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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Latin Festival - Buddy Merrill


Out Of This World

Latin Festival
The Guitar Sounds Of Buddy Merrill
Accent Records
Distributed by GNP Crescendo ACS-5018

Aladdin is featured on: Cabaca, Maracas & Chocalho
John Klein is featured on: Bongo, Guiro, Cowbell, Claves, Finger Cymbal & Traps

Spanish Eyes
The Phoenix Love Theme
Begin The Beguine
Brazilian Ukulele
Norwegian Wood
Samba de Orpheu
The Breeze And I
Theme From Spellbound
Out Of This World
Limbo Rock
El Relicario

The Musical Romance Of A Holiday In Mexico


La Negra

The Musical Romance Of A Holiday In Mexico
Recorded in Old Mexico by Los Marimbas Caliente, Mariachis del Oro & Orquestra Symphonetta del Mexico
Recorded under the direction of D. L. Miller
Cover Photo: George Pickow
Cover Art: Will Dressler
Valiant Records Dual Dynamic STEREO  ALBUM V-4940

La Norton
Cielito Linda
Las Chiapanecas
El Relicario
Jarabe Tapatio
Adios Marquita Linda
La Negra
La Golindrina
La Raspa
La Cucaracha

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A New Look At The World - Allen Keller


Poor Woman

A New Look At The World
With Allen Keller and Trombones
Kai Winding and Allen Keller and Trombones
CP Parker Records PLP-817-S

Something Sad About A Clown
Available Girls
Ordinary People
A Question Of Time
Christmas Road
Poor Woman
Grant Me
Lucky My Love
I Couldn't Care Less
Far, Far Out
South Of The Tropic Breeze

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Love Dance - Vince Sawma



Vince Sawma Presents
The Love Dance
Our Music for Belly Dancing
Director of Engineering: John L. Kinne
Front Cover Concept and Photo: Janis Irene Epton
Back Cover Photo: Dan Kinne
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio

Vince Sawma - Oud
George Jacobs - Tabla
Chirstina Cocoran - Finger Cymbals

From the back cover: Vince was born in Broumana, a town outside Beirut. Vince's father owned a night club call "Berg let Haman" which translates approximately to "Pigeon Roost". He spent his early years learning music from his father, who played not only the Oud, but the piano, violin and several other musical instruments Vince first began playing the Oud when he was eight years old. Vince was fifteen when his family came to the United States.

Vince served in the Army during World War II, he received numerous metals and awards; was wounded in France and Honorably discharged in 1945.

After returning to the United States, he briefly tried to make a living playing the Oud; however, since he was married, he had difficulty making ends meet. He began working as a hydraulic mechanic at Cincinnati Milacron. He continued to travel to different cities and play for the belly dancers on week ends. His first public appearances were at old-country weddings and picnics. He has also appeared on radio, television and in various night clubs with many famous belly dancers, such as Kala, and Zahmeena, whose real name is Christina Cocoran, played finger cumbals for this album She also appears on the front cover. Zahmeena teaches dancing in Milford, Ohio. Vince has also been a guest several times for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The Love Dance
Ah Ya Asmar'l Loun
Rakesett El Gamel
Hazi Ya Nawahen
El Haya Helda
The Wheat Song
Hazi, Hazi Medley

English Hits Of '65 - Billy Strange


The Last Time

English Hits Of '65
The Big Sound Of Billy Strange
Cover Design and Photo by George S. Whiteman
GNP Crescendo Records GNP 2009

Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
I Know A Place
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat?
It's Not Unusual
Come Stay With Me
Ticket To Ride
I'm Telling You Now
The Game Of Love
Eight Days A Week
Tired Of Waiting 
The Last Time

Sweet Charity - Skitch Henderson


You Should See Yourself

Skitch Henderson
And His Orchestra Play Music From Sweet Charity
Produced by John Simon
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Sandy Speiser
Columbia Records CL 2471

From the back cover: "It's thrilling to know that my long-time friend Cy Coleman has written the score for this smash musical," said Skitch during the recording of this album. "We both went the same route at first – playing piano in nightclubs and all," Skitch mused. "And so I think of the album as not only embodying the wonderful spirit of a great show, but also as expressing my admiration for Cy, whom I know so well. Naturally, it is more than a tribute to a greatly talented friend. Everything about 'Sweet Charity' – including, of course, its star Gwen Verdon – enthralled me from the very first scene!"

Sweet Charity Theme
Too Many Tomorrows
You Should See Yourself
Where Am I Going?
Baby Dream Your Dream
I'm A Brass Band
There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This
You Wanna Bet
When Did You Know
If My Friends Could See Me Now
Big Spender
I Love To Cry At Weddings

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Thinking Of You - Thelma Carpenter


Miss You

Thinking Of You...
Thelma Carpenter
Coral Records CRL 757433 CORAL STEREO

From the back cover: Over the years, the one stylist with whom the Carpenter voice and personality have been compared, is the great Ethel Waters. That's tribute in itself. But Thelma Carpenter is no carbon copy of anyone; throughout her steady ascent to stardom, she has always been an authentic and exciting original.

