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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Honey - The Lonesome Valley Singers

This Guy's In Love With You
The Lonesome Valley Singers
Diplomat DS 2451

Oh! What Foolish Things I've Done
There'll Be Another Girl Like You
I Sit Here Alone, Just Crying
This Guy's In Love With You
Dreamin' Of You
I've Waited Too Long
What Will I Be After You're Gone
Your Love Turned Cold As Ice

Music From Trinidad - Boys-Town Steel Orchestra & She-She Calypso Band

Dance To Trinidad
Recorded In Trinidad
Boys-Town Steel Orchestra
She-She Calypso Band
Trinidad Recording House - Marvel, Trinidad, B.W.I.
Made In Trinidad
Vitadisc Records TC/L 52

From the back cover: The Boystown Steel Orchestra has been formed in the inception of steel band times. It has been playing in such varied places as the Ritzi Yacht Club of Trinidad and Tobago as well as funerals and weddings. It has been selected to give steel band concerts in all Public Squares of Trinidad and Tobago. Attendance at these concerts have reached to 30,000 and it is increasing all the time.

The She-She Calypso Band is the best dancing Orchestra in Trinidad. Its leader, Mr. Bert McClean, is one of the most talented musicians in the West Indies. Mr. McClean has been caressing the keys for over twenty years. His personality and engaging manners seemed to jump out of his interpretations right into the heart of his audiences – He was the toast of every famous party given in Trinidad as well as the other islands of the Caribbean. He is now playing for the exclusive "River Club" in London.

Boy Blue (Frankie Francis)
Marguerita (John Duprey)
Moonia (Dictator)
Latina (Joselito Vars)
Don't Touch (Lionel Belasco)
Shoot The Ball (Spitfire)
Thieving Bajan Policeman (Spitfire)
Kiss My Pan Baby (T'dad Panharmonic Orch.)
Fever In Town (Lord Melody)
I Am Going Away With The Lord (Dictator)
The La La Key (King Radio)
The Girl In The Mirror (Dictator)

The George Shearing Quartet

Everything's Alright
The George Shearing Quartet
The Shearing Sounds
Recorded at M.R.I. Studios, Hollywood, California
Engineer: Gary Ulmer
Sheba Records ST 104

From the back cover: Andy Simpkins - Born: Richmond, Indiana. Studied clarinet at 10, piano at 14 and became interested in bass while in Army. Played with Jazz greats Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt, Ben Webster. 12 years as co-leader of "Three Sounds." Many recordings. With George Shearing Quintet 3 years

Harvey Mason - Born: Atlantic City, New Jersey. Began drum lessons at 4. After high school, attended Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music on scholarship. Guest soloist with Newton Symphony, Boston Symphony. Played with Duke Ellington, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, toured Europe with Errol Garner before joining George Shearing in 1971.

Don Heitler - Born: Pekin, Illinois. Displayed aptitude for picking out melodies on piano at pre-school age. Attended School for the Blind in Jacksonville, Ill. Studied piano at Illinois Wesleyan University. Holds master degree in Guidance from U. of Illinions, Bachelor's in Applied Piano. Switched to organ for greater solo flexibility. This album with long-time friend George Shearing marks first recording effort.

For All We Know
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Sweet Georgie Fame
Please Send Me Someone To Love
Everything's Alright
Secret Love

Rapture - The Outriggers

Beyond The Reef
Hawaiian Moods
The Outriggers
Cover Photo by Hal Adams
Photographed at Don, The Beachcomber, Hollywood
Warner Bros. Records 1224

Song Of The Island
Ua Like No A Like
Sweet Leilani
Little Brown Gal
Hawaiian Wedding Song
My Little Grass Shack
Kalua Lullaby
King's Serenade
Song Of Old Hawaii
Beyond The Reef
Malihini Mele
Aloha Oe

Tropical Cruise - Pedro Garcia

Noche en Bahia
Tropical Cruise
Pedro Garcia and his Del Prado Orchestra
Photography: Bob Witt
Audio Fidelity AFLP 1841

Night And Day
Dios No Lo Quiera
Mambo en Espana
No Nenita No
Drums Negrita
Amor y Mas Amor
Baiao en Africa
Sabra Dios
Adios Marequita Linda
Noche en Bahia

New! New! New! The Unique Sounds Of The Bobby Cole Trio

September Song
New! New! New!
The Unique Sounds Of The Bobby Cole Trio
Cover Photo: Leon Kuzmanoff
Columbia CL 1536

From the back cove: A new-comer to the musical scene is Bobby Cole, pianist, singer and leader of the gifted trio heard in this collection. Bobby combines a highly expressive approach to ballads with a humor that leaps and bounds through up-tempo numbers. He also provides an altogether unique musical sound, achieved through the collaboration of Joseph Sanzo on bass and Robert Ferro on drums.

