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Friday, August 18, 2017

Hundred Dollar Week-End

Hundred Dollar Week-End
You Are There... It's The Wildest
A Rollicking Frolicking Ball By The Sea
A Bold Adventure Into The Realm Of Esoteric Hi-Fedlity
Trick Records LPM 007

Did the hundred dollar week-end include the room, drinks and food... the paper bag needed to help reduce the chances that the young woman might hyperventilate during all her moaning? These questions remain unanswered as does my search for another post, which if my memory serves me, that features the same recording released under a different title.

Latin Moods - Jerry Mayeron

Latin Moods
Jerry Mayeron And His Orchestra
SOMA MG 1212

From the back cover: This array of 6 mambos and 5 bolero selections, designed to give listener or dancer a careful balance of stylings, featuring Jerry Mayeron and his Mamborchestra. Long prominent in the musical realms of Minneapolis and St. Paul, maestro Mayeron and his group are eminently qualified as even the briefest of samplings will testify. Their infectious melodies are sure to set you swaying and rocking to the irresistible bongo beat – and at the same time conjuring up a vision of darkly handsome Latin and skirt swirling senoritas. The Mayeron Mamborchestra is comprised of performers whose backgrounds are as imposing as their music is enjoyable.

Jerry Mayeron, for a decade and a half, as been a piano stylist of note. Mainstay of the organization's unique personality is Mel Paster, percussionist par excellence. Others include Bibby Bastien on bass, Ronnie Rochat on trumpet, Carl Have on accordion, Buddy Moore on bongo and Don Anderson doubling on sax and harp.

Imaginative and distinctive arrangements set this small combo Latin project apart from the competition in what was likely a late 50s pressing, judging by the cover art.

Ebb Tide
J.C. Mambo
Autumn Leaves
Ronnie's Mambo
Speak Low
Quien Sera

A Little Spice Sung By Faye Richmond

My Man O' War
A Little Spice Sung By Faye Richmonde
Davis Records
Joe Davis Record Manufacturer
JD 101

From the back cover: Faye Richmond, is of the new blood. She is a charming person, beautiful, and a delightful singer. Born in a little steel mill town called Homestead, Pa., her ambition from childhood was to become a singer. She broke into show business during the jitterbug era. She entered a dancing contest with her brother and they won the Pennsylvania Tri-State contest. One of the prizes was a two week engagement at a local night club. From Then on they became professionals and toured the country with a band. Her first break came, when the singer with the band became ill and she substituted for her. From then on Faye has been playing night clubs throughout the country.

If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' On It
The Dentist Song
Naggin' Will Not Hold A Man
She's Nine Months Gone From Home
Handy Andy
I Want A Man To Gimme Some Luck
Come Up And See Me, Anytime
Find Out What They Like, And How They Like It
Keep Your Nose Out Of Mama's Business
If You Can't Get Five, Take Two
Never Brag About Your Man
My Man O' War

Piano Portraits By Giovannini

I Cover The Waterfront
Piano Portraits By Giovannini
Bally Record BAL 12009

From the back cover: As can be well imagined, by seeing his name, our piano portraitist, Caesar Giovannini, comes from the Latin, too; but he is an American (United States type) by birth – Chicago, Illinois, in 1925.

Now since Caesar means Emperor, and Emperor means "in command," the Caesar Giovannini is aptly named. At the piano, Caesar is in command. You but have to witness the despair and admiration on the faces of other pianists when they watch and listen to him play to know the nature of Caesar' Command of the Piano. His talent as a composer shows through his playing, as does, also, his skill as an orchestrator and an arranger.

Caesar began his musical training at the age of five and his studies were all pointed towards the concert piano field, but in High School he was introduced to popular music. In spite of the criticism frequently directed at our American popular music, much of this music is very good indeed, and surely plays an important role in our lives. To most of us, its call is strong, and Caesar answered this call with never a regret.

During World War II, Caesar was Concert Pianist for the Official U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and appeared many times with them. In 1947, he received his Bachelors Degree in Piano from the Chicago Conservatory of Music; in 1948, he received his Master's Degree in Composition from this same conservatory.

Caesar joined the Chicago N.B.C. Staff orchestra in 1949 and has been there ever since. During his stay there, he has composed many important works for television and radio shows. He is, at present, writing and conducting the music for the Kukla, Fran and Ollie Show.

