Cotton Club shows in Harlem he scored a number of hits, among them I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, which thirty years later became the theme song for the motion picture "Caine Mutiny."

Hollywood called McHugh and Fields in 1930, and thereafter the team alternated their highly sought service between the movies and Broadway. Throughout the years of World War II, however, Jimmy concentrated much of his time and energy along patriots lines, writing special songs at the request of Washington, and staging war bond drives. At one such rally he choked up the largest single sale of war bonds ever recorded – $28,000,000 worth!

There is another and lesser known side to Jimmy McHugh which was described by Dr. Jack Frederick Kilpatrick, Dallas Herald Times music critic and professor of music at Southern Methodist University, in these words: "It's like talking to the man who invented doorknobs, the chef who created bam and eggs. It's like meeting up with the fellow who first thought of shoelaces, to be introduced to Jimmy McHugh."

In other words – this is Jimmy McHugh, solid citizen affectionately known as "The Bishop of Beverly Hills" and honorary Mayor of that famous community. Also: active director and cast president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce; organizer and leading spirit of the polio foundation which has furnished thirty costly respirator to various hospitals and medical venters; composer of a Community Chat song, and worker-contributor in charities for every race, sect and reed; recipient to honorary degrees from two universities, and a half dozen awards for his effort in in behalf of youth; honorary life membership in the AAY for his interest in amateur swim champions, and designation as an honorary official of the 1948 Olympics. And most proudly, among other honors too numerous to mention, processor of a Presidential Citation, given by President Truman in recognition of valued services to the country.

Quite a guy, this Songwriter Jimmy McHugh!

P.S.: My favorite McHugh song? Naturally it's Louella.

– Louella O Parsons

From Billboard - November 10, 1958: Here is a tasteful, danceable package of Jimmy McHugh evergreens, which should enjoy particularly good sales on the West Coast where McHugh is active in civic affairs. Selections – all fine programming material for jocks – include "Louella," "Lovely To Look At," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" etc. Liner notes by Louella Parsons, who has given package several solid plugs in her nationally syndicated movie column.

Cuban Love Song
Medley: I'm In The Mood For Love / Don't Blame Me / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / You're A Sweetheart / Where Are You? / Lovely To Look At / Candlelight And Wine / I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night / Lost In A Fog / Blue Again
Rock-A-Bye Bluebird
I Feel A Song Comin' On
I Found Myself A Guy
Diga Diga Doo
I Must Have That Man
Medley: Exactly Like You / I'm Shooting High / I Don't Care Who Knows It / How Blue The Night / Thank You For A Lovely Evening / A Lovely Way To Spend And Evening / My, How The Time Goes By / When My Sugar Walks Down The Street / I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me / I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Goodbye Blues

Monday, May 22, 2023

Basie Plays Hefti



Basie Plays Hefti
Produced by Teddy Reig
Cover Photo: Chuck Stewart
Roulette Bridled Series R-52011

From the back cover: Some arrangers seem made to order for certain bands. Don Rodman and Benny Carter and Horace Henderson fitted a variety of organization in the twenties and thirties in this way. Billy Strayhorn was obviously born to write for the Duke Ellington band as Sy Oliver was to write for Jimmie Lunceford and Fletcher Henderson for Benny Goodman. And now it seems that Neal Hefti has found his band in Count Basie and Count is composer and arranger in Neal.

Like Fletcher's writing for Benny's musicians, Neal's suits the tastes and temperaments of the Basie men in every sort of entail. It provides settings for soloists which bring them out bar by bar, texture by texture, idea by idea as they rarely have been before. It is a style of scoring at least as much intuitive as it is instructed tin the sinking and playing procedures of these jazzmen. Somehow, either because of a similar set of likes and dislikes or because of his keen ear of considerably playing and writing experience, Neal knows the right figures to make Frank Wess blow his most forceful flute, Joe Newman his most swinging trumpet, Snookie Young his most soulful horn and Thad Jones his most elegant. One way or another, he has provided Marshall Royal with an adequate background for his large alto sound and given the Basie tenor men, Billy Mitchell and Frank Foster, a spacious alley in which to chase each other and found room for Al Grey's big, guttural trombone pushes and pulls. 

