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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Swan Lake Ballet Suite - Berlin Symphony Orchestra

Swan Lake Ballet Suite
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Conducted By Alfred Van Werth
Rondo Record Corporation
ST 564

Scene - Waltzes - Dance of the Swans
Scene - Hungarian Dance - Scene

Friday, November 2, 2018

On With The Dance - Meyer Davis

Medley One/Side One

On With The Dance
Meyer Davis
Arranged by Elliott Jacoby
Produced by Sid Feller
Cover Design by Bob Crozier
Cover Photography by Alan Fontaine
ABC Paramount

From the back cover: One of the more humorous incidents concerns the time when Meyer Davis was selected as the only American band leader to play for the King and Queen of England during their visit to the United States in 1939. This was, of course, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, parents of the present-reigning Queen. The occasion was the official reception at the Administration Building of the New York World's Fair. Mr. Davis, vacationing in Newport at the time, consented to return for the event, with plans to return to Newport directly afterward. Accordingly, he phoned one of his musician to pick up his formal attire at the Davis apartment and bring it to the affair, since Mr. Davis' plans were to proceed right to the Administration Building from the airport. Unbeknownst to the maestro and the musician, however, American and British authorities had set up an airtight "screening" of all guests, issuing special passes for clearance. The musician picked up Mr. Davis' clothing and, having no pass, was stopped from entering the grounds. Waiting backstage was Mr. Davis, decked out in vacation garb of sport coat and slacks, with the time drawing nearer for his appearance on the bandstand. Finally, in desperation, the maestro hurriedly assembled a complete "costume" from various members of the orchestra – a coat from one, patent leather shoes from another, the trousers form a third (!), and so on. As would be expected, the musician who contributed the trousers did not play in the orchestra that day. But the band played on... – Natt Hale

It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
Runnin' Wild
So In Love
Varsity Drag

It's A Lovely Day Today
No Other Love
Alexander's Ragtime Band
You're Just In Love 

April In Portugal
Everything I've Got
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
On The Street Where You Live
The Darktown Stutters Ball
Fidgety Feet 

The Best Things In Life Are Free
September Song
Lovely To Look At
Emperor Waltz
Waltz Of The Flowers
I Yi Yi Yi Yi
South Rampart Street Parade

Mad Music - Jimmy Carroll

Speed The Parting Guest
Mad Music
Jimmy Carroll And The Percussionists
Rondo ST 513

From the back cover: Not only is the music mad, but the men had to be mad to understate this project. The 9 men used at least three music stands each, innumerable cigars, and doubled on almost everything. They were sprinting around the place at a pace unknown to professional musicians. Some carried alternate sticks in their mouths and the mallet mortality was prodigious.

The most surprising thing that happened during the session was that all of "these" made beautiful music together. That was Jimmy Carroll's fault. As a top arranger, Jimmy is noted for his extreme versatility – having provided "supports" for Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney. But this is the first time he has been a football coach as well. The end "plays" of the men around kettle drums and glockenspiels was that complicated. The result is titillating music full of Disneyesque surprises – and highly listenable. To Jimmy Carroll, our awe-inspired thanks. He is a brave man indeed.

On the coupling, you will find the most unusual sounds of one of the finest organs in America. It is a the Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. In the three selections played on the organ you will hear every conceivable novelty stop that can be found on any organ, and it is entertainment all the way through.

This is a "budget sounding" percussion set that isn't all that "mad".  The interesting exception, the sample I've posted above, is a track that reminds that me of another "avant grade" composition that I've heard before, written by composer whose name I can't remember right at the moment.

Also, I can't figure out what the cover mention of "bull in a chime shop" refers to.

Tinkle Tinkle Little Bell
Drummer's Parade
Hong Kong Local
Speed The Parting Guest
Nightmare In The Organ (Reginald Foort)
Happy Little Woodpile (Jimmy Carroll & The Percussionists)
The Clock Factory (Reginal Foort)
Dance Of The Hours (Reginal Foort)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Young At Heart - Rosemary Clooney

We'll Be Together Again
Young At Heart
Rosemary Clooney
Photo by John Engstead
Harmony Columbia HL 7236

Young At Heart
Hello, Young Lovers
Why Fight The Feeling
Blame It On My Youth
While We're Young
You Make Me Feel So Young
Younger Than Springtime
Love Among The Young
The Key To My Heart
We'll Be Together Again

I Keep Comin' Back! - Sony Stitt

I'll Wait For You
I Keep Comin' Back!
Sonny Stitt
On The Baritone
Produced by Henry Glover
Cover Photo: Lee Tanner
Roulette Records SR 25346


Sonny Stitt - Varitone
George Berg - Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Dodigion, Hank Freeman - Saxophone
Seldon Powell - Tenor Saxophone
Urbie Green, Richard Harris - Trombone
Joe Newman, Clark Terry - Trumpet and Fluegal Horn
Milt Hinton - Bass
Ellis Larkins - Piano
Mike Mainieri - Vibes
Walter Perkins - Drums
Les Spann - Guitar

From the back cover: Once in a while, a fresh new wind blows across the jazz landscape with an excitement that is as fantastic as it is rare. The response to Sonny Stitt's first varitone sax album has been nothing short of phenomenal. Down Beat magazine devoted a special issue to "The Electrified Sonny Stitt", the album hit the best-selling chart, and jazz fans all across the country wrote in to say "I Keep Comin' Back" to that sound!