And that career has seen this petite personality come a long way from an "amateur hour" debut at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. On Thelma's ladder to success, the rungs were never far apart... vocalist with the Basie Band... headliner on top TV and radio programs... star billing in variety shows... Broadway musicals... recording triumphs... and nightclub engagements – including European tours where her command of five languages paid extra dividends in applause.

Oh How I Miss You Tonight
Just One More Chance
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
All Alone
If I Had You
When Day Is Done
Miss You
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
After You've Gone
It's Easy To Remember
I'll Be Seeing You

Salud Mexico - Pepe Jaramillo



Salud Mexico
Pepe Jaramillo
With His Latin American Rhythm
Accompaniment directed by Geoff Love
Recorded by EMI in London, England
Bethlehem Phase "60" Series BX 4003
King Records - Cincinnati, Ohio

From the back cover: As a child, Pepe possessed an innate musical talent, playing the piano by ear at the age of four, and receiving more orthodox tuition later at Mexico City's Conservatory of Music. But Pepe has not always been a professional pianist: he studied dentistry for twelve years at the University of Mexico, obtained a degree in banking and secretarial practice, and also spent several years working for a mining company. Then he left his home state of Chihuahua and settled in the capital, where a chance incident changed his whole life. To entertain a few friends, Pepe was playing the piano in the bar of the Ritz, Mexico City's most fashionable hotel, when the manager heard him and, refusing to believe that he was only an amateur, offered him the job of performing regularly at his hotel.

Three years passed before Pepe left the Ritz Bar and moved to a smart new restaurant – El Quid. By this time he was a regular performer on radio and television and had also made a name for himself as a first-rate accompanist to visiting singers. Later he sailed for Europe and, in early 1958, reached London where he made several appearances on television and radio, and cut his first British record for Parlophone Records – a successful long-player entitled "Mexico Tropicale" (PMC 1080). This was soon to be followed by "Mexican Magic" (PMC 1100), "Mexican Fiesta" (PMC 1126) and now "Salud Mexico".

What A Difference A Day Made
A Woman In Love
Why Do You Pass Me By?
Day In, Day Out
La Comparsa (Carnival Procession)
Rico Vacilon
Come Closer To Me
Say 'Si Si'
Never On Sunday
Boy On A Dolphin

Monday, February 15, 2021

Young Lovers In Far Away Places - The Ray Charles Singers


April In Paris

Young Lovers In Far Away Places
The Ray Charles Singers
Recorded under the direction of D. L. Miller
Cover Design: Chic Laganella
Somerset High Fidelity ALBUM P-21500

Far Away Places
It Happened In Monterrey
Sunday In Genoa
A Foggy Day In London
April In Paris
Moon Over Miami
Shipboard Romance
Slow Boat To China

Quiet Moments For Young Lovers - The Ray Charles Singers


My Funny Valentine

Quiet Moments For Young Lovers
The Ray Charles Singers
Recorded under the direction of D. L. Miller
Cover Design: Chic Laganella
Somerset High Fidelity ALBUM P-21400

Long Ago And Far Away
How High The Moon
So Late
Until You Find Your Love
Sweet And Lovely
The Night Is Yound
My Funny Valentine
I Wonder Where You've Been

Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley


Never Will I Marry

Nancy Wilson
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
A Program of Swinging Vocals and Instrumentals
Produced by Tom Morgan and Andy Wiswell
Capitol Records T 1657

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and Nat Adderley appear through courtesy of Riverside Records
Louis Hayes appears through the courtesy of Vee Jay Records

From the back cover: One night about four years ago in Columbus, Ohio, a willowy young singer took a busman's holiday from her job as vocalist with Rusty Byrant's band to join friends for an evening at the 502 Club – a local jazz emporium where a rather remarkable, up-and-coming alto saxophone player and his swinging combo were appearing.

The girl was Nancy Wilson, and the young man with the horn was Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Their chance meeting that night will always be well-remembered by both of them.

"Nancy did some tunes with the band that night," Cannonball reflects, "unrehearsed, off-the-top-of-the-head stuff. Even then, this young kid had so much to offer – tone, style, confidence – I felt she just had to go a long way."

Adderley's prophecy of stardom for Nancy has certainly been fulfilled since that first casual get-together just a few short years ago. For today Nancy Wilson is in every way a big-leaguer, a fast-rising young singing star who is just beginning to realize her full potential as an in-person performer as well as a top recording artist for Capitol Records' executive producer, Dave Cavanaugh. Frankly, Cavanaugh simply flipped and signed her right away. Her albums to date have won her a throng of new friends. Critics, their tastes often jaded by an endless parade of new jazz singers, have been unanimous in their praise of Nancy's remarkable phrasing, tone, control, and dynamics.

