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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ella Sings Gershwin - Ella Fitzgerald


Looking For A Boy

Ella Sings Gershwin
Ella Fitzgerald
With Ellis Larkins at The Piano
With an assist by Duke Ellington and Jimmy McHugh
Decca Records DL 8378

From the back cover: Her (Fitzgerald) story is one of America's great tales. Her parents were so poor that, when her mother and father died, young Ella was sent to an orphanage. In Newport News, Virginia, where she was born, she struggled through childhood, began making the rounds of amateur contest, and developed an act. She was singled out by the late Chick Webb. Webb discovered her, offered her a job with his band, and, aided by his wife, gave the girl a home. Webb also spent months patiently teaching her how to walk, how to develop poise and, most of all, how to make the most of her instinctively distinctive style.

The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem was the scene of Ella's first professional appearance. She clicked immediately. Her rise to the top was swift. It is said that she was offered $5,000 to join Benny Goodman's band, but Ella remained loyal to Chick Webb. She stayed with him until his untimely death in 1939.

As a solo performer and recording artist, Ella Fitzgerald occupies position in the world of music. She is also a composer – her great hit, "A-Tisket A-Tasket" is her own composition. "A-Tisket A Tasket," an adaptation of an old nursery rhyme, was the big novelty of 1938. Ella introduced it in the night clubs; it became her theme song and its echoes could be heard all over the country.

Today Ella's place is assured. Her recordings are sensational successes; she has thousands of fans and is the critics; darling. She has devoted much of her time to work for orphaned children, serving with such famous leaders as Clare Booth Luce and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Her contributions to Swingdom are innumerable, and she has well earned the title of "First Lady Of Jazz." One of the handsomest tributes to Ella came from America's favorite singer, Bing Crosby himself, who said, "Man, woman, or child, Ella's the greatest!"

Someone To Watch Over Me
My One And Only (What Am I Gonna Do)
But Not For Me
Looking For A Boy
Nice Work IF You Can Get It
Oh, Lady Be Good
I've Got A Crush On You
How Long Has This Been Going On
I'm Just A Lucky So And So
I Didn't Mean A Word I Said

Coming On Strong - Brenda Lee



Coming On Strong
Brenda Lee
Vocals with Chorus and Instrumental Accompaniment
Arrangement by Bill McElhiney & Cliff Parman
Decca Records DL 4825

From Billboard - November 26, 1966: With her smash hit single "Coming On Strong" as a basis for the LP, the versatile stylist will meet with equal success in this exceptional package. In a program of recent pop hits, she adds her own magic to "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and  the swinging treatment of "What Now, My Love." Her version of "Uptight" is a gem.

Coming On Strong
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Summer Wind
Kiss Away
Call Me
What Now My Love
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Strangers In The Night
Sweet Dreams (Of You)
You've Got Your Troubles

Friday, September 3, 2021

Schoenberg - Quintet For Wind Instruments, Op. 26 - The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet



Quintet For Wind Instruments, Op. 28
The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet
Columbia Masterworks ML 5217

William Kinciad, Flutist
John de Lancie, Oboist
Anthony Gigliotti, Clarinetist
Sol Schoenbach, Bassonist
Mason Jones, French Horn Player

From the back cover: Schoenberg was never a man to write music merely for the sake of doing something. He seems always to have felt that he must have something definite to say, and he preferred that something should be fresh and new. In his later compositions, this general attitude caused him to avoid exact repetitions of his thematic materials. But in addition to this characteristic, there are reasons for supposing that by 1914 he had come to realize, consciously or unconsciously, that the freedom he had gained through espousing atonal music with its equal use of all twelve tones of the chromatic scale was simply not enough. Music may seem to flourish from a completely free use of fancy, but past centuries have demonstrated very conclusively that the difference between man-made music and that of the birds is that man prefers to work within the prescribed limitations of an organized system of tones.

From Billboard - December 2, 1957: Beautiful playing by Philadelphia ensemble softens the somewhat forbidding character of Schoenberg's advanced musical idiom. For the relatively few initiates, the score abounds in excitement; for the average buyer, the 30-year old score is still too avant-garde. Beautiful cover.

