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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pastel Moods - Oscar Peterson

Pastel Moods
By Oscar Peterson
Verve Records
Cover Photo by Alex de Paola
MG V-2004

The set is available from online vendors. My scan above is a better representation of the original jacket color.

Well crafted light jazz/mood album.

From the back cover: Why any observer should relate an artist's appearance to his music is difficult to understand – nothing could be more irrelevant. Still, the fact is, one can't possibly help noticing the size of Oscar Peterson. He's a hugh mammoth of a man and yet this great height and overall size is belied by the gentle, almost caressing touch he gives the piano – all the more noticeable on this album where the mood is pastel.

Also from the back cover: Giving Oscar Peterson equally first-rate assistance are two rhythm men, Ray Brown on bass and Irving Ashby, guitar. With intelligence and imagination, they abet Oscar in a good example of teamwork on:

You Go To My Head
They Can't Take That Away From Me
There's A Small Hotel
You Turned The Tables On Me
These Foolish Things (Remind My Of You)
I Can't Get Started
Blue Moon
East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)

And Herb Ellis, Guitar, and Ray Brown, Bass, on:

My Old Flame
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Serenade In Blue
Sweet Lorranie
Angel Eyes

Altotude - Earl Bostic

Earl Bostic
King Records, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio

The set is available from online vendors without the original cover as seen above. The set was later reissued by King (515) featuring new cover art.

From the back cover: Earl was born in Toledo, Ohio (corrected by former owner of the album to "Tulsa, OK"). Becoming interested in music through a friend of his who played in a local orchestra, Earl started playing in the high school band on Booker T. Washington High School in Toledo, and that is the start of what is to become a fabulous musical career. Earl attended Xavier University in New Orleans and most of his musical knowledge was taught to him by a nun there.

Besides being recognized as the top alto man in the music world, Earl is quite an arranger as well as composer. He made his first musical arrangement in high school on "St. Louis Blues" by humming the parts and writing them down. He as composed many of his recorded hits and also such tunes as "Let Me Off Uptown," "The Major And The Minor" and "Brooklyn Boogie" that were recorded by his fellow musician and became big successes.

Earl has played with many great bands – Don Redman, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton to name a few Before forming his present small combo, Bostic did arranging for Louis Prima of rover six years, Lionel Hampton for two years and Jack Teagarden for one year. He made his first recording in 1942 with The Lionel Hampton Sextet where he played alongside such greats as Red Allen, J. C. Higginbotham, Sid Catlett, Teddy Wilson and the great Camp.

East Of The Sun
When Your Lover Has Gone
Bugle Call Rag
Blue Moon
Beyond The Blue Horizon
"Cause You're My Lover
Melody Of Love
Cocktails For Two
I'll String Along With You
I Love You Truly

Monday, March 6, 2017

Pet Project - Bob Florence

Pet Project
The Bob Florence Big Band Plays Pet Clark Hits
Producer: Richard Bock
Arranger: Bob Florence
Engineer: Dick Bogart
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Design: Gabor Halmos
Cover Photography: Jerry White
Liberty Records/World Pacific WP-1860

From Billboard (Pop Special Merit) - June 17, 1967: Pet Clark's numbers never had it so good with the big band treatment of the Bob Florence Band.

I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
Goin' Out Of My Head
Call Me
You're The One
Just Say Goodbye
My Love
The Life And Soul Of The Party
Round Every Corner