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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stompin' At The Village Inn - Eddie Baynard

Blue Skies
Stompin' At The Village Inn
Eddie Baynard And His Bourbon Street Five
Picture of Art Sandly and Album Notes by Tom Teepen
Front Cover Photo by Don Johnson
Gunn Stereo LP 201

Baynard: Cornet and Vocal on "Dr. Jazz"
Jim Campbell: Clarinet and Bass Sax
Mark Lamphier: Trombone
Kenny Schaufuss: Piano
Art Sandly: Banjo
Joanie Riner: Bass
Kenny Hall: Drums
Clarence Hall: Vocal and Piano on "Honeysuckle Rose"

From the back cover: With the exception of the opening number, the tight and precise "March Of The Bobcats," which is the product of a later session, the jazz here was recorded during a lengthy night session March 4, 1968. Most of the tunes come from late in the session when the Bourbon Street Five was warm, loose and swinging easily.

For this recording, the Bourbon Street Five was enriched by the addition of Art Sandly, a jazz veteran who regularly plays with the greats of Dixieland in Chicago, where he is a member of the band at the well known Showboat. He is heard throughout, and his virtuosity is spotlighted in "Blue Skies" Also sitting in is Clarence Hall, Dayton's jazz professor and long a leader of bands in his own right. He sings "Honeysuckle Rose"; the piano work is his, too.

March Of The Bobcats
Blue Skies
Dr. Jazz
Basin Street Stomp
Chimes Blues
Yellow Dog Blues
Honeysuckle Rose
I Would Do Anything For You

Protest In Percussion - The West Virginia University Percussion Ensemble

Fugue In D Major
Prostest In Percussion
The West Virginia University Percussion Ensemble
Conducted by Philip J. Faini
Cover Design by Peter McWhorter
Century Records 27981


James Mitenbeger - Piano
Clyde English - Organ

Members of The Ensemble

James Armentrout
John Barker
Galen Byrd
Kenneth Clelland
James Jackson
Ernest Manack
Frank Perry
David Platt
Ted Smith
Holt Theis
Michael Theis
Linda Whiteman

From the back cover: The percussion ensemble heard on this album demonstrates a facet of percussion training at W.V.U. which is not apparent to the average concert goer - that of "popular" percussion music. This type of percussion music is not often heard on campuses because of the emphasis on percussion "art" music in the formal concerts through-out the academic year.

Hence, "Protest In Percussion" affords an opportunity to show the results of percussion training in popular music, which makes up such a large segment of the professional demands made of percussionists in the music world today.
Also from the back cover: Philip J. Faini is a product of the Creative Arts Center, Division of Music, at West Virginia University, where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in both Applied Percussion and Music Education and a Masters degree in Theory and Composition. He has studied percussion with Roy C. Knapp, Jose Bethancourt, Irvin Honsa, Harvey Biscun, and Frank Lorince. His professional career includes radio, television, symphony as well as work with a number of name bands and singers. He was also a staff member at the Fred Waring Music Workshop at Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. He has had a continuing career as a professional arranger and has composed and arranged numerous works for Band, Orchestra, and Percussion. Since 1960, Mr. Faini has been on the staff of the Division of Music at West Virginia University.

Where Or When
The Little G Minor Fugue
W.V.U. Satin Doll
Tijuana Taxi
Peter Gunn
Prelude In F Minor
Fugue In D Major
Spanish Flea
Comin' Home

Friday, May 11, 2018

Swinging Guitar - Jorgen Ingmann

Blue Moon
Swinging Guitar
Featuring Jorgen Ingmann
Mercury MG 20200

From the back cover: Jorgen Ingmann's advent on the American record scene is but one indication of the degree to which these fresh ideas have spread abroad. Ingmann, still a little short of his thirtieth birthday, has been heard during most of the past decade with a combo under the direction of the noted Danish violinist Svend Asmussen. A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ingmann also happens to be as handy a man with the plugs and volts as he is with sharps and flats; hence the present highly entertaining album.

Ingmann uses the so-called multiple recording technique, adding extra parts to his solos by re-recording himself several times on the same tape – some of his performances have included as many as ten different parts, all played by Ingmann. He has such an amazing knowledge of electronics and sound engineering that he has set up his own private studio in which all his special-effects recordings are made.

