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Friday, June 8, 2018

Memories Of Cuba - Orquesta Casino de la Playa

Memories Of Cuba
Orquesta Casino de la Playa
RCA Victor LPM-1641

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

From the back cover: The Cuban orchestra, Casino de la Playa, can claim more credit than almost any other group for the introduction and acceptance of contemporary popular music in Latin America. From the moment that the name of these wonderful musicians crossed the borders of Cuba to enter the hearts of other Latin people, the music of Latin America assumed new and exciting proportions.

As a result of the popularity of the orchestra's recordings, new stars were born. Among them were such vocalists as Miguelito Valdes, Cascarita, Gualfredo de los Reyes and Antonio de la Cruz, and Anselmo Sacasas, a pianist of extraordinary ability.

On this recording we hear the original musicians of the same Casino de la Playa Orchestra which was so popular in the years 1940 through 1945. The performance is one which all record collectors will treasure for years to come.

Once again the magnificent and brilliant interpretations of Miguelito Values are heard. These are the songs which have made him famous, presented in the style that is still unique among singers. Babalu, Carchita, Bruce Manigua and El Manisero live again in these memories of Cuba as well-deserved tribute of admiration and affection to the Casino de la Playa Orchestra

On the second side of this album the orchestra providers a musical setting for the sensational Orlando Guerra, better known as Cascarita, and Antonio de la Cruz, two of the most beloved Latin-American singers. – Mario de Jesus

Bruca Manigua
Mis Cinco Hijos
El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)
Quiero um Sombrero
Yo Pico un Pan
Esto Es lo Ultimo
Coge Pa' la Cola

The Soundaroundus - Marty Gold and His Orchestra

The Soundaroundus
A Marriage Of Music And Electronics
Marty Gold and His Orchestra
Arrangements by Marty Gold
Produced by Danny Davis
Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Recorded ih Webster Hall, New York City
RCA Victor

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

From Billboard - August 23, 1966: Special recording sounds makes this one exceptional! "People," "Michelle," "The Soundaroundus," 9 more.

Uneven LP featuring almost no "electronic" playfulness or "groovy" sounds. More of a "late-to-the-market" set featuring a variety of arrangements to showcase quality stereo engineering.

Michelle is a sweetly presented lush strings arrangement.

The Shadow Of Your Smile
A Taste Of Honey
Sunrise, Sunset
King Of The Road
Here's That Rainy Day
A Walk In The Black Forest
Lara's Theme
Bye Bye Blues
What The World Needs Now Is Love
The Soundaroundus

Coffee Break - Reg Owens

What A Human Thing To Do
Coffee Break
Reg Owen and His Orchestra
Photo: David Hecht
Cover: China courtesy Georg Jensen, Inc.
RCA Victor LSP-1582

From Billboard - June 23, 1958: Here's an album of attractive background music, played by the Reg Owen Ork. The set is graced with a truly funny set of liner notes penned by that irrepressible altoist formerly on the Vik label, Ferris A. Benda. Tunes include standards such as "Oh But I Do," "Was That A Human Thing To Do," "A Little Kiss Each Morning," etc. Intriguing title and cover could help this move.

Oh, But I Do
Ask Anyone Who Knows
Was That The Human Thing To Do
Every Day
Please Don't Talk About Me
Twenty-four Hours Of Sunshine
When Hearts Are Young
Keep Smiling At Trouble
Have A Little Faith In Me
Love Will Find A Way
A Little Kiss Each Morning

The Huckle-Buck and Robbin's Nest - Buck Clayton

The Huckle-Buck and Robbin's Nest
A Buck Clayton Jam Session
Produced by George Avakian with the assistance of John Hammond
Recorded December 16, 1953, at Columbia Studios, 205 East 30th Street, New York City
Columbia CL 548

Trumpets: Buck Clayton, Joe Newman; Trombones: Urbie Green, Henderson Chamgers; Alto Sax: Lem Davis; Tenor Sax: Julian Dash; Bariton Sax: Charlie Fowlkes; Piano: Sir Charles Thompson; Guitar: Freddie Green; Bass: Walther Page; Drums: Jo Jones

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

From the back cover: Buck Clayton, trumpet and leader. Born in Parsons, Kansas, about forty years ago, Buck became known internationally when he was featured soloist with Count Basie's band from the years 1936-1943. He is also on many of the best Teddy Wilson-Billie Holiday records and was a great artist at the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Volume 1. He has led bands in New York, Shanghai, and Paris.

Joe Newman, trumpet. Joe is now filling Clayton's chair with Count Basie's band, which he joined two years ago. Before that he was with the 'Bama State Collegians, Lionel Hampton, and Illinois Jacquet.

Henderson Chambers, trombone. A veteran of the Edmond Hall band at Cafe Society, Chambers has played with Louis Armstrong, Al Sears, and Lucky Millinder, to name a few.

Urbie Green, trombone. Urbie (for Urban) played with Woody Herman's band for several years before settling down in New York, where he is currently sweating out both a card and steady work with Lester Lanin's Society Orchestra

Lem Davis, alto sax. In the days of swing Lem played with Eddie Heywood's great little band. Along came bop; Len heard Charlie Parker, and changed his style. Swinging more than ever, he can now be heard with Teacho WIlshire's combo at the Midway Lounge in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julian Dash, tenor sax. A loyal alumnus of Alabama State College, Julian made the trek to New York some years back with Erskine Hawkins, whom he has never left.

Charlie Fowlkes, bariton sax. After many years with Lionel Hampton, Charlie now provides the foundation for Count Basie's reed section.

Sir Charles Thompson, piano. Sir Charles is from Independence, Kansas, the son of a Methodist minister. He has played with the groups of Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, Charlie Barnet, and Illinois Jacquet, among others. He is also an arranger, composer and organist.

Freddie Green, guitar. For seventeen years Freddie has been the mainstay of Count Basie's rhythm section. (I cannot think of a greater compliment for this great musician. G. A.)

Walter Page, bass. Back in the late twenties, Bill Basie was playing piano with Page's Blue Devils, the southwest's most exciting band. After a long association as a sideman in the Basie Band, Walter is now a permanent fixture at Eddie Condon's, in New York.

Jo Jones, drums. Another Basie veteran, Jo (for Jonathan) recently had the distinction of becoming a father and grandfather within the same week. He has his own combo, which can usually be heard at the Embers, in New York.

– John Hammond

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Music From The Golden West - Jay Gordon

Western Moon
Music From The Golden West
The Jay Gordon Concert Orchestra
TOPS L1550

Riding The Range
Home On The Range
Wagon Wheels
Western Moon
El Rancho Grande
Twilight On The Trail
Pop Goes There Weasel
You Are My Sunshine
The Quilting Party
Camptown Races
Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie