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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bells Are Ringing - Manne - Previn - Mitchell

Bells Are Ringing
Shelly Manne & His Friends
Andre Previn & Red Mitchell
Modern Jazz Performances Of Song From Bells Are Ringing
Produced by Lester Koenig
Recorded April 15 and July 22, 1958 at Contemporary's studios in Los Angeles by Roy DuNann & Howard Holzer.
Contemporary S 7559

Shelly Manne: Drums
Andre Previn: Piano
Red Mitchell: Bass

From the back cover: Shelly Manne, in recent years, has been hailed as the outstanding jazz drummer of the modern era. Although he has been winning or placing high in the various popularity polls conducted by the jazz magazines since the late 1940s, his current popularity is reflected in the fact that he made a clean sweep of all the major polls – Down Beat, Metronome and Playboy – for three successive years: 1956, 1957 & 1958.

In many ways Shelly is representative of the "new jazzman." An inheritor of the tradition (he got his musical start in New York in the late 1930s when 52nd Street was the crossroads of the jazz world and he was able to meet and jam with the top players of the time), Shelly is constantly searching for new ways in which to make his drums more expressive and musically meaningful. He encourages experimental writing, and has commissioned a number of extended jazz works for the group he organized in 1955, Shelly Manne & His Men. His expert technique is in great demand for motion picture and TV background scores. He has appeared in front of the cameras as well, both as musician and actor. His schedule is a busy one, with personal appearances, recording sessions, concerts, night club engagements, and coast-to-coast TV shows.

Yet he has never lost any of the enthusiasm and joy in playing he had as a teen-ager when he haunted 52nd Street for a chance to hear his idols. This delight is clearly apparent in the light-hearted, swinging collaboration with Andre Previn which began with their first Friends album, recorded in February 1956. They plan to continue doing Broadway shows and movies in jazz, alternating as leaders: Shelly's albums will be with "Friends," Andre with the "Pals."

Red Mitchell, who has become a fixture in the series (he appears on Pal Joey & Gigi), was a member of Andre's Trio on the road during the latter part of 1958. He is one of the most prominent of today's jazz bassists, has played with leading groups (Gerry Mulligan, Red Norvo, Hampton Hates, etc.) as well as his own Quartet. In recent years he has settled in Los Angeles where in addition to his jazz appearances he is in great demand in the motion picture, TV and recording studios.

Andre Previn's interest in jazz led him to take a trio in the road (Chicago, Washington, New York, etc.) for three months in 1958; he placed high in all the recent jazz popularity polls; his records are best-sellers at home and abroad; he makes numerous TV and concert appearances. All this in addition to his work as a motion picture composer, and director of Gigi (for which he won an Academy Award) and of the forthcoming Porgy and Bess. He also finds time, somehow, for concertizing. Of his performance of Beethoven's Archduke Trio, the Los Angeles Examiner said (February 26, 1959): "We hear young Previn on such conspicuous occasions as the exponent of modern music in the popular view that sometimes we forget the intuition and the dignity that he can bring to the standard literature of the piano... Throughout the work... Previn coupled technical mastery with beautifully graduated dynamics, appropriate color and an unerring sense of adjustment with the other instruments." It is not a coincidence that jazz critics have been able to say the same sort of thing about Previn's performances in the Friends/Pals series – for Andre is a consistent musician who brings the wealth of his talent to whatever he does in music, whether it be film scoring, jazz or Beethoven. – Lester Koenig - April 7, 1959

I Met A Girl
Just In Time
The Party's Over
It's A Prefect Relationship
Is It A Crime?
Better Than A Dream
Long Before I Knew You
The Party's Over (Up Tempo Version)

Friday, July 6, 2018

What Aloha - Eddie Spencer And The Kings Of Hawaii

Moonlight And Shadows
Wahi Aloha
Eddie Spencer And The Kings Of Hawaii
Producer: George Alama, Jr.
Arranger: Danny Spencer
Engineer: Frank Rodon & Ken Hiller
Designer & Scribe: Lori Ryan Kamae
Photos: Walt Pollack
Recorded in Hawaii
Lei Records, Inc. - Honolulu, Hawaii
Processed in Japan

My Hawaiian Song Of Love
Lei Aloha Lei Makamae
Moonlight And Shadows
Hawaiian Hula Eyes
The One Rose
My Little Grass Shack
Jungle Rain
Two Shadows On The Sand
Lei Mana
Hula Blues

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mambo On Broadway - Tito Puente

Swinging The Mambo
Mambo On Broadway
Tito Puente And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1354

From the back cover: These are driving, moving arrangements played the way Tito and his exciting orchestra have been playing them for the past several years at the famed Palladium Ballroom in New York City. Tito and his band have become synonymous with the Palladium where dancers both young and old have flocked to see him and his boys in action.

