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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Love Is A Fabulous Thing - Les Baxter

Hot Summer
Love Is A Fabulous Thing
Lex Baxter
His Music and His Orchestra
Producer: Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records
ST 1088

Fabulous romantic set from the Baxter mood library.

Love Is A Fabulous Thing
Hot Summer Night
Cherchez La Femme
Our Kind Of Love
Moonlight Stroll
Rush Hour Romance
Early Morning Blues
Paris Interlude (Mignonette - Femme Du Monde - Gamin)
My Love And The Sea
Afternoon Affair
Well, All Night Long
Dawn On The City

They Are All Raving About Bruce Scott

Once A Thief, Twice A Thief
They Are All Raving About Bruce Scott
A Concert House Production
Produced By Lew Futterman
Director Of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover Design: Ace Lehman
Cover Photo: Charles Varon
Liner Photo: James Demetropoulos
MGM Records E/SE-4339

From the back cover: Whether he (Scott) has been in the "In-Group" environs of "The Merv Griffin Show," the youthful tumult of "Hullabaloo," of the "show-biz" glitter of "The Al Hirt Show," Bruce has always performed beyond expectations. Whether he sang a rock-and-roll hit, an all-time standard or a show-tune, Bruce has invariably received heavy mail from fans saying they felt his version of the song was the best they had ever heard.

So Much To Live For
Soon It's Gonna Rain
Once A Thief, Twice A Thief
As Tears Go By
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
A Young Man Says Goodbye
If It Wasn't For You
You Can't Lose Something You Never Had
Something In My Eye

Friday, December 8, 2017

I'll Remember April - Patti Page

Garden In The Rain
I'll Remember April
Patti Page
Mercury Records
MG 20406

A Blossom Fell
It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane
Mighty Like A Rose
You're The One Rose That's Left In My Heart
My Wild Irish Rose
Garden In The Rain
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
The Breeze (That's Bringing My Baby Back To Me)
I'll Remember April
April Showers
Young At Heart

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kenton Wagner - Stan Kenton

Ride Of The Valkyries From "Die Walkuere"
Kenton Wagner
From The Creative World Of Stan Kenton Comes Innovations On Great Wagnerian Themes
Capitol Records STAO 2217

From Billboard - February 27, 1965: A giant of this ear of music, Stan Kenton has brilliantly and sensitively arranged the great works of Wagner to fit the modern world of music and yet retain their classic quality. An undertaking few could accomplish with such impact and beauty. All the fire and drive of Wagner is complemented by Kenton. Prelude and Love Death from "Triston and Isolde" a classic example.

From the inside cover: In 1940 after more than eight years of study Kenton began composing and arranging for his own orchestra "Everytime I'd sit at the piano and begin writing," said Stan, "I'd think about all the things Ravel and I discussed that night. In fact, he was the stimulus for two of the things I later wrote for the Artistry In Rhythm Orchestra. I think if he had lived he would have enjoyed analyzing the structure of Artisty In Bolero and Fantasy."

Over the next ten years Stan and chief arranger Pete Rugolo became convinced that the only way to make their modern music survive as to experiment with the complex ideas of the classical school and to fuse them along new thematic and harmonic lines. "If I had stuck to the original music that Pete and I wrote for the Artist In Rhythm Orchestra," said Stan, "I'd probably be the richest man in music today. But Id also be the most bored!"

In addition to jazz and dance arrangements, Kenton and Rugolo added concert scores to the library which were inspired by the writings of Ravel, Debussy, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Schonberg. By 1949, Kenton's intense urge to communicate musically on as many levels as possible again caused him to re-evaluate his creative perspective.

Even though his music had been accepted as one of the post provocative art forms of the twentieth century, he still sought new methods for breaking down the harmonic barriers which had crippled contemporary music for so many years. If his music was to speak for of textures, tempos and contrasts characteristic of the age, then the range of the Orchestra would have to be expanded.

In January of 1950, Kenton assembled a forty-piece orchestra which included violins, cellos, woodwinds, brass and tympani, and commissioned a new library to be written. The Innovations In Modern Music Orchestra not only allowed him to present a classical approach to jazz, but proved a big band could remain in existence even though it had dramatically shifted musical direction. Critics thought out the world unanimously agreed that Kenton's neo-classic concert scores had intelligently begun to bridge the gap between jazz and classical music. And yet, although the thematic material Kenton wrote for the Innovation's Orchestra made a lasting contribution to modern music, he relentlessly followed his artistic conscience and kept accumulating knowledge in order to project new ideas. By 1964, the scope, subtlety, and brooding brilliance of his music emphasized the sharpness and accuracy of his reminiscences of the contemporary scene.

