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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Cool And Sparkling - Paul Smith


Kempy The Painter

Cool And Sparkling
The Liquid Sounds Of Paul Smith
Recorded May and June, 1956, Hollywood
Capitol Records T757

Paul Smith - Piano
Sam Cheifitz - Bass
Tony Rizzi - Guitar
Ronnie Lang - Sax
Julie Kinsler - Flute
Irving Cottler - Drums

I Remember You
Kempy The Painter
A Young Man's Fancy
Dandy Randy
Alone Together
The Grump
You And The Night And The Music
I'll Take Romance
Little Evil
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Murphy's Light
Have You Met Miss Jones?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Strike Up The Band - Ted Heath


La Mer

Strike Up The Band
Ted Heath and His Music
London LL 750

Strike Up The Band
Clair De Lune
Piper's Patrol
Hot Toddy
On The Bridge
Alpine Boogie
Yours Is My Heart Alone
La Mer
Hawaiian War Chant

Music For Summertime - Morton Gould


Orchids In The Moonlight

Music For Summertime
Morton Gould and His Orchestra
RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2006

From Billboard - July 21, 1956: Deejays are bound to wax enthusiastic over this album which spotlights lush, listenable instrumental treatments of 12 summery standards – "Summertime," "Where Or When?," "Over The Rainbow," "Time On My Hands," etc. Eight of the tunes are performed by full orchestra, and the remaining four by an effective combination of strings, celeste and harp. A colorful cover carries out the seasonal theme.

Gershwin - Summertime (from "Porgy And Bess")
Carmichael - Star Dust
Kern - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (from "Roberta")
Gould - Pavane (Carl Poole, Trumpet Solo)
Arlen - Stormy Weather (from "Cotton Club Parade")
Warren - Shadow Waltz (from "Gold Diggers Of 1933")
Whiting And Harling - Beyond The Blue Horizon (from the Paramount film "Monte Carlo")
Gould - Cresta Blanca Waltz
Rodgers - Where Or When (from "Babes In Arms")
Youmans - Orchids In The Moonlight (from "Flying Down To Rio")
Arlen - Over The Rainbow (from "The Wizard Of Oz")
Youmans - Time On My Hands (from "Smiles")

Delicado - Percy Faith


Jungle Fantasy

Percy Faith And His Orchestra
Columbia Records CL 681

From the back cover: As a staff arranger and conductor for the Canadian Broadcasting System, as the conductor of the Contented Hour for many seasons, and as one of Columbia's top artists, Percy Faith has again and again produced a kind of orchestral setting that is inimitable.

Jungle Fantasy
Caribbean Night
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Oye Negra
Jamaican Rhumba
The Minute Samba
Ching Ching-a-ling
Funny Fellow

Women In My Life - Sergio Franchi



Women In My Life
Sergio Franchi
Arranged and Conducted by Wally Stott/Neil Warner 
(Neil Warner is Mr. Franchi's musical director and rehearsal coach)
Produced by Joseph Habig
Recording Engineer: Eric Tomlinson
RCA Victor Red Seal Dynagroove LM-2696

Sweet Georgia Brown
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Once In Love With Amy
Stella By Starlight

Collage - Noel Harrison


Strawberry Fields Forever

Noel Howard
Sings Of Today And Tomorrow
Arranged and Conducted by Don Peake
Produced by Jimmy Bowen
Art Directions: Ed Thrasher
Reprise Records STEREO RS 6263

Just Like A Woman
People In The Rain
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Sign Of The Queen
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Go Ask Your Man
When I'm 64
Mrs. Williams' Rose
Strawberry Fields Forever

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Electrified Favorites - Steve Allen


Even Steven

Electrified Favorites
Steve Allen At The Wurlitizer Electric Piano
Coral Records CRL 57195

From the back cover: Fans of Steve's old Tonight Show and his Sunday evening opus are familiar with the small Wurlitzer electronic piano he's been using the past year of so. When they hear this collection of swinging tracks they'll wonder why the bespectacled one didn't record the instrument a long time ago. Not only does it provide a new sound but that sound seems particularly suited to the jazz idiom. The electronic 88 is not going to make Carnegie Hall throw away its old concert grands but it does give an off-beat, fresh feeling to the piano voice. In the low registers it sounds slightly organist, in the middle area of the keyboard it has a chunky guitar-like sound, and in the upper octaves a celestial tinkle bites crisply through. Allen employs all three registers to catchy advantage in this listenable, danceable clutch of standards and (as always when Stevo records) originals.

