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Friday, April 1, 2016

Dancing Tonight To Morrow - Buddy Morrow

Rock To Morrow

Dancing Tonight To Morrow
Buddy Morrow And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1925
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, East 24th Street, New York, July 21 and 22, 1958

From the back cover: Teenagers, college kids (in fact, everyone who ever put his best foot forward on the ballroom floor) have been getting an enormous charge out of the Morrow men. It's easy to see that the orchestra is a solid hit – whether on the bandstand, playing requests, or off it, when groups of dancers cluster around to chat with Buddy and the boys.

From Billboard - February 16, 1959: Buddy Morrow and his work turn in some swinging readings of standards and originals on this new stereo set. Morrow has always been a dance band with a beat and the ork shows off it's beat strongly on such tunes as "I'll Be Around," " Tea For Two," "Count Down," and "Rock To Morrow." It's a wild album aimed strictly at the younger set. Stereo sound is fair.

Count Down
I'll Be Around
Tea For Two
Rock To Morrow
Sleepy Time Gal
Hey, Mr. Bones
Chicken Bone
Sweet Sue
Mambo No. 5
Rock Slide

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dancing In The Dark - George Siravo & Hal McIntyre

The Old Black Magic
Dancing In The Dark
Harmony HL 7008

Side one and two feature mostly swing instrumentals. However, side two also includes several vocal tracks by Frankie Lester (sample above).

Dearly Beloved
Isn't It Romantic
Barbecue Riffs
Let's Call Tonight A Day
The Old Black Magic
Body And Soul
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Indian Sumer
Dancing In The Dark

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Once Over Lightly - Jo Stafford With The Art Van Damme Quintet

These Foolish Things
Once Over Lightly
Jo Stafford
Art Van Damme Quintet
Columbia CL 968

From Billboard - March 30, 1957: Miss Stafford and the Quintet deliver a dozen standards in a moderately strong pop entry. Newest item in the collection in "Autumn Leaves" which goes back to 1947, Gershwin Rodgers-Hart and Mercer are represented, with the emphasis on Gershwin ("Nice Work If You Can Get It," "But Not For Me," etc.). Could attract Stafford fans and the older young-married group for whom many of these tunes evoke memories. Demonstrate, "The Lady Is A Tramp" on side 2.

From the back cover: Art Van Damme began his professional career in 1938 when he organized a trio; as the years passed, the group became a quartet and finally a quintet, which was more pliable to his rich fund of ideas. His accordion playing has been hailed with unrestrained enthusiasm by jazz critics, and the voicing of the Quintet have received equal praise from both those critics and the general public. Although the Quintet infrequently appears with a vocalist, there is evidence in this collection that in Jo Stafford they have found a congenial and gifted confederate.

Almost Like Being In Love
A Foggy Day
The Lady Is A Tramp
These Foolish Things
The Gypsy In My Soul
Autumn Leaves
You're Mine, You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
My Old Flame
But Not For Me
One For My Baby

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Discoteca Latina

Gee (Joe Loco)
Discoteca Latina
Presenta Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Joe Loco, Machito, Alfredo, Martino Savanto
Elglobo Records - 6006
Synthetic Plastic Co. - Newark, NJ

Compilation album featuring colorful jacket art and a peppy set of tunes.

Compass De Pachanga (Pachanga Beat)
El Cha Cha Cha Chino (Chinese Cha Cha Cha)
Samba Dancero
Viva El Mambo
Delirio Musical (Frenzy)
Mambo Cha Cha
Mambo La Libertad
Mambo Fantasties (Mambo Fantastique)
Siesta Cha Cha