Last winter while preparing a lecture on the influences classical music had on his own written he began sketching out on the piano an arrangement of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, as it might sound if Wagner had scored it for the Kenton Orchestra. The more he analyzed Wagner's music the more convinced he became that the Kenton Orchestra should record the music of Germany's revolutionary 19th century composer.

Ride For The Valkyries From "Die Walkuere"
Siegfired's Funeral March From "Goetterdaemmerung"
Prelude To Act I Of "Lohengrin"
Prelude To Act III Of "Lohengrin"
Prelude To "Tristan und Isolde"
Wedding March From "Lohengrin"
Pilgrims' Chorus From "Tannhaeuser"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Aloha! - Sam Koki

Song Of The Island
Great Instrumental Favorites Of Hawaii
Sam Koki And The Paradise Islander
With The Waikiki Strings
Kapp Records KS-3233

Paradise Isle
Pagan Love Song
The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai
Hawaiian Paradise
Song Of The Islands
The Hukilau Song
The One Rose
South Sea Island Magic
My Little Grass Shack In Kealakakua, Hawaii
White Ginger Blossoms
When Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop
Beyond The Reef

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keyboard - Oscar Peterson

Music By Oscar Peterson
Cover Photo: Alex de Paola
Verve Records MGV 2047

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover, which does not appear with the online set.

This is the 1957 Verve reissue (black label).

From the back cover: In its present form, the Oscar Peterson trio has been together for the last several years and it is increasingly a unit where teamwork is the watchword. Not long ago, Peterson himself told a Down Beat critic that his current major aim was in perfecting the unity of his trio as well as improving his own pianists. "What helps one, though, helps the other," Peterson said. "And we all get better together – as a trio."

Oscar Peterson, piano and Major Holly, bass:

Jumping' With Symphony Sid
Robbins Nest
Tico Tico
Get Happy
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Deep Purple
Exactly Like You
I'll Remember April

Oscar Peterson, piano and Ray Brown, bass:

Easy To Love
Taking A Chance On Love
Squatty Roo
After All

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Tribute To Glenn Miller - Fontanna

String Of Pearls
A Tribute To Glenn Miller
Fontanna And His Orchestra
Masterseal MS-68

In The Mood
I Dream Of Jeannie
Moonlight Serenade
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Tuxedo Junction
Volga Boatman
String Of Pearls
Little Brown Jug
St. Louis Blues
Londonderry Air
Pennsylvania 6-5000
America Patrol

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Alto Blue - Johnny Hodges

Honey Hill
Alto Blue
The Incomparable Pairing Of Blues And Johnny Hodges
Assisted by Groups of Jazzmen including: Roy Eldridge, Billy Strayhorn, Ben Webster, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson
Originally recorded under the supervision of Norman Grans
A&R Research & Coordination: Jack Maher
Remastering Engineer: Frank Greenwald
Cover Art: John Henry
VSP Verve

Side One recorded April 5, 1958

Cool Your Motor
Jam Blues
Honey Hill

Cool Your Motor, Honey Hill and Blues A-Plenty:
Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Vic Dickenson - trombone
Billy Strayhorn - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Sam Woodyard - drums

Side Two recorded September 10, 1958

Blues A-Plenty
Not So Dukish
Preacher Blues

Jam Blues:
Johnny Hodges - alto sax
Lionel Hampton - vibes
Oscar Peterson - piano
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Flip Phillips - tenor sax
Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax
Ray Brown - bass
Buddy Rich - drums
This is the 8 minutes and 13 seconds from the discontinued LP V-8090 which takes up one entire side of that LP.

Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Ray Nance - trumpet (trumpet fills near close of Preacher Blues)
Lawrence Brown - trombone
Billy Strayhorn - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Sam Woodyard -drums

Latin Rendezvous - The George Shearing Quintet

Mambo Serenade
Latin Rendezvous
The George Shearing Quintet
Augmented with Latin Percussion and Flute
Produced by David Cavanaugh and Tom Morgan
Cover Photo: Capitol Studio/George Herman
Capitol Records T 2326

From Billboard - June 12, 1965: Combining a variety of well-written compositions with the creativity and the remarkable Latin feel and touch of Shearing and Latin percussion have been added to the quintet and are used effectively throughout "I Wished On The Moon" and "All Through The Night." "Quiet Night" is particularly haunting and fresh.

I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Just Goofin'
Your Is My Heart Alone
Quiet Nights
Mambo Serenade
With Feeling
I Wished On The Moon
Tie Me Donkey
All Through The Night
Mambo At The Blackhawk

A Drum Is A Woman - Duke Ellington

A Drum Is A Woman
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
Featuring Margaret Tynes, Joya Sherrill, Ozzie Bailey and Chorus
Music, Lyrics, Arrangements by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Columbia CL 951

Available from online vendors, so I will not be posting a sample. Presented her to share back cover biographical information.


