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Monday, February 19, 2018

Gabor Szabo Live With Charles Lloyd

Stormy Weather
Gabor Szabo Live With Charles Lloyd
Featuring Spellbinder
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
Album Design & Front Cover Photo by Tom Nikes Prod., Inc.
Liner Notes by Barry Fienstein
Recorded at Troubadour, Hollywood, California
Recording Facilities by Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California
Engineered and Mixed by Bruce Botnick
Blue Thumb Records BTS 6014


Gabor Szabo - Guitar
Wolfgang Pelz - Bass
Mailto Correa - Congas and Percussion
Charles Lloyd - Flute
Tommy Eyre - Keyboard
Tony Ortega - Flute and Echoplex

From Billboard - July 20, 1974: Lovely music from the guitarist and guest flutist with emphasis on melodic lines. These cuts done nearly three years ago at the Troubadour, showcase each performer's virtuosity. Bassist Wolfgang Melz and drummer John Dentz add a vital kick to the arrangements. Best Cuts: "Spellbinder," "Stormy."

Sombrero Sam

Sunday, February 18, 2018

At The Candlelight Cafe - The Three Suns

Vagabond King Waltz
At The Candlelight Cafe
The Three Suns
Produced by Al Nevins
RCA Camden CAL-513

From the back cover: Guitarist of the group is Al Nevins, Al was born in the nation's capitol and credits his musical gifts as coming from his parents, both of whom were enthusiastic amateur singers. His early professional interest, however, was in the unrelated field of architectural drafting, and when he did shift his focus to the world of music, the emphasis was very much along classical lines. What followed was an intensive period of study in theory, counterpoint and harmony. His first instruments were violin and viola (which he studies und the direction of Leon Barzin). Al then extended his knowledge of playing to cover all the string instruments and he finally settled, of course, on the guitar.

The Nevins guitar is a custom-built instrument with a specially constructed amplification system that enable him to create some highly diverse musical effects.

It was Al's insistence that brother Morty Nevins decided to enter the music arena. Morty holds down two jobs in The Three Suns: he's featured as both pianist and accordionist. Of particular interest is his most unusual accordion. Morty has devised a special chamber for the instrument that offers a sound remarkably like that of a violin, and another accessory that permits him to play reinforced octaves. The instrument itself weighs thirty-three pounds, but under the pressure of playing this increases to one hundred pounds, thus keeping Morty in musical and physical trim at the same time.

Boston-born Artie Dunn rounds out the trio. Incidentally, Artie's a cousin of the Nevin brothers, thereby keeping the Suns very much a family affair. Artie's initial dip into the musical pond was as a Ruby Vallee-styled, megaphone-clutching crooner, but a stint at the great Wurlitzer of the Hub's Grand Theater decided him on a keyboard career. Before long he was playing the piano for one of Tin Pan Alley's top publishing houses, demonstrating the hits of the day for some of show business' top personalities. It was just such as occasion that brought about a reunion with his musical cousins and marked the birth of The Three Suns.

The Hammond organ which he plays is quite unique. Its attractive white shell hides some very intricate specifications. In addition to the unusual electric tones, it can reproduce the orchestral colors of the oboe, English horn and fluegelhorn. Its bell effects recreate the sounds of the carillon, chimes and vibrchord bells.

Bubble Waltz
Just One More Chance
Under A Blanket Of Blue
Vagabond King Waltz
I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
For You
Tango Of Roses
Sugar Blues
Sleepy Serenade

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Red Velvet - Stanley Black

Red Velvet
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
Featuring Stanley Black at the piano
London Records LL 1592

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art and cover notes.

A beautiful piano driven mood set for the period.

From the back cover: London born, Stanley developed his musical ability at an early age and studied piano at the Matthay School Of Music

As the piano lessons went by, his aptitude for music developed and it soon became apparent that Stanley Black was destined to do big things in the music world. However the days of big headlines in the show columns were still a far way off during his youth. First had to come the basic grounding so essential to the successful musician.

Stanley was only twenty-three when he wrote a contribution to the score of the 1936 film "Rhythm Racketeers" and started off on a screen association which has lasted right up to the present day. Nearly thirty-five important British films have received the "Black Magic" touch and the outstanding ones that come immediately to mind are "Top Secret," "Laughter In Paradise" and "An Alligator Named Daisy."

His film work was temporarily interrupted at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 when he spent the early years of conflict in R.A.F. blue. Here too he helped to entertain his fellow servicemen through the Entertainment Branch.

It didn't take Stanley long to find his civilian feet after leaving the service and in 1944, after some freelance work, he was appointed conductor of the B.B.B. Dance Orchestra – a post he held until 1952.

It was during this spell with the B.B.C. that Stanley became as well known as the stars on such shows as "Hi Gang," "Much Binding in the Marsh," " Forces All Star Bill," etc. and his now "Black Magic," "Top Score" and "Tropical Magic" programs ran up a huge following.

The B.B.C. also made full use of Stanley's facility in composing original music. He wrote many scores for documentary broadcasts and signature tunes for programs like "Double Top" and "The Goon Show," in addition to the attractive familiar Light Program interval music.

Considered an authority on Latin American style music, Stanley is a member of the advisory board for the publication "Who's Who In Music." Naturally, all his talent is not concentrated on that particular brand of music as you read this will undoubtedly know.

His work with the B.B.C. was recognized officially and publicly in 1951 when it was announced that Stanley would front his orchestra at the Royal Command Variety Show. This followed close on the heels of Stanley receiving another honor – he was elected a member of that famous theatrical organization, the Grand Order Of Water Rats.

Despite his numerous commitments, Stanley still finds time to write may popular ballads and dance tunes. Two examples of his flair from the Latin American idiom, both as composer and executant, are to be found on his recent London album, "Cuban Moonlight: (LL 1166) their titles are Nostalgia and Hold Me Close Tonight, and both demonstrate his melodic gifts in a typical authentic setting.

Commercial television was quick to appreciate his talents. The short ear-catching jingles which we hear whilst looking at the advertisements on the screen must make a lasting impression on our minds if we are to remember the particular commodity, and Stanley has produced several little tunes which do just that.

In the comparatively new television medium Stanley was and is a prominent performing artist. He featured a 35-piece orchestra in the first of the highly successful "Off The Record" shows and conducted an orchestra for the equally popular "Hit Parade" series which ended its run recently. Jimmy Watson

Isn't It Romantic
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Kiss Me Again
Lovely To Look At
You Leave Me Breathless
I'm Falling In Love With Someone
They Say It's Wonderful
Isn't It Heavenly
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
The "Moulin Rouge" Theme
Red Velvet
Sophisticated Lady
May I?
Would You?

The Impossible Dream - The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra

Get On Board
The Impossible Dream
The Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Somerset SF-33100

Super budget set that features tracks that sound as though they may have been borrowed from a  conservative "101 Strings" orchestral set. Then Somerset filled out this LP with three funky organ tracks that they robbed from some other project. What a bizarre mix...

The Impossible Dream
Evening Star
Get On Board
I Want To Be Ready
The Quiet Hours
Nobody Knows The Trouble I See
Slow With Soul
Serenade (Schubert)
Swing Low, Sweet Truth
And The Meek

The Big Sound - Heart Of Hawaii

Red Sails In The Sunset
The Big Sound
Heart Of Hawaii
Pirouette FM 34

A very nice space-age set of "island-flavored" big orchestral mood pieces spiced with vocal passages.

Red Sails In The Sunset
Moon Of Manakoora
Beyond The Reef
Maoris Farewell
Hawaiian War Chant
Sweet Leilani
Drousy Waters
Blue Hawaii
Dark Dawn

One More Time - Sounds Orchestra

One More Time
Sounds Orchestra
Produced and Directed by John Schroeder
Album Coordination: Dorothy Schwartz
Production Coordinator: Bob Scerbo
Album Cover Design: The Graffiteria
Engineer: Ray Prickett
Janus Records JLS 3014

Johnny Pearson - Piano
Kenny Clare - Drums
Frank Clark - Bass
Dennis Lopez - L.A. Percussion
Tony Carr - L.A. Percussion

Good Morning Starshine
Louie Louie
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Je T'aime Moi Non Plus
Classical Gas
Half As Nice
Love In The Shadows
Love And The World Loves With You
So Long My Love

Adventures In Paradise - Volume 3

Isle Of Adventure
Adventures In Paradise
Volume 3
Featuring Alfred Apaka
Roy Smeck
Terorotua And His Tahitians
The Islanders
Producer: Sid Feller
Cover Design: Frank Gauna
Photo: Juliana Wang
Liner Notes: Joe Lebow
ABC-Paramount ABCS-414

This set is preceded by Volume 1 and 2 (ABC-329 and ABC-358)

From Billboard - August 28, 1962: The combination that worked so well on two pervious packages is again blended in a mixture that has the aroma of sales about it. The late tenor Alfred Apaka, guitarist Roy Smeck, the instrumental group called the Islanders, and the colorful Tahitian combo headed by Terrorotus all get solo turns in the spotlight, and each fares very well in turn. It all totals up to one of the more attractive packages of island music.

Alfred Apaka - Sunset In Hawaii
Roy Smeck - Moonlight Bay
The Islanders - Hawaiian Wedding Song
Terorotua And His Tahitians- To To To E
Alfred Apaka - The Palm Trees Sings Aloha
The Islanders - Isle Of Adventure
The Islanders - Love Island
Roy Smeck - Drifting And Dreaming
Alfred Apaka - Song Of Old Hawaii
The Islanders - Francesca
Roy Smeck - Honolulu Shuffle
Terorotua And His Tahitians - Tehaupoo

Friday, February 16, 2018

But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos - Don Ralke

But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos
Don Ralke And His Orchestra
Cover Photo by George Jerman/Photography 2
Warner Bros. WS 1360

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

Gershwin never sounded better! Super Space Age set!

Fascinating Rhythm
How Long Has This Been Going On
Clap Yo Hands
Love Is Here To Stay
My One And Only
They All Laughed
Love Is Here To Stay
They Can't Take That Away From Me
A Foggy Day
I Got Rhythm

Holding Hands At Midnight - Dinah Shore

Holding Hands At Midnight
Dinah Shore
RCA Victory LPM 1154

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

From the back cover: Dinah Shore graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in sociology, a branch of science she has practiced ever since. Here is a very personal voice, one that on records or on radio or on television seems to be directed at you exclusively.

From Billboard - January 28, 1956: Tho Miss Shore has had troubles getting single record hits, this album should have its own healthy share of attention. First, the cover pictures the gal at her best. Then the disk follows thru with a fine selection of well-paced material. "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Easy To Love," " Had To Be You" and "I Concentrate On You" are a good cross section.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Easy To Love
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Once In A While
It Had To Be You
You're Driving Me Crazy!
That Great Come-And-Get-It Day
Moanin' In The Morning
Under A Blanket Of Blue
Taking A Chance On Love
I Concentrate On You

You're My Everything - Les Brown

You're My Everything
Favorite Songs About Your Favorite
Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
Coral (10-inch) CRL 56046

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and bio information.

From the back cover: Born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1912, Les Brown was nurtured on music from the start. His father, a baker, was a music-lover and saw to it that Les began taking piano lessons when the boy was eight. Unfortunately, not much progress was made on the keyboard. Then one day Les watched his father and three uncles play an amateur sax quartet. Les got hold of his Dad's curved soprano sax and suddenly showed real interest in music. That interest never cooled. Through his high school years Les studies and practiced and, by the time he entered the Conservatory of Music in Ithaca, New York, in 1926, he was way ahead of the other students who played sax. Here Les got his first real taste of harmony, arranging, composing, and other technical subjects which proved so valuable to him. From Ithaca he went to Cornwall, New York, as a student at the New York Military Academy. Then came Duke University.

While a student at Duke, Les and an enthusiastic group of collegians determined to make their mark in the music world by forming a band, Les played sax and started arranging for the newly formed group. It was this combination which he took North in 1936 to play at Budd Lake in New Jersey, for the summer. The band was tagged the "Blue Devils" and under the moniker made some records. Things didn't go too well for the group, and the "Blue Devils" broke up in September 1937.

Les became a much sought-after arranger. He did some outstanding arrangements for many of the top bands of the day and for music publishers. Although he was doing well financially, he still yearned to wave the baton again. So, in the summer of 1938, he formed a new band. The boys had a tough time for a while, but the turning point came when they were booked into Mike Todd's Theatre-Cafe in Chicago for four weeks. The band did so well that they were held over for four months. Then came the Log Cabin in Armonk, New York, and the Blackhawk in Chicago, the Palladium in Los Angeles, the Astor Roof in New York, and the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Each stay extended for beyond an accepted name in the music business – a name that was synonymous with fine music.

Les also stepped out as a major songwriter with "Sentimental Journey." Featured on the Bob Hope radio program, Les achieved national fame – a position which he continues to hold.

From Billboard - March 1, 1952: Like his first "Over The Rainbow" album for Coral, this package is built on a central theme – the anonymous "you". Tunes are all of a tried and true type and they are played wonderfully well by the crack Brown crew. Excellent dance music for those who prefer their terping set to a swinging beat. Wherever the "Rainbow" set had meaning, this one is bound to accumulate sales. The "you" theme allows for all types of merchandising gimmicks, too.

You're My Everything
You Are My Sunshine
You're Driving Me Crazy
You're The Cream In My Coffee
You're A Sweetheart
You're The Top
You're Blasé
You're An Old Smoothie