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Monday, January 22, 2018

Portraits In Stereo - Henry Mancini

Portraits In Stereo
Henry Mancini
Five Complete Albums
RCA Victor PRS-159

Boxed 5 record stereo set.

1. The Music From "Peter Gunn"

Peter Gunn
Sorta Blue
The Brothers Go To Mother's
Session At Pete's Pad
Soft Sounds
The Floater
Slow And Easy
A Profound Gabs
Brief And Breezy
Not From Dixie

2. Breakfast At Tiffany's

Moon River

Something For Cat
Sally's Tomato
Mr. Yunioshi
The Big Blow Out
Hub Caps And Tail Lights
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Latin Golightly
Loose Caboose
The Big Heist
Moon River Cha Cha

3. Mr. Lucky Goes Latin

Mr. Lucky (Goes Latin)
Rain Drops In Rio
The Dancing Cat
Cow Bells And Coffee Beans
The Sound Of Silver
Tango Americano
No-Cal Sugar Loaf
Blue Mantilla
Speedy Gonzales

4. The Mancini Touch

Mostly For Lovers
Like Young
My One And Only Love
Trav'lin Light
Let's Walk
A Cool Shade Of Blue
Robbin's Nest
Free And Easy
That's All

5. Charade

Charade (Main Title)
Bateau Mouche
Bye Bye Charlie
The Happy Carousel
Charade (Vocal)
Orange Tamoure
Latin Snowfall
The Drip-Dry Waltz
Mambo Parisienne
Punch And Judy
Charade (Carousel)

The Most Beautiful Horn In The World - Bobby Hackett

The Most Beautiful Horn In The World
Bobby Hackett and His Cornet
With Glenn Osser's Orchestral Pipe Organ Moods
Produced by Bob Morgan
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Notes by Curtis F. Brown
Columbia Records CS 8529

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

From the back cover: Now, The Most Beautiful Horn In The World again presents Hackett in an unusual setting. Glenn-Osser and Fred Mendelsohn accompany Bobby on a four-manual pipe organ in Osser's warm enveloping, multi-layered arrangements. Mendelsohn suggests violins, Osser hints at violas and cellos. With further enrichment of piano (Dave McKenna), bass (Joe Williams), drums (Jake Hanna) and guitar (Al Casamenti), the resultant sound is as restful as its technical conception is ingenious.

Also from the back cover: Born in Providence, Rhode Island, at fourteen Bobby was playing guitar, banjo and violin with small restaurant combos and hotel orchestras. After appearing with such outstanding men as Teddy Roy and Pee Wee Russell in various clubs, he went to New York where he later joined Glenn Miller, playing guitar and trumpet. Besides his work with Gleason, in recent years Bobby Hackett has been on the musical staffs of two major networks. Evenings are sometimes spent jamming with neighbor Dizzie Gillespie.

From Billboard - February 17, 1962: A strong entry in the mood album area. Hackett's mellifluous trumpet is surrounded by two organs, piano, bass, drums and guitar in gently paced, sweet-sounding arrangements which occasionally give Hackett a chance to show off his virtuosity. Fine tracks are "Love Letter," "Lazy Afternoon," " It's Magic" and "Indian Summer." Dealers can recommend to bachelors as music to woo by.

Lazy Afternoon
Can't Get Out Of This Mood
Love Letters
Moonlight In Vermont
Like Someone In Love
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Blue Is the Night
Chances Are
It's Magic
When I Fall In Love
Midnight Sun
Indian Summer

Music For Mixed Emotions

Music For Mixed Emotions
High In-Fidelity Records
Photography by RA CANTU
1962 Kanrom

Gag gift. Full sized LP jacket issues with no vinyl only a die cut cardboard "disc" as shown above.

Mark Murphy's Hip Parade

Lonesome Town
Mark Murphy's Hip Parade
Arranged and Conducted by Bill Holman
Produced by Tom Morgan
Comments (notes) by Peggy Lee
Capitol Records T1299

From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Murphy has chosen a group of tunes – hits of this and recent seasons. His approach has jazz overtones. Support from Bill Holman, who did the arrangements, is first rated. The album is an excellent jockey programming item. Tunes include "Personality," "Kansas City," and "Firefly." Quality item. Cover will help.

Personnel indicated by number after each tune:

Firefly (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Lonesome Town (2, 7)
Kansas City (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9) plus Bill Holman, tenor sax)
Come To Me (6, 7, 8, 10, 11) horsemen playing Latin percussion instruments)
Catch A Falling Star (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
All The Way (3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Personality (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Witchcraft (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 19, 11) plus Bill Holman, baritone saxophone
It's Not For Me To Say (3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Send For Me (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9) Holman, baritone saxophone
I Only Have Eyes For You (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)

(1) Jud Conlon Singers with Gloria Wood
(2) Gloria Wood
(3) Conte Candoli - Trumpet
(4) Pete Condoli - Trumpet
(5) Lee Katzman - Trumpet
(6) Jimmy Rowles - Guitar
(7) Joe Mondragon - Bass
(8) Bob Gibbons - Guitar
(9) Stan Levy - Drums
(10) Mel Lewis - Drums
(11) Larry Bunker - Bongos, Congas, or Vibes

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The King Plays Some Aces - Xavier Cugat

Night Must Fall
The King Plays Some Aces
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Produced by Fred Reynolds
Recorded in New York, June 27 and 28, 1958
Engineer: John Norman
Baia And Adios arranged by Sid Ramin
RCA Victor LSP-1882

From the back cover: There is no doubt my father never dreamed I'd succeed in the entertainment world. For if he did, would he have christened one of his three sons Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeo? Who's that? Caramba, it's me! Such a name would certainly take up a whole album cover, theater marquee and movie screen. So I excerpted the Javier Cugat, exchanged the Spanish "J" for the English "X" in my first name, and went to work.

I began pursuing a musical career in childhood, in my birthplace of picturesque Gerona, Spain. Fo me, it was years of studying the violin with visions of becoming another Jascha Heifetz or Mischa Elman. I had a brief career as a concert artist. However, the critics' cool reception to my fiddling on Carnegie's staid stage perhaps left Heifetz, Elman and their ilk breathing easier, but it certainly left me with the sad realization that I was never to become a great concert violinist. To earn my bread and room rent and keep myself in suits costing two dollars each, I took jobs as a dance band musician. Then I finally formed my own orchestra and things began to click pronto.

My first orchestra made its debut at the famed Cocoanut Grove of the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles. It was there I began to popularize authentic Latin-American and Spanish music. That was a long time ago, and I have had many beautiful memories ever since. Some of the fondest memories are inspired by the great Latin stars I started off to fame. These include Design Arnaz, the superb dancers Rosario and Antonio, and such singing stars as Yma Sumac, Miguelito Valdez and Carlos Ramirez.

Oye Negra
Dance des Mirlitons
Night Must Fall
Linda Mujer
Cuban Mambo
Green Eyes
Chiu Chiu
Danse Arabe
Mambo No. 5

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Yoga For Life - Richard Hittleman

Scalp Exercise
Yoga For Life
Second Exercise Album
Richard Hittleman
Yoga For Heath
Hollywood, California

Gatefold jacket, 2 record set that apparently came with an illustrated insert (missing from my copy).

No interior jacket printing.

Getz Au Go Go - Stan Getz

One Note Samba
Getz Au Go Go
The New Stan Getz Quartet
Featuring Astrid Gilberto
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded at Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village N.Y.C., August 19, 1974
Director of Engineering: Val Valentine
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Notes by Gene Lees
Verve V/V6-8600


Tenor sax and leader: Stan Getz
Vocalist: Astrud Gilberto
Vibes: Gary Burton
Bass: Gene Cherico
Drums: Joe Hunt

On Corcovado, It Might As Well Be Spring, Eu E Voce and The Telephone Song add Kenny Burrell, guitar and Helcio Milito replaces Hunt. On Summertime, One Note Samba, and Here's That Rainy Day, Chuck Israels plays bass.

Inside jacket photo: Stan Getz and Astrud Giberto are pictured during their historic Cafe Au Go Go engagement. Shown here sitting in on guitar with them is highly-talented Brazilian composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim

From the inside cover: The individual members of the New Stan Getz Quartet certainly deserve special credit for their work. The youngest member of the group is Gary Buron, 21. He is the product of the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music and he also worked with George Shearing of a year. Stan took a liking to this talented kid the moment he auditioned. He encouraged him to develop his capabilities both as a vibraphonist and as a composer. His writing is represented in this album by The Singing Song and 6-Nix-Pix-Flix. Stan takes paternal pride in every achievement on this young virtuoso.

Drummer Joe Hunt, 26, began his professional career with the experimental George Russell group. Stan heard him at this time and inquired about him only to find out that a somewhat larger group had engaged his services for two-years – the United States Army. A day after his return to New York, however, Stan heard him again and hired him on the spot.

Bassist Gene Cherico, 29, began his career as a drummer. He learned bass as therapy for an injured right arm and became so accomplished at it that he never returned to drums. He has, however, an unusual understanding of that instrument which helps make this rhythm section so tight and fluid. Gene began and later worked with Maynard Ferguson, Red Norvo and George Shearing. He came on the band as a replacement but, as far as Stan's concerned, no one can replace Gene now.

Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
It Might As Well Be Spring
Eu E Voce
Only Trust Your Heart
The Singing Song
The Telephone Song
One Note Samba
Here's That Rainy Day

Music To Moog By - Gershon Kingsley

Music To Moog By
Gershon Kingsley And The Moog Synthesizer
Arranged and Conducted by Gershon Kingsley
Executive Producer: Herman D. Gimbel
Cover Design: Sheila Below
AF Audio Fidelity Records, New York, N.Y.
AFSD 6226

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

Hey, Hey
(Kingley-Davis) Kingsley Sound & Valentine Music
Scarborough Fair
(Paul Simon) Charing Cross Music
For Alisse Beethoven
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
(Gershon Kingsley)
Pop Corn
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Twinkle, Twinkle
(Kingsley-Davis) Kingsley Sound & Valentine Music
Nowhere Man
(Lennon-McCartney) Maclen Music
Sunset Sound
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Trumanburg Whistle
(Gershon Kingsley) Kingsley Sound
Paperback Rider
(Lennon-McCartney) Maclen Music

Waltzes By Cugat! - Xavier Cugat

Waltzes But By Cugat!
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Columbia Special Archives Series
CSRP 8059 (Canada)

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

From the back cover: In this collection, he (Cugat) offers some familiar Mexican waltzes from his basic repertoire, and then got along to provide a veritable around-the-world trip with waltzes from all over. Fascination is basically French, although it was recently enormously successful in the United States; Arrivederic Roma is Italian; La Seine returns us to France, and then back to Italy for Come Back To Sorrento. The familiar La Golondrina is Spanish, and Chiapanecas is Mexican. Another Spanish-type number is Lady Of Spain, while the Missouri Waltz is indubitably American. Cuatro Milpas comes from Mexico, Mademoiselle de Paris from France, Mexicali Rose is a Mexican-American contribution, and Cugat concluded with the charming Alma Ilanera, from Venezuela.

From Billboard - June 23, 1958 (CL 1143 review): This set could help Cugat capture the title of "Waltz King" in addition to his crown as king of Latin-American music. Of course, all of the waltzes are Latin-styled in spite of the three-quarter time. The ork plays them in delightful fashion, and dancers will enjoy the set. "Fascination," "Come Back To Sorrento" "Lady Of Spain" are some of the tunes played in waltz time, and some have English-Spanish vocals.

Arrivederci, Roma
La Senie
Come Back To Sorrento
La Golondrina
Lady Of Spain
Missouri Waltz
Cuatro Milpas
Mademoiselle de Paris
Mexicali Rose
Alma Ilanera

Friday, January 19, 2018

Basie's In The Bag - Count Basie

Memphis Tennessee
Basie's In The Bag
Brunswick Record Corporation
Produced by Teddy Reig
Directed by Chico O'Farriel
BL 754127


Count Basie: piano and organ
Harry Edison, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Gene Goe: trumpet
Grover Mitchell, Harian Floyd, Richard Boone, Bill Hughes: trombone
Marshall Royal, Bobby Plater, Lockjaw Davis, Eric Dixon, Charlie Fowlkes: reeds
Freddie Green: guitar
Norman Keenan: bass
Louis Bellson: drums

Goin' Out Of My Head; Hang On Sloppy; Green Onions and Knock On Wood recorded Los Angeles, 15 August, 1967

Bright Lights; Big City; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' and Ain't Too Proud To Beg, recorded Los Angeles, 15 August 1967, Irv Cottler, drums replacing Louis Bellson.

Let The Good Time Roll; Reach Out I'll Be There; In The Heat Of The Night and Memphis Tennessee recorded in Los Angeles, 17 August, 1967, Lois Bellson, drums replacing Irv Cottler.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Hang On Sloopy
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Ain't To Proud
Goin' Out Of My Head
In The Heat Of The Night
Green Onions
Knock On Wood
Let The Good Times Roll
Bright Lights, Big City
Reach Out I'll Be There
Memphis Tennessee