Ingmann's popularity is not in the least hurt by the fact that he happens to have a masculine, movie-star brand of good looks. At last reports he was touring the world in a group abroad a Swedish luxury liner and planning to return home to Scandinavia for some more of his unique recording sessions.

The twelve performance in this set are all guitar solos from start to finish; that monotony never sets in is a tribute both to Ingmann's musical taste and to his mechanical ingenuity.

From Billboard - May 7, 1957: Fine novelty instrumental stuff for jocks and for all varieties of guitar lovers. Danish Ingmann does a Les Paul with multiple taping, speed alterations, etc., but with a subtle tasteful style of his own. Great sound enhances some clever effects. Almost any one of the 12 tracks will sell it. Try "Bye, Bye Blues" or "Hallo Joe." If pushed it can sell.

Moonlight Cocktail
Twilight Time
Blue Moon
Old Moon
Jorgen's Boogie
Mean To Me
Blue Room
Pardon Me, Pretty Baby
Hallo Joe
Bye Bye Blues
Some Of These Days
The Darktown Strutters' Ball

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jazz a la Creole - Sidney Bechet and Omer Simeon

Jazz a la Creole
Sidney Bechet and Omer Simeon
A Jazztone Society Classic J-1213

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and bio information.

From the back cover: "Pops" is an affectionate and respectful appellation given to just a few of the elder statesmen of jazz. Friends and fellow musicians call Louis Armstrong "Pops," and Benny Goodman, who started playing at the age of fifteen, has also reached both the age and the degree of accomplishment that warrants his being accorded the title too. But, to be just a little facetious, Sidney "Pops" Bechet is the daddy of 'em all.

Born in New Orleans, on May 14, 1897, Bechet began playing the clarinet while still in knee pants and is reputed to have "sat in" with the great Freddie Keppard's band at the age of eight. His musical precocity attracted the attention of famed clarinetist, George Banquet, who subsequently gave the youngster some formal instruction. At fourteen, young Sidney had his first steady professional job - with the Eagle Band. That was in 1914. The next year, Clarence Williams, the song writer, publisher, and pianist, took the teen-ager on a tour of Texas with a vaudeville unit, and, soon after their return, Sidney was grabbed up by King Oliver for the Olympia Brass Band.

Then, in the summer of 1917, he left New Orleans for Chicago. In the Windy City, he worked at both the DeLuxe Cafe with Freddie Keppard and at the Pekin with the lengenary pianist-singer, Tony Jackson. In 1919, he became a member of Will Marion Cook's Southern Syncopators and toured Europe with that band that year. It was in London that Ernest Ansermet, the famous Swiss conductor, heard Bechet and wrote what was probably the first published serious appraisal of jazz. Prophetically, Ansermet wrote, "His own way is, perhaps the highway the whole world will swing along tomorrow.

Bechet remained in Europe until 1922 and then returned to New York, where he recorded with Clarence Williams and Louis Armstrong. In 1925, he again left for the continent with a show called "The Black Revue," leaving after a year to join a band that toured the Soviet Union. Back in Paris in 1927, he rejoined "The Black Revue" and led the show's fourteen-piece orchestra. In 1930, he came back to New York with Noble Sissle, with whose band Bechet was to play intermittenly for the next decade.

After leaving Sissle, Sidney Bechet retired temporarily from the music business to set up a small tailor shop in Harlem. But, with the resurgent interest in brought about by the Swing Era, Sidney once again turned to music and recorded and played with small groups in New York, Boston, and other jazz centers. Soon after the end of World War II, Bechet once more went to Europe and has since settled in Paris.

These recordings were made in Paris a few years ago with Zutty Singleton on drums and another expatriate, Lil Armstrong, on piano. Lil, of course, is the former wife of Louis Armstrong and the pianist who played on the famous Armstrong Hot Five recordings. The trio format is perhaps the best possible one for Bechet's formidable creative talents. Playing the unorthodox soprano saxophone, Bechet's trumpet-like attack creates one of the most virile and vital sounds in jazz, and his powerful drive on up-tempo numbers and his great lyrical solos on ballads are wonderful things to hear.