Reeds: Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves. Rick Henderson

Trumpets: "Cat" Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Willie Cook

Trombones: Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders

Drums: Sam Woodyard, Candido, Terry Snyder

Piano: Duke Ellington

Bass: Jimmy Wood

Harp: Betty Glamann

From the back cover: As is customary during any Ellington performance, the individual members of his orchestra are featured as soloists throughtou "A Drum Is A Women." But this record introduces two new stars to Ellington audiences and reintroduces singer Joya Sherrill. Joya, who first met Ellington when she came as a high school student to sing for him and was immediately hired, toured with the band during the mid-forties. She is now married, the mother of two children, and singing in clubs throughout the country whenever her career can continue without interfering with her family life.

Soprano Margaret Tynes has heretofore devoted her exciting voice exclusively to operatic and concert appearances. Although she has been heard by many audiences at New York's City Center, as well as in televised opera, she had never sung with jazz musicians before. Having accustomed herself to such surprises as seeing the Ellington brass section waving rubber plungers over the bells of their horns, she is now a through-going jazz fan.

Ozzie Bailey is a native New Yorker whose mother and father where born in Trinidad, which accounts for his convincing way with a calypso song. He has been singing in clubs for several years before this introduction to Ellington's g
reat orchestra. As for his plans – he'll sing, and the oftener it's with Duke's band, the better.

From Billboard - April 28, 1957: One of the biggest album promotion drives has been set by Columbia Records in conjunction with United States Steel and BBDO on behalf of Duke Ellington's fantasy, "A Drum Is A Woman." The Ellington opus, regarded as the first jazz spectacular and the first TV show inspired by an album, will be done in compatible color television over CBS on May 8.

In additon to distributing copies of the complete album within its own organization, U.S. Steel had Columbia mail more than 150 LPs to key city TV editors. Special audience kits, containing a 45 r.p.m. of excerpts from the album, a 12-inch LP of recorded spots by Ellington together with scripts, and a complete brief of the May 8 show, are being mailed to TV program directors. The program managers are also being serviced by CBS-TV with film trailers, mats, slides, etc. Selection radio stations will also be furnished promotional kits and the special 45 r.p.m. record. The 45 r.p.m. did will also be distributed within the U.S. Steel organization.

U.S. Steel's ad campaign, of 100-line, 200-line and 600-line size runs from May 5 thur May 8, with key outlets covered, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Publicity in national magazines will continue thru the performance date.

"A Drum Is A Woman," produced on records and released mid-February by Irv Townsend, will be done on TV by Theater Guild under the direction of Marshall Jamieson.

Part I
A Drum Is A Woman
Vocals – Margaret Tynes

Rhythm Pum Te Dum
Chorus – Unknown Artist 

What Else Can You Do With A Drum - Calypso
Vocals – Ozzie Bailey 

Part II

New Orleans
Narrator – Duke Ellington 

Hey, Buddy Bolden
Chorus – Unknown ArtistVocals – Joya Sherrill
Carribee Joe
Vocals – Joya Sherrill
Congo Square
Narrator – Duke Ellington 

Part III
Zajj: A Drum Is A Woman - Part 2
Vocals – Margaret Tynes
You Better Know It
Vocals – Ozzie Bailey
Carribee Joe
Vocals – Joya Sherrill
Madam Zajj
Narrator – Duke Ellington
Ballet Of The Flying Saucers
Part IV
Zajj's Dream
Narrator – Duke EllingtonVocals – Joya Sherrill
Vocals – Joya Sherrill
Carribee Joe - Part 2
Vocals – Joya Sherrill
Vocals – Margaret Tynes, Ozzie Bailey

La Chunga - Arthur Murray - Perez Prado

Perez Prado
Features The New Dance La Chunga
By The Arthur Murrays Perez Prado And His Orchestra
Produced by Herman Diaz, Jr.
RCA Victor LPS-2379

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

From Billboard - July 30, 1961: The tunes included in this LP by the Prado band from what might be a basic repertoire for an exciting new dance craze. Prado has invented a new dance step, "La Chunga," and the Arthur Murray Dance Studios are teaching it. The exhilarating dance rhythms contained on this LP should get "La Chunga" off to a flying start. They are filled with Latin American swing, fine group vocalizing and splendid, punching organ work reminiscent of Perez' "Patricia" hit. The liner also briefly outlines and illustrates the steps to the new dance; this, along with the Arthur Murray tie-in, should help the sale of the set.