This album reaches a new high point in the Wilson - Adderley mutual admiration society. Nancy sums it up this way: "We've wanted to do this for months," she enthused, "But we wanted it to be spontaneous and relaxed. So we waited till the time was right for both of us. We wanted a happy, romping sound. It would be Cannonball's quintet with me fitting in as sort of easy-going third horn on some nice songs that haven't already been 'heard to death' on records."

Cannonball on alto; Brother Nat Adderley on cornet; Louis Hayes on drums; Sam Jones on bass and Joe Zawinul on piano; that's the quintet whose wide range of jazz ideas and driving appeal reaches (as Time Magazine put it) "to the very fringe of squaredom."

Save Your Love For Me
Never Will I Marry
I Can't Get Started
The Old Country
One Man's Dream
Happy Talk
Never Say Yes
The Masquerade Is Over
Unit 7
A Sleepin' Bee

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Marion Worth's Greatest Hits


Shake Me I Rattle

Marion Worth's
Greatest Hits
Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones
Cover Photo: Columbia Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia Records CL 2011

From the back cover: Pert, blonde, green-eyed Marion Worth was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but now makes her home in Madison, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. She began her singing career with her sister and as a team they performed on many Birmingham radio programs. Soon, however, Marion decided to strike out on her own, and as a single act she joined Happy Wilson and His Golden River Boys on WAPI and WAPI-TV. Wilson, an experienced veteran in Country music, realized that Marion had an unusually fine voice and a rare ability to communicate the meaning of a song. She took Wilson's advice to record, and her very firsts attempt, "Are You Willing, Willie," quickly found favor in Country music best-selling lists. Then, in the famous trade publication "Cash Box," she was voted one of 1960's Top Ten Most Promising Female Vocalists. It was about this time that seasoned Country and Western record producer Don Law recommended Marion to the famous Grand Ole Op'ry program, where she later made many successful appearances, and persuaded her to record for Columbia.

From Billboard - April 20, 1963: Marion Worth recently scored her initial pop chart success with "Shake Me I Rattle," following a series of other successes limited to the country field. Now the gal i out with another single, "Crazy Arms," another top performance and both these recent titles are here. In addition there are "Tennessee Teardrops," "Worried Mind," "Imitation" and other strong ballad offerings. This package could win lots of new attention for the thrush, who, though she sounds like Patti Page, has her own distinctive touch.

Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)
Lover's Lane
It's So Funny I Could Cry
Tennessee Teardrops
Worried Mind
Go On Home
Crazy Arms
You're Hangin' Your Coat In Some Other Closet
I Think I Know
There'll Always Be Sadness
A Lover's Hymn

Patti Page Sings "Let's Get Away From It All"


Route 66

Patti Page Sings
Let's Get Away From It All
Mercury Records SR60010 & MG 20387

Autumn In Rome
Let's Get Away From It All
Under Paris Skies
Basin Street Blues
Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina
Route 66
Mississippi Mud
South Of The Border
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
April In Paris
Irish Lullaby
The Whole World Is Singing My Song

Breakin' It Up On Broadway - The Dukes Of Dixieland


Runnin' Wild

Breakin' It Up On Broadway
The Dukes Of Dixieland
Produced by John Hammond
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia Records CL 1728

From the back cover: The Dukes cannot be pigeonholed. They're now appreciated by young people (some of the young hipsters are coming around!) and even by the most critical group, fellow jazz musicians. "For the past few years," says Delaney, "the boys have played jazz festivals and they've had to make the audience swing whether they came to hear Basie of Miles or Kenton!"

But their most enthusiastic fans are in the older generation, and Delaney thinks that Papa Jac is largely responsible, "Dad was near 50 when he played outside of New Orleans for the first time. The boys were working in Chicago without him. Freddie's wife, Betty, who had been singing with the band, became pregnant, and so we sent for Papa Jac to replace her temporarily as the special attraction. People love watching him work sitting up there with his two sons."

The performances on this album, the Duke's first for Columbia, present the group at the peak of their twelve-year career. Freddie organized the group in 1949; among its early members was Pete Fountain. The Dukes won a Horace Heidt audition, toured for awhile, then returned to New Orleans and replaced Sharkey Bonano's band at the Famous Door for 44 months. (Santo Pecora, Bonano's trombonist, was one of Freddie Assunto's idols.) Meanwhile, Papa Jac Assunto, who holds a degree in business administration from Tulane University, was teaching and directing the band at Redemption High School. He joined the group when he received the call for help from Chicago, and he's been touring ever since.

Runnin' Wild
Old Fashioned Love
How Are Things In Glocca Morra
Oh, Lady Be Good
Ain't Misbehavin'
Hey, Look Me Over
The New Ashmolean Marching Society And Students Conservatory Band
Lida Rose
If I Were A Bell
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
For This Moment On
Adrift On A Star