Search Manic Mark's Blog

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Boogie Woogie - Freddie Slack

Pig Foot Pete

Boogie Woogie On The 88
Freddie Slack
With Orchestral Accompaniment
EmArcy Jazz MG 36094
EmArcy A Product Of Mercury Records Corporation

From the back cover: Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1910, Freddie first came to prominence in the mid-1930s as a member of the Ben Pollack band, which at that time included Harry James in its personnel. As early as 1935, after hearing some Pinetop Smith records, he became fascinated by boogie woogie. After leaving Pollack he joined Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra in 1936, and it was during his stay with Jimmy that he began to toy with the idea of elaborating and orchestrating the boogie woogie forms.

The years of his principal devotion to boogie-woogie were these he spent as pianist with the memorable Will Bradley-Ray McKinley orchrestra, Freddie made a national reputation that enabled him to branch out with a big orchestra of his own. He continued to tour intermittently with a band through the 1940s. Since 1950 he has free-lanced, mostly around Los Angeles, where he has made his home for more than 20 years.

The performances on this EmArcy Long Play were recorded at three different sessions. Cow Cow Boogie, Between 18th and 19th on Chestnut Street and Rhumboogie feature Slack at the head of an eight-piece combo. Shorty Sherlock, a former band leader himself and, like Freddie, as ex-Jimmy Dorsey sideman, plays trumpet. Herbie Harper, a Kansas-born trombonist, is an alumnus of Goodman, Krupa, Barnet and many other name bands. The front line is completed by Justin Gordon and Bob Poland, on tenor and baritone saxophones respectively. Supporting Freddie's piano is a sterling rhythm section that includes guitarist Al Hendrickson, bassist Morty Cobb and drummer Jack Sperling, all of whom have worked for some time on the Bob Crosby air show. The arrangements for Chestnut Street and Rhumboogie were written by Benny Carter. A brilliant and versatile musician best known for his alto sax work. Benny has made a profitable sideline out of toying with boogie woogie; it is a little known fact that he was one of the composers of Cow Cow Boogie. Freddie Slack wrote a new arrangement of Cow Cow for inclusion in this album.

On Humoresquire, Down The Road A Piece, After Sours, Pig Foot Pete and Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar Freddy is accompanied simply by the above-named rhythm section. On Rockin' The Boogie, "Bolero, Raindrop, Beating With Chopsticks he again has the support of an all-star rhythm section, this time with Alvin Stoller replacing Jack Sperling.

It may come as a surprise to some of his fans that Freddie is also responsible for the vocals on several of these numbers. He sings in a pleasantly informal style that suits the lyrics of these pieces, all of which date back to the Bradley-McKinley era and were originally recorded by Freddie when he was with that band. Thelma Gracen, a petite blonde shares the vocal responsibilities with Freddie.

Rockin' The Boogie
Cow Cow Boogie
Down The Road A Piece
After Sours
Between 18th And 19th On Chestnut Street
Rhum Boogie
Pig Foot Pete
Rain Drops
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
Beating With Chopsticks 

Million Dollar Baby - The Four Knights


I Found A Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby
The Four Knights
Orchestra Conducted by Charles Bud Dant
Coral Records CRL 57309

From the back cover: The Four Knights have come a long way since, as youngsters, they were drawn together in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a mutual love of singing. In those days they were known as "The Southland Jubilee Singers" and were great favorites on a local radio station. After breaking into "big time" with the Red Skelton radio show in 1948, they began a long run of successful recordings, TV appearances and nightclub performances. Their first hit was "I Love The Sunshine Of Your Smile," which later became the Republican campaign song. Currently, they continue to make innumerable successful nightclub and TV appearances in the United States and Canada – Bill Olofson

From Billboard - June 13, 1960: The Four Knights come thru with sock readings of a good collection of songs all with baby in the title. They include "Oh, Baby Mine," "When My Baby Smiles At Me," "Baby Face" and "Pretty Baby," Good wax.

Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely)
When My Baby Smiles At Me
Baby Face
Pretty Baby
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)
Hello, Baby
Baby Doll
Melancholy Baby
Rosie, Baby
I've Found A New Baby
Oh, Baby-O

The Music Man - Jimmy Giuffre


Wells Fargo Wagon

The Music Man
Jimmy Guiffre & His Music Men
Arrangements by Jimmy Guiffre
Recording Engineer: Tom Dowd
Cover Photo: Bob Goldby
Cover Design: Marvin Israel
Supervision: Nesuhi Ertegun
Atlantic 1276


Jimmy Giuffre: Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Baritone Sax
Al Cohn and Eddie Wasserman: Tenor Sax
Sol Schlinger: Baritone Sax
Phil Sunkel, Joe Wilder and Bernie Glow: Trumpets
Wendell Marshall: Bass
Ed Shaughnessy: Drums

On The Well Fargo Wagon, It's You & Shipoopi, Nick Travis replaces Bernie Glow

On Iowa Stubborn, Lida Rose & Gary, Indiana, the trumpet section consists of Art Framer, Bernie Glow and Phil Sunkel

Jimmy Giuffre plays tenor sax on Iowa Stubborn, Lida Rose & It's You. He plays baritone sax on Seventy-Six Trombones, and clarinet on all the other tunes. On Gary, Indiana he plays all three instruments.

All horn solos are by Jimmy Giuffre, with the exceptions of The Wells Fargo Wagon, where there are short solos in this initial order, Al Cohn, Sol Schlinger, Eddie Wasserman, Phil Sunkel, Nick Travis and Joe Wilder

From the back cover: In deciding on the instrumentation for his ensemble, Jimmy fell back on a formula he used for Down Home, a selection in this LP "The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet" (Atlantic 1238): 3 trumpets, 3 saxes, bass and drums, with himself playing solo horn. Such a group achieves the light, airy feel of Jimmy's Trio and yet offers a textural richness that often suggests a complement of far more than nine instruments. The Music Men sound like a big band, but are as compact and flexible as a three-piece combo.

This is not a jam session, but a program of "prepared jazz." Almost every note is written out, and this includes drums and bass. The arrangements themselves are characterized by a contrapunal approach. As Jimmy put it, "I wrote for this group as I would for a symphony orchestra. instead of voiced-out parts as in a dance band, I used each section in unison throughout." Hence, there are no solos by any of the horns besides Jimmy, except in The Wells Fargo Wagon, where each gets a break.

From Billboard - March 3, 1958: This could easily be one of the big jazz albums of the year with pop appeal as well. It is a superbly handled jazz version of the tunes from the smash hit musical, "The Music Man," featuring outstanding work by Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet and sax, backed tastefully by top jazz men. Giuffre's winning performance will win him more accolades, and his arrangements imbue the music with warmth and new meaning.

Iowa Stubborn
Goodnight My Someone
Seventy-Six Trombones
Marian The Librarian 
My White Knight
The Wells Fargo Wagon
It's You
Lida Rose (Well I Ever Tell You)
Gary, Indiana 
Till There Was You

Great Instrumental Hits - RCA Special Products


Man With The Golden Arm

Great Instrumental Hits
3 Record Set
RCA Special Products STEREO DVL-0173

Love Theme from "Romeo And Juliet - Henry Mancini
Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert
Autumn Leaves - Rogers Williams
Love Theme from "Airport" - Vincent Bell
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
Ebb Tide - Frank Chacksfeld
More (Theme from "Mondo Cane") - Kai Winding
Song from "Moulin Rouge" - Mantovani
Midnight In Moscow - Kenny Ball
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter
Maria Elena - Los Indio Tabajaras
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher

Joy - Apolo 100
White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo
Popcorn - Hot Butter
The "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis
Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
The Stripper - David Rose
Fly Me To The Moon - Joe Harnell
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Alley Cat - Bent Fabric
Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Maskela
"Pink Panther" Theme - Henry Mancini

Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
Petite Fleur - Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
Telstar - The Tornadoes
Man With The Golden Arm - Elmer Bernstein
Born Free - Roger Williams
Sail Along, Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn
Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg
Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The World Of Country Music - Paul Livert


By The Time I Get To Phoenix

The World Of Country Music
Paul Livert's Orchestra
With The Saturday Night Singers
Solos by Johnny Worth
Producer: Tony D Amato
Engineer: Arthur Lilley
London Phase 4 Stereo SP 44124
Daro International LTDA (Import cover reproduction)

I Walk The Line
Release Me
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Way Beyond The Hills
Red River Valley
Oh Lonesome Me
Green Green Grass Of Home
I Can't Stop Loving You
Little Green Apples

Swing Along With Me - Frank Sinatra


I Never Knew

Swing Along With Me
Frank Sinatra
Billy May and His Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
Cover Photo: Paul Hesse
Art Direction: Merle Shore
Reprise R-1002

Falling In Love With Love
The Cruse Of An Aching Heart
Don't Cry Joe
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Love Walked In
I Never Knew
Don't Be That Way
Moonlight On The Ganges
It's A Wonderful World
Have You Met Miss Jones?
You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You