From Billboard - February 4, 1967: He's got the fans; they'll snap this up. Jazz versions of "Sunrise, Sunset" and "I Will Wait For You" should carry the sales impetus. Stitt is backed by a full band here.

I Keep Coming Back For More
Manhattan Fever
I Will Wait For You
Lullabye Of Birdland
Swinger Shepherd Blues
Sunrise, Sunset
Yellow Rose Of Texas

Graded Jazz Technique - Al Gilbert

Pelvic Lift-Split-Rond-De-Jambe
Graded Jazz Technique
Al Gilbert
Stepping Tones Records
Grade 4 S. T. #604

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Complete Manhattan Tower - Gordon Jenkins

Complete Manhattan Tower
Gordon Jenkins Conducts His Orchestra and the Ralph Brewster Singers
Elliott Lewis as Steven
Beverly Mahr as Julie
With Bill Lee, Shirley Mitchell and supporting cast
Newly Recorded In High Fidelity
Capitol Records T766

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

From the back cover: "Manhattan Tower is really a love song," says Gordon Jenkins, "...a sincere expression of worship, affection and appreciation for one of the greatest cities in the world – New York."

This love song to a city started in 1929, when Jenkins, then an unemployed musician, visited the city and was excited by its skyline, its people, its moods, its rich and varied 24-hours-a-day life. Sixteen years later, he returned to New York as a successful composer, arranger, and orchestra leader. Instead of looking up at the mysterious steel and concrete towers that had once seemed so inaccessible, this time he lived in such a tower, viewing from above the great and beautiful Manhattan that had long fired his dreams. Inspired anew by the city he loved, Jenkins set down in music and words what he had felt and experienced in New York. He did his work well, for today Manhattan Tower has a deep hold on the affections of people everywhere.

Originally recorded in 1945 and appearing the following year with no special publicity, Manhattan Tower drew little notice at first. Slowly, though, as one person told another about this unique musical narrative, success began to build solidly. Its growing popularity was reflected by impressive record sales, by radio performances and a wide variety of live presentations. The Atlanta Pops Orchestra has performed it every year, and Gordon Jenkins has directed productions in places ranging from a Las Vegas night club to the Paramount and Capitol Theaters in New York. An unusual creation, Manhattan Tower has received unusual honors. Several years ago the Mayor of New York presented Jenkins with the keys to the city as a tribute to his composition. Manhattan Tower, furthermore, is a success story that is still being written. Recent chapters have been its selection for a television spectacular, and, of course, the appearance of this new recording.

In the complete Manhattan Tower, Gordon Jenkins presents a new version that fully realizes the potential of the old. The album contains all the original music and narration, plus many wonderful new features. Jenkins has created appealing new songs and instrumental interludes, has dramatized the story, and has incorporated new scenes and characters. The result is a much broader panorama of New York and a much richer story, one that tells of the romance between Steven, the narrator, and Julie. The new Manhattan Tower is three times as long as the earlier version, and has been captured in this recording with the full brilliance of today's finest High Fidelity.

From Billboard - September 22, 1956: Jenkins new "Manhattan Tower" spotlights more than seven new songs. The original Decca package sold more than 500,000 copies, altho Jenkins wouldn't allow it to be played on the air for the first three or four years.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Holiday In Manhattan With Cole Porter - The Addison Bailey Trio

Why Can't You Behave - I've Got You Under My Skin 
Holiday In Manhattan With Cole Porter
The Addison Bailey Trio
For Continuous Dancing
A Product Of Pickwick Sales Corp.
Design Compatible Fidelity Stereophonic

C'est Magnifique, It's Alright With Me, Farming, So In Love

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Always True To You In My Fashion, Do I Love You?

Wunderbar, Allez Vous En, Go Away

Why Can't You Behave, I've Got You Under My Skin

My Heart Belongs To Daddy, My Mother Would Love You, I Love Paris

Rosalie, Get Out Of Town

I've Got My Eyes On You, Down In The Depths, I Concentrate On You, In The Still Of The Night

Could It Be You, Ev'rything I Love

Easy To Love, Between You And Me

Song Of The Islands Hawaiian Hits - Hawaiian Islanders

Moonlight In Hawaii
Song Of The Islands
Hawaiian Hits
Hawaiian Islanders
Evon Records 321

Song Of The Islands
You Are Like A Beautiful Flower
Sweet Constancy
One, Two, Three, Four
Kalima Waltz
Moonlight In Hawaii
Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)
Paradise Isle
Beautiful Kahama
Hilo March
Mai Point Oe La'u (Forget Me Not)
Maori Brown Eyes
Drowsy Waters
Dreams Of Old Hawaii
Hawaiian Sunset

Invitation To Dance With Bostic

Invitation To Dance
With (Earl) Bostic
King Records 547

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

From Billboard - December 9, 1957: Sax man Bostic's seventh album for King includes some of his past singles efforts and most requested tunes. It's all swinging material with the big band as usual the Bostic horn work. "Temptation.," "Make Believe," etc. are samples. A fine dance disk, especially for the younger element. Jocks, too might well spin some of these bands. Both pop and r.&b. potential.

Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac Time
September Song
She's Funny That Way
Just Too Shy
A Gay Day
Make Believe
Vienna, City Of My Dreams
Answer Me