Anmutig und heiter; scherzando
Etwas Langsam (Poco Adagio)

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Stereo


Two Heads Are Better Than One

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Stereo
Musical Selections Specially Engineered To Challenge Every Component Of Your Stereo System
"Warner Bros. widespread stereo... the finest on records" – High Fidelity
Warner Bros. 1400 STEREO

The Continental
Theme from "Mickey Mouse Club"
Holiday For Strings
Just One Of Those Things
Across The Alley From The Alamo
Singin' In The Rain
The Caissons Go Rolling Along
How Long Has This Been Going On
Over The Rainbow
Alabamy Bound
Two Heads Are Better Than One

The Israel Woodwind Quintet



The Israel Woodwind Quintet
Oedoen Partos: "NEBULAE" for woodwind quintet
Hanoch Jacoby: Woodwind Quintet
Mozart: Adagio and Allegro in F minor K. 594
Andante in F major in K.616
Fantasia in F minor K.608
Produced by Kalman Kinnory
Cover Painting: Tuvia Beeri
Cover Design: Meri Uziel
A Product of Eastronics LTD. Israel

From the back cover: The Israel Woodwind Quintet was formed in 1963 by "First Chair" members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Since it's inception, the Quintet has played scores of concerts throughout Israel and abroad.

In June 1966 the Quintet participated in the Festival of Two Worlds directed by Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, Italy.

Besides the common repertoire for Woodwind Quintet (the most established wind combination of today) special emphasis is given to Israeli works and adaptations of diverse works by famous Baroque and Classic composers arranged for this combination by members of the Quintet.

This first album includes works of its repertoire which high-light this special emphasis.

Also from the back cover: "NEBULAE" for Woodwind Quintet (1966) was written and dedicated to the Israel Woodwind Quintet. It consists of three movements which are very close to the concept fast-slow-fast. The piece develops with contrasting statements and structures, the basic element being a five part harmony played at the beginning of the piece. Everything that follows is a variation or an associated idea of this harmony. The second movement is inspired by Biblical cantillations. The character of the five part harmony and the general sound quality of the piece give the title "NEBULAE" to this quintet.

"NEBULAE" was first performed in Israel in February 1966 and in the summer of the same year at the Spoleto Festival by the Israel Woodwind Quintet.

Dixieland - Dixieland Greatest Stars


Lazy Bones

Featuring: Dixieland's Greatest Stars
Cover Design: C. Arnold Carlson
Golden Tone Hi-Fidelity C 4021

Pee Wee Hunt
Matty Matlock
Heinie Beau
George Van Eps
Nick Fatool
Abe Lincoln
Eddie Miller
Morty Corb
Dick Cathcart
Stan Wrightsman
Al Hendrickson
Phil Stephens
John Best
Dave Harris
Moe Schneider
Bobby Hammack
Jack Sperling

Jazz Me Blues
Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Back Home Again In Indiana
Royal Garden Blues
Sugar Foot Strut
Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider
Lazy Bones

This Is Dixie! - Morty Cobb


Bayou Blues

This Is Dixie!
Morty Cobb and His Dixie All-Stars
Craftsmen C 8016
A Division Of P.R.I.

Honeysuckle Rose
Pennies From Heaven
Bayou Blues
Back Home Again In Indiana
Sugarcane Strut
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Savannah Shakedown

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Make The World Go Away - Time Yuro


I'm Moving' On Parts 1 & 2

Make The World Go Away
Timi Yuro
Arranged by Marty Paich, Belford Hendricks & Ernie Freeman
Engineers: Jim Mallory & "Bones" Howe
Cover Design & Photography: Studio Five
Liberty Records, Inc. LRP-3319

From the back cover: Time had the assistance of Sonny Knight, who guides her vocal career, and the one who was responsible for getting Time into the music world. (He discovered her, singing in her family's Italian restaurant.) He is the one who has brought out Tiki's great capacity of soul in her singing – in her previous records and in each and every one of the songs in this album.