Steverino Swings
Memories Of You
Give Me The Simple Life
Playing The Field 
Tea For Two
It Had To Be You
On The Alamo
Electronica Boogie
Careless Sweet Lorraine 
Even Steven
Rose Room

With Love From Hollywood - Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy

Let's Face The Music And Dance

With Love From Hollywood
Shirley Jones And Jack Cassidy
Orchestra Conducted by Frank DeVol
Columbia CL 1255

From Billboard - May 25, 1959: An excellent program of fine love songs introduced on the Hollywood scene sung by the talented Cassidys (she's also Mrs. C.) Nice-to-hear-gain tunes include "Cheek To Cheek," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Love Of My Life," "It's Easy To Remember," "Hit The Road To Dreamland" and a host of others. Good solid music at top performance level should make for a big sell. Good D.J. material.

Cheek To Cheek
Dearly Beloved
It Might As Well Be Spring
For You, For Me, For Evermore
Love Of My Life
Let's Face The Music And Dance
Let's Fall In Love
Long Ago (And Far Away)
It's Easy To Remember
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Hit The Road To Dreamland

Come With Me - Sammy Kaye



Come Dance With Me
Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye
And His Orchestra
Instrumental Favorites 
Decca Records DL 4357

From the back cover: An attitude of keeping up with the times has enabled Sammy Kaye's popularity to grow and perpetuate itself through several musical eras, remaining on top and vital throughout. In his quest for nuances, which lend themselves to the Swing and Sway format, Sammy has now availed himself of the talents of the noted arranger: Charles Albertine. He has combined with Albertine to produce a new album, having all the polish that Kaye has always maintained, plus the earthly verve that only Albertine's ingenuity can provide.

To call this a new sound would be telling a half-truth, for while it is new in a certain sense, it most definitely is the Swing and Sway sound brought up-to-date with all the taste and articulateness hat can come from the marriage of these two talents. A scintillating saxophone sound has been skillfully backed with the irrepressible dance band sound that Kaye has always managed to capture in his music. Another interesting innovation, that evokes an even more intimate melding of the two talents, is the electric organ, which helps to weave a swatch of rhythm and movement, accentuating the Kaye style with the bright, brisk Albertine touch.

A musician's musician, Charles Albertin is probably best known for his contribution in creating the sound behind the Les Elgart band, although Albertine has also arranged for artists like Nat Cole, Neil Sedaka, Frankie Avalon, Adam Wade, Conway Twitty, Dion, The Four Lads and a flock of others before beginning to work with Sammy Kaye.

Everything's Coming Up Roses
Till There Was You
A Swinin' Safari
All Alone Am I
Roses Are Red
Ramblin' Rose
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
This Can't Be Love
What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Is He The Only Man In The World?
That Happy Feeling

Extra Special! - Peggy Lee


The Shining Sea

Extra Special!
Peggy Lee
Produced by David Cavanaugh 
Cover Photo: John Engstead
Capitol Records T 2732

Hey, Look Me Over - Arranged by Quincy Jones
When He Makes Music - Arranged by Ralph Carmichael
Walking Happy - Arranged by Dave Grusin
Oh! You Crazy Moon - Head Arrangement
So What's New - Arranged by Bob Bain
Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear - Arranged by Bill Holman
A Bucket Of Tears - Arranged by Bill Holman
The Shining Sea - Arranged by Johnny Mandel
A Doolin' Song - Head Arrangement
Amazing - Arranged by Billy May
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Arranged by Bill Holman

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Songs Made Famous By Joan Baez - Maura & Maria


House Of The Rising Sun

Songs Made Famous By Joan Baez
Sung By Maura & Maria
Wyncote SW 9075

I Will Never Marry
Fare Thee Well
Lady Mary
Sliver Dagger
Rake A Ramblin' Boy
House Of The Rising Sun
John Riley
Pretty Boy Floyd
Little Moses
Gospel Ship

Tony Sings The Greatest Hits Of Today! - Tony Bennett


Eleanor Rigby

Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today
Tony Bennett
Produced by Wally Gold
Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz
*Arranged  by Dee Barton
Engineering: Frank Laico, Peter Romano & Don Meehan
Columbia Records CS 9980

MacArthur Park
The Look Of Love
Here, There And Everywhere
Live For Life
Little Green Apples
Eleanor Rigby
My Cherie Amour
Is That All There Is?
Sunrise, Sunset