This is a versatile young man, this Tito Puente. Amazing might be a better word because he plays all kinds of music and just about every instrument in the orchestra. Considered by many in the music business as one of the finest drummers around, Tito also plays the piano, saxophone, vibraphone and bongos equally well. And anyone who has heard his great Puente Goes Jazz (LPM-1312) album can vouch for his exceptional ability to interpret music other than that strictly in the Latin-American vein.

Although he is one of the youngest bandleaders in the business, Tito Puente has been around for quite awhile, starting in the music field back in his teens. His career was interrupted by a Navy hitch during World War II, Tito gained experience working with leading Latin-American bands in and around New York. Forming his own band several years later, his star has been in ascendancy every since.

Tuxedo Junction
Donde Estabas Tu? (Where Were You?)
El Baile Del Pinguino (Dance Of The Penguin)
Swinging The Mambo
Lare Lare
Cao-Cao Mani Picao
Tito Timbero (Tito The Drummer)
Picadillo (Hash)
Mi Chiquita Quiere Guarachar (My Girl Wants To Go Dancing)
Por Ty Amor (Everlasting Love)
Vibe Cha-Cha

Guitar a la Carte - Ladi Geisler

Guitar a la Carte
Lady Geisler
Polydor 249 202

Excerpt from Geisler's Wiki page: As a child, Geisler received violin lessons and soon learned the trumpet, he first worked as an engineer in the electric company where his father was as a director. In the last phase of World War II, Geisler was drafted into the German Air Force, where he worked on the combat aircraft Heinkel He 162. While on a mission, he was captured by the British and was interned in a Danish POW camp, with the help of a fellow prisoner, Geisler built an electric guitar and learned as a self-taught player. His role model was Oscar Moore, guitarist of singer Nat King Cole; in the camp he also made the acquaintance of the German musician Horst Wende, who brought him after discharge to Germany and made him a guitarist of his "Horst Wende Trio.

Ve Se Gostas
Spanish Flea
Latin Lady
Maria Elena
Baiao Cacula

Morton Gould Makes The Scene

Eleanor Rigby

Morton Gould Makes The Scene
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Produced by Howard Scott
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
RCA Victor LSP-3771 & LPM-3771

From Billboard - May 6, 1967: Classical composer-conductor is in a complete change of pace here that shows he's with the "Now" generation. His arrangements of "Georgy Girl," "Darling Be Home Soon" and "I'm A Believer" are groovy and bouncy. Should go on the charts quickly.

Strangers In The Night
Georgy Girl
My Cup Runneth Over
Winchester Cathedral
Eleanor Rigby
Darling Be Home Soon
I'm A Believer
Tell It Like It Is
No Milk Today

I Gave My Love A Flower - Norman Newell

I Gave My Love A Flower
The Norman Newell Orchestra
Produced by Norma Newell
Cover Photo: Frank Lerner
Cover Design: Dick Smith
Epic LN 24323

More (Theme From Mondo Cane)
Theme From "Peyton Place" (The Wonderful Season Of Love)
Portrait Of My Love
Who Can Say (From the Motion Picture "Africa Addio")
The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme from "The Sandpiper)
Somewhere (From the Musical Production "West Side Story")
Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme from "Dr. Zhivago")
Amanda (From the Motion Picture "The Alphabet Murders")
Tara's Theme (My Own True Love)
Strangers In The Night
If Ever I Would Leave You (From the Musical Production "Camelot")
The Sound Of Music (From the Musical Production "The Sound of Music")

Monday, July 2, 2018

1001 Nighters - Ralph Flanagan

1001 Nighters
1001 Nighters
Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1274

From the back cover: The talented pianist-arranger is a road-man himself from way back. He broke into the big-time band business at twenty-one, when he joined Sammy Kaye. Seven years later he left Kaye and subsequently worked as a side man for a succession of well-known orchestra leaders, including Horace Heidi and Blue Barron. Although he served in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II, Ralph managed to do some band arrangements on the side. After he was discharged he quit the road entirely and concentrated on building a career as an arranger, working for topflight RCA Victor artist as Perry Como and Tony Martin.

In 1949, Ralph gathered together a group of the finest studio musicians in town and recorded under his own name for RCA's Bluebird label. The records – swingy, tasteful instrumentals with a solid, danceable beat – were an instant success, and colleges and ballrooms across the country began clamoring to book the then non-existent Flanagan band "in person."

