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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Maynard Ferguson Plays Jazz For Dancing

Maynard Ferguson Plays Jazz For Dancing
Forum SF 9035
A Division of Roulette Records

Also released, in same jacket, as Roulette, R 52038.

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Excellent late 50s jazz flavored big band set.

Hey There
Where's Teddy
If I Should Lose You
I'll Be Seeing You
'Tis Autumn
Secret Love
I'm Beginning To See The Light
It Might As Well Be Spring
Stompin' At The Savoy
'Round About Midnight
Soft Winds

Monday, June 26, 2017

East Of India - Werner Muller

Lotus And Chrysanthemum
East Of India
Werner Muller And His Orchestra
Recored by Deutsche Grammophon Polydor Series
Decca Records DL 8880

The covers suggests that this album may feature a good amount of exotic instrumentation. The set, however, is more of a Les Baxter-styled "exotica" interpretation which is to say, that once you allow for the more straight forward orchestrated approach, I think that you will find the disc enjoyable all the way through. Excellent late 50s product when compared to similar offerings from the period.

From Billboard - May 18, 1959: The German orkster serves up an exotic set of lushly arranged tunes all of which have titles dealing with Eastern places of themes. It's an interesting and listenable item that provides a good programming set. The arrangements are colorful and tasteful. Cover will help attract sales.

The Banquet
The Raftsman's Ballad
Bazaar Melody
Ferry Boat Serenade
Lotus And Chrysanthemum
Ritual Dance
On The Kyushu Island
Merry Geishas
Chinese Tittle-Tattle
Moon Over The Pagoda
Sampans On The River

The Primitive And The Passionate - Les Baxter

The Primitive And The Passionate
Les Baxter And His Orchestra
Produced by Chuck Eagle
Cover: George Jerman
Art Direction: Merle Shore
Reprise Records R-6048

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Posted here to share the minty cover and original sleeve that came with the copy I found.

Excellent Baxter set that plays through as fresh sounding to day as it must have sounded to vinyl buyers in 1961

From Billboard - September 1, 1962: Exotic arrangements of a group of sophisticated tunes composed by Les Baxter make this album of more than usual interest. The Baxter ork performs the tunes with care, sparked by the stylish use of instruments and unusual and ear-catching sounds. Of the eight songs in the set by Baxter, "Bird Of Paradise," "Fiesta Brava" and "Manchurian Melody" gran a lot of air exposure. One of the four new Reprise "sound special" albums.

Fiesta Brava
Peking Tiger
A Night With Cleopatra
Via Veneto
Bird Of Paradise
Slave Ship
Manchurian Melody
A Taste Of Honey
Little Girl Blue

Modern Jazz Hall Of Fame

Extrasensory Perception
Modern Jazz Hall Of Fame
Cover Photo by Philip Lustig
Design DLP 29
Division Of Pickwick Sales

From Billboard - October 7, 1957: An excellent cross-section of modern jazz, mainstream to avant-garde. Set includes excerpts from Massey Hall concerts in Toronto, Canada featuring Parker-Gillespie group, Bud Powell Trio and recordings by Kai Winding with Four Trombones, Thad Jones with Strings, Mingus and Lee Konitz, Max Roach group, etc. These recordings, originally released on Debut are all the more salable now at bargain price of $1.49.

