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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Souled - Jose Feliciano


Hey! Baby!

Jose Feliciano
Produced by Rick Jarrad
* Strings Arranged by Al Capps
** Strings & Woodwinds Arranged by Al Capps
†String Arranged by George Tipton
† Strings & Bass Arranged by George Tipton
Recorded in RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Technician: Pat Ieraci
RCA LSP-4045

Ray Brown - Bass
Milt Holland - Percussion
Jim Horn - Flute Improvisations on "Hitchcock Railway"
Mike Melvoin - Organ and Horn Arrangements on "Hitchcock Railway"
Jim Gordon - Drums on "Hitchcock Railway"

Younger Generation †
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight *
Sleep Late, My Lady Friend **
And The Sun Will Shine **
She's Too Good To Me ††
Hey! Baby! †
Hitchcock Railway
My World Is Empty Without You *
You've Got A Lot Of Style **
The Sad Gypsy *
Hi-Heel Sneakers †

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Carlos Montoya And His Flamenco Guitar



Carlos Montoya 
And His Flamenco Guitar
RCA LSP-1610

From the back cover: Carlos Montoya was born in Madrid. He is, as the Spaniards say, "gitano per los cuatro costados," or literally, "gypsy on all four sides." This directly affects his music and his playing, for to play Flamenco one must have at least some gypsy in the blood. Herein lies the difference in approach which distinguishes Flamenco from classical guitar. As Carlos says, Flamenco must come from the heart.

At the age of eighth Carlos started playing. He learned first from his mother, la Tula," then from "Pepe el Barbero,' a barber in Madrid who also taught the guitar. After one year Pepe said there was nothing more he could teach his talented pupil, so Carlos left to gain what he could from the great Flamenco guitarists of the time. At fourteen he was playing in the "cafes cantantes,' in the heyday of Flamenco singing and dancing, for such fabulous artists as Antonio de Bilbao, Jaun el Estampio, La Macaroni and La Camisona.

Montoya's real training came, however, in the school of experience. When the late Antonia Merce – "la Argentina" – came to Madrid looking for a guitarist, she chose Montoya. Thus he left his native Spain for the first time to tour all Europe with her for three years. This was only the beginning of his many concert tours which were to take him all over the world. After performing with Merce, he went on to play with all the great names of the time – La Argentina, Antonio, Vincenta Escudero, Carmen Amaya when she was still a child, Teresina, and many more.

In 1945 Montoya took a step unheard of for Flamenco guitarists, who had always worked with a singer or dancer. He decided to give a fun concert recital of Flamenco guitar music. Since the repertoire of most Flamenco players is limited, such a program had never been presented. It was a formidable idea, but Carlos Montoya realized it with equally formidable success, giving solo recitals both in Europe and throughout  the United States and Canada. Gaining an ever-growing following, he culminated these appearances with his most recent Town Hall concert on April 27, 1961, which was so crowded that seventy-five extra seats had to be placed on the stage to take care of the overflow audience.

Tango Sevillano
Medley Of Folk Tunes From Asturias-Castilla-Mallordca
La Rosa
Tanguillo De Cadiz - Oye Negra Tanguillio
Gaita Gallega

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Herbie Mann String Album


Gloomy Sunday

The Herbie Mann String Album
Arranged and Conducted by Torrie Zito & Arif Mardin
Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun
Recording Engineer: Tom Dowd
Cover Photo: Jerry Schatzberg
Cover Design: Haig Adishian
Atlantic Recording Corporation STEREO SD 1490

To Sir, With Love
Hold Back (Just A Little)
Sports Car
I Get Along Without You Very Well
There Is A Mountain
Flight Of The Bluebird
Yesterday's Kisses
Please Send Me Someone To Love
It Was A Very Good Year
Gloomy Sunday

Sunday, May 23, 2021

In A Brazilian Mood - Tommy Garrett


Mas Que Nada

In A Brazilian Mood
The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett
Arranger: Ernie Freeman
A Snuff Garrett Production
Producer: Snuff Garrett
Engineer: Dave Hassinger
Art Direction: Woody Woodward 
Design: Ken Kim
Photography: Ken Kim & Woody Woodward
Libery Premier Series STEREO LSS-14038

The Girl From Ipanema
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
How Insensitive 
Summer Sumba
Samba For Yolanda
Mas Que Nada
Samba De Orfeu