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Friday, May 23, 2014

Perfect For Dancing Mambos

Perfect For Dancing Mambos
Produced and prepared under the direction of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios
RCA Victor LPM-1067

Plays through like a decent mid-50s Mambo album, rather than a background dance music disc.

From the back cover: It is interesting to note that a recent mambo contest in Arequipa, Peru, was won by an 18-year-old girl in partnership with a gay blade of 75. If, as doctors continually remind us, our sedentary nation needs more exercise to attain longevity, the mambo may very well be the perfect, most pleasant-tasting prescription.

Me lo Dijo Adela - Tito Rodriquez
Sugar Blues - Tito Rodriquez
Ran-Kan-Kan - Tito Rodriquez
Donde Estabas Tu - Tito Rodriquez
Un Chivirico Mas - Aldemaro Romero
Mambo In Brass - Aldemaro Romero
Piel Canela - Noro Morales
Tropical - Noro Morales
Hollywood Mambo - The Tony Martinez Quintet
La Enganadora - Perez Prado
Mario el Limpiabota - Perez Prado
Perdido - Perez Prado

Rhythm Was His Business - George Williams

Rhythm Was His Business
Rhythm Was His Business
A Salute To Jimmie Lunceford
George Williams And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1301

From the back cover: George Williams, a onetime Lunceford arranger who has also written for Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Ray Anthony and Harry James, knows better than most musicians that there is slight chance of accurately copying the old Lunceford band. Instead, he has tried to present this set of tunes, because they are so closely associated with Lunceford, as the Lunceford band might play them if it were still together today and still evolving.

"They are interpretations," Williams says, "rather than re-creations."

I Wanna Hear Swing Songs
For Dancers Only
Lunceford Special
I'll Take The South
Yard Dog Mazurka
Rhythm Was His Business
Swingin' On C
Uptown Blues
White Heat
'Tain't Whatcha Do
Harlem Express

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Country Songs For Secret Agents - Hank Ownes

Trouble In My Arms
Hank Owen's Signs Country Songs For Secret Agents
Modern Sound MS 566

The Worst Of Morris Garner

Weep No More, My Robot
The Worst Of Morris Garner
Produced by Jordan S. Ramin
Thunderbird Records TH 1958

Recorded actual performance, Grove Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Girl on the piano: Joyce Miles

This album, apparently, is presented as some sort of Erroll Garner parody.

I found this note as part of a 2009 review for an Erroll Garner DVD set that this album is a parody of Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea - 1956. "It was so well-known that one small label released an entire-album parody of it by a pianist named Morris Garner, which even included the sounds when during that live concert Garner accidently knocked his ashtray off the piano and burned himself."

This album was also mentioned in a January 16, 1961 Billboard article promoting a new jazz set referred to as "J.U.N.K. "It is alleged to have been recorded at a most controversial concert presented by Morris Grants. On the bill at said concert were the likes of Morris Davis, playing trumpet, and pianist Morris Brewbeck and his quartet. It is also understood that the mind behind the recording is the same mind that created the Worst of Morris Garner. On this date he plays most, if not all, of the featured instruments."

From the back cover: Born in Boston at an early age, Morris began playing the piano when he was sixteen. As with other jazz greats, Morris was self-taught. Though at first his style may sound faintly similar to another piano star, Morris' understanding and grasp of his music is unlike that of anyone alive. Utilizing an amazing technique of playing, Morris has made obsolete "chords" and "rhythm" as we know them today. This new, happy spirit in sound will forever put Morris Garner in a permanent home.

For three years Morris experimented with this new style of playing, constantly driving himself to perfect new ideas with rhythm and sound. When he was 21, he gave his first performance at a small club in Boston's Back Bay area. Only 7 people were there, but they say history was made.

When he was 24, Morris began playing at Richie's House, a jazz hangout for all great musicians whenever they appeared in town. One night a jealous musician clobbered Morris from behind with a bass fiddle which forced him to retire temporarily from the jazz scene.

Lullaby Of Birdland
Don't Blame Me
Mambo Moves Morris
How High The Moon
Weep No More, My Robot/ Another Garner original designed to make everyone aware of the coming Space Age. His fantastic groping into the unknown certainly reflects itself here.
Little Girl Blue
All Of You
Afternoon Of An Idiot
How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dick Schory - Carnegie Hall

Dick Schory
Carnegie Hall
Produced by Dick Schory
Engineer & Technical Director: Ron Steele
Dick Schory features Ludwig "Total Percussion"
Ovation Records

An amazing 2 record live program filled with a variety of big band, period pop sounds, jazz and more "experimental" approaches as heard in the sample above. The engineering is outstanding.

From the inside cover: Ever since 1958 when Dick Schory crawled out from under the pile of percussion equipment that adorned the cover of an album called "Bang, Barroom and Harp" he has constantly strived to make drumming into a musical art second to none.

A note about the engineering from the inside cover: Back in Chicago, the 16 track master was carefully dubbed down to make the Audio Print. The sounds of Carnegie Hall were reproduced on two track tape, using pan pots on each channel output to "place" the channel exactly where it had been during the concert. The orchestra bells just to the left of the conductor at the concert were electronically placed just to the left in the stereo spectrum. The result is as though one were sitting 5th row center at Carnegie Hall.

