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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hollywood Favorites - Ethel Smith

Love Is A Many-Spendored Thing
Hollywood Favorites
Ethel Smith
Orchestra Conducted by Horace Diaz
Decca Records DL 74618

From the back cover: What Ethel Smith can do with the Hammond organ continues to be nothing short of magical. And whatever the type of music, whatever the mood, whatever the tempo, it always comes forth with a special, personal sparkle and vitality. Her impeccable taste and inimitable style are as distinguished as they are unforgettable.

Dear Heart
Days Of Wine And Roses
Love Is A Many-Spendored Thing
Theme From "Black Orpheus" (Manha De Carnaval)
Never On A Sunday
More (Theme From "Mondo Cane")
Theme From "Exodous"
Theme From "A Summer Place"
Moonglow And Theme From "Picnic"
Hi-Lili Hi-Lo

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jazz Spectacular - Frankie Laine & Buck Clayton

Jazz Spectacular
Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton and His Orchestra
Featuring J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding
Columbia CL 808

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

From the back cover: The combination of Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton's swinging band and arrangements on records has turned out to be a natural. But there was ample evidence that it would turn out this way from the beginning of the date. Frank and Buck are old friends who have worked together, admired each other for many years, and, most important, share the same enthusiasm for the same brand of swinging jazz. Moreover, Buck's band includes many of Frank's favorite jazz stars: Sir Charles Thompson (courtesy of Vanguard Records), piano, Hilton Jefferson, alto sax, Jo Jones, drums, and Budd Johnson, tenor sax. The session on which these sides were made took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studios between Frank's shows at New York's famed Latin Quarter. The Clayton band includes, in addition to the above personnel, Milt Hinton, bass, Clifton Bests, guitar, Nick Nicholas, tenor sax, Dave McRae, baritone sax, Ray Copeland, trumpet, and Urbie Green, trombone.

From Billboard - February 16, 1956: A sampling of this set, issued on an EP last November, reportedly sold well to both pop and standard jazz customers. Now, severn tasty morsels have been added to the original three – "Baby, Baby All The Time," "Rose Of Picardy" and "Taking A Chance On Love." It's swing-style jazz, comfortable as old shoes, warm and expressive. Laine is in good voice and mood, and he wails thru-out. Clayton's best track is his lyrical "My Old Flame." The Kai and Jay trombone team is a big musical and sales plus on several tracks. Should sell strongly over a broad area.

Stars Fell On Alabama
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
My Old Flame
You Can Depend On Me
That Old Feeling
Taking A Chance On Love
If You Were Mine
Baby, Baby All The Time
Roses Of Picardy

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Shadow Of Your Smile

The Shadow Of Your Smile
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Design Records SLP-251

The Shadow Of Your Smile
I Could Have Danced All Night
Moon River
Call Me Irresponsible
None But The Lonely Heart
I Will Wait For You
Forget Domani

Current Hits Vol. No. 4

Our Day Will Come
Current Hits
Vol. No. 4
Producer: Bill Beasley
Recorder: Sam Phillips Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Engineers: Billy Sherrill & Cecil Scaife
Compatible Mastering: Beltone Recording Studio, New York
Cover Layout: A. R. Mac Pherson Company, Nashville, Tennessee
Hit Records HLP 1004

Let's Limbo Some More
Blame It On The Bossa Nova
Let's Turkey Trot
One Broken Heart For Sale
Ruby Baby
You're The Reason I'm Living
End Of The World
What Will My Mary Say
Our Day Will Come
South Street
Walk Like A Man
Send Me Some Lovin'