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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Psychedellic Guitars

Take A Trip
Psychedellic Guitars
Custom CS 1078

Unknown studio musicians produced this decent budget "psych" record. Someone at Custom took some good drugs before signing off on the cover to include the misspelling of "Psychedellic". Hey… if it wasn't for modern day spell checker I'd make the same mistake completely sober.

Raw, toe-tapping fun stuff.

Lets Ride Again
Take A Trip
Love In
Psychedellic Ripple
Coming On
Unchained Soul
Way Out
Take Me Back
Psychedellic Guitars

Out On A Limb - Pete Regolo

In A Modal Tone
Out On A Limb
Pete Rugolo And Orchestra
Emarcy 36115

Terrific program from the creative Rugolo. Going out on a limb, Rugolo varies the approaches/moods to engage you throughout this well-paced set.

From the back cover: Pete Rugolo has become an increasingly variegated professional writer. He has produced music for films, for vocal backgrounds, for TV shows of varying requirements, for jazz bands, for just about any assignment involving score paper. Born in Sicily in 1915, Pete was brought to California when he was five. He began his career as a professional pianist in the late 30s in the San Francisco-Oakland area. He became nationally and then internationally known as a result of his charging, ambitiously diversified arrangements for the Stan Kenton orchestra from 1945 to 1949. In his free-lance years since, he has acquired growing skills in the afore cited areas and in several more.

For Pete, this album was a chance to indicate the different ways he feels materials in the jazz idiom can be approached. "I wrote each tune the way I felt it," he explains, "There are ballads and concert pieces and swingers, but I didn't restrict myself to a rule that every bar had to swing or that there had to be a certain amount of commercial writing. These are simply some of the ways in which I like to write. I was given complete freedom of material and in the selection of musicians. This album was written, incidentally, during a particularly demanding month when I had to provide arrangements for two other albums beside this and some other assignments. Yet because this involved writing the way I felt, I completed this album in time and in the way I wanted it to sound.

This album was made in three sessions. Present on all were pianist, Russ Freeman, Bassist Joe Mondraogon, Drummer Shelley Manne, and Vibist Larry Bunker. The alternate guitars were Howard Roberts and Barney Kessel. Among the other familiar names besides those not already given solo credit were Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Chiders, Ray Linn and Tuba, Jay McAllister.

Also from the back cover: In A Modal Tone was originally written for piano by Rugolo in 1940 as an exercise when he was studying at Mills college. "I wanted to call it Darius, after Darius Milhaud, who was one of my teachers there. It's very polytonal but is based on a modal scale that is not, however, utilized all the way through." The instrumentation is two French horns, two trumpets, two trombones and tuba.

Don't Play The Melody
In A Modal Tone
Early Duke
Sunday Mondays Or Always
The Boy Next Door
Cha-Lito Lindo
Ballade For Drums
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Repetitious Riff

Bossa Nova - Jim Helms

Why Do You Linger
Bossa Nova
Buddy Collette, Howard Roberts, Jim Helms, Mel Pollan, Leo Acosta and Darias
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Jim Helms
Session Produced by Bill Lazerus
Crown Records CLP 5302

Nao pode ser (It Can Never Be)
O barulho daa noite (Noise Of The Night)
Samba da tartaruga (Turtle Samba)
Amor levado (Mischievous Love)
A meia-noite (At Midnight)
Samba un pouco azul (Blue Samba)
A pele do marfin (Skin Of Ivory)
Porque de moras (Why do you linger).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Great Country Music Hits - Ray Anthony

Great Country Music Hits
Ray Anthony
Arrangements by Bill Justis
Produced by Randy Wood
Ranwood Records R-8059

Love Is For The Two Of Us
Almost Persuaded
Truck Stop
It Is No Secret
He'll Have To Go
Slipping Around
No One Will Ever Know
Stand By Your Man

Warm And Wonderful - Bert Kaempfert

Warm And Wonderful
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra
Recorded in Europe
Decca Records DL 75089

Pleasant and straight forward late 60s easy. The sample above plays through with an interesting tonal quality.