Ritmor De Chunga
El Escrupuloso
La Chunga
Chunga-La Chunga-La
Rica Chunga
La Toalla
Teresita la Chunga
El Saco y la Camisa
Chunga Es
Bailando la Chunga
La Vinda de Saragoza
El Burro

Ted Weems And His Orchestra - Bobby Freedman

Ted Weems And His Orchestra
With The Exciting Sounds Of Bobby Freeman
Spinorama S-146

These Foolish Things
Ain't Misbehaven
When You Smiles
American Patrol
La Mattinata
Swing Easy
Yellow Rose Of Texas

Delightfully Light - Red Norvo - Cal Tjader

What Is This Thing Called Love
Delightfully Light
Red Norvo Trio
The Cal Tjader Quartet
Jazztone Society J1277

Side One

Red Norvo, vibes; Tal Barlow or Jimmy Raney (*), guitar, Red Mitchell, bass

From the back cover: Red Norvo has been making musical jazz for close to thirty years. They have been jazz sounds of different sorts, for Kenneth "Red" Norvo began his career as a xylophonist, playing for Paul Ash, Victor Young and Paul Whitman, before he formed one of the great all-time jazz groups in the mid-thirties. At first it was a sextet (without a piano – and long before Mulligan, too!), then it became a septet, then a ten piece and finally a fourteen piece orchestra. In addition to Red's wonderful, light, always swinging xylophone, his groups boasted the modern arrangements (modern even by today's standards) of young Eddie Sauter, plus the ever-superb singing of Red's first wife, the late Mildred Bailey.

Always a musician with a keen ear for changes of every sort, Norvo switched to vibes in the forties, played in Benny Goodman's Quartet, in the first and most famous of Woody Herman's several Herds, and finally settled on the West Coast, where, with his brother-in-law, Shorty Rodgers, he has acted as one of the leaders of the modern jazz movement.

In 1950 he formed the first of several trios, whose recordings, according to Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia Of Jazz, "were acclaimed as the most striking example of subtlety and finesse in modern, chamber-music style jazz." Charlie Mingus was his bassist; Tal Farrow, the Lincoln-faced guitarist from North Carolina whose superb-sounding strumming is featured on two of the selections of this disc, was its third member. Tal was later replaced by Jimmy Raney, an especially inventive modernist who played in the Herman Herd and later for two years on this disc. Featured throughout all five selections is one of the most exciting and dextrous of today's bassists, Red Mitchell, another Herman alumnus, who has made so many fine records with other top West Coast jazz stars.

What's Is This Thing Called Love
Let's Fall In Love
Preluded To A Kiss (*)
Bernie's Tune (*)
Just One Of Those Things (*)

Side Two

Cal Tjader, vibes; Gerry Wiggins or Vince Guaraldi (*) piano; Gene Wright, bass; Bill Douglass or Al Torre (*), drums

From the back cover: Cal Tjader was born in St. Louis, Mo., seventeen years after Red Norvo had been born less than a hundred miles away in Beardstown, Ill. A graduate in music and education of San Francisco State College, he was drummer and vibist in Dave Brubeck's trio and octet in the late forties and early fifties, after which he played vibes in George Shearing's Quintet, then formed his own groups which have alternated between swinging, modern jazz and jazz versions of the mambo and other Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Tjader's avowed favorites are Milt Jackson and Lionel Hampton, though there's delicacy in his style that could only stem from Norvo's original influence. On the first two of the selections on this disc, recorded in Hollywood during May of 1956 he plays with three out-and-out swingers" the very groovy Gerry Wiggins, who has served with Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong and Les Hate, and whose tasty accompaniments have backed several top singers" Gene Wright, who has passed for Basie, Buddy DeFranco and Norvo, and drummer, Art Tatum and DeFranco.

On the remaining three selections, cut at the Blackhawk in San Francisco during January of 1957, Cal's Quartet consists of the same Gene Wright on bass, a comparative newcomer, Al Torre, on drums and Vince Guaraldi, once a member of the Third Herd, whose love for playing and swinging (I'm just a reformed boogie-woogie pianist!") is evident throughout all his passages.

Battle Hymn Of The Republic
For All We Know
Thinking Of You, MJQ(*)
Blues In The Night (*)
Lover, Come Back To Me (*)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Melodies Of Love - Stanley Black

Melody Of Love
Melodies Of Love
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
A Product Of London Records
B 20004

From Here To Eternity
Tango Desire
Melody Of Love
Starlight Serenade
Serenade To Eileen
Lovely Lady
Too Marvelous For Words
Moonlight Becomes You
Little White Gardenia
You And The Night And The Music

Cole Porter/George Gershwin Suite - Louis Levy

Cole Porter Suite
Cole Porter Suite
George Gershwin Suite
Louis Levy And His Orchestra
London Gramophone Corporation, New York 10, N.Y.

Like Swing - The Modernaires

The Rockin' Ghost
The Modernaires
Like Swung
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Rugolo
Wacker Series
Mercury Records
SR 60220

From the back cover: All five members of The Modernaires (Paula Kelly, Hal Dickinson, Alan Copeland, Vernon Polk and Chuck Kelly) have always believed in progressing with the times, "Copeland informs, "And this new album is our future direction," he adds.