From the back cover: Here assembled for the first time Design Records presents one of the greatest assemblages of modern jazz talent ever recorded. Starring with Perdido recorded by Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charlie Mingus, Max Roach and "Charlie Chan" on sax is a true jazz classic. The recording was made in Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, under the sponsorship of the New Jazz Society of Toronto. Comment by Nat Hentoff of Downbeat, the bible of the music world was... "This is what records are for. It would be a shame to lose this after only one performance." Perdido is a jazz classic in itself and is played or sung by nearly every great jazz artist as a show piece in their repertoire. Following are Max Roach, Gigi Gryce, Hank Mobley, Idrees Sulieman, Leon Comegys, Walter Davis II, and Franklin Skeete playing Mobley's "Orientation", a mood piece of depth and with a strange moving fever. Next on the "A" side of the album we present the great alto sax of Lee Konitz, one of the greatest in the business. Lee plays "Extrasensory Perception" with Charlie Mingus, one of the day's finest bass players, George Kourzen on Cello, Phyllis Pinkerton on Piano, and Al Levitt on the drums. The last piece on this side is Sam Most's Quartet playing "Notes To You". Sam has been voted the "New Star On Clarinet" in a nationwide poll and here is one of the reasons why. With him are Bob Dorough on piano, Percy Heath on bass and the great Louie Bellson on drums... The flip side of the disc... or as those of us who are not "hep" might say... The reverse side of the record leads off with four of the finest jazz trombonists in American today. J. and Kia... The fabulous J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding along with Bennie Green and Willie Dennis play mush trombone in a piece written for trombone by Winding. Joining them are John Lewis on piano, Charles Mingus on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. Folloing the tribune piece we have two more cuts made at Massey Hall. The first by the Bud Powell Trio, "I've Got You Under My Skin" played by Bud on his amazing piano, Charlie Mingus on Bass and Max Roach with a real driving beat on the drums. Max really shines on the third track when he plays a drum solo titles "Drum Conversation"... One of the finest recordings of this type ever made. The clicking noises you hear in the background are Mingus clicking his heels to the tempo. Following this pair we close with "Portrait" a moody, semi-classical tone poem composed by Charles Mingus and played by the amazing Thad Jones on trumpet, Billy Taylor on piano, John LaPorta on alto sax, Jackson Wiley on cello, Smilin' Milt Hinton on bass and Joe Morello on drums. This piece in itself shows how deep the thought that goes into progressive jazz can be... – Roy Freeman

Extrasensory Perception
Notes To You
Kai's Day
Got You Under My Skin
Drum Conversation

Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
Lion L70064
A product of MGM Records - A Division of Lowe's Incorporated

Great Hampton compilation set available from online vendors under the title "Air Mail Special".

From the back cover: Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Chicago, where his musical family moved when he was seven. There, he received his early musical training. He left school at the age of sixteen to find work as a professional musician, but his age was a handicap and jobs were few and far between. Eventually, he found himself in Los Angeles. Here, he got his real start, first as a drummer with a jazz combo headed by Paul Howard, lager with Les Hite's Band. Then, he drew the attention of Louis Armstrong. It was during service with "Satchmo" that he switched from drums to vibes and found the first nation-wide recognition of his name and talent. His unique artistry brought him immediate acclaim in movies, public appearances and on records. When Armstrong set out for the East, "Hamp" decided to remain on the coast. It was at this point that Benny Goodman offered him a spot with what was then the greatest band in the world. "Camp" began making musical monuments with the all-time greats: players like Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and B. G. himself. That was in 1936, a year, incidentally, when Down Beat Magazine accorded "Hamp" an award in honor of his selection by popularity poll as "the most exciting artist of the year". When Goodman dissolved his band, "Hamp" organized his own orchestra and, in less than a year, it became one of the biggest "name" attractions in the country. The rest is history.

Air Mail Special
Cool Train
Jumpin' With G. H.
Gates Steps Out
Don't Flee The Scene Salty
Oh, Rock
Gabby's Gabbin'
Samson's Boogie

Essence Of Romance - Spencer-Hagen

Essence Of Romance
Spencer-Hagen Orchestra
Cover Printing: Western Lithograph Co., Los Angeles, Calif.
Liberty LST 7015

From Billboard - September 30, 1957: This set is keyed even closer to the romance angle than the average period act, with a lush Polynesian type admiring herself in the mirror on the cover and material inside under such titles as "White Shoulders," "Surrender," "Night of Delight," to whet the appetite. Notes go a little far in setting the mood but the work itself has a rich, clean, well-arranged and recorded sound with makes the group of original tunes quite salable. Nick jock bands here, too.

White Shoulders
After Nightfall
Night Of Delight
Bubble Bath

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jazztime U.S.A. - Volume 3

You Go To My Head
Jazztime U.S.A.
Featuring The Terry Gibbs Sextet, Jackie Paris, Hot Lips Page and The Marion McPartland Trio
Volume 3
Recorded at Fort Monmouth, N. J., May 27, 1953
Brunswick Records BL 54002

From the back cover: Once a month a group of outstanding jazz specialist visits different Army and Navy bases. The men are brought together and the productions are supervised by disc jockey Al "Jazzbo" Collins and Bob Thiele, Director of Artists and Repetorie for Coral Records.