Confidentially... It's Condon - Eddie Condon


Royal Garden Blues

Confidentially... It's Condon
Eddie Condon and His All-Star Dixieland Band
Design Records DLP 47

That's A Plenty 
Ballin' The Jack
Whenever There's Love
Ja Da
It's Been So Long
Royal Garden Blues
Back In Your Own Backyard
Back Home In Indiana

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Canyon Lady - Joe Henderson


Las Palmas

Canyon Lady
Joe Henderson
Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Cover Photo: Tony Lane
Back Cover Photo: Phil Bray
Recording Engineer: Jim Stern
Remix: Skip Shimmin, Joe Henderson & Orrin Keepnews
Recorded October 1973 at Fantasy Studios
Milestone Records M-9057
Distributed by Fantasy Records

Tres Palabras
Las Palmas
Canyon Lady
All Things Considered

Tres Palabra Personnel

Tenor Sax: Joe Henderson
Trumpets: Oscar Brashear & John Hunt
Trombones: Julian Priester & Nicholas TenBrock
Flutes: Hadley Caliman, Ray Pizzi & Vincent Denham
Electric Piano: George Duke (Courtesy of MPS-BASF Records)
Acoustic Piano: Mark Levine
Bass: John Heard
Drums: Eric Gravatt
Timbales: Carmelo Garcia
Congas: Victor Pantoja
Trumpet Solo by Oscar Brashear
Arranged and Conducted by Luis Gasca (courtesy of Fantasy Records)

Las Palmas Personnel

Trumpet: Luis Gasca
Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion same as above

Side 2 Personnel

Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Luis Gasca
Trumpet: Oscar Brashear
Trombone: Julian Priester
Tenor Sax: Hadley Caliman (on "Canyon Lady" only)
Congas: Francisco Aguabella (on "All Things Considered" only)
Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion same as on Side 1 except Duke does not play on "All Things Considered")

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Trumpets Ole


Monday Monday

The Trumpets Ole Play
Cover Photo: Hal Buksbaum
Decca Records STEREO DL 74821
Decca Records, A Division of MCA, Inc.

Main Theme From "Exodus"
Tangerines And Trumpets
Everybody Loves A Lover
The Appaloosa (from The Universal Picture "The Appaloosa")
Man From L Mancha (from The Music Play "Man Of La Mancha)
Monday, Monday
Samba De Orfeu
Midnight In Moscow
Love Sickness
Call Me
Theme from "The Newly Wed Game" - A TV Series

Andre Previn All Alone


Angel Eyes

Andre Previn All Alone
Produced by Joe Reisman
Recorded in RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineer: Hank Cicalo
Cover Photo: Ron Cohen
RCA Victor STEREO LSP-3806

More Than You Know
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Everything Happens To Me
You Are Too Beautiful
How Deep Is The Ocean
Angel Eyes
When Sunny Gets Blue
As Time Goes By
Remember Me?
Dancing On The Ceiling
Here's That Rainy Day

C'mon... Get Happy! - Nelson Riddle


September In The Rain

C'mon... Get Happy!
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
Capitol Records T893

From Billboard - October 28, 1957: Happy is the correct mood! Excellent arrangements by Riddle add up to one of the best dance albums to hit the market in some time. The distinctive instrumental phrases that identify the popular orkster are very listenable on "I'll Get By," "September In The Ran" and "Get Happy." The other tunes are in a light, medium-beat groove. It should take very little pushing to make this one take off.

Without A Song
September In The Rain
Am I Blue?
I'll Get By
Diga Diga Doo
For All We Know
Time Was
Something To Remember You By
Get Happy

Monday, November 8, 2021

Good Morning Starshine - Tartaglia


A Day In The Life

Good Morning Starshine
Instrumental Creations For Orchestra and Moog Synthesizer by Tartaglia
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Cover Photo: Ed Simpson. Location Ephemera-Sumiko Boutique; West Hollywood, California
Liner Photos: Bob Collins/Group 1
Recording Engineer: Michael M. Shields 
Remix Engineer: Don Henderson
Capitol STEREO ST 8-0280

Good Morning Starshine
A Day In The Life
The Boxer
Clay Jesse
Within You Without You
Classical Gas
Shannon Girl
Without Her
Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon

Dancing Down Broadway - Cyril Stapleton


If I Loved You

Dancing Down Broadway
Cyril Stapleton and His Orchestra
London Records PS 134

From the back cover: Few can be more aware of the magic power of music than Cyril Stapleton. He is himself an accomplished artist of the most romantic of instruments and is as much at home in the repertoire of the classics as he is in the field of light music. He made his first broadcast at the age of 12 playing as a solo violinist on the old 5NG radio station in Nottingham, and town where he was born. He must indeed be one of the youngest veterans of radio for he broadcast regularly from B.B.C. Birmingham studios in the years in-between 1928 and 1932. By this time, having reached the age of eighteen, he went to Czechoslovakia to study briefly under Sevcik, the famous teacher of the violin. On his return to England his early study and outstanding talent were rewarded by a scholarship to the Trinity College of Music in London. 

At the same time as he entered college, Cyril Stapleton joined up with Henry Hall and his newly formed B.B.C. Dance Orchestra and under his baton took part in the first transmission ever to go out from Broadcasting House. In 1935 he transferred to Jack Payne's Orchestra and took part with it in an extensive tour of South Africa. It was in 1937 at the age of only 23, that he first set out on his own, forming a small orchestra which played regularly at a West End restaurant. His first broadcast with his own band took place in March 1939.

The outbreak of war caused Cyril Stapleton temporarily to set aside his musical career and he insisted in the R.A.F. where he remained for the next five years. The end of this period, however, found him as a member of the R.A.F. Symphony Orchestra and following demobilization he chose to free-lance for a while, playing with nearly every broadcasting orchestra and appearing regularly with the Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras.

The rest of the story is well known to radio listeners, for Cyril Stapleton's new orchestra formed in 1947 was soon to occupy the key spots of the B.B.C. programs. As conductor of the B.B.C. Show Band he became famous not only as the creator of all that is best in light music, but also as a popular and quick witted broadcasting personality.

From Billboard - November 24, 1958: Lighthearted, imaginative instrumental arrangements by the British maestro of a variety of Broadway tunes – such well known show tunes as "If I Love You," and "Getting To Know You," along with lesser played but equally listenable legit items – "Tonight from "West Side Story," etc. Pleasant programming for jocks.

Mutual Admiration Society from "Happy Hunting"
Tonight from "West Side Story"
Lida Rose from "The Music Man"
Sunshine Girl from "New Girl In Town"
Standing On The Corner from "The Most Happy Fella"
Wouldn't It Be Lovely from "My Fair Lady"
The Girl That I Marry from "Annie Get Your Gun"
Long Before I Knew You from "Bells Are Ringing"
On The Street Where You Live from "My Fair Lady"
Oh! What A Beautiful Mornin' from "Oklahoma"
If I Loved You from "Carousel"
Getting To Known You from "The King And I"

Sunday, November 7, 2021

The Best Cha Cha Cha - Bill Diablo - Ralph Font


Poco Pello

The Best And Most Popular Cha Cha Cha Of The Fabulous Fifties
Bill Diablo and His Sextext
Ralph Font and His Orchestra (Vocals by Macucho)
KAPP KL-1060

From Billboard - July 1, 1957: Inspired by the success of its bestselling LP, "Songs Of The Fabulous Fifties" by Roger Williams, Kapp has come up with a new twist via this package of popular cha cha cha themes, such as "Cherry Pink," "Sweet And Gentle," etc. Both Font and Diablo swing a knowledgeable baton for terping. Title may give package some pop appeal – particularly if sold as a series – but its basic sales attraction is still to the Latin American market.

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
The Man From Jamaica (Jamaicino)
Poco Pelo
El Bodeguera (Chocolate Cha Cha Cha)
Pedro Pablo (Cha Cha Cha)
Me Lo Dijo Adela (Sweet and Gentle)
Los Tamalitos De Olga (Hot Tomales)
Esto Es Felicidad
Cuatro Vidas
Rico Vacilon

When Tragedy Struck - Hank Snow


Little Buddy

When Tragedy Struck
Hank Snow
Produced by Chet Atkins
Recording Engineer: Bob Farris
Recorded in Nashville
RCA Victor LPM-1861

From the back cover: The artistry of Hank Snow has never been typed. He sings all kinds of songs, from ballads to multi-syllable up-tempo chants and lends his rich recitative tones to an occasional "reading".

In this album of songs of sorrow, Hank is assisted by the Rainbow Ranch Boys with vocal background by the Jorndanaires. The organ console accompaniment is played by Marvin Hughes, musical director of Station WSM, Nashville, Tennessee, where Hank originates his radio and television shows over the NBC network.

The Letter Edged In Black
Old Shep
The Prisoner's Prayer
The Drunkard's Child
Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good
The Convict And The Rose
Put My Little Shoes Away
Little Buddy
There's A Little Box Of Pine On The 7:29
Nobody's Child 
I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail