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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jazz Concert

I Got Rhythm
Jazz Concert
Jazztone Society Classic

Red Norvo and His All Stars:
Red Norvo, vibraphone
Teddy Wilson, piano
Flip Phillips, tenor saxophone
Shorty Rogers, trumpet
Eddie Bert, trombone
Aaron Sachs, clarient
Remo Palmieri, guitar
Slam Stewart, bass
Specs Powell, drums

The Kruppa-Ventura Trio
Gene Krupa, drums
Charlie Ventura, tenor saxophone
Georgie Walthers, piano

Teddy Wilson Quintet
Teddy Wilson, piano
Bon Byas, tenor saxophone
Remo Palmieri, guitar
Slam Stewart, bass
Specs Powell, drums

Seven Come Eleven
The Man I Love
One Note Jive
One, Two, Three, Jump
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Body And Soul
Stompin' At The Savoy
I Got Rhythm

From the back cover: The music heard on this recording was played before an audience at Town Hall in New York during June, 1945. The musicians were a mixed group, some of whom even then ranked high on anyone's list of jazz "greats," and others who were new-comers at the time but would become the most influential instrumentalists of the next decade.

An article found in the March 17 issue of Billboard suggests that the "jazz concert" title was taken from an idea for a "gimmick" introduced by Bill Randle who promoted the "jazz concert" idea at Detroit's WJLB. Plans are to expand the jazz concert idea all over the Middle West with the possibility of bringing in to New England too. If latter develops, a lot of top musikers (jazz groups) now on the Stem will be able to use their days off to take a couple of hours run and collect some nice dough for their trouble

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

That's My Desire - Frankie Laine

That's My Desire
Frankie Laine
Mercury Records
MG 20080

This is a compilation set of (from the back cover) "his most successful early single records". Great cover art and an equally great introduction to Laine's jazzy vocal treatments. The engineering is very good making all of the tracks sound as though they had be recorded just for this release.

Most, if not all tracks, can be found at your usual digital download outlets. I might suggest giving "Black And Blue" or "We Will Be Together Again" a spin.

September In The Rain
I'm In The Mood For Love
Exactly Like You
Till We Meet Again
That's My Desire
By The River St. Marie
Georgia On My Mind
Black And Blue
You're Wonderful
Cherie, I Love You
We Will Be Together Again

Sea Drift - Mort Garson

Sea Drift
Dusk 'Til Dawn Orchestra
Wedded To The Sounds Of The Sea
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Mort Garson
Produced by Alex Hassilev
Elektra Records

From Billboard July 1, 1967 - The company has a four-LP deal with Elektra and has already released Mort Garson and his Duk 'Til Dawn Orchestra with the mood package, "Sea Drift." Another mood LP to spotlight sounds of the city and an additional electronic LP are planned.

The producers have under contract pianist Fred Ramirez, who will be cut by Garson for Warner Bros.

Sparkling concept album featuring compositions that include, on a few tracks, a touch of "Mystic Moods-styled" environmental sound overlay.

Sea Drift
Sand Castles
The Lonely Surfer
The Sea Of Love
Sea Cricket
Big Sur
Our Secret Cave
Underwater Fantasy
The Pink Seagull
Across The Sea And Far Away

Monday, March 30, 2015

Organ Favorites

Song Of India
Organ Favorites
The Dream Dusters Featuring Kenny at the Hammond

Who are The Dream Dusters? This set is played by one guy, the mysterious 'Kenny'.

Maybe the Dream Dusters are the ladies that hang out as Kenny plays his organ. There is no telling what will happen after she finishes that glass of bad habits...

El Choclo
La Paloma
Celito Lindo
American Patrol
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider
Song Of India
Frankie And Johnnie
In The Evening By The Moonlight
La Golidrina

Born Free - Cheltenham Orchestra

The Lion Hunt
Jungle Jazz
Blues For Elsa
Kuianga Kill
Born Free
The Cheltenham Orchestra

The orchestra is a small combo affair (Jungle Jazz and Blues For Elsa) or a stock track or two (The Lion Hunt and Kuianga Kill) Wyncote added to help fill the LP. I swear that I've heard this budget set before.

Regardless of where the material came from, and as you can hear for yourself, not a bad play through.