Bally Records believes that in offering this album of "Piano Portraits" it is presenting not only on of the great popular pianists of today, but in addition it is giving much more. Most pianists who are recorded use an accompaniment a String Bass and possibly a Guitar; but backing, or rather siding, Caesar Giovannini are five of the finest Jazz performers in America. Vibes – Chuck Calzaretta, Solo Guitar – Claude Scheiner, Rhythm Guitar – Freddy Rundquist, Drums – Max Mariash, and String Bass – Lew Skalinder.

From Billboard - November 17, 1956: Young Giovannini, who writes and conducts the music for the "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" TV show, turns his attention to the package disk field for the first time with this set of 12 moody standards. The artist hews close to the melody line on the tunes, filling them in with easy-to-take full chords. Backing consists of vibes, two guitars, bass and drums which combine to make an agreeable setting. Whether the artists will manage to set the world on fire is a question, but the red-headed lady on the cover, who has little to do with the material, might easily turn the trick.

Early Autumn
Where Or When
I Cover The Waterfront
I'm Through With Love
My Romance
Fools Rush In
Autumn In New York
Stars Fell On Alabama
I See Your Face Before Me
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
The Nearness Of You
Why Shouldn't I

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Steelband And Island Songs - Tyrone & The Clouds

Take Me Take Me
Steelband And Island Songs
Tyrone & The Clouds
Fiesta Records FLPS 1876

Big Bamboo
Steelband Music
Lemon Tree
Take Me Take Me
I Love Barbados
Ring Ting Ting
Legend Of Sam Lord
Snoop John B
In The Caribbean

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill

Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill
And His Orchestra
Decca DL 78878

Excerpts from the back cover: Always instantly identifiable and away from the norm, the Thornhill orchestra was first organized in 1940, but the idea for it began to materialize while Claude was staff arranger for Andre Kostelanetz and the Chesterfield radio show in 1937.

"To create something new and arresting, an orchestra different than the others on the scene, was my goal." Thornhill told me. "With Kostelanetz and later when writing for the Skinny Ennis band on the Bob Hope radio series, I experimented and came close to the sound that would eventually become identified with me.

"The more I thought and worked on my ideas the more convinced I became that I had something a little bit different to contribute. What shaped my thinking and the sound of my orchestra to be? I guess it was a combination of experiences in the jazz and pop fields and the extent of my 'legit' musical background." (Ed. note – Curtis Institute and the Cincinnati Conservatory).

Referring back to the Skinny Ennis days, arranger-composer Gil Evans, long an associate of Thornhill's told Nat Hentoff: "Even then, Claude had a unique way with a dance band. He'd use trombones, for example, with woodwinds in a way that gave them a horn sound."

When Claude finally put his first orchestra together in the spring of 1940, and went to work at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, the sound of Thornhill began to develop.

"I wrote 60 arrangements to start with," said Thornhill, "We rehearsed every afternoon rain or shine."

"With the exception of certain places in our arrangements, the orchestra played without vibrato. Vibrato was used to heighten expressiveness. Even before we added French horns to the band, the feeling and sound were there; the trumpets and trombones, often in hats, imitated the sound, and it did it quite well."

Opening for business at Balboa with five brass, six reeds - four saxophones and two clarinets, all the reed men doubled, enabling Claude to obtain a wide range of sounds from this section of the orchestra - and four rhythm, the natural/classical sound of the Thornhill crew impressed dancers and listeners.

Before Thornhill enlisted in the Navy in 1942, he wrote or sketched most of the orchestra's arrangements, was its Chief soloist; the organization centered around him. His solo piano work reflected his feelings for dynamics and provided the motion/contrast to the cloud of sound created by the orchestra. And the sound was of utmost importance to him; the majority of the melodies he selected were "slow-moving" and easily tailored to the sound.

The spring of 1946 found Claude out of the service and reorganizing his orchestra, an orchestra that would make musical history. Evans rejoined Bill Borden, another ex-Thornhill scripted, was rehired; and a young red-haired saxophonist named Gerry Mulligan began writing about a year later.

"The time seemed right for experimentation, though the people around me said that I should stick to romantic, impressionistic music, that extending myself in a new direction was risky.

"I went on experimenting anyway," Claude declared. "A tube was added in 1947, filling out the sound even more. Around this time, Gil started rehearsing three flautists who doubled piccolo at his Manhattan apartment. They were hired.

Though uncompromising to a great extent, the orchestra could not be completely apart. Bread and butter, supplied by the mass dancing and listening public had to be considered; loss of contact, avoided. In addition business conditions were going from bad to worse. By late 1947, it became obvious to Claude that his organization was swimming against the current. The public was lavishing its affections on singers and small bands; interest in dancing was rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

Fran Warren, Thornhill's vocal star, stemmed the tide for a while with her hit records, but it soon became apparent that something had to be done. Late in 1948, Claude dropped a French horn. By the middle of the next year, he had stopped down to basic necessity; the tuba and the flautists had been let go in the economy cut. Only one French horn player was retained. The experimental period in the life of the Thornhill band was over.

The memory of the '46-48 Thornhill aggregation is a warm one for many of us. Its influence has been widespread. "The sound of the Thornhill band became common property pretty fast," says Gill Evans.

The band spoke the language of the modern jazz soloist.

– All comments by Gill Evans... from Down Beat interview with Nat Hentoff

Melody: Where Or When, There's A Small Hotel, September Song
Texas Blues
Wonderful One
Sleepy Serenade
Muskrat Ramble
Skater's Cha Cha
Autumn Nocturne
Spaghetti Rag
Medley: I Had The Craziest Dream
You'll Never Know

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Warm And Wonderful - The King Sisters

Warm And Wonderful
The King Sisters
Orchestra Conducted by Alvino Rey
Orchestrations Arranged by Warren Barker
Produced by Lee Gillette
Cover Photo by Bob Voss
Capitol Records T1205

Available from the online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the fabulous original jacket image which isn't included with the downloads.

From the back cover: Since their earliest triumphs with Alvino Rey's great band, Yvonne, Luise, Marilyn and Alyce (left to right above) have consistently held a top spot among the favorite vocal groups. They've scored hit after hit with nearly every type of popular tune.

From Billboard - June 15, 1959: The King gals are singing as well as, if not better than, ever on this fine selections of familiar but not overly recorded tunes. They're all ballads. Alvino Rey, as usual handles the backing which consist of a male vocal group as well as the smart band scoring. Plenty of good jock material here.

Nina Never Knew
Too Late Now
I Hadn't Anyone Till You
There Is No Greater Love
Girls Were Made To Take Care Of Boys
All My Life
But Beautiful
Ev'ry Day
That's All
The Nearness Of You
How Long Has This Been Going On

Sounds Different! - Joe Venuto

That's All
Sounds Different!
Joe Venuto And His Quartet With Sandi Blaine
Produced and Directed especially for Everest by George T. Simon of Bouree Enterprises, LTD.
Everest LPBR 5053

Joe Venuto: Marimba and Vibes
Howard Collins: Guitar
Julie Alexander: Drums
Warren Hard: Percussion and Drums

From the back cover: We've tried to produce a soft, subtle, happy and different sound on this record – a sound that was born, by the way, in our own apartment up in Yonkers, New York. Sandi'd feel like singing and I'd feel like playing and so I'd noodle in back of her and all of the sudden we discovered we'd come across something a little different. Howie Collins, whom we've known for years, used to drop by and he'd add his guitar to what we were doing and soon we were getting the sound you hear on this, our first record.

Arranging had always intrigued me, even though up till now I've only played professionally. But I'd listened a lot, because I'd played both vibes and marimba with some pretty great outfits: Johnny Richards, Benny Goodman, Jim Timmens, Mudell Lowe, Ken Hopkins, Raymond Paige and the Radio City Music Hall Symphony, and I guess most important of all to me, the Suater-Finegan band. Both Eddie and Bill encouraged me greatly and finally Eddie suggested I study arranging with him. He and Red Norro, for whom Eddie used to write, have always been my musical idols, and so naturally I jumped at the chance. And here I am!

From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Here's a delightful package of jazz-flavored standards and originals, featuring tasteful thrushings of Sandi Blaine (Mrs. Venuto) and brightly swinging backing some ace jazz musicians – Mousey Alexander, Warren Hard, Julie Ruggiero, and Howard Collins. Selections - all spotlighting Everest's fine sound - include "Making Whooppee," " That's All," " Love Nest," "Stars And Stripes Forever," and "Crazy Rhythm.

Makin' Whoopee
Polly Wolly Doodletown
Rockin' Chair
Tow Of A Kind
Dancing On The Ceiling
Crazy Rhythm
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
That's All
Stars And Strips Forever
Love Nest

Les Alexandrins Volume 2

Je Parle Pour Parler 
Les Alexandrins Volume 2
Luc Et Lisa Cousineau
Arrangements Et Direction D'Orchestratre: George Tremblay
Director Artistique: Pierre Dubord
Photo: Georges Patoine
Maquette: Robert Vachon
Premier Addition: October 1967
Capitol Records (Canada) Serie 70,000

Les Copains
John Kennedy
Je Parle Pour Parler
C'Est A Pendre
Chanson De Rien Et De N'Importe Quoi
Le Marche Aux Fleurs
La Danse De La Vie
T'As Manque La Chanson
Je Suis Une Chatte
Au Jour Tant Attendu
Ton Cœur N'Est Pas Un Violon
Amor D'Ete

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Music From The Happiest Girl In The World - De Vol

Adrift On A Star
Music From The Happiest Girl In The World
Music By De Vol
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia Records CS 8429

From the back cover: Frank De Vol is a conductor, arranger, composer and performer. He wrote the scores for the movie Pillow Talk, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Big Knife, and for his work as conductor and actor on the Rosemary Clooney TV Show he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Mr. De Vol is an able performer on every instrument except the oboe, the English horn, the bassoon and the harp. He began his musical career at the age of nine, helping his father in the music library of the Canton, Ohio, Grand Opera House. Young Frank soon learned to play the violin and piano, later mastered several other instruments and wrote his first score at sixteen. A lengthy period of arranging for various dance orchestras followed, until he moved to Hollywood to compose and conduct for movies, radio, television and recordings. He joined Columbia Records in 1957.

From Billboard - June 12, 1961: Composer-arranger Frank De Vol and his orchestra offer sparkling instrumental arrangements of the bright and lively Jacques Offenbach score from the hit Broadway show, "The Happiest Girl In The World." Some of the highlights are "Vive La Virtue," "Never Trust A Virgin," "Adrift On A Star" and "The Happiest Girl In The World." This pleasantly listenable package has solid sales potential. Excellent item for show music enthusiasts.

The Happiest Girl In The World
Viva La Virtue and Never Trust A Virgin
How Soon, Oh Moon?
Shall We Say Farewell
Never Bedevil The Devil
Cheers For The Hero And The Oath
Adrift On A Star
The Glory That Is Greece/The Greek Marine Hymn
Five Minutes Of Spring
Whatever That May Be

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bossa Nova With Strings Attached - Bill Perkins

Amor Em Paz
Bossa Nova With Strings Attached
The Tenor Sax Of Bill Perkins
Produced and Arranged by Bob Florence
Engineer: Bones Howe
Cover Design and Photography: Studio Five
Liberty LRP-3293

Outstanding jazzy tenor sax driven Bossa Nova arrangements. The addition of "lush" strings helps to mellow the sound which flows smoothly from one tune to another in this creative Latin set.

Tres Palabras
Little Bird
Amor Em Paz
Samba De Orfeu
Little Boat
Out Of This World
Summer Festival

G.I. Joe Castle Of The Doomed

G.I. Joe
A Real American Hero
Castle Of The Doomed
Written, Produced and Performed by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan with John Holer.
Additional voices by Joe Holer.
All material published by Gabrielle Amanda Music, Inc. (BMI), except The G.I. Joe Theme.
Words by Ford Kinder, Spence Michlin and Joe Bacal.
Music by Ford Kinder and Spence Michlin
Kid Stuff Records & Tapes KSS 5044
A Division Of IJE, Inc.

Songs Of Loretta Lynn - Rita Remington

Coal Miner's Daughter
Sounds Like Songs Of Loretta Lynn
Performed By Rita Remington
Cover Design: Kayth Horan-Grambach
Pickwick SPC-3737

Coal Miner's Daughter
Don't Come Home A Drinkin'
You Wanna Give Me A Lift?
Wings Upon Your Horns
You're Lookin' At Country
You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man
Your Squaw Is On The Warpath
I'm Dynamite
Rated "X"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Country Giants - Nashville Fiddles

Norwegian Wood
Country Giants
Nashville Fiddles
Producer: Aubry Mayhew
Certain Corporation Music Divison

From the back cover: This album will be the first of a series featuring Nashville Fiddles.