It's not a very complicated course of action, providing the Basie musicians with proper material. It does not involve tricky contrivances or writing in a notably obscure manner. It is, rather, a suiting of figure and temp, soloist and section, mood and mode so that it comes out Royal and Newman, Young and jones, Foster and Mitchell and Wess – in a word, Basie.

Has Anyone Here Seen Basie
Pensive Miss
Sloo Foot
It's Awf'ly Nice To Be With You
A Little Tempo, Please
Late Date
Count Down
Bag-A' Bones
Pony Tail

A New Kind Of Love - Erroll Garner


Paris Mist

Erroll Garner With Full Orchestra
Plays Music From The Paramount Motion Pictures
"A New Kind Of Love"
With Orchestra Conducted by Leith Stevens
Introducing Four New Compositions by Erroll Garner
Photo - Garner by T. Williams
Photos - Miss Woodward and Paul Newman, courtesy Paramount Pictures
Octave Records / Mercury Records MG20859

Instrumentation: 4 violas, 4 cellos, 1 bass, 1 harp, 6 wood wind artists with many doubles, 1 trumpet, 4 trombones, 3 percussion, 1 guitar and of course, 1 piano

From the back cover: Three orchestras worked from the blocked-out arrangements created by Garner, with Leith Stevens. Pete Rugolo developed the orchestrations if Mimi and In The Park In Parry, with exhilarating results. Jimmy Haskell orchestrated The Tease, and Nathan Van Cleave imaginatively orchestrated the remaining seven numbers. The piano parts, in al of the election herein, are unwritten. Garner improvised his parts on-the-spot at the actual recording sessions, intriguing even the most seasoned studio musicians on the dates with his daring inventions, different on each take.

Of Garner's spectacular ability to improvise the piano parts during the actual record with the orchestra, Stevens comments: "Erroll is a natural musical, born and brought up in the field of Jazz. He has a fantastic ear, a harmonic and melodic sense that won't stop, and a facile technique which will get him anywhere he wants to go. He had an electric effect on the entire orchestra with used performances to their peak. Most jazz performers play in one key throughout an arrangement on natter how long it is. Not Garner. He is pianistically at home and comfortable in any key. In fact, polytonality held no terrors for him. On several occasions we spread the orchestra through to tonalities sounding simultaneously, and his line never wavered – in truth, this exciting sound seemed to open up new vistas for him."

Garner, the pianist, as displayed here, is as strongly individual and unpredictable as ever. His sweeping piano within the large orchestra produces results that are bound to influence piano-with-orchestra, with Garner's new themes destined to take their place in the world of contemporary music, and his renditions of the film's standards giving vintage songs a new flavor.

You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
Fashion Interlude - Erroll Garner
Steve's Song - Erroll Garner
Paris Mist - Erroll Garner
Theme From A New Kind Of Love - Erroll Garner
In The Park In Parry
Paris Mist - Erroll Garner
The Tease - Erroll Garner

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Music From Mission Impossible - Lalo Schifrin


The Sniper

Music From Mission Impossible
Arranged and Conducted by The Composer Lalo Schifrin
Produced by Tom Mack
Engineer: Hank Cicalo
Dot ST 91393

Bud Shank appears through the courtesy of World Pacific Records
Mike Melvin appears through the courtesy of Liberty Records

Mission Impossible
Jim On The Move (Piano Solo by Mike Melvoin)
Operation Charm (Piano Solo by Lala Schrifrin)
The Sniper (Harpsichord - Lalo Schifrin; Sitar - Bill Plummer)
Rollin' Hand
The Plot
Wide Willy
Cinnamon (The Lady Was Made To Be Loves) (Jack Urbont-Bruce Geller from "All In Love") (Alto Sax Solo by Bud Shank; Trumpet Solo by Stu Williamson)
Barney Does It All (Alto Sax Solo by Bud Shank; Trumpet Solo by Stu Williamson)
Mission Accomplished

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Love Is A Song - The Tiffany Strings


Love Is A Song

Love Is A Song
The Tiffany Strings
Arranged by Bill Leavitt
Cover Design: Lee
Photo by Photo International
Tiffany Records TR 2001

Love Is A Song
Moonlight Becomes You
I Love You
Poor Pierrot
That's For Me
Isn't It Romantic
My Romance
I'm Glad There Is You
Dearly Beloved
All The Things You Are
For All We Know
Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye