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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Love Tide - Nelson Riddle

Love Tide
Love Tide
Nelson Riddle
Produced by Lee Gillette
Capitol Records T 1571

From Billboard - December 11, 1961: Lush and warm interpretations of a fine flock of standards should help this album grab steady sales. Tunes include "Bali Ha'i," "East Of The Sun," "Solitude" and "Till The End Of Time." They are played smoothly and capably by the Riddle crew. Attractive cover should also help the set get attention.

Bali Ha'i
Ill Wind
East Of The Sun
Till The End Of Time
Sweet Leilani
Take Me In Your Arms
Honeysuckle Rose
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Love Tide

If Love Comes With It - Alan Copeland

Baroque A Nova
If Love Comes With It
The Alan Copeland Singers
Producer: Adam Ross
Art Director: Tom Wilkes
Photography: Guy Webster
A&M Records SP4173

Tenor Saxophon Solos: John Newsome
Woodwinds: Al Lasky, John Setar, Ethmer Roten
Trumpets: Larry McGuire, Steve Huffstetter, Buddy Childers, Ray Triscari, Bob O'Donnell
Trombones: Jim Sawyer, Paul Keen, Bob Enevoldson, Randy Aldcroft
Drums: Colin Bailey
Bass: & Fender: Monty Budwig
Guitar: Joe Pass, Larry Carlton
Piano: Robert Smale
Electric Piano: Tommy Gumina
Percussionist: Victor Feldman

Classical Gas/Scarborough Fair
This Guy's In Love With You
You're More Fun
Yellow Ribbons
Friday Ferris Wheel
Tiella Lee
If Love Comes With It
Wichita Lineman
Funny Girl
Baroque A Nova
Morgan Sevbastian

Tammy In Fairyland

Snow White
Tammy In Fairyland
Little Wonder Records
Ideal Toy Corp.

San Remo Greatest Hits - Caravelli

Quando, Quando, Quando
San Remo Greatest Hits
Caravelli And His Magnificent Strings
Produced by Ettore Stratta
Cover Photo: Len Steckler
Columbia CL 2713

From the back cover: As of 1967, the San Remo Song Festival had launched 345 songs performed by some 300 singers, instrumentalists and groups from four continents. In style, San Remo songs have ranged from Neapolitan schmaltzy to Romanesque neo-rock. But, no matter what the tempo or rhythm or mood, they somehow always managed to sound Italian. They have the characteristic Latin romanticism and sensuality that stir pulses from Venice to Vermont, from Rome to Nome, from Genoa to Georgia.

Caravelli, our maestro and arranger, was born in Venice in 1930. He studied in Italy until 1947 and then moved to France to continue his musical education at the Paris Conservatory. He worked as an accompanist for many leading singers, traveling about half a million miles before settling down to a recording career in 1959 and creating a string of best-selling instrumental albums in France.

Signor Caravelli's program is a neat but heady mixture of old and new. The earliest of the San Remo Festival songs covered in this collection is perhaps the most famous – Volare (Nel blu dip into di blu), written by San Remo's most illustrious composer, Domenico Modugno. Volare won first prize in 1958. A year later, Modugno repeated his triumph with Ciao, Ciao Bambina (Piove). Modugno songs have been featured just about every year since, and in 1966, he was represented by still another first-place winner, Duo, come ti amo!, known in this country under the title "Oh, How Much I Love You."

Two other San Remo winners of past years which are familiar to international listeners are Al di la, which took the first prize in 1961, and Quando, quango, quango, which won no prize but enjoyed enormous success after its introduction at the Festival in 1962.

Can I Trust You (lo ti daro di piu)
The River (Le colline sono in fiore)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (lo che non vivo senza te)
Don't Cry (Una casa in cima al mondo)
Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)
Al Di La
Quando, Quando, Quando
Ciao, Ciao, Bambina (Piove)
Time Alone Will Tell (Non pensare a me)
You And I And The Roses (lo, tu e le rose)
Oh, How Much I Love You (Dio, come to amo!)

Bach Takes A Trip - Pierre Gossez

Bach Takes A Trip
Pierre Gossez Jazz Quintet
Arranged by Pierre Gossez
A Barclay Recording
Vanguard Cardinal Series VCS - 10061

Pierre Gossez - Alto Sax and Director
Maurice Vandair - Piano
George Arvantitas - Harpsichord
Arthur Morra - Drums
Alphonse Masselier - String Bass

From the back cover: Pierre Gossez studied music at the Conservatory of Valenciennes, learned clarinet, bass, composition and piano, arrived in Pairs in 1945 at the age of seventeen, bought himself a saxophone and passionately devoted himself to jazz. He has played with many bands and small groups, and has made recordings with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra. His Quintet is made up of himself with four others of like spirit and masterful instrumental style. For the acid test of how well the group can create in true jazz style, the listener might sample the blues in Toccatina.

Caravelle (Jacques Loussier)
Toccatina (Attila Garey)
Impressions (Jacques Loussier)
Diamant (Jacques Loussier)
Maree (Jacques Loussier)
Little Piece In Fugue (Pierre Gossez)
Sirocco (Jacques Loussier)
Mistral (Jacques Loussier)
Easy (Jacques Loussier)
Sept Heures Trente (Jacques Loussier)

Skijacked - The Marina Strings

Once I Loved
Love Theme From The MGM Film Skyjacked (Ellie's Theme)
And Other Great Love Songs
Produced by Harold Berkman
Engineer: Bill Lazerus
Marina MRA-2502

Them From Skyjacked (Ellie's Theme)
Let There Be Love
With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair
Night Flower
I Wish You Love
A Lovely Waltz
Melody Of Love
Like Someone In Love
Once I Loved
Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You
Lonely Love

Friday, July 12, 2019

That Lovin' Feeling - King Curtis

And I Love Her
That Lovin' Feeling
King Curtis
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Supervision: Arif Mardin
Cover Design: Haig Adishian
Cover Photo: Nick Samardge
Recording Engineer: Tom Dowd
ATCO Records SD 33-189

From the back cover: The soulful style that has become the King Curtis trademark started to develop when he joined his junior high school band in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas. He had originally played alto sax, but he switched to tenor when an opening occurred in the band. When he entered high school he started his own combo and is soon achieved great popularity in Fort Worth. He practiced every spare moment and still managed to maintain a superior high school average, so high in fact that he was offered several college scholarships.

King turned them all down to accept an offer from Lionel Hampton to tour with his band. On tour with Hamp, constantly learning, performing and practicing, King's road led to New York. In the big city King Curtis studied theory and harmony with a private teacher and started to play with some of the great musicians in New York. It was during this period that he started to record as a sideman on record sessions.

King Curtis' sax work so impressed recording men that he soon became the most wanted sideman in the business. He played on over 200 records, performing with such stars as Bobby Darin, The Coasters, Connie Francis, The McGuire Sisters, Sam Cooke, Andy Williams and Nat "King" Cole. He formed his own group for personal appearances and built a tremendous following for himself on the night club circuit. He and his band were called upon to back the top-name rhythm and blues, rock and roll and pop acts appearing at the New York Paramount, Brooklyn Fox and Apollo Theaters in New York. Soon he was making hit recordings of his own. – Bob Rolontz

The Shadow Of Your Smile
Cryin' Time
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Spanish Harlem
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
What Now My Love
And I Love Her
Make World Go Away
The Girl From Ipanema
On Broadway

Don't Let Go - Derek Smith & Venus

Love For Sale
Don't Let Go
Derek Smith And Venus
Produced by Enoch Light
Associate Producers: Tony Motosa, Jeff Hest and Derek Smith
Arrangements: Derek Smith
Engineer: Steve Friedman
Mastering: Al Brown (Stereo), Cass Mondello (SQ)
The Total Sound, Inc.
Project 3 PR 5095 SD


Derek Smith: Fender Rhodes Piano
Ron Zito: Drums
Russel George: Bass
Eddie Daniels: Flute
Carlos Martin: Congas
Sue Evans: Percussion
George Devens: Percussion
Joe Beck: Guitar
Jeff Mironov: Guitar
Jerry Friedman: Guitar

From the back cover: When Tony Mottola called to suggest that I record an album for Enoch Light's Project 3 label, he caught me just after I was finished my last program as musical director on Don Kirshner's Musical Chairs TV Show. My previous network TV experience was as pianist in Doc Severinsen's band on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show where I worked for six years and where I learned a little about music and much a bout clothes.