Perdido, These Foolish Things and Don't Blame Me
Personnel: Terry Gibbs; Vibraphone, Don Elliot; Mellophone, Claude Noel; Piano, Kenny O'Brien; Bass and Sid Bulkin; Drums.

You Go To My Head and Cool Blues
Personnel: Terry Gibbs Sextet and Jackie Paris

St. Louis Blues, Sunny Side Of The Street, St. James Infirmary Blues and The Sheik Of Araby
Personnel: "Hot Lips" Page; Trumpet and vocal, with Marion McPartland Trio - Marion McPartland; Piano, Walter Host; Bass and Mouise Alexander; Drums

Side One/Terry Gibbs Sextext

Perdido (Last)
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Don't Blame Me
You Go To My Head

Side Two/Hot Lips Page with Marion McPartland Trio

Cool Blues
St. Louis Blues
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
St. James Infirmary
The Sheik Of Araby

Jazztime U.S.A. Volume 2

Honeysuckle Rose
Jazztime U.S.A.
Volume 2
Recorded at Pythian Temple, New York City, April 13, 1953
Burnswick Records BL 54001

From Billboard - August 22, 1953: The selections on this 12-inch LP were recorded at Pythian Temple, New York, in April of this year. The sounds of the audience who attended the jazz concert are in the grooves. This, plus the fact that the date was done at a concert rather than in a studio, lends a touch of informality. The artists represented cover a wide range, both in types of jazz and style of performance. There are such top jazz names as Georgie Auld and His All Stars, Charlie Shavers, Ed Safranski; young, upcoming classically-trained artists as Tony Scott, Stuff Smith, Terry Gibbs and many others. The talent also includes a performance by Moondog, the itinerant musician who specializes in odd rhythmic studies. This reviewer personally thought the selection of material played could have been greatly improved. The album should appeal to jazz fans, however.

Side 1

Terry Gibbs Sextet: Terry Gibbs, Vibraphone; Don Elliott, Mellophone; Ray Abrams, Tenor Sax; Claude Noel, Piano; Kenny O'Brien, Bass; Sid Bulkin, Drums
De Arango - Terry Gibbs - Bill De Arango

Tony Scott Quartet: Tony Scott, Clarinet; Dick Katz, Piano; Milton Hinton, Bass; Jackie Moffett, Drums
Bob's Blob - Tony Scott

Stuff Smith, Violin Solo:
Stuff Smith, Violin; Dick Katz, Piano; Milton Hinton, Bass; Jackie Moffett, Drums
Honeysuckle Rose - Thomas Waller -Andy Razaf

Moondog: Moondog Plays The Trimbas and OO in Snake Time
Rims Shots
Improvisations In 4/4
Improvasation In 7/4

Side 2

Georgie Auld and Sarah McLawler: Georgie Auld, Tenor Sax; Sarah McLowler, Organ and Vocal; Mundell Lowe, Guitar; Specs Powell, Drums
Red Light

Georgie Auld And His All-Stars: Charlie Shavers, Trumpet, Kai Winding, Trombone; Tony Scott, Clarinet; Georgie Auld, Tenor Sax; Lou Stein, Piano; Mudell Lowe, Guitar; Ed Safranski, Bass; Specs Powell, Drums
Lucky Duck - Heal Hefti
I've Got A Crush On You - George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jazztime U. S. A. Volume 1 - Terry Gibbs and Mary Lou Williams

Down Beat
Jazztime U. S. A.
Volume 1
Featuring Terry Gibbs Sextext and Mary Lou Williams and her Orchestra
Brunswick Records BL 54000

From the back cover:

About Terry Gibbs

Terry Gibbs was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on October 13, 1924. When he was twelve years old he won the Major Bowes Contest on the concert xylophone. While attending Tilden High School in Brooklyn he made many radio, theatre, and concert appearances, and it was during the period that Terry also mastered the drums and tympani.

Upon graduation from high school, Uncle Sam booked Terry for a three year engagement, which he served in an armored division. After discharge, he was featured over network radio from New York. During this period Tommy Dorsey asked Terry to join his band for a special coast engagement in a featured spot. A. D. (or After Dorsey) Terry joined Chubby Jackson's outfit for a three month European tour.