Leavin' On Your Mind
She's Got You
I'd Fight The World
Gotta Travel On
I Just Got Back From There
I'm Movin' On - Part 1
I'm Movin' On - Part 2
Make The World Go Away
Permanently Lonely
I Walk The Line
Are You Sure
A Legend In My Time

A Swingin' Affair! - Frank Sinatra


Nice Work If You Can Get It

A Swingin' Affair!
Frank Sinatra
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Capitol Records W803

Night And Day
I Wish I Were In Love Again
I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Stars Fell On Alabama
No One Ever Tells You
I Won't Dance
The Lonesome Road
At Long Last Love
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
From This Moment On
If I Had You
Oh! Look At Me Now

The Cooker - Lee Morgan


A Night In Tunisia

The Cooker
Lee Morgan
Cover Photo by Francis Wolff
Cover Design by Reid Miles
Blue Note BST 81578
Recording by Rudy Van Gelder
A Product Of Liberty Records

From the back cover: Lee Morgan, not yet twenty years old at this writing, is here represented for the fifth time as the leader of a Blue Note recording session. His fantastically rapid growth (technically and musically) as witness these pervious efforts; BLP 1538, 1541, 1557 and 1575, along with this one, places him beyond the "upcoming" or "potential" status into the ranks of those whose potential has been realized. Lee stands, right now, as one of the top trumpet players in modern jazz.

As the title states, Lee is a "Cooker." He plays hot. His style, relating to the Gillespie – Navarro – Brown school, is strong and vital. There is enthusiasm in his music. A kind of "happy to be playing" feeling that is immediately communicated to the listener.

Born and reared in Philadelphia, Lee began fronting his own combos around the Philly area when he was only fifteen. Later, he sat in on a weekly "Workshop" sessions at Music City, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. He spent several weeks with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before going on the road with the Dizzy Gillespie orchestra of which he is still an important member.

Lee's constant improvement can be largely attributed to Diz. The maturity that he has acquired from working with a band made up of extremely accomplished musicians, under the direction of a man like Dizzy, cannot be overemphasized. While Dizzy's brilliant musical capabilities are often obscured by his flare of showmanship, this, in no way, detracts from the admiration that almost all contemporary musicians have for him. Dizzy is still the boss, the master, the teacher, and Lee, perhaps his star pupil.

Pepper Adams, a scholarly looking, strong-tone baritone saxophonist, who placed first in the "New Star – 1957 Down Beat Critic's Poll" makes his initial Blue Note appearance on this record. Born in Highland Park (a suburb of Detroit), Michigan on October 8, 1930, Pepper moved to Rochester, New York when he was five and began listening to people like Fats Waller over the radio when he was in the first or second grade. He lived in Rochester until he was sixteen, picking up the tenor when he was twelve, and digging in particular the big bands of Jimmy Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. He played with his high school band and local groups and collected records by Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Don Byas, Charlie Christian, et al. He moved back to Detroit in 1946 and switched to baritone, then worked his first big-time gig with Lucky Thompson. After that he played with just about all the young Detroiters who were eventually to make a success in the east (most on this label); Barry Harris, Billy Mitchell, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Don Byrd, Doug Watkins, Curtis Fuller, the Jones brothers and Yusef Latteef. Sonny Stott, Milt Jackson and Wardell Gray were others with whom he worked. Pepper remained in Detroit until early 1956 when Oscar Pettiford got him a gig with the Stan Kenton orchestra. That band broke up six months later in Los Angeles, but Pepper stayed on the coast to work with David Pell, Shorty Rogers, etc. He came back east with the Maynard Ferguson big band – quit it in New York and then returned west with Chet Baker. Once again in L.A. Pepper left Baker and came back to New York where he has since remained. He says that Hawk, Harry Carney, and Wardell Gray have been his biggest influences and names Carney and Cecil Payne as his favorite baritonists.

Bobby Timmons, another (and one of the better) Bud Powell oriented pianists, was born in Philadelphia on December 19, 1935. His uncle was a piano teacher and he began taking lessons when he was eight. He's been playing professionally since 1952, gigging, at first, around Philly primarily with Morgan. He broke into the New York scene in the early part of 1956, with Kenny Dorham and his Jazz Prophets. This was followed by jobs with Sonny Stott, Cannonball and Dinah Washington. He is currently a member of Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band. Bobby lists as his favorite piano players Bub Powell, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson and Red Garland.