For more than thirty-five years, Omer Simeon, an obscure name to the casual jazz listener, has been on of the most creative and influential clarinet stylists in jazz. Widely respected by fellow-musicians, Simeon has been associated with many of the most important bands in jazz history, having both worked and recorded with such key figures as King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fletcher Henderson and Earl Hines.

Born in New Orleans, in 1902, Simeon, unlike most Crescent City natives, was not affected by the town's heady and contagious jazz atmosphere. Instead, he waited until he got to Chicago to take up music as a profession, getting his fundamental training there with Lorenzo Too, a master of New Orleans clarinet style. His first professional job was with his brother's Al Simeon's band in 1920, and his first big-time engagement came in 1923, when he was twenty-one years old. He became a member of Charlie Elgar's Creole Band, which played principally in Milwaukee.

During his stay with Elgar, Simeon made his first recordings with a Jelly Roll Morton pick-up band. This was in 1926. The next year marked Omer's joining King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators in New York, as a replacement for Albert Nicholas. This was, however, the beginning of Oliver's decline, and, after a few month of touch going, the band broke up.

Soon afterward, Simeon worked with Luis Russell's band at The Nest in Harlem and recorded again with Jelly Roll Morton as well as with some of Clarence William's groups. Then, in October 1928, he worked with Erskine Tate's theater orchestra in Chicago, playing accompaniments for both stage shows and silent movies. In 1929, he made the first of the few recordings to appear under his own name, with Earl Hines on piano. During the depression he joined up with Hines and played with the pianist's big band for nearly a decade.

Serious critics of jazz, as well as leading musicians, have long acknowledged Omer Simeon as being among the greatest clarinetists of our time and one of the major influences, for instance, in developing the style of Benny Goodman. Long before Goodman's famous trio recordings, it was Jelly Roll Morton who realized that the trio form was ideal for a clarinetist, and some of Morton's most famous records were trios featuring Johnny Dodds, Barney Bigard and Jelly's favorite, Omer Simeon.

On these high-fidelity performances made especially for the Jazztone Society, Simeon has once more been given the opportunity to display his brilliant New Orleans clarinet style. Four of the tunes done here are originals based on Creole themes, and the accompanying musicians – Sammy Price on bass and Zutty Singleton on drums – often Simeon sympathetic and solidly swinging support. – Paul Shapler

Sidney Bechet - Soprano Saxophone
Lil Armstrong - Piano
Zutty Singleton - Drums

Milenburg Joys
Rockin' Chair
Big Butter And Egg Man
My Melancholy Baby
Limehouse Blues
Black Bottom
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

Omer Simeon - Clarinet
Sam Price - Piano
Zutty Singleton - Drums

Qua-ti Blues
Qua-ti Rhythm
Grand Boubousse
Frankie And Johnny
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

Tommy Dorsey's Dance Party

Ritual Fire Dance
Tommy Dorsey's Dance Party
Vocalion VL 73613
MCA Coral VL7-3613 - 1973
VL 3613 - 1966

1973 reissue (top) features the same cover art as the 1966 reissue.

Check To Cheek
Louisiana Hayride
I'll Know
Grieg's Grotto
Ain't Life Sweet
Oh! Look At Me Now
Diane (I'm In Heaven When I See You Smile)
Ritual Fire Dance
You've Not In My Arms Tonight
It's A Lovely Day Today
Goin' Home

This Is James Last

This Is James Last
Polydor 104 678

American Patrol
I Got You Babe
Toreador's March from "Carmen"
April In Portugal
Sail Along Silv'ry Moon
Adagio from Violin Concerto No. 1
La Bamba

Morning - Jim Ed Brown

Rainy Jane
Jim Ed Brown
Vocal Accompaniment by The Nashville Edition
Arranged by Bill McElhiney
Produced by Bob Ferguson
Recording Engineers: Al Pachucki and Leslie Ladd
Recording Technicians: Roy Shockley and Mike Shockley
Cover Photo by Ray Pike
RCA Victor LSP-4461

From Billboard - January 23, 1971: A well-produced album, coupling excellent material with fine production and performance. Jim Ed Brown starts this one off with his hit, "Morning," and includes "Good Brother John," "Ain't Life Sweet," and others. Class product with pop appeal as well.