Record collector side-note (or tell me something that I don't already know): This record was a new, completely sealed copy, but played through under a new needle with the noise you hear in the background. Sealed isn't always gold.

One Lonely Night
I May Be Wrong
Some Of These Days
One Morning In May
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Only In Your Arms
This Guy's In Love With You
The Maltese Melody
One Street Of Love

Tender Moments - Richard Hayman

You're My Thrill
Tender Moments
The Arrangements Of Richard Hayman
The Manhattan Pops Orchestra
Time Series 2000

Personel include: Moe Wechsler, Phil Bodner, Al Caiola, Phil Kraus and Bob Rosengarden.

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Beautiful Love
Be My Love
A Love Like This
Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere
You're My Thrill
Orchids In The Moonlight
Body And Soul
I'll Be Seeing You
The Very Thought Of You
I Surrender Dear

Once A Thief - Lalo Schifrin

Once A Thief
Once A Thief
And Other Themes Lalo Schifrin
Produced by Creed Taylor
Verve V-8624

Diverse set which is held together by the jazz vibe you might expect to hear from this Verve/Schifrin program.

From inside the book-fold jacket: More than anything, this album is a showcase for the original compositions of Lalo Schifrin. Some have appeared before in other forms, notably, The Cat, which was the Grammy Award winner this year for the best jazz composition. Jimmy Smith and Lalo collaborated for that grand slam. I'm especially glad it won, inasmuch as it was my personal choice, and my radio show embraces the West Coast home base of the NARAS – the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. – Johnny Magnus, Radio KMPC, Los Angeles

The set includes several vocal numbers by Irene Reid (including Once A Thief). Good stuff, although I enjoyed the instrumental version more.

Leader and Piano: Lalo Schifrin, French Horn: Jimmy Buffington, Robert Northern, Willie Ruff. Guitar: Kenny Burrell, Tuba: Don Butterfield. Trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, James L. Johnson, Tony Studd, Bob Brookmeyer. Bass: Bob Cranshaw. Trumpet: Freddy Hubbard, Ernie Royal, Eugene Young, Clark Terry. Tenor Sax and Flute: Jerome Richardson, James Moody. Viola: Alfred Brown, Harold Coletta, Harold Furmansky, Murray Sandry. Violin; Max Cahn, Lewis Eley, Mary Lou Galen, Emanuel Green, Leo Kahn, Leo Kruczek, Joseph Malignaggi, Gene Orloff, Max Pollikoff, Raoul Poliakin, Tosha Samaroff, Avram Weiss. Cello: Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Shulman. Harp: Margaret Ross. Drums: Grady Tate or Dave Bailey. Alto Sax, Clarinet and Alto Flute: Phil Woods

Blues A-Go-Go
Once A Thief
The Right To Love
The Cat
The Man From THRUSH
Roulette Rhumba
Return To Trieste
The Joint
Once A Thief

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Swing Hi Swing Fi - George Siravo

Some Of These Days
Swing Hi Swing Fi
George Siravo And His Orchestra
Vik LX-1125

Big band flavored with a little of that "light pop" sound that I hear in many early 60s Command label projects.

From the back cover: He (Siravo) knew where he was going at all times so he was able to accept the ideas formulated by others, let them sit and soak for a while and later bring them forth in a pattern that was individualistic and fresh. For source material, Siravo had the best the band business had to offer at the time. He played with bands led by Glenn Miller, Jan Savitt and Artie Shaw and he wrote arrangements for Charlie Barnet, Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman and the late greats Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

Sweet Sue
I Ain't Got Nobody
Honeysuckle Rose
Mary Lou
Somebody Stole My Gal
Twelfth Street Rag
Who's Sorry Now
Cheerful Little Earful
My Gal Sal
Some Of These Days

Once Upon A Tour - Dora Hall

Are You Lonesome Tonight
Full Album
Once Upon A Tour
From The Television Special Starring Phil Harris, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Oliver, Rich Little, Ben Blue and Rosey Grier
Cozy Record Company 2000

For your enjoyment, straight out of the sealed shrink… musical numbers pulled from Vanity Queen Dora Hall's 1972 television special and published on her own label.

