sexta-feira, 31 de julho de 2009

Eddie Calvert - The Best Of Eddie Calvert

  1. Oh Mein Papa
  2. The Poor People Of Paris
  3. Stranger In Paradise
  4. April In Portugal
  5. On A Slow Boat To china
  6. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  7. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  8. Sucu Sucu
  9. My Son, My Son
  10. Il Silenzio
  11. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
  12. Mandy (The Pansy)
  13. Around The World
  14. Forgotten Dreams
  15. My Yiddishe Momme
  16. Summertime
  17. John And Julie
  18. Little Serenade (Piccolissima Serenata)
  19. I Love Paris
  20. Zambesi
The Best Of Eddie Calvert
Eddie Calvert (15 March 1922 — 7 August 1978) was an English trumpeter, who enjoyed his greatest successes in the 1950s. Calvert had his first United Kingdom, number one instrumental single in 1954, with "Oh Mein Papa".

Albert Edward Calvert was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, and grew up in a family where the music of his local brass band featured highly. He was soon able to play a variety of instruments, and he was most accomplished on the trumpet. After World War II he graduated from playing as an amateur in brass bands to professional engagements with popular dance orchestras of the day, including Geraldo's plus Billy Ternet and he soon became renowned for the virtuosity of his performances. Following his exposure on television with the Stanley Black Orchestra, an enthusiastic announcer introduced him as the 'Man With The Golden Trumpet' - an apt description that remained with him for the rest of his musical career.

Calvert's style was unusually individualistic, and he became a familiar musician on BBC Radio and TV during the 1950s. He first recorded for Melodisc , ca 1949-1951 before he started to record for the Columbia label and his records included two UK number ones, "Oh Mein Papa" and, more than a year later, "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White". He was the first British instrumentalist to achieve two number ones. "Oh Mein Papa" which also sold well in the United States, topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks (then a UK chart record), and he received the first gold disc awarded for a UK instrumental track.

Further chart entries were "John And Julie", taken from the soundtrack of the movie John and Juliet, and "Mandy", his last major hit. Other recordings included "Stranger In Paradise" (1955), "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1956) and "Jealousy" (1960). Calvert also co-wrote "My Son, My Son" in 1954 - a chart-topper for Vera Lynn. His theme to the film, The Man with the Golden Arm was banned by the BBC. Despite the fact that that this was an instrumental disc, a BBC spokesman said "The ban is due to its connectiuon with a film about drugs".

As the music industry entered the less innocent age of the 1960s, Calvert's musical renditions became less appreciated by record buyers. By 1968 Calvert had become disillusioned by his dwindling fortunes and left the UK, making South Africa his home.

He died of a heart attack in Salisbury in 1978, during a concert tour of Rhodesia. He was 56 years of age.

UK singles chart discography:

    * "Oh Mein Papa" (#1) - 1953
    * "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (#1) - 1955
    * "Stranger In Paradise" (#14) - 1955
    * "John and Julie" (#6) - 1955
    * "Zambesi" (#13) - 1956
    * "Mandy (La Pense)" (#9) - 1958
    * "Little Serenade" (#28) - 1958

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Eddie Calvert was known to his many thousands of fans as The Man With The Golden Trumpet and it was an apt description....throughout the Fifties and well into the Sixties his hundreds of recordings for EMI's Columbia label brought pleasure to millions, and his records were staple diets for the BBC's old Light Programme.

His first hit "Oh Mein Papa" in December 1953 was also the first ever number one hit record to be recorded at EMI's famous Abbey Road Studios. It remained in the charts for a total of 21 weeks. In April 1955 Calvert once again soared to the top of the charts with "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" (succesfully revived in the Eighties by Modern Romance) and that also remained in the top for the same length of time.

Other hits soon followed including "Stranger In Paradise" and "John And Julie" (numbers 14 and 6) respectively, "Zambesi" (a top 20 hit twice in 1956), and "Mandy" (number 9) and "Little Serenade" (both in 1958).

Calvert was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1922 and his musical indoctrination came early - his father was a member of the local brass band and when Eddie was old enough, he followed in his footsteps. During the War he played with various big bands including Billy Ternent's Band at BBC Wales, and in the late Forties he toured Europe with the famous bandleader Geraldo.

Eddie Calvert made his first recordings for EMI at the beginning of the Fifties. He graduated from being the featured trumpet player on various recordings to starring in his own right as a recording artist. In late 1953 he finally made the big time when he recorded the Swiss tune "Oh Mein Papa". Calvert's record remained at number one for nine weeks beating off competition from Eddie fisher's vocal version. It also climbed to number 6 in the US, no mean achievement for a British recording act at that time.

His second hit "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" faced competition from Perez Prado, and in fact both discs reached number one in the British charts althought Calvert's at four weeks remained there for the longest. The melody was the theme tune for the 1955 film "Underwater" which starred Jane Russell.

Eddie Calvert continued making records for another two decades and although music fashions changed, his easy style of music remained popular with fans. In the Seventies he went to live in South Africa and it was there on August 8 1978 that "The Man With The Golden Trumpet" died at the age of 56.

His music lives on though, and this new collection features many of the melodies that became important inclusions in his enormous repertoire. Apart from his own hits there are many other standards given the distinctive Eddie Calvert treatment including "I Love Paris", "Aprin In Portugal" and "Slow Boat To China". They are all proof that his own brand of trumpet magic will never be allowed to die.

Chris White, from the original liner notes

quinta-feira, 30 de julho de 2009

Norrie Paramor, His Strings and Orchestra - In London, In Love

  1. The Nearness of You
  2. Stairway to the Stars
  3. Stardust
  4. Embraceable You
  5. Stars Fell on Alabama
  6. The Touch of Your Lips
  7. All the Things You Are
  8. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
  9. Deep Purple
  10. Someone to Watch over Me
  11. Dearly Beloved
  12. The Very Thought of You
In London, In Love
IN LONDON, IN LOVE... Many have been there, many have loved. Others will, in time, experience the magic atmosphere of the rolling Thames, the green soft grassy carpet of Hyde Park in the dark, the sensual feel of fog against the face and fingers of one's adored.

Norrie Paramor lives in London. He has loved in London. And in his easy, subtle way with music Norrie has somehow - with great affection - transmitted the inevitable joys and despairs of boy meets girl to a record.

Under the impeccable Paramor baton are 28 violins, violas and 'cellos; a golden harp, a French horn (for the pinch of "amour" vital to romance in any land), guitar, string bass, drums, solo piano and solo voice - a warm, almost embarrassingly intimate woman's voice - an insistent voice which slips in and out of the violins like a sexy Ariel or Tinkenbell. The songs Norrie presents so lushly are all favorites everywhere, unforgettable and nostalgia - provoking gems from Gershwin, De Rose, Carmichael, Kern, Noble... the best. They are melodies, moreover, which one hears in the smartest West End clubs of merrie London and over the B.B.C. one after another even though a majority of them are North American in origin.

In London, in Love... The turntable spins easily, the rich Paramor music flows out from the speaker like thick, sweet, rare wine from an aged keg. Was it that evening in the Humber, with the clear, clean breeze blowing her hair? Was it after the theatre, while we walked along in the dampness of an autumn night and, finally, awoke from our enchantment when a massive, rumbling, red double-decked bus abruptly pushed us back to the curb?

Perhaps it happened to you. Perhaps it will yet happen some fine evening in London town. For London and lovers somehow fit together.

This is music for listening, for loving, for reminiscing... British music, if you please, by the British Norrie Paramor. Capitol is privileged to present it to American and Canadian listeners for the first time.

One of England's most popular musicians is Norrie Paramor, who came out of Trinity School in London as a fledgling dance orchestra leader and, as time passed, played piano with the Maurice Winnick, Jack Harris and Billy Gerhardt bands.

A halt to his career in popular music was abruptly experienced by Norrie in 1940 when he joined the gallant R.A.F. But even in service Norrie's superb musicianship became known to his fellow airmen. Norrie wound up as an R.A.F. musical director (with Ralph reader's famed "Gang") and toured military bases as far as India. "I suspect," he says, "I played every N.A.A.F.I. piano in the world before the war ended".

Free to resume his civilian career in 1944, Norrie formed a brilliant successful partnership with Harry gold in a jazz combo called the "Pieces of Eight". That lasted though '49. In My of the following year Norrie started recording regularly for the British Columbia label. Since then he has waxed more than 125 selections, and his name means good music on the B.B.C. Radio Luxembourg and in television.

But Norrie refusues to reveal the identity of the girl who sings so fetchingly on this record!

(From original liner notes)

Norrie Paramor (15 May 1913 - 9 September 1979) is best known as a record producer, but was also a composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor. Paramor was one of EMI's top producers in pop music and rock and roll through to the end of the 1960s.

Born in London and trained as a pianist, Paramor became a piano player and arranger for Jack