Also from the jacket notes: Now, the pivot point of the concert… Futura, a concerto for 4 Phase II Synthesizer and Orchestra. Another Premiere performance of not only a new and unique composition but also the debut of the world's first synthesized orchestra. Here is a composition conceived by Schory and composed by Art Lauer, that pioneers the cutting edge of today's music scene. The new Phase II is utilized with electric guitar, amplified flute, clarinet and harpsichord which at times blend with or oppose the acoustical instruments of the orchestra.

Music For A Carnival
The Dream Carousel
Come Bach With Me
Jungle Root
Riots Of Spring
Sunset Bell
Scarborough Fair
Mission Impossible
Gentle Rain
Futura for 4 Phase II Synthesizers and Orchestra
Concerto For Jazz Drums and Orchestra
Maxwell's Silve Hammer

El Amor es Triste - Los Violines de Pego

You'd Better Sit Down Kids
El Amor es Triste
Los Violines de Pego
Produced by Tomas Fundora
One Latino 1265

Lush strings backed up by a nice helping of early 60s small combo lounge sound.

Love Is Blue
Las Perlas De Tu Boca
Aquellos Ojos Verdes
Estra Tarde Vi Llover
Cuando Yo Vuelva A Mi Tierra
You'd Better Sit Down Kids
La Borinquena
Toma Mi Corazon
Mi Linda Cubana
This Is My Song
La Bayamesa
Clave A Marti

Vive La Difference - Marjorie Meinert

Vive La Difference
Marjorie Meinert At The Lowrey Organ
Produced by Herman Diaz, Jr.
RCA Victor LSP-2124

From the back cover: Giving the songs in the set an aura all their own is a Parisian out of Davenport, Iowa – organist Marjorie Meinert, making her RCA Victor debut in this album. The LOWREY "Lincolnwood" played by Miss Meinert brings to organ music a whole complement of brilliant sounds, including an exciting range of "percussion" and orchestral effects.

Also see Hi-Fi And Mighty RCA Victor LPM-2169

I Love Paris
La Vie en rose
April In Paris
Under Paris Skies
The Poor People Of Paris
Under The Bridges Of Paris
The River Seine
Paris In The Spring
The Last Time I Saw Paris
C'est si bo
Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Connie Francis Sings Bacharach And David

Walk On By
Connie Francis Sings Bacharach And David
Arranged and Produced by Claus Ogerman
Conducted by Joe Mazzu
MGM Records SE-4585

Francis gets hip with the Sounds Of Now…

Also, as seen above, my copy of this album came with the original hip looking sleeve. Back in the day before before Photoshop (because I'm old enough to know and to have done pre-press like this), creating art in many layers/colors was challenging. MGM spent some money on this nice looking sleeve.

What The World Needs Now
Promises, Promises
The Look Of Love
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Trains And Boats And Planes
Make It Easy On Yourself
Medley: This Girl's In Love With You & I Say A Little Prayer
Wanting Things
Walk On By
Medley: Magic Moments & Blue On Blue
Don't Make Me Over

More Music For Dining - The Melachrino Strings

Blue Moon
More Music For Dining
The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM/LSP-2412

From the back cover: Here the Melachrino Strings and Orchestra play a group of songs ideally suited for dining. Perfectly selected, the songs – in Melachrino's able hands – become a single aura of sound, regal yet unobtrusive, distinctive yet never dissonant.

You Are Too Beautiful
Blue Moon
L'Amour Toujours L'Amour
Easy To Love
Musetta's Waltz Song
Stars In My Eyes
These Foolish Things

Monday, May 19, 2014

Easy To Remember - The Norman Luboff Choir

Easy To Remember
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia CL 545

Love Is Here To Stay
It's Easy To Remember
You Go To My Head
The Way You Look Tonight
September In The Rain
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Deep Purple
Penthouse Serenade

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Morty Craft And The Singing Strings In Percussion

My Mammy
Morty Craft And The Singing Strings In Percussion
Warwick W5004/W500ST

Percussion fake-out.

Warwick apparently pressed a number of sets that featured brief, pre-recorded percussion intros that their engineers tacked on to each song (as heard in the sample). Warwick also created interesting, but misleading album graphics to help attract buyers who were into the period "percussion" sound.

From Billboard - April 10, 1961: Morty Craft's Warwick Records has unveiled a new "Sight and Sound" 5000 series of audio albums with the accent on percussion. Three of the initial seven sets contain a large string complement in center stage abetted by a vast array of percussion. In another case, there is a Ralph Burns big band set, again with the spotlight on percussion.

In other sets we find "The Soul Of Jazz Percussion," "Concertos In Percussion" and "Glenn Miller Meets The Dorsey Brothers." again in the inevitable percussion. All of these have been obviously well engineered and there is a great attempt to show movement of instrumentation, as though back and forth across a stage. Sound buffs will find a loth of what they like, and there is much that is danceable, including such wide-ranging items as "Concertos"  by the Warwick Symphony and an all modern jazz presentation.

What strikes a reviewer here is the actual value of the use of the overworked word percussion, when in fact a bank of percussion may serve only to introduce an arrangement in the first 10 seconds or so, with the scoring then proceeding along more conventional lines. This appears a tendency today in many areas and a firm might be better off taking a less obvious merchandising approach.

Back In Your Own Backyard
Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye
April Showers
Anniversary Song
You Made Me Love You
California Here I Come
My Mammy
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby To A Dixie Melody
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Sonny Boy