All He'd Say Was Uhmm, Uhmm
Travelin' Band
Sweet Nothin's
Happy Together
Street Medley
Promise Me Everything, Never Get Anything Blues
Six Days On The Road
I Can Remember
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Hitchin' A Ride
Rock Medley
What A Day For A Daydream

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening - Billy Butterfield

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra
Arrangements: Bill Stegmeyer
Cover photographed at the Statler-Hilton, New York City
Dress by Phyllis Dee, Inc., of Miami - Shoes by Capezio - Jewelry by Coro
RCA Victor LPM-1699

A Fine Romance
Medley: Thank Your Father - If I Had A Talking Picture Of You - I'm A Dreamer - Sunny Side Up
Get Out Of Town
At Long Last Love
Medley: May I - Love Thy Neighbor - Paris In The Spring - Did You Ever See A Dream Walk
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Medley: I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - You're Devastating - You Couldn't Be Cuter
Flying Down To Rio
Medley: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Beginner's Luck - They All Laughed
Medley: A Tree Was A Tree - She Reminds Me Of You - Stay As Sweet As You Are - Take A Number From One To Ten

Rhapsody In Blue - Elly Ellason

Rhapsody In Blue
Hudson Record Co. 206

Just because we like to dish out the budget cheesecake...

Hits That Will Live Forever - The 1940 All-Star Dance Orchestra

Hits That Will Live Forever
The 1940 All-Star Dance Orchestra
Recorded under the direction of D. L. Miller
Cover Design: Chic Laganella
Somerset P-26700

Moonlight Serenade
American Patrol
Down By The Riverside
Marie In Stardust
Begin The Beguine
Sliver Slippers
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

Sweet Violins - Harry Arnold

April In Paris
Sweet Violins
Harry Arnold And His Orchestra
Recorded in Sweden
Hollywood Records LPH-34

The Song Is Ended
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Tea For Two
If I Lost You
Russian Lullaby
What'll I Do
Goodnight Angel
Goodnight My Love
Goodnight Sweetheart
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Dearly Beloved
The Nearness Of You
Cocktail For Two
Cheek To Cheek
As Time Goes By
Linger Awhile
April In Paris

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hi-Fi Living

Back cover art for the series

Vol.1 – I Could Have Danced All Night
Vol. 2 – Hands Across The Table
Vol. 3 – Hits From Hollywood
Vol. 4 – I Married An Angel
Vol. 5 – Love On Broadway
Vol. 6 – Latin Holiday
Vol. 7 – These Foolish Things
Vol. 8 – A Lazy Afternoon
Vol. 9 – The Girl That I Marry
Vol. 10 – Very Hi-Fi Organ
Vol. 11 – A Trip To Romance
Vol. 12 – We're Having A Party

Once In A While
I Married An Angel
Vol. 4 For Hi-Fi Living
Hill Bowen And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1004

Lush strings broken up from time to time with bongos and jazzy passages that don't last long enough for my tastes. Enjoy the guitar passage featured in the sample.

I Married An Angel
Lovely Lady
Taking A Chance On Love
I'll Never Be The Same
Doll Dance
I Love You
More Than You Know
That Old Feeling
Once In A While
Blue Moon
Down Among The Sheltering Palms

September Song
Love On Broadway
Vol. 5 For Hi-Fi-Living
Hill Bowen And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1005

Repeat of the Bowen's lush strings sound as heard on Vol. 4 sans the bongos and jazz passages. This approach presents less possibilities for excitement, however, the mood on this record is more solidly presented because the string arrangements aren't fighting the jazz passages for attention.

They Didn't Believe Me
My Ship
Make Believe
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
June Is Bustin' Out All Over
Love Walked In
Some Enchanted Evening
The Night Was Made For Love
Orchids In The Moonlight
September Song
Falling In Love With Love

Latin Holiday
Vol. 6 For Hi-Fi Living
Don Amore And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1006

Light interpretations of your favorite standards.