Orange Blossom Special
Black Mountain Rag
Touch My Heart
In The Ghetto
Norwegian Wood
Days Of Sand And Shovels
Gentle On My Mind
Folsom Prison Blues
Rocky Top
Apartment #9

Friday, July 28, 2017

Swingin' With Prince Igor

Symphony For Jazz - Part 4
Swingin' With Prince Igor and Tannhauser
Skip Martin's adaptation for Symphony and Jazz Band
Recorded in Hollywood at United Recording Studios, October 7-8, 1959, under the direction of D. L. Miller
Audio Mix: Bill Putnam, Tape, Edit and Assembly: Belinda Putnam
Package Art: W. Dressler
Produced in U.S.A. by Miller International Co., Swathmore, PA.

Reissued as Somerset SF16000

Creative blend of classical and swing, arranged by Skip Martin. The disc comes packaged in a lushly produced gatefold jacket featuring a plastic "winking" insert on the cover.

From the inside jacket: There are countless music arrangers with academic backgrounds who know the orchestra. There are also many unschooled arrangers with a wonderful "natural" feel. Skip Martin, however, possesses the rare faculty of knowing the orchestra and has one of the greatest natural jazz concepts of any writer on the musical scene today. At the age of 17, he played clarinet with the Indianapolis Symphony; however, as with many of our best modern composer-musicians, the love of jazz was too strong for him to remain with the Symphony. Before heading to the West Coast, Skip played saxophone with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnett. His first arranging jobs of importance were for Count Basie. After an N.B.C. staff berth in New York, Skip moved to Hollywood where he has worked on numerous films, unusual recording projects and significant TV Shows.

Trumpets: Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, Joe Triscari, Mickey Mangano, Pete Candoli
Drums: Dale Anderson, Irv Cottler
Bass: Red Mitchell, Roland Bundock
Vibes: Gene Estes
Guitar: Al Hendrickson
Piano: Jimmy Rowels
Reeds: Chuck Gentry, Gus Bivona, Harry Klee, Jules Jacobs, Paul Horn
Clarinet: Hubo Raimondi
Jazz Flute: Paul Horn
Tuba: Clarence Karella
Trombones: Dick Nash, Dick Noel, Frank Howard, George Roberts
French Horns: Jimmy Magee, Dick Perissi, Vince De Rosa, Bill Hinshaw
Music Coordinator: Al Lapin
Concertmeister: Jacques Gasselin

Music Of Leroy Anderson - Stradivari Strings

China Doll
The Music Of Leroy Anderson
Stradivari Strings
Spinorama Records
A Product Of Premier Albums, Inc.
MK 3087

Blue Tango
Summer Skies
China Doll
Fiddle Faddle
A Trumpeter's Lullaby
The Girl In Satin
The First Day Of Spring
Syncopated Clock
The Blue Bells Of Scotland

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo

Prelude To Act III Of Lohengrin
Great New Sound For '65
New Improved Full Dimensional Sound
The Exciting New Sound For '65 and Complete Tracks From Selected Capitol Albums for February
Capitol Records SPRO 2797

Gatefold 1965 Capitol promotion LP that was "Not Available To The Public" featuring a visually stunning "3-D" cover which, for the most part, my scanner was able to capture the look of. The design was printed on top of some type of plastic material (somewhat like you might see on a "winking postcard") that creates the impression of about 1/2 inch of depth.

A Hard Day's Night (The Hollyridge Strings)
Six-Nix-Quix-Flix (The George Shearing Quintet)
San Francisco Bay Blues (The Travelers Three)
Stick Around (H. B. Barnum)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (The Don Scaletta Trio)
Take Good Care Of My Baby (The Lettermen)
More (Fred E. Finn And His Friends)
Prelude To Act II Of Lohengrin (Stan Kenton And His Orchestra)

Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing

A Sinner Kissed An Angel
Lullaby Of Birdland
George Shearing
Pickwick SPC-3039

A fine Pickwick release of Shearing material featuring a seldom seen photo of George, sans glasses, printed on the cover.

From the back cover: ...Pickwick/33 is proud to present in the ten tracks on this record which highlight the smash Shearing career.