When Johnny decided to move his show from New York to the West Coast I jumped off that particular band-wagon, opting for the creative tension of Fun City over the torpor of Tinseltown. I plunged into the twilight world of the recording studio, creating commercials for banks, bakers and breweries, and helping to make hit albums for Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach.

Drummer Ron Zito, bassist Russell George and myself after work on the Howard Cosell Show would often find ourselves accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Bill Watrous and the next day playing rock or rock influenced commercial music, so the germ of this album was born. Why not amalgamate hot jazz and a contemporary rock rhythm section with a Disco feel. This album is the result.

Love For Sale
Our Day Will Come
B├ęsame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
How High The Moon
Don't Let Go
Sweet Georgia Brown

Happy Ground - Johnny Lytle

Happy Ground!
Johnny Lytle Trio
Johnny Lytle - Vibes
Milt Harris - Organ
'Peppy' Hinnant - Drums
Cover Art: Kenneth Deardoff
Jazzland 944S
Jazzland Recoreds are produced by Bill Grauer Productions, Inc.
Producers of Riverside Records
Recored in New York City; March 23, 1961

From the back cover: This group is one with which ex-drummer and ex-Golden Gloves champion Lytle has been touring the Eastern and Midwestern club circuit for some time, winning friends and return engagements just about everywhere. The Club Baby Grand, in Wilmington, Delaware, for example – which is where Orrin Keepnews, artist & repertoire chief for Jazzland (and Riverside) Records, first heard Lytle early in 1960 – is notable as a spot where an audience will not hesitate to let you know if they don't dig you, and is also a room where Johnny is always a welcome crowd-puller. Drummer "Peppy" Hinnant has been part of the trio since after Lytle's first LP was recorded, in June of '60. Organist Harris has an association with the vibist that is remarkable in this era of quickly shifting lineups. To begin with they have been friends almost as long as both can remember, having grown up together in Springfield, Ohio. In 1957 Milt, who had left music, for a while, returned to hook up with Lytle and they have remained inseparable ever since. Much of the close-knit unity of the group can be credited to the by-now almost instinctive mutual understanding and anticipation of these two, as well as that musical 'togetherness' that only much on-the-job experience can provide. The rest of their organized spirit comes from arrangements and routining provided by Harris.

Johnny Lytle is one of those who have been involved with music almost literally all their lives, his start as a drummer coming in a family orchestra assembled by his father, a trumpet player. (A sister, Ada Lee, has begun to attract attention as a singer.) Twice a Golden Gloves champion and loser of only three pro fights (two of them wins) changed his mind, as noted in a quote mentioned on the liner of his first LP but well worth repeating: "I can beat the vibes all week long and they won't beat back."

The swinging Mr. Lytle's decision to limit his swinging to jazz was undoubtedly a wise move for him. And it's getting to sound like a most enjoyable decision for the rest of us, too. – Peter Drew

From Billboard - September 11, 1961: An attractive abstract design in full color decorates this cover designed by Kenneth Deardoff. Prime item for display on jazz counters.

Secret Love
When I Fall In Love
It's All Right With Me
Happy Ground
My Funny Valentine
Take The "A" Train

Styled For You By Attilio - Attilio Mineo

Styled For You By Attilio
Attilio Mineo and His Orchestra
Photo: Art Kane
Hat: John Fredrics
Epic LN 3429
A Product of CBS

You Are Everything
Baby Mine
Sounds Of Love
Lento's Bolero
Swinging Trees
Italian Waltz
It's The Time
Ready, Willing And Able
Waltz Of Love
Save Them For Me