Ralph reacted to his sudden popularity with mixed emotions. Naturally he was delighted that his first records were hits, but at the same time he was frankly dismayed at the thought of leaving his family and going out on the road again. In 1950, though, he acceded to public demand and returned to the one-nighter arena, playing his first date at the King Phillips Ballroom in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

The results were phenomenal. Flanagan broke all attendance records wherever he played, and disk jockeys and ballroom operators alike acclaimed him for single-handedly restoring the old big-time bloom to the band business, which was in a downright colorless state at the time.

Somewhat to his own surprise, Ralph discovered he loved the road and meeting his fans in person. He also found that keeping in constant personal touch with the public enabled him to gauge the country's musical tastes more accurately in the record field. His views are still the same today, after having been on the road almost continuously for the last six years and playing more one-nighters than any other band leader. – June Bundy

Talk Talk From Texas
Moon Over Miami
Speed Trap
Stars Fell On Alabama
Beautiful Ohio
Mississippi Mud
Indiana (Back Home In Indiana)
I'm Goin' Home
The Little Big Horn Blues
Missouri Waltz
California Here I Come
1001 Nighters

Dancing On Park Avenue - Tony Cabot

Park Avenue Samba
Dancing On Park Avenue
Tony Cabot And His Orchestra
Production: Fred Reynolds
RCA Victor LSP-1732

Love Is The Reason
This Can't Be Love; C'est magnifque
September Song
I Concentrate On You; Siren's Song; You're Blasé; It's Delovely
Park Avenue Samba
String Of Pearls; Button Up Your Overcoat
Varsity Drag
A Foggy Day; My Funny Valentine; A Fine Romance; I Could Write A Book; Falling In Love With Love
Around The World In 80 Days
Sunny Side Up
There's A Small Hotel
Easy To Love; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Carioca; Ridin' High
Slap That Bass

The Big Voice Of Barnum H. B. That Is!

The Big Voice Of Barnum
H. B. That Is!
The Most Powerful new "soul" singer to come along in years...
Produced by Dick Peirce
Recorded at RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineer: Al Schmitt and Dave Hassinger
RCA Victor LSP-2462

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

From the back cover: At the ripe old age of two years, H. B. Barnum was traveling with his father, a revivalist minister, and singing at the meetings. The congregations to put in mildly, demonstrated their appreciation by swelling the contents of the collection plate. During the next few years, H. B. became known as a child prodigy and was frequently referred to as "The Barnum Wonder Boy." He sang and acted in radio and motion pictures, his first movie appearance coming at the age of three in M-G-M's Valley Of The Sun Marches On." He also demonstrated other aptitudes and was awarded college scholarships for journalism and athletics in addition to music. Besides being a fine and versatile singer, H. B. is an excellent arranger (he did all the orchestrations for this album), plays nine different musical instruments and composes songs. He is 25 years old. In short, here is an uncommon talent, musical and otherwise, that literally explodes onto the performing scene in this album.

What else has he done for himself lately?

Most recently H. B. has been functioning as a songwriter and arranger, writing such hit tunes as Lost Love, Peanut Butter and others. – Bill Olofson

In A Little Spanish Town
Strange Are The Ways Of Love
You Asked (One Little Answer)
I Know (Don't Have To Tell Me)
If I Give My Heart To You
It It's The Last Thing I Do
As Long As You Love Me
How Many More Times
After The Lights Go Down
Sweet Sue - Just You

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pianorama - Jerry Carretta

Side 2 - Band 1
Jerry Carretta
Piano Solos with Rhythm Accompaniment
Cover Photo of Steinway Hall
Coral Records CRL 57212

From the back cover: Jerry Carretta, who took his first piano lesson at the age of seven, began playing professionally soon after high school. While he was playing with Sammy Kaye, he met Don Cornell, who was at the time singer and guitarist for the band. When Cornell left the Sammy Kaye group to go out on his own, Jerry became his accompanist and arranger.

Later in his career, Jerry devoted more and more time to composing – specializing in the Schillinger Method. Many of his outstanding compositions are heard in the Coral album, "Musical Moods by Carretta" CRL 57042.

