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Friday, June 10, 2016

Hal March Conducts

Hal March Conducts
Hamilton HLP 101

This package is a bit dated when compared to other current 1960 "mood" releases. None-the-less, Hamilton created a very good budget priced mood set that was made special by the addition of Paul Horn's sexy woodwind solos.

From the back cover: Paul Horn is an extremely talented young artist with virtuoso ability in the entire family of woodwind instruments. A serious student of music (with a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College, and a Master's from the Manhattan School of Music). Paul is equally adept as a jazz soloist, having performed with distinction in the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra and with the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Woodwind solos by Paul Horn.

From Billboard - March 14, 1960: Good mood album with Hal Match's name value possibly accounting for some additional business. Lush string sound is applied to the likes of "I'll Be Around," "Moonlight Becomes You," "Please" and "Don't Blame Me." Arrangements are relatively simple, and tho not especially varied do make the disk suitable for background use.

I'll Be Around
But Beautiful
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Moonlight Becomes You
I'll Buy That Dream
Sunday, Monday, Or Aways
It Could Happen To You
Don't Blame Me
Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac time

Thursday, June 9, 2016

12 String Guitar - Floyd Robinson

12 String Boogie

12 String Guitar
Floyd Robinson
Diplomat DS - 2306

From the back cover: Floyd Robinson, plays something that is a cross between the blue grass music and the rock and roll beat. Floyd plays a 12 string guitar – the newest fad since the Beatles. But this is really more than a fad, it's a whole trend in music that will soon come into its own.

Walk Right In
12 String Bossa Nova
High Born Lady
Under The Double Eagle
12 String Boogie
Arkansas Traveler
Red Wing
Wildwood Flowers
Grandfather's Clock
Fingers On Fire
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Billy In The Low Ground

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mardi Gras - Andre Le Bec

Gamin De Paris
Mardi Gras
Andre Le Bec and his Accordeon
Exciting Music of the French Quarter
Silver Seal UTS 505

Small combo set on budget label, Silver Seal, featuring Andre Le Bec. Collectible for the cover art, but also featuring simple solid arrangements that play through with more of an "international" theme than a "French Quarter Mardi Gras" sound.

Arrivederci Roma
Gamin De Paris
Le Gondolier
La Mer
Complainte Des Infidèles
Histoire D'un Amour
Autour Du Monde
Julie La Rousse
Avec Celui Qu'on Aime
Place Pigalle
Adieu Lisbonne

Monday, June 6, 2016

Jazz Hoot - Woody Herman & The Herd

Jazz Hoot
Woody Herman & The Heard
This Album Contains Previously Unissued Performances Of The Great Herd Of The 60's
Columbia C3530


Recorded live at Basin Street West, San Francisco on June 28, 29, 30, 1965:

I Can't Get Started featuring Bill Chase on Trumpet / Hallelujah Time / Satin Doll/ Jazz Hoot / Watermelon Man / Greasy Sack Blues

Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Woody Herman
Tenor Saxophone - Gary Klein, Salvatore Nistico, Andy McGhee
Baritone Saxophone - Tom Anastasia
Trumpet - Gerald Lamy, Dusko Goykovich, Bob Shew, Don Rader, Bill Chase
Trombone - Henry Southall, Frank Tesinsky, Donald Doane
Piano - Nat Pierce
Bass - Anthony Leonardi
Drums - Ronnie Zito

Greasy Shack Blues - Don Rader, Arranger / Wood Herman, Clarinet, Piano, Don Rader, Trumpet
Jazz Hoot - Bill Holman, Arranger

Recorded in New York
Sumptous (previously released as "Mardi Gras") – recorded October 8, 1965
The Black Opal (originally titled "The Snake") – recorded October 8, 1965
Sidewinder – recorded July 7, 1966 - Same personnel as in San Francisco - Vocal – Woody Herman
The Duck – recorded March 23, 1967

Personnel on The Duck and Boopsie: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Woody Herman
Tenor Saxophone - Al Gibbons, Steve Marcus, Bob Pierson (flute)
Baritone Saxophone - Joe Temperley
Trumpet - Lloyd Michaels, Lynn Biviano, Dick Ruedebusch, Bill Byrne, John Crews
Trombone - Jim Foy, Mel Wanzo, Bill Watrous
Piano - Mike Alderman
Bass - Bob Watrous, Bob Daugherty
Featuring Charlie Byrd on guitar

Boopsie - recorded March 23, 1967
Vocal - Woody Herman
Arranger - Dusko Goyovich

The Dueling Banjos - Curtis McPeake

Doodling' Banjos Part II
The Dueling Banjos
As From The Motion Picture Deliverance
Featuring Banjo by Curtis McPeak
Power Records POW-MOE-210

Cover Photo: Ray Pike
Liner Notes: Deddie Pearson
Produced: Tommy Hill (who also appears to have done most of the arranging)
Art Work: IDG
Back Liner Art: Jenny Mehlenbacher

From the back cover (which actually features only type and no "liner art"): In this album you hear the version, "The Dueling Banjos," done by Curtis Mcpeake, the featured banjo artist of The Nashville Brass.

Presented here because The Atomic Attic enjoys "exploitation" sets. This budget bluegrass set from Power Records was made to cash in on the popular opening song from the movie Deliverance. Even though, it appears that Power worked hard to make this album something to listen to, the title tune lacks the energy of the original popular song as do many of the tracks.

None-the-less, the last track on the LP (sample above), a banjo solo, manages to sound spontaneous or fresh.

Dueling Banjos
Worried Man
Brassy Bluegrass
Home Sweet Home
Sally Goodin'
Doodling' Banjos Part 1
Red Dress
Black Mountain Rag
Old Joe Clark
Doodling' Banjos Part II