Don't Blame Me
Easy To Love
Lullaby Of Birdland
I Remember You
I Wished On The Moon
Over The Rainbow
A Sinner Kissed An Angel
There's A Lull In My Life
They All Laughed

Monday, July 24, 2017

Very Truly Yours - Don Ralke'

Pastel Blue
Very Truly Yours
Don Ralke' Orchestra
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records CLP 5018

Jazz inspired arrangements and top notch guitar solos are featured in this well paced, creative mood set.

From the back cover: Don Ralke' is a composer, conductor, and pianist of unusual talent. A graduate with honors from the University of Southern California, he holds the degree of Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music. He has also studied musical composition from such prominent modern composers as Arnold Schonberg and Ernst Toch and keyboard technique from the eminent Dr. Alice Ehlers. Don Ralke' has been a successful artist in the recording field for many years, and has gathered together some of the finest talent on the West Coast to record this alum.

Bud Coleman , the featured guitarist, has been active in the radio, television and recording segments of the music industry for many years. He has appeared on CBS Radio NBC TV and, as a guitarist with Frank DeVol. Among the many vocal artists with which he has been associated as guitar accompanist are Lena Horn, Herb Jeffried, Anita O'Day and Lucille Norman. The fluid technique and rich chordal progressions displayed here by Bud Coleman are designed to please the most discerning ear.

A few of the other outstanding soloists to be heard are Ed Kusby – trombone, and Frank Flynn – Vibraphone. Gloria Wood and David Diller are among the vocal artists.

All The Things You Are
When Your Lover Has Gone
Pastel Blue
Tango Of The Roses
The Moon Is Low
April In Paris
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I Cover The Waterfront
Blue Moon
Don't Blame Me
Dark Eyes

Make Mine Manhattan - D'Artega

Fire And Ice Ballet (D'Artega)
Make Mine Manhattan
Moods In Music Featuring
D'Artega and His Orchestra
Mercury Wing MGW 12101

From the back cover: D'Artega was born in Spain and came to the United States as a youngster. For years he studied orchestration and composition under Boris Levenson, who had been a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. Early in the days of radio, D'Artega was attracted to this new magic medium which could bring music into the homes of everyone. But he knew that the techniques of classical music, while glorious to the ears of an initiate, would be strange to millions of Americans who had never had the opportunity to develop a taste for classics. So he committed his art to the development of a style which would combine the best of the familiar, popular music, with the most attractive qualities of his first love, the classics.

That he succeeded in striking the extraordinary balance is evidenced by the outstanding parade of successes which unfolded in his career. D'Artega soon was in demand by the already giant networks to display his unusual combination of easy listening pleasure with artistic distinction. He conducted on the Jell-O Program, You Hit Parade, Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Show and the Cavalcade of Music. He became the director of "Pop" concerts for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Frequently he came to Carnegie Hall to conduct its famous Pop Concert Orchestra as a guest, until recently, when he was appointed its permanent conductor.

In The Blue
When Love Is New
Dreamer's Serenade
Concerto Pathetique
Wedding Of The Violins
Tulips In Springtime
Dagger Dance
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 1
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 2
Fire And Ice Ballet - Pt. 3

Highway One - The Mystic Moods

Highway One
The Mystic Moods Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Don McGinnis
Produced and Directed by Brad Miller
Spoken Words by Rosko
Spoken Words written by Jim Molin
"Touch" features by Clare
Sound Effects recorded by Brad Miller
Production Assistance by Bob Todd
Recorded by Olympic Sound Studios, London
Remixed at Warner Bros. Studios, N. Hollywood
Recording Engineered by Bart Chiate and Vic Smith
Remix for stereo and quadraphonic sound by Lee Herschberg and Lanky Linstrot
Photography and Art Direction by Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. Records BS 2648

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the jacket and promotion label. If you are into The Mystic Moods, you will find that this set features another interesting artistic blend of recorded environmental sound and smooth mood arrangements. The mood is augmented by laid-back poetic spoken word lead-ins by "Rosko".

Highway One (Adagion - from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major by J.S. Bach arranged and adapted by Don McGinnis)
The First Time (Don McGinnis)
Reason For Staying (Don McGinnis)
Electric Music And The Summer People
Rain (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
I Wonder How Long
My Love, My Life (Don McGinnis)
Touch (Bonnie Breitzman)
Reflections (Don McGinnis)
Images (Don McGinnis and Bob Todd)
Crystal Morning (Traditional, arranged and adapted by Ginseng Music/Medallion Avenue Music)
Highway One (Reprise)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shufflin' Along - The Four Aces

It's No Sin
Shufflin' Along With The Four Aces
Featuring Al Alberts
Orchestra Directed by Jack Pleis
Decca Records DL 8567

My copy of this LP came with a single sheet marketing insert (images above).