Slumbertime - The Three Suns

My Prayer
Slumber Time
The Three Suns
RCA Victor LPM-1219

From the back cover: It's seventeen years now since the Three Suns – brothers Al and Monty Nevins and their cousin, Artie Dunn – teamed up as the first instrumental trio to combine Hammond organ, accordion and guitar. They began their career in Philadelphia, at the Adelphia Hotel, in 1939; made an instant success – and, a year later – moved into the Circus Bar or New York's Piccadilly Hotel for a two-week engagement. Their stay was extended to eight years. Since then, they have played at the Hotel Astor and the Roosevelt Grill, as well as in innumerable hotels, clubs and theaters out of town, and on radio and in movies (they supplied some of the background music for Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Rope").

Al Nevins, guitarist of the group, is a throughly trained musician who got a classical education in violin and viola with the National Orchestral Society of New York. He's proficient on every strings instrument, and uses a specially constructed guitar. A licensed electrician, he's an expert at repairing short-circuited electrified instruments – and since both his guitar and Artie Dunn's organ rely on electric power, Al's training comes in mighty handy – especially on the road. Artie Dunn studied piano, violin and voice in his native Boston, and played a theater organ in Dorchester and piano for a New York music publisher before joining the team. He's also the vocalist of the group.

Marty Nevins, accordionist, played the piano for fun while attending Tilden High School in New York. It took his brother Al to persuade him to make music his career. He uses an accordion built to his own specifications

Sweet And Low
Out Of Nowhere
Someone To Watch Over Me
My Prayer
La Vie En Rose
You And The Night And The Music
Lullaby Of The Leaves
Deep Night
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Auf Wiedersehen

Those Beautiful Strings - The Melachrino Strings

Air On The G Strings (Bach)
Those Beautiful Strings
The Melachrino Strings
Conducted by George Melachrino
Photo by Wendy Hilty
RCA Victor LPM-1330

From the back cover: The life of this orchestra's talented creator, George Melachrino, began in London, where he was born of Greek parentage in 1909. His musical career started at an early age with violin lessons under the guidance of his grandfather. Aspiring to a concert career, Melachrino entered England's Trinity College of Music, where he specialized in chamber music. However, necessity forced him to put aside the idea of a life of concertizing, so at eighteen he joined the Savoy Hill Theater in London as sort of handy-man musician. There he played with many of England's leading orchestras, learned various instruments including oboe, clarinet and saxophone, and also did some composing and arranging.

In 1939 with this backing of experience Melachrino formed his owned orchestra and played at the Cafe de Paris, from which he broadcast over the BBC. Unfortunately World War II interrupted this venture and Melachrino, disbanding his orchestra, joined the British Army. In the Army he toured camps and remote gun sites with a group from the Central Pool of Artists and was later appointed musical director for the British Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, which contained some of the finest instrumentalists in Great Britain. As an antidote to the tensions of wartime Melachrino decided to concentrate on a sweet, melodic sound rather than the loud brassy one usually associated with military bands. Throughout British army camps his name soon became synonymous with singing, relaxed music.

At the war's end Melachrino enlisted most of his AEF musicians for his own orchestra, "The Melachrino Strings," and continued to develop his highly expressive style of string writing. As an arranger of music he has become particularly noteworthy for his success in making the classics familiar to all. Guided by rare sensitivity and unerring taste, Melachrino skillfully emphasizes the melodic fiber of classical music. He thus extends to countless listeners new understanding and appreciation of classical compositions.

Memories Of The Ballet
Dance Of The Houses (Ponchielli)
Intermezzo "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Mascagni)
Air On The G Strings (Bach)
Romance In E-Flat, Op. 44 No. 1 (Rubinstein)
Serenade (Schubert)
Malaguena (Lecuona)
Waltz In C-Sharp Minor (Chopin)

Cha-Cha-Cha If You Please - Manny Lopez

Dejenme Bailar
Cha-Cha-Cha- If You Please
Manny Lopez and His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1409

From the back cover: If any artist can be considered an ideal exponent of the cha-cha-cha, Manny is the man. Born and reared in the United States, his Mexican ancestry gives him an hereditary of love of Latin-American rhythms. The love lured Manny to the Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, after two years in the Far East with the United State Navy.

The three years of extensive study in Mexico City, combined with his early American environment to make Manny a true cosmopolite of Latin-American music. In 1950 he organized a five-piece combo that was the forerunner of the driving beat of the Lopez band of today.

El Pescador (The Fisherman)
Guajira De Salon
Canadian Sunset
El Tubo Del Cha-Cha-Cha
Noche Criolla
Mi Musica Es Para Ti
Guajira Guantanamera
Ooh Ah
Dejenme Bailar (Let Me Dance)
My Prayer
Despacito Cha-Cha
Diosa (Goddess)