Cuanto le Gusta
Lisbon Antiqua
El Cumbanchero
Sweet and Gentle
Besame Mucho
Green Eyes

When You Wish Upon A Star
These Foolish Things
Vol. 7 For Hi-Fi Living
Jack Sack And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1007

Nice mood set that engages the ear with creative arrangements.

Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
Music, Maestro, Please!
When You Wish Upon A Star
San Antonio Rose
These Foolish Things
Wabash Moon
When They Ask About You
Lullaby Of Leaves
I'd Climb The Highest Mountain
With A Smile And A Song

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
A Lazy Afternoon
Vol. 8 For Hi-Fi Living
Malcolm Lockyer And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1008

Heavy on the "mood"… with a touch of drama that is provided by the slow moving arrangements and piano passages.

Deep Purple
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
In A Little Spanish Town
Don't Blame Me
Time On My Hands
The Wedding Of The Painted Dolls
Let Me Love You Tonight
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
At Sundown
I'll See You In My Dreams
Goodnight Sweetheart

Blue Skies
The Girl That I Marry
The Music Of Irving Berlin
Vol. 9 For Hi-Fi Living
Jack Say And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1009

A solid mood set.

Soft Lights And Sweet Dreams
Cheek To Cheek
How Deep Is The Ocean
Say It Isn't So
Blue Skies
Say It With Music
Lady Of The Evening
The Girl That I Marry
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
All By Myself

Stormy Weather
Very Hi-Fi Organ
Vol. 10 For Hi-Fi Living
Jocelyn McNeil At The Pipe Organ
RCA Custom RAL 1010

Enough with the orchestrated mood… Let's give the pipe organ a whirl...

Who's Sorry Now?
Sophisticated Lady
Star Dust
The Creole Love Call
Blue Mirage
I Got Rhythm
Stormy Weather
The Dream Of Olwen

Little Girl
We're Having A Party
Vol. 12 For Hi-Fi Living
Malcolm Lockyer And His Orchestra
RCA Custom RAL 1012

Mixed bag of big band swing and mood.

I've Found A New Baby
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Under Paris Skies (Sous le ciel de Paris)
Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
Little Girl
You Know (Tu Sais)
I'll Never Smile Again
The Petite Waltz
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)

New Look! - George Shearing

New Look!
George Shearing Quintet
Plays The Great New Songs
Arranged by George Shearing with orchestration by Julian Lee
Produced by David Cavanaugh
In association with Lex De Azevedo and John Palladino
Capitol Records T 2637

From Billboard - January 21, 1967: The ever fresh piano magic of Shearing is headed right for the best seller charts with this delightful program of popular melodies. Featuring his quintet backed by lush strings, reeds and brass, the creative pianist adds his own lustre to the Beatles "Yesterday", "You're Gonna Hear From Me" and "Once In A Lifetime" are masterful performances with a classical approach.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Strangers In The Night
Too Good To Be True
You're Gonna Hear From Me
Call Me
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Have A Heart
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Once In A Lifetime

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dancing With The Blues - Al Nevins

Sugar Blues
Dancing With The Blues
Al Nevins And His Orchestra
Arranger: Charles Albertine
RCA Victor LPM-1654

Big band sweetly augmented with strings including the featured violin passage as heard in the sample above.

From the back cover: And as for the orchestra, Al Nevins commented as follows when the recording session were complete: "For myself, this has been a dream come true. It is difficult to describe the tremendous excitement and pleasure that came from the working with an enthusiastic orchestra created specifically to combine the talented young musicians of our day and an outstanding creative arranger with the music that is our heritage and the facilities and engineers to capture the sounds and record the music."

Bye Bye Blues
Alone With The Blues
Honky Tonk Train
Sugar Blues
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Baby Kerry's Blues
What Is Thing Called Love
Blues For The G-String
Find And Mellow
You Don't Know What Love Is
Wang Wang Blues
Basin Street Blues