In his solos, including Lilac Wine, Ebb Tide and Humpty Dumpty Heart, Bobby offers soft, sensitive interpretations over a lingering background in other numbers, Joseph Sanzo joins in the singing, and these duets, mostly bright and breezy, employ unusual intervals that give the songs a new and haunting sound. This sound won Bobby and the Trio immediate success wh
en they first appeared in a small New York night club, resulting in their debut on Columbia Records.

From Billboard - November 7, 1960: A more or less typical night club set of smart singing and playing arrangements are packaged here by Cole and trio. Cole, who has been compared to Mel Torme and has certain Chris Connor phrasings, sings well thruout. Material is treated in hip fashion and includes unusual items like "Ebb Tide," Lilac Wine," and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"
among the nine tunes

Dancing In The Dark
September Song
This Can't Be Love
The Lonesome Road
Ebb Tide
Johnny One Note
Lilac Wine
The Lady's In Love With You
Ain't She Sweet
Love For Sale
Humpty Dumpty Heart
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Close Encounters - Living Strings

Theme From "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"
Close Encounters
Living Strings
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Arranged and Conducted by Johnny Douglas
Photographer: Nick Sangiamo
Art Director: Acy Lehman
Recorded in England
Engineers: Negel Brook and Steve Taylor
RCA ANL1-2814

From the back cover: Behind the lush magnificence of RCA's now famous Living Strings series is arranger-conductor Johnny Douglas, who discovered the mysteries of arranging and orchestration by the age of ten. Born in London, England, Douglas has over 100 albums and numerous film scores to his credit.

Theme From "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"
You Only Live Twice
Blue Bayou
All By Myself
Afternoon Delight
He Will Call Again
Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born")
How Did He Look
The Homecoming
Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)
Theme From "Charlie's Angel's

Frat House Party - The Mayfair All-Star Orchestra

Basie Street
Frat House Party
The Mayfair All-Star Orchestra
The Campus All-Stars (disk label credit)
Cover Design: C. Arnold Carlson
Golden Tone C4020
Distributed by Radio Craftsmen Co.

The set contains material from a number of sources including a few jazzy big band tunes.

I'll Be Around
Monday Date
Send For Me
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Basie Street
Leap Frog

Miss Connie Boswell Sings Irving Berlin

Blue Skies
Miss Connie Boswell Sings Irving Berlin
Golden Anniversary Tribute
(A 50th Anniversary Tribute)
Design Records DLP-68


Warren Vincent - Leader
Joseph Berlingeri - Piano
Mundell Lowe - Guitar
Geo. Wettling - Drums
Robert Byrne, Bart Varcelona, Phil Jacoby and Will Bradley - Trombone
George Duvivier - Bass
Harry Melnikoff, Dave Nadien and Raoul Poliakine - Violin
Don Elliott - Vibes - Trumpet
Bert Fisch - Viola
Alan Shulman - Cello
Len Gaskin - Bass

From the back cover: Born in New Orleans, the nation's cradle of jazz, Connee (this is the spelling of all instances of Connie on the back cover) was playing piano scales before she was four, and could play Bach fugues on the cello before she could read or write.

Add to these accomplishments the fact that she swings a saxophone and clarinet, has developed an adept trumpet embouchure (lip) and plans all of her own arrangements, and one understands more readily why the little lady from Louisiana has been dubbed a modern St. Cecilia.

During the war like all other top-notch performers, Connee Boswell did as much as anyone else and more than most in contributing of her time to training camp and hospital entertainment. She did this work, not because of the demands made upon her, but because she liked it.

Cheek To Cheek
White Christmas
Alexander's Ragtime Band
No Business Like Show Business
All By Myself
How Deep Is The Ocean
Blue Skies
All Alone
Maybe It's Because