Senior and founder Modernaire Hal Dickinson declares; "The arrangers that we use, in addition to Alan, are all our very good friends who think, musically, as we do. And the Musicians in the orchestra (altoist Bud Shank and tenor man Bob Cooper, for example), are the best in the country."

From Billboard - March 20, 1960: One of the secrets of the continuing success of the Modernaires is the high quality of the group's arrangements, most of which are done by Alan Copeland. They make even the oldest standard pop tunes swing, while working in jazz elements for the edification of the more initiated listener. On either level they are in fine form on their latest "exemplified by their efforts of "Ja-Da Cha Cha Cha," "Shiny Stocking," "Like Young" and "Romantique."

If Dreams Come True
Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me
Shiny Stockings
What A Difference A Day Made
Ja-Da (Cha Cha Cha)
Now And Then
Everything's Coming Up Roses
Like Young
The Rockin' Ghost
The Girl With The Long Black Hair
Sweeter Than The Sweetest

Let's Dance Awhile To The Griff Williams Style

Let's Dance Awhile To The
Griff Williams Style
Mercury Records
MG 20494

What A Deal
Medley #1 (Together, Love, Is The Sweetest Thing, Song Of The Island, Down The Old Ox Road)
A Gal In Calico
I've Got A Lot In Common With You
Tico Tico
Saturday Night In Central Park
Medley #2 (Once In A While, It Must Be True, Moonlight On The Ganges, Please, Stars Fell on Alabama, My Honey's Lovin' Arms)
Yarami (Rhumba)
Dream Music

Maria Elena And Other Great Songs - Billy Mure

Maria Elena
Maria Elena And Other Great Songs
Billy Mure And The Aztec Guitars
Produced by Danny Davis
Recording Engineer: Bill McMeekin
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
MGM SE-4189

From the back cover: Mure has long been one of the top guitarists in popular music. He is also one of the leading arrangers in the business, with such hit to his credit as "And That Reminds Me" for Della Reese, "White Silver Sands" for Don Rondo, "Tell Laura I Love Her" for Ray Peterson, and many more. He is a prolific composer, and has written such hits as "Got A Match," "A String of Trumpets," "Trumpet Cha Cha Cha," and "Toy Balloons," among others.

He has written the theme song of Murray K. Kaufman's popular radio show on WINS, New York; and the movie themes for "Five Against The House" and "No Down Payment."

Mona Lisa
Always In My Heart
It Happened In Monterey
El Choclo
Maria Elena
Mexicali Rose
In A Little Spanish Town
La Paloma
South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
Isle Of Capri

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long - Melba Montgomery

Won't Take Long
Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
Melba Montgomery
Vocal Accompaniment: The Jordanaires
Album Coordinator: Bob Scerbo
Liner Notes: Ron Grevatt
Produced by Pappy Daily
Music Records MS3114

From Billboard - October 26, 1966: Dealers have a built-in success factor with Melba Montgomery – anything by here is bound to be a winner, as will be this LP containing emotion-packed versions of "Great Big Hurtin' Heart," "Baby's Coming Home" and "My Tiny Music Box."

From the back cover: When lovely, brown-eyed Melba Montgomery signed on with the renowned Roy Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Gang a few years ago, it was the start of an amazing success story. Here was a singer who, soon enough, was to assume the mantle of the new Queens of Country Music, without having a recording of any kind on the market.

Unusual? Unorthodox? Yes sir, but then Melba Montgomery herself has a unique quality about her singing and songwriting that lifts her considerably beyond the level of the newer country music stylists who've come along in recent years.

Barely 20, at the time, Melba had arrived in Nashville as one of six finalists in a nationwide Pet Milk contest. Acuff, a veteran of the overseas circuit, had been seeking a new girl singer to join a planned tour of U.S. bases in Europe. Melba won the job hands down and stayed with Roy and his group for four years, learning the invaluable lessons and traditions of show business.

At the close of one of the many Acuff in-person tours, Melba was introduced to the famed country music record producer, Pappy Daily, who had been instrumental in building a number of the great artists in country music, immediately signed her to a recording contract. Shortly thereafter, country record fans were hearing the haunting new voice of Melba Montgomery on a duet record with George Jones, another top country star in whose career Daily played a key note.

Melba's duet appearances with Jones on such outstanding hits as "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds," have become notable collector's pieces in country music. Firmly established as a duet star, Melba later became a hit-making soloist and in 1963 she received virtually all the annual trade paper and disc jockey awards as the year's most promising new country girl singer.

She has continued to turn out new hits and as both soloist and as a duet star with both George Jones and more recently with Musicor's pop king, Gene Pitney, who, in the meantime, has carved out a solid country following for himself.

Won't Take Long
Too Much Of Nothing
The Day Your Memory Came To Town
Heart Remind Me
My Tiny Music Box
Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
Great Big Hurtin' Heart
I Don't Have Enough Faith In Me
Baby' Coming Home
I'm Learning How To Live Alone

Hawaii - William Kealoha

William Kealoha And His Orchestra
Forum SF 9052

Also released on Mode Disques (France - MDR 9193) featuring the same cover art.

Nicely presented Atomic Age pop flavored Hawaiian arrangements.

Maui Chimes/Sweet Lie Lehua
Hula Aluh
Honolulu Lu
Hawaiian Shuffle
Flower Of The Islands
Pineapple Pete
Mai Point De Iau
Sammy's Hula

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Smart Set Swing Music That Makes You Want To Dance - Al Madison

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Smart Set Swing Music That Makes You Want To Dance
Al Madison And His Trio + One
Produced by John Parker
Cover Design by Frank Gauna
Photos by Kriegmann, N.Y.
Recorded at J.A.C. Studios, N.Y.
Almad Records - 18th East 50th St. N.Y. 22, N.Y.

From the back cover: This album demonstrates how the Al Madison orchestras are custom-tailored for every musical requirement, for in addition to his trio, you will also hear several selections played by some of his key men, on violin, trumpet, mellophone and saxophone. These are the units that are constantly heard at many of the finest homes in America and at the smartest country and yacht clubs. Madison music is especially popular with the young set, for, during the course of a year, the Al Madison orchestra are heard at literally hundreds of schools, college proms, and junior dances. Large charity balls and debutante parties are usually served by his full orchestra, which can be heard on previous recorded dance albums.

I Don't Dance, You're All The World To Me, Baubles, Bangles and Beads
A Foggy Night, Tonight, My Baby Just Cares For ME
You Do Something To Me, I've Got You Number, Hey, Look Me Over
The Wauwinet Whirl
Put On A Happy Face, The Sweetest Sounds, A Lot Of Livin' To Do
I Wish I Were In Love Again, Make Someone Happy, Nice And Easy
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Party's Over, One For My Baby

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Way-Out Voices Of Lambert, Hendricks And Ross

Halloween Spooks
The Way-Out Voices Of Lambert, Hendricks And Ross
With The Ike Isaacs Trio
Formerly Titled "High Flying With Lambert, Hendricks And Ross
Columbia Jazz Odyssey
Stereo 32 16 0292

From the back cover: In the natural course of events, the trio scored one smashing success after another in such jumping night spots as San Francisco's hungry i, Chicago's Blue Note, the Crescendo in Los Angeles, the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, and at every big jazz festival from Newport to Monterey. And they swept every jazz poll in sight, coming in first in Down Beat readers' and critics' polls and in polls conducted by Playboy and Metronome.

Then, in 1962, during a European tour, Annie Ross became ill and was forced to retire to her native England. A new girl singer was taken on, but in 1964, Dave Lambert decided to leave the group. Soon, Jon Hendricks resumed his activities as a single. Eventually, Annie Ross became a top single in Europe and even operated her own jazz club in London. In 1966, Dave Lambert died.

The team of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross is no more, but their once-in-a-lifetime perfect blend of personal and artistic elements lives on in recordings. In this album, some critics felt that their unique talents reached their fullest expression. Here, in addition to songs by other famous jazz writers, are songs created by the trio: :"The New ABC" and "Halloween Spooks" by Lambert; "With Malice Toward None" by Hendricks; and "Farmer's Market" by Ross. But originality in performing material of any authorship was what mad them the swing ingest jazz group ever to make Birdland bounce – it's also what makes this album an exciting tribute to the great Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Come On Home
The New ABC
Farmer's Market
Cookin' At The Continental
With Malice Toward None
Home Cookin'
Halloween Spooks
Mr. P. C.

Eileen Fulton Sings With You In Mind

Love Of The Lonely
Eileen Fulton Sings
With You In Mind
Produced by Danny Fortunate
Recorded at Echo Sound Studios
Nectar NSP 1001

From Billboard - January 24, 1972: Nectar Records has launched a television advertising campaign for "Eileen Fulton Sings With You In Mind," which was released late last year.

Danny Fortunato, Nectar president, who produces, promotes and markets the company's product, said that the Fulton LP is being supported by three TV spots in 12 markets. The commercials are airing on the CBS-TV soap opera "As The World Turns," on which Miss Fulton stars. In addition, Nectar has placed ads in TV fan magazines. Her latest single, "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is," written by Gladys Shelley, was recently released.

The artist's fine single, "Radio," concerns the old-time radio soap operas, and Fortunato believes it is the only record of its kind.