Upon his return to the U.S. Terry was heard with Buddy Rich's orchestra and was featured at such top spots as the Palladium, Hollywood; Howard Theatre, Washington; Paramount and Apollo Theatre in New York, among others. While with the band, Terry was also featured in a musical short for Universal-International. After leaving Rich's band Terry joined Woody Herman and was featured at such top spots as the Empire Room, Hollywood; Royal Roost, New York; Blue Note, Chicago; and many others. At the same time Terry appeared on leading TV show such as the "Ed Sullivan Show" and the "Eddie Condon Show" among others.

After his arrangement with Herman, Terry Gibbs joined T. D. for a special eastern engagement, and then went on to Benny Goodman on the "Star Time TV Show." Here he was picked as the king of the vibes by the "Downbeat" and "Metronome" polls for the year 1950-51.

On the strength of this honor, Terry Gibbs formed the group known as Terry Gibbs and his Sextet which was an immediate success with the customers and critics alike.

About Mary Lou Williams

She was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, May 8, 1911, and her musical career began when she was three. While seated on her mother's lap at the organ, Mary Lou picked out the melody of several tunes she had heard her mother play. Less than a year later she was earning money playing for local bridge and house parties.

At eleven, Mary Lou got her first professional job, replacing a pianist who had walked out on a show called "Hits and Bits." Graduating from high school with honors at sixteen, she left Pittsburgh for a tour that lasted several years. In 1931m Mary Lou went to work with an 18 piece band, as pianist, arranger, and composer. Her playing, arranging and her original compositions gave the entire ensemble the beat and inspiration that enabled them to make a mark in the history of jazz. All her recordings are treasured collector's items.

Mary Lou Williams quickly became one of the most respected and sought-after people in the field of contemporary music. For a number of years, her home has been open to all who are interested in and responsible for the progress of modern music. Many of the most far-reaching innovations in jazz were first during the frequent discussions and work sessions that are held in her apartment. She may be called the "Queen Of Modern Jazz" with undeniable justification. Few days pass without her receiving a phone call from some musician who seeks her help and advice on a musical problem or someone who wants her reassuring presence at a recording session. As many as ten calls per day come over her phone from youngsters who want to learn to play her kind of music. Mary Lou selects the most promising of these, and devotes her time to developing their potential talents.

Besides her countless appearances at American's leading night clubs, television and radio shows, she has given many concerts at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and college auditoriums, and is the composer of more than two hundred tunes.

Also from the back cover: On T. & S., a Gibbs tune, the solos are by Don Elliott, the versatile young ex-Shearing star, on mellophone; Terry on vibes; and Horace Silver on piano. On Flyin' Home Billy Taylor takes over at the piano; Kai Winding has one of his swingengest trombone choruses; Howard McGhee handles the trumpet chores brilliantly; and the climax is a long duet for four mallets by Don Elliott and Terry, both playing on the same vibraharp. You will have a fascinating time trying to figure out who is playing what, and when. All we can tell you is that between the two of them, Terry and Don make this a unique event. The rhythm section (Billy Taylor, Chuck Waye, George Duvivier, and Sid Bulkin) keeps up the frantic pace superbly.

The second group on this session was under the leadership of Mary Lou Williams, a greatly respected jazz figure for two decades and one who has always kept up with new stylistic developments. With her are Harold Baker, whose muted trumpet work in Down Beat and C Jam Blues will rank among the tastiest performances of the year; Vic Dickenson, the great trombone veteran; Morris Lane, a Lionel Hampton alumnus who plays a tenor sax in the big-toned Coleman Hawkins tradition; and Newell John, a new guitar star recruited from Loumell Morgan's combo to take part in this jam session.

We need hardly to add that with Don Lamond and Ed Safranski completing the rhythm section, this group gets a fine a beat as you could wish – and, thanks to the recording conditions, every man can be heard perfectly... and memorably.

T And S
I Don't Know What Love Is
Flying Home
Three Little Words
Down Beat
Out Of Nowhere
C Jam Blues

Quiet Music - Columbia Salon Orchestra

Clare De Lune
Quiet Music
Volume 1
Columbia Salon Orchestra
Easy Listening For Your Relaxation
Columbia Records GL 510

Volume one of as many as 6 volumes found in the Columbia Quiet Music series.

Clair De Lune
Blue Danube Waltz
La Paloma
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Minuet In G
Spring Song
Bright Shines The Moon
La Rayuela
Speak To Me Of Love
No Longer Does The Dawn Caress Me
Schubert's Serenade