From the back cover: This album will obviously be a favorite. It is a natural successor to such previous albums by The Four Aces as "Mood Fo Love" (CL 8122), ""Sentimental Souvenirs" (DL 8227), and "Heart And Soul (DL 8228).

Also from the back cover: Everybody who knows The Four Aces is aware of the fact that the boys just seemed to find themselves – Al Alberts was completing a three year hitch in the Navy when he met Dave Mahoney and, after being discharged in 1946, Al and Dave began a combined singing career. A little later they added Sod Voccaro on trumpet and Lou Silvestri on drums. It is a pleasant coincidence that all four grew up and went through school in the same state: Pennsylvania.

Have You Been Lonely
Girl Of My Dreams
Miss You
Peg O' My Heart
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
It's No Sin
Lonely Wine
Day By Day
My Reverie
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
There I've Said It Again

The Faraway Part Of Town - Andre Previn

Trav'lin Light
The Faraway Part Of Town
Andre Previn
His Piano and Orchestra
Produced by Irving Townsend
Cover Photo: Horst
Columbia Records CL 1786

Winning lush string mood arrangements back Previn's smooth jazz inspired piano passages.

From the back cover: When Andre Previn was a little boy in Berlin, where his father was a lawyer and amateur pianist, he would sit under the piano at family musicales while his father and friends played for their own amusement. "I was involved unconsciously with music as far back as I can remember." The father left Germany to get out of the way of the Nazis and took his family to California, where Andre was unceremoniously deposited in a public school without possessing a single word of English. He felt terribly embarrassed and awkward; it must have been a traumatic experience. Yet, to compensate for what he felt, he turned to music as a means to showing his worth. In his early teens he began hanging around radio stations, playing piano and, when he was allowed to, arranging for house bands. (The conductors allowed him to do this free. "I didn't have to pay them for the experience," Andre says, ironically.) Presently someone at MGM heard of "that kid" and sent for him to do some arrangements for Jose Iturbi, who was to play jazz piano in a picture but hadn't the slightest notion of how to do it. That assignment led to his doing the scores for about thirty films, including Three Little Words, It's Always Fair Weather, Invitation To The Dance, Gigi, Porgy And Bess, Bad Day At Black Rock, Elmer Gantry, and most recently, One, Two, Three and The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. Scoring for films is only one of his many activities. He conducts and appears as piano soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, he leads a jazz combo in nightclubs and in concert appearances, he composes "heavy' music as well as popular, and he and his wife are working on a musical comedy. It is my suspicion that somewhere in his busy schedule he also finds time to make his own music. – Richard Gehman

From Billboard - August 18, 1962: Moody, wistful and introspective piano solos by Andre Previn, backed by a lush string ork, makes this a solid item for the market. The pianist turns in expressive and winning performances on a flock of standards, including "Where Are You," "Gone With The Wind," "Over The Rainbow" and "When Your Lover Has Gone." A tasteful and nostalgic set that should score throughout the fall.

Where Are You
Strangers When We Meet
A Place In The Sun
Trav'lin Light
Gone With The Wind
Lost In The Stars
Over The Rainbow
When Your Lover Has Gone
Where, I Wonder
Near To No One (Theme from "The Scapegoat")
Meet Me Halfway
The Faraway Part Of Town (From the Columbia Picture "Pepe")

Friday, July 14, 2017

Soul Of Hawaii - The Hawaiian Islanders

Beyond The Reef
Soul Of Hawaii
By The Hawaiian Islanders
4:35 Channels (MMF Millimeter Film)
Cover Design by Al Can and Miller, Bodden & Rich, Inc.
Photographed by Robert Wenkam
Courtesy of Hawaii Visitor's Bureau
Liner Notes by Herman Kaplan
Cameo C 4002

Song Of The Islands
The Hukilau Song
Beyond The Reef
My Little Grass Shack
Lovely Hula Hands
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Little Brown Gal
Sophisticated Hula
Hawaiian War Chant
Aloha De

An Ode To Young Lovers - Living Jazz

The Frog
An Ode To Young Lovers
Living Jazz
Arranged and Conducted by Phil Bodner
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recoding Engineer - Bob Simpson
RCA Camden CAS-2196