Nectar is also into the nostalgia wave with the "Bring the Boogie Woogie Back," by Toni Mathis. The single recreates the musical background of the 40's, and is "probably the first nostalgic record created with a soul motif," by Fortunato.

Nectar, which has 21 national independent distributors, has two music publishers, Scottie Music (BMI) and Donato Music (ASCAP). The label is aiming for the MOR pop market.

Some Dreams Never Come True
What They're Showing On The Silver Screen
Love Of The Lonely
My Coloring Book
Go Away From My Window
Lollipops And Roses
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Feeling Good
Get Happy

Just Pet - Petula Clark

The Fool On The Hill
Just Pet
Petula Clark
Produced by Claude Wolff
"Happy Together" produced by Sonny Burke, arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman
All other arrangements and conducted by Michel Columbia and Frank Owens
Engineer: Lee Herschberg
Cover Photo and Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
An original Vogue recording
Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc.
W 1823

Lights Of The Night
Fill The World With Love (With Jimmy Joyce Singers & The Boys Chorus)
Happy Together
Things Bright And Beautiful
Hey Jude
For Those In Love
Buttery Fly
If I Only Had The Time
The Fool On The Hill
No One Better Than You

Monday, November 20, 2017

One World Concert - Erroll Garner

One World Concert
Erroll Garner
Recorded in actual performance at Seattle World's Fair
Octave Records
Reprise R-6080

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

From the back cover: Erroll Garner made his solo concert debut at the Cleveland Music Hall in 1950, winning critical and audience accolades. Since that time his concert acclaim has been world-wide.

One World Concert is Garner's first in-person concert recording in seven years. The long-awaited live concert album was recorded at the Seattle World's Fair Playhouse during his week-long concert there. The festive atmosphere which permeated the Fair is reflected in the performance here. For this album, Garner himself spent several weeks making selections from twelve hours of recorded material.

From Billboard - May 9, 1963: For several reasons this should be a big one for Garner. It's his first release on the Sinatra Reprise label and its his first live concert set since his earlier smash, "Concert By The Sea." Then, too, the performances find the pianist at his best on such items as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Sweet And Lovely" and his own "Misty." Solid with broad appeal.
The Way You Look Tonight
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Sweet And Lovely
Mack The Knife
Lover Come Back To Me
Movin' Blues
Dancing Tamborine
Thanks For The Memory

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Eleventh Hour - Johnny Hodges

Something To Live For
The Eleventh Hour
Johnny Hodges
Arrange and Conducted by Oliver Nelson
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recording Engineer: Bob Arnold
Cover Photograph: Harris Haft
Recorded in New York - August 15 & 18
Verve V/V6-8492

From Billboard - November 24, 1962: This is a lovely album, featuring warm and tender alto work by Johnny Hodges, showcased in mellow string arrangements by Oliver Nelson. The backings contribute much to Hodges work and Hodges, in kind, has responded with some of his most moving and graceful solos. He is romantic on "Don't Blame Me," "The Eleventh Hour Theme" and "In a Sentimental Mood," and lightly swinging on "Guitar Amour" and "Solitude."

Something To Live For
It's A Sentimental Mood
I Didn't Know About You
Guitar Amour
You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart
Theme from "The Eleventh Hour"
Love Song From "Mutiny On The Bounty"
Satin Doll
Don't Blame Me
Prelude To A Kiss
Warm Valley

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Still More Genius Of Jankowski

The Shadow Of Your Smile
Still More Genius Of Jankowski
Arranged and Conducted by Horst Jankowski and Bernd Rabe
Produced by Lou Reizner
Mercury Records
SR 61076

From Billboard - March 26, 1966: More keyboard wizardry from the German genius in this delightful program; a potpourri of great international melodies. Top programming and sales results guaranteed.

From the back cover: Horst Jankowski is now occupied with his own radio and TV shows, recording, arranging and composing, that he has been forced to refuse requests to perform and accompany such greats as Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald who have "commanded" his services in the past during their European tours. Jankowski is now a star and recognized as one of the most renowned pianists on the Continent, having come a long way since his first band days with Erwin Lehn, an outstanding German orchestra leader.

Also interesting to note are the honors that have been bestowed on Jankowski here in America. Within six months times, the Bibles of the music business such as Billboard, Cash Box and Record World have acclaimed Jankowski as best Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator. His composition of "A Walk In The Black Forest" has been nominated for the coveted NARAS (National Academy of Records, Arts and Sciences) awards, in not one, but three categories; "Best Instrumental Performance," "Best New Artist" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement."