Paul Chambers and Philly Joe, who round out the rhythm section, are a pair of exceptional performers who have achieved a rather unusual and certainly lofty stature – they are appreciated highly and equally, by both musicians and fans. Chambers, since he left Detroit, has spent the better part of his working hours with Miles Davis and has gained a respectability as a bass player that seriously rivals the great Oscar Pettiford's. Philly Joe is a striking intuitive and inventive drummer who combines power with good taste. He, like Paul, has worked extensively with Miles and those who have caught him in person or on other recordings will support the statement that he is among the three of four best drummers. – Robersons Levin

A Night In Tunisia
Heavy Dipper
Just One Of Those Things
Lover Man

Monday, August 30, 2021

So In Love - Joe Rene


Speak Low

So In Love
Joe Rene and His Orchestra
RKO Records SLP-1001

From the back cover: All the world loves a lover, and all lovers love the proper mood music so necessary for that perfect evening. Joe Rene and his orchestra provide just the right touch your looking for in this album. SO IN LOVE.

Each selection is a musical gem, arranged, performed and recorded with great care in order to achieve maximum perfection. On side 1, the vibrant warmth of the string work captures all the beauty of such lovely numbers as "I'm Old Fashioned" and "Speak Low." All of the violin solos are by George Ockner who really knows how to make his instrument sing, sweetly and caressingly as a lover's kiss. The lush treatment given "Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe" features a melancholic flute solo giving just the right interpretation to this number.

If the evening calls for dancing, Joe Rene and his orchestra handle each of the danceable numbers with the same consistent perfection, whether a beguine such as "So In Love," a waltz or a bright fox-trot spiced with a Dixieland beat such as "Thou Swell."

Joe Rene, the versatile orchestra leader and trumpet player is responsible for the unusual arrangement of "Like Chopsticks" which blend the frustration of a would-be piano player through a variety of soothing tempos. Not only did he arrange all the other selections in this album, but also wrote the "Theme From Claudette." While in Hollywood between 1952 and 1954 Joe composed this theme as background music for the movie "Claudette" which was, unfortunately never released. The music is so beautiful, however, that it was the consensus of opinion to bring it to the public's attention. Another original from Joe's hand in the "Vals de Montmartre," done in the typical French manner utilizing an enchanting solo for the musette accordion.

Holland born, Joe came to the U.S. in 1948 and his services were immediately in great demand. This was due to the invaluable musical education he had received at the Paris Conservatory and the experience he garnered conducting and playing publicly while still attending school, plus his own musical talent and sensitivity.

The musicians are all experienced, expert technicians who are able to perform in any style and the mutual respect found in this group would be hard to duplicate.  Bill Stanley, on bass, has worked with both the Radio City Music Hall orchestra and many symphony orchestras. Julie Schwartz, who switches from clarinet to sax to flute with no difficulty; Tony Rongo on drums. Mill Sines on trombone and Tommy Lucas, guitar.

From Billboard - March 9, 1959: A package of mood music, romantic and danceable. Some feature lush violin with violin solos by George Ockler, others are sprightly, as the Dixieland treatment of "Thou Swell" and the novelty version of "Chopsticks."

Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Like Chopsticks
Theme From Claudette
I'm Old Fashioned
Speak Low
Vals De Montmartre
But Beautiful
Shadow Waltz
Thou Swell
So In Love

Strictly For Dancing - The Statler Dance Orchestra


Woodchoppers Ball

Strictly For Dancing
The Statler Dance Orchestra
Somerset ALBUM P-14100

Begin The Beguine
People Will Say We're In Love
Silver Slippers
Nearness Of You
All Or Nothing At All
Woodchoppers Ball
Long Ago And Far Away
Lovers At Roseland
Close To You

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Pow! - Billy May


The Man With The Golden Arm

Billy May
The Star Line
Capitol Records

From Billboard - May 16, 1960: May serves up an exciting big-band package of swingy instrumental wax. Selections – covering a wide range of tune-types and periods – include "Huguette Waltz," "The Man With The Golden Arm," "Lean Baby," "The March Of The Toys," etc. A sock deejay collection.

When Your Lover Has Gone
Huguette Waltz
It Happened In Monterey
Lemon Twist
Say It Isn't So
The March Of The Toys
Makin' Whoopee!
The Man With The Golden Arm
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Lean Baby
I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again