Every Mile Of The Way
Good Brother John
A Dime At A Time
Wake Me Up In Oklahoma
Laying Here Lying In Bed
Ain't Life Sweet
Sunday Morning We'll Be Singing
How To Lose A Good Woman (Produced by Felton Jarvis)
Rainy Jane (Produced by Felton Jarvis)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1950 Vaughn Monroe Concert Souvenir Booklet

Vaughn Monroe Souvenir Concert Booklet
Executive Management: Willard Alexander, Inc., New York, N. Y.
Direction: Marshard Music, Boston, Mass.
Published by Program Publishing Company, N.Y.C.

From Billboard - February 18, 1950: Orkster Vaughn Monroe will pull a Horace Heidt shortly when he builds a package valued show around Ziggy Talent, a comedy singer-musician who has been a feature of Monroe's work for almost a decade.

Talent will pull out of Monroe's crew for a tour of one-day theaters one-night concerts in early April. He will work with about four little known and little tried acts and a seven-piece band. The new package will be booked thru the Willard Alexander Agency.

1950 Billy Eckstine & George Shearing In Souvenir Concert Program Booklet

Billy Eckstine & George Shearing In Concert
Program Published by Schurgin Associates, Detroit, Michigan

From Billboard - November 18, 1950: The Billy Eckstine concert tour, which features the George Shearing Quintet, will wind up with a flourish over the week-end, playing to sellout houses in a pair of presentations in Carnegie Hall here today (11) and in Uline Arena in Washington tomorrow (12).

The concerts should gross between $35,000 and $40,000 it is estimated. Carnegie is scaled to $9,062 for each show, with tickets running between $4.80 and $2, and by Friday evening (10) the house was 95 per cent sold out for the combined concerts. Preparations were being made for stage seating of some 250 persons per show as well as standees.

The Washington concert is close to sold out. Uline Arena has been scaled to gross about $20,000 at capacity. The combined potential grosses will bring Eckstine-Shearing concert tour gross figures (The Billboard, November 4) to over $270,000.

The Eckstine-Shearing tour was booked by Shaw Artists Corporation, which split commissions with represents the crooner. Dates were sold at between $2,500 and $3,000 per night depending on the day of the week and capacity of hall for the 37 play dates, against 50 per cent of the gross.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bill Black's Beat Goes On - Bill Black Combo

Bill Black's Beat Goes On
Bill Black's Combo
Supervision: Joe Cuoghi
Engineer: Ray Harris
Hi Records
The Memphis Sound
Distributed by London Records, Inc.
SHL 32041

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

The Beat Goes On
Ode To Billy Joe
River Of Darkness
Gotta Travel On
Wipe It Out
Let The Good Times Roll
Funky Broadway
Soul Man
Never My Love
The Letter
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
The Stripper

Bill's Bag - Billy May

Whisper Not
Bill's Bag
Jazz Standards Of Tomorrow That Are Happening Today
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh and Tom Morgan
Recorded in Capitol Records' Studio A, Hollywood on January 15, February 11 and March 19, 1963.
Recording Engineers: Hugh Davies, Pete Abbott and John Kraus
Paul Horn appears through courtesy of Columbia Records
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio / George Jerman
Capitol Records T 1888

From the back cover: Instrumental is (what else?) unusual and flexible. A small unit's out front (and to the left for stereo listeners), backed by big brass and rhythm (to the right in stereo). The soloists involved: Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Dave Wells and Lou McCreay alternating on bass trumpet; Paul Horn, alto sax/flute; Justin Gordon, tenor sax/piccolo.

Also from the back cover: Bag, like certain other words, has a slightly different meaning depending on how it's used. For example, just as to dig can mean to understand, to admire, to agree; bag can mean style, approach, even a way of life. Here, "Bill's Bag" is his approach to charting the cool groove for big band and the fine style with which he carries if off.

From Billboard - June 22, 1963: Bright, sharp, punching big band work touched with the May sense of humor and swing is the order of the day on this LP. There's much here that middle of the road and hip no-40 stations can find as programming material. It's bright, big band work in a modern groove. "Whisper Not," "Filet Of Soul," "The Preacher" and "Late Late Show" are fine.

Children Of The Night
Uh! Oh!
The Preacher
Playboy's Theme
The Late, Late Show
Dat Dere
Filet Of Soul
Whisper Not
Miles Behind
My Little Suede Shoes
Shiny Stockings