Born Free
Grass Grows Free
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
The Lion Hunt
Jungle Jazz
Blues For Elsa
Kuianga Kill
Lioness Beat
Beyond The Trees
Five O'Clock High

Accordion de Paris - Jo Basile

Mom Homme
Accordion de Paris
Jo Basile, his Accordion and Orchestra
Audio Fidelity
AFLP 1815

Sometimes I don't care what the set sounds like. It's enough that I've found a great looking jacket. In this case, the cover features another example of an accordion player and lady of the evening enjoying their bad habits. There must be a reason why this type of image is frequently associated with Paris and accordion players. The back cover is literally filled with 9pt. copy fluff that attempts to illustrate what Paris sidewalk cafes are all about. But there is no mention as to why the cafes are over run with street walkers and badass accordion players.

The set is traditional and the engineering, excellent

Comme Ci Comme Ca – Tout Ca
Fleur De Paris
April In Paris – I Love Paris
Boum Musette
Ballade De Rabouine
Piano De Pauvre
Mademoiselle De Pairs
L'ame Des Poetes
Mon Homme
Raiion De Musette
Le Denicheur
Pigalle-Le Seine

Play Bach - The Jacques Loussier Trio

Play Bach
The Jacques Loussier Trio
London Records
LL 3144

I believe this release is available at your usual digital download sites so I will not be posting a sample. I decided to present the London (rather than the similar Decca cover) front and back cover for those of you that are interested in collecting a copy. The back cover on this release offers us photos of the trio members, Jacques Loussier, Pierre Michelot and Christian Garros in the studio.

From the back cover: "I had no wish to arrange Bach, nor disarrange him; while presenting him differently, I have not changed him." – Jacques Loussier

From a 1964 Billboard Jazz Merit note on Play Bach London LL 3454: Exciting interpretations of Bach's Preludes No. 1, 2 and 12 in an idiom that straddles the jazz and classical fields. Loussier's free-flowing arrangements complement the master's melodic line in a performance that treats the classics with swinging respect. Should garner fans from both fields.

Beat Tropicale

Beat Tropicale
Latin Rhythms by Jose Bethancourt and His Orchestra
Saveage Drum Fantasy featuring Richard Campbell and Harry H. Coon

Available at your usual pay-for-download sources, so I will not be posting a sample.

Today we feature this feisty color cover art that advertised a tasty "tropical" set that was released to compete for a piece of the hot period "exotica" market. A split set left me favoring side two, which is the more "experimental", or more adventurously arranged side.

From the back cover: A note on personnel: Richard Campbell was winner of the famous Gene Kuppa drum contest, back in the '40s; his active career has included a U.S.O. tour through South America and Africa, where he studied authentic native rhythms such as are used on this tape. Harry H. Coon toured with the great Ben Bernie band, winning wide acclaim from musicians as well as the public from his sensational drumming. In composing this tape, Messer, Campbell and Coon worked closely with engineer James Cunningham, himself a musician, to achieve new and unusual effects.

Inspiraion - N. E. Paulos
Cha-Cha-Cha - Mario de Jesus
Cactus Polka
La Cumparsa - E. Lecunona
Jungle Flute - Jose Bethancourt

Savage Drum Fantasy

Watusi A. P. B.
Masai Rumble
Tumbatu Tintintambula
Tombs Of Cameroon
Bantu Bonce
Kikuyu Strut
Mombassa Bombilation
Nairobi Mambo
Ubangi Boom
Breezy Zambezi
Specter of the Zulu Goddess
Sumbawanga Rattatto

Sunday, March 29, 2015

One Billion Dollars In Progress

One Billion Dollars In Progress
The Sounds Of Steelmaking (Produced by Hardman Associates, Inc.

Lavish, artfully produced 72 page full color 12 x 12 hardbound coffee table-style promotional book that included an LP titled The Sounds Of Steelmaking. The sleeve was glued to inside of the back cover.

The promotion contains a number of one, as well as two page color images.

Everything Is Beautiful - Mountain Dew Brass

Everything Is Beautiful
Mountain Dew Brass

Sugar Sugar
Everything Is Beautiful
Hey, Mr. Bluebird
He Loves Me All The Way
Roomful Of Roses
My Love
A Heart Full Of Love
El Paso