Phil Bodner - Leader, Sax, Flute
Irvin Markowitz, Mel Davis, Bernie Glow - Trumpets and Flugelhorns
Buddy Morrow, Alan Raph - Trombones
Dick Hyman - Organ and Harpsichord
John Pizzarelli - Gut String and Combo Guitars
Tony Mottola - Electric and Gut String Guitars
Russell A. Savakus - Fender Bass
Phil Kraus - Vibes, Tambourine and Bongos
Bobby Rosengarde - Drums

An Ode To Young Lovers
Gone With The Wind
The Frog
To Sir, With Love
Lush Life
Hello, Young Lovers
For Once In My Life
The Last Waltz
More Than A Miracle

Enchantment - Russ Garcia

Russ Garcia And His Orchestra
Play The Music Of Joe Greene (rear cover photo by Stan Lewey)
Liberty Records LRP 3062

Beautifully arranged lush string mood set.

All About Ronnie
Make Me A Present Of You
The Tender Thirds
Whispered Love
Dusky January
Some Women I've Known
Lost Kisses
Let's Have A Talk
Read My Lops

Thursday, July 13, 2017

88 a la carte - Willard McDaniel

I'll Remember April
'88' a la carte
With Willie McDaniel
Crown Records
CLP 5024

From the back cover: He (McDaniel) started playing the piano as a youngster and has been busy at it ever since. Living in the Los Angeles area for the last twenty years, Willard has played with a number of local bands, among them Roy Milton's famous group. He's done studio work on films like "Young Man With A Horn," "Panic In The Streets," "The World in His Arms" and "Family Secret." He's also written a number of tunes "Blues on the Delta," Blues for Mimi" and "Three A.M. Boogie," "Moon Tide" and others.

The album here is a wonderful balance of Willard's piano and 88 A LA CARTE presents Willard as you might hear him in a Hollywood night spot for music lovers where he's played for the past six years.

From Billboard - April 13, 1957: One of the better West Coast pianists, Willard McDaniel unfortunately hasn't had too much exposure. It's hoped this $1.98 package will correct that, for his is an excellent style, reminiscent in spots of the late Fats Waller. He's energetic, imaginative and refreshingly smooth on all selections. Tunes are all standards, with "I'll Remember April" a particular standout, for bargain-disk vendors.

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Lover Man
The Gypsy
I'll Never Smile Again
Sugar Blues
All Or Nothing
Along The Navaho Trail
Under Paris Skies
A Sunday Kind Of Love
You Always Hurt The One You Love
I'll Remember April
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Girl From Ipanema - Jimmy Davis & Norma Lee

Way Beyond Today
The Girl From Ipanema
By Jimmy Davis & Norma Lee
Wyncote SW 9028
1964 Cameo-Parkway Records

From the back cover: All the songs in this album feature the sweet saxophone of Jimmy Davis. You will especially enjoy the vocal renditions of Norma Lee on the songs "The Girl From Ipanema," "Bossa Nova, It's The Things," "Way Beyond Today," "One Note Samba," and "Somewhere".

Budget collection of jazzy tracks which, in fact, seem to feature Jimmy Davis and the light bouncing vocals of Norma Lee on side one only. Tracks from side two were apparently collected together from a completely different, but pretty hip, recording session.

The Girl From Ipanema
Bossa Nova, It's The Thing
Way Beyond Today
One Note Samba
Five To Four
Spanish Flea
Blues For Bill

This Modern World - Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton Conducts This Modern World
Composed By Bob Graettinger
Capitol Records H 460

10 inch LP. 

Terrific stuff from Kenton's experimental period that can be download from online vendors as a part of City Of Glass.

From the back cover: Graettinger's writing methods and style are most unusual. He uses mathematical computations in his work, like an architect calculating the necessary physical support for his artistic conception. In making notations he employs a striking system of color charts and graphs (their interesting visual patterns have been adapted for this album's cover).

He has spent over a year on this composition, his first to be recorded since the controversial City Of Glass. Like the work of any sincere modernist, it is not designed for easy acceptance; but the open-minded listener will find in it a creative imagination that is exciting, dramatic, and greatly rewarding.

Graettinger died of lung cancer in 1957. He was 33 years old.

A Horn
Some Saxophones
A Cello
A Thought
A Trumpet
An Orchestra