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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Smart Set Swing Music That Makes You Want To Dance - Al Madison

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Smart Set Swing Music That Makes You Want To Dance
Al Madison And His Trio + One
Produced by John Parker
Cover Design by Frank Gauna
Photos by Kriegmann, N.Y.
Recorded at J.A.C. Studios, N.Y.
Almad Records - 18th East 50th St. N.Y. 22, N.Y.

From the back cover: This album demonstrates how the Al Madison orchestras are custom-tailored for every musical requirement, for in addition to his trio, you will also hear several selections played by some of his key men, on violin, trumpet, mellophone and saxophone. These are the units that are constantly heard at many of the finest homes in America and at the smartest country and yacht clubs. Madison music is especially popular with the young set, for, during the course of a year, the Al Madison orchestra are heard at literally hundreds of schools, college proms, and junior dances. Large charity balls and debutante parties are usually served by his full orchestra, which can be heard on previous recorded dance albums.

I Don't Dance, You're All The World To Me, Baubles, Bangles and Beads
A Foggy Night, Tonight, My Baby Just Cares For ME
You Do Something To Me, I've Got You Number, Hey, Look Me Over
The Wauwinet Whirl
Put On A Happy Face, The Sweetest Sounds, A Lot Of Livin' To Do
I Wish I Were In Love Again, Make Someone Happy, Nice And Easy
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Party's Over, One For My Baby

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Way-Out Voices Of Lambert, Hendricks And Ross

Halloween Spooks
The Way-Out Voices Of Lambert, Hendricks And Ross
With The Ike Isaacs Trio
Formerly Titled "High Flying With Lambert, Hendricks And Ross
Columbia Jazz Odyssey
Stereo 32 16 0292

From the back cover: In the natural course of events, the trio scored one smashing success after another in such jumping night spots as San Francisco's hungry i, Chicago's Blue Note, the Crescendo in Los Angeles, the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, and at every big jazz festival from Newport to Monterey. And they swept every jazz poll in sight, coming in first in Down Beat readers' and critics' polls and in polls conducted by Playboy and Metronome.

Then, in 1962, during a European tour, Annie Ross became ill and was forced to retire to her native England. A new girl singer was taken on, but in 1964, Dave Lambert decided to leave the group. Soon, Jon Hendricks resumed his activities as a single. Eventually, Annie Ross became a top single in Europe and even operated her own jazz club in London. In 1966, Dave Lambert died.

The team of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross is no more, but their once-in-a-lifetime perfect blend of personal and artistic elements lives on in recordings. In this album, some critics felt that their unique talents reached their fullest expression. Here, in addition to songs by other famous jazz writers, are songs created by the trio: :"The New ABC" and "Halloween Spooks" by Lambert; "With Malice Toward None" by Hendricks; and "Farmer's Market" by Ross. But originality in performing material of any authorship was what mad them the swing ingest jazz group ever to make Birdland bounce – it's also what makes this album an exciting tribute to the great Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Come On Home
The New ABC
Farmer's Market
Cookin' At The Continental
With Malice Toward None
Home Cookin'
Halloween Spooks
Mr. P. C.

Eileen Fulton Sings With You In Mind

Love Of The Lonely
Eileen Fulton Sings
With You In Mind
Produced by Danny Fortunate
Recorded at Echo Sound Studios
Nectar NSP 1001

From Billboard - January 24, 1972: Nectar Records has launched a television advertising campaign for "Eileen Fulton Sings With You In Mind," which was released late last year.

Danny Fortunato, Nectar president, who produces, promotes and markets the company's product, said that the Fulton LP is being supported by three TV spots in 12 markets. The commercials are airing on the CBS-TV soap opera "As The World Turns," on which Miss Fulton stars. In addition, Nectar has placed ads in TV fan magazines. Her latest single, "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is," written by Gladys Shelley, was recently released.

The artist's fine single, "Radio," concerns the old-time radio soap operas, and Fortunato believes it is the only record of its kind.

Nectar is also into the nostalgia wave with the "Bring the Boogie Woogie Back," by Toni Mathis. The single recreates the musical background of the 40's, and is "probably the first nostalgic record created with a soul motif," by Fortunato.

Nectar, which has 21 national independent distributors, has two music publishers, Scottie Music (BMI) and Donato Music (ASCAP). The label is aiming for the MOR pop market.

Some Dreams Never Come True
What They're Showing On The Silver Screen
Love Of The Lonely
My Coloring Book
Go Away From My Window
Lollipops And Roses
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Feeling Good
Get Happy

Just Pet - Petula Clark

The Fool On The Hill
Just Pet
Petula Clark
Produced by Claude Wolff
"Happy Together" produced by Sonny Burke, arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman
All other arrangements and conducted by Michel Columbia and Frank Owens
Engineer: Lee Herschberg
Cover Photo and Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
An original Vogue recording
Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc.
W 1823

Lights Of The Night
Fill The World With Love (With Jimmy Joyce Singers & The Boys Chorus)
Happy Together
Things Bright And Beautiful
Hey Jude
For Those In Love
Buttery Fly
If I Only Had The Time
The Fool On The Hill
No One Better Than You

Monday, November 20, 2017

One World Concert - Erroll Garner

One World Concert
Erroll Garner
Recorded in actual performance at Seattle World's Fair
Octave Records
Reprise R-6080

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and excerpts from the jacket notes.

From the back cover: Erroll Garner made his solo concert debut at the Cleveland Music Hall in 1950, winning critical and audience accolades. Since that time his concert acclaim has been world-wide.

One World Concert is Garner's first in-person concert recording in seven years. The long-awaited live concert album was recorded at the Seattle World's Fair Playhouse during his week-long concert there. The festive atmosphere which permeated the Fair is reflected in the performance here. For this album, Garner himself spent several weeks making selections from twelve hours of recorded material.

From Billboard - May 9, 1963: For several reasons this should be a big one for Garner. It's his first release on the Sinatra Reprise label and its his first live concert set since his earlier smash, "Concert By The Sea." Then, too, the performances find the pianist at his best on such items as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Sweet And Lovely" and his own "Misty." Solid with broad appeal.
The Way You Look Tonight
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Sweet And Lovely
Mack The Knife
Lover Come Back To Me
Movin' Blues
Dancing Tamborine
Thanks For The Memory

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Eleventh Hour - Johnny Hodges

Something To Live For
The Eleventh Hour
Johnny Hodges
Arrange and Conducted by Oliver Nelson
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recording Engineer: Bob Arnold
Cover Photograph: Harris Haft
Recorded in New York - August 15 & 18
Verve V/V6-8492

From Billboard - November 24, 1962: This is a lovely album, featuring warm and tender alto work by Johnny Hodges, showcased in mellow string arrangements by Oliver Nelson. The backings contribute much to Hodges work and Hodges, in kind, has responded with some of his most moving and graceful solos. He is romantic on "Don't Blame Me," "The Eleventh Hour Theme" and "In a Sentimental Mood," and lightly swinging on "Guitar Amour" and "Solitude."

Something To Live For
It's A Sentimental Mood
I Didn't Know About You
Guitar Amour
You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart
Theme from "The Eleventh Hour"
Love Song From "Mutiny On The Bounty"
Satin Doll
Don't Blame Me
Prelude To A Kiss
Warm Valley