– Morris L. Diamond

A Taste Of Honey
Violets In March
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Elmer's Tune
Let's Live A Little
Black Forest Holiday
Twilight Time
Danke Danke
Adieu Ciao Ciao Good-Bye
Sir Scotch Whiskey
No Arms Can Ever Hold You
Flowers For A Princess

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Latin Escapade - George Shearing

Old Devil Moon
Latin Escapade
The George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T 737

From Billboard - February 23, 1957: This is Shearing in a quite commercial mood – sultry, Latin American tunes, done by the quintet in extremely danceable style. There is a lot of this type of material on LPs, but not too much has the technical quality of Shearing's quintet.

Mambo With Me
Without You
Old Devil Moon
Mi Musica Es Parati
Anitra's Nanigo
Cuban Love Song
Watch Your Step
Poodle Mambo
Canto Karabali
Strange Enchantment

Femme Fatale - Hadda Brooks

Don't You Think I Ought To Know
Femme Fatale
Hadda Brooks
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records
CLP 5010

From Billboard - April 13, 1957: The most of these have been issued previously as singles during the last 10 years, Hadda Brooks' vocals work is still refreshingly welcome. The hushed tones are all pear-shaped, while the music is quiet and strangely winsome. At the suggested list price of $1.98, the package is a buy and is deserved of being stocked by dealers. "There Is No Greater Love," a big hit years ago, is an excellent demo track

The Thrill Is Gone
Take Me
Please Be Kind
How Do You Speak To An Angel
My Ideal
Don't You Think I Ought To Know
There Is No Greater Love
My Romance
Stolen Love
Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

Out Of Sight!

Out Of Sight!
Design Records

Paul Revere & The Raiders - Like Charleston
Joe Tex - Wicked Woman
Vic Dana - A Lot Of Lovin'
The J Brothers - Don't Turn My World Upside Down (Written by Lou Reed/Terry Philips/Jerry Vance/Jimmie Sims)
Lou Rawls - Walking (For Miles)
The Hi-Lifes - Soul City
Lou Christie - Close Your Eyes
The Liberty Men - Wonderful World Of Love
Tommy Roe - Foreman
The Beachnuts  - Cycle Annie (Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed)

Monday, November 13, 2017

You Made Me Love You - Harry James

You Made Me Love You
Harry James
Pickwick International

Tracks are available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover.

You Made Me Love You
Sleepy Lagoon
My Silent Love
I've Heard That Song Before
I Cried For You
Music Makers
Sleepytime Gal
James Section

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Melodies Of Love - Wayne King

My Chrysanthemum Flower
Melodies Of Love
Wayne King And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8124

From Billboard - May 4, 1955: Record buyers will be given their choice of Wayne King love melodies – plural or singular – this month with RCA Victor bringing out a collector's issue by King titled "Melody Of Love" and this package of new King waxings tagged "Melodies of Love." The chief difference in the two albums is that this one is purely instrumental, a factor which could influence sales in its favor, since the vogue for King-styled music was originally sparked by Billy Vaughn's instrumental version of the oldie. In addition to the title song, this package includes 11 other dreamy instrumentals. An added sales plus for the LP is the photo of a screen beauty on the cover.

Melody Of Love
My Chrysanthemum Flower
My Buddy
Blue House
My Wonderful One
Huguette Waltz
That Naughty Waltz
The Waltz You Save For Me

Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade - Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra

First Movement
The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Dr. Franz Schmidt
Library In Sound 9905
A Product Of Hi-Fi Sales Co. - Wilmington, Delaware

I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Pearl Bailey, Rose Murphy, Ivie Anderson

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Pearl Bailey
Rose Murphy
Ivie Anderson
Grand Prix Series K-423
Pickwick International

Available from online vendors so I will not be posing a sample. Presented here to share a quality scan of the cover.

Rose Murphy
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Honeysuckle Rose

Ivie Anderson
Twice Too Many
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Tall, Dark And Handsome

Pearl Bailey
Solid Gold Cadillac
Hit The Road To Dreamland
That Certian Feeling
I Had A Man

New And Now! - Sue Raney

New And Now!
Sue Raney
Arranged and Conducted by Billy Byers
Produceer: Jack Tracy
Engineer: Jack Hunt
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Design: Gabor Halmos
Photography: Ivan Naggy
Hair Design: Gus Le Pre
Fashions: The Hole In The Wall, La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif.
Imperial Records/ Liberty Records
LP 12355

From Billboard - September 30, 1967: Miss Raney has herself a groovy album here which makes for very pleasant listening. And with the proper exposure, she could start sparking attention. Mis Raney has a polished, easygoing, but very much alive delivery. Her rendition of "Groovin'" a gem and the other 10 numbers also sparkle.

We'll Be Together Again
I Can Hear The Music
Once Was A Time The Music
I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
Open For Business As Usual
Love Me Tender
Holiday For Strings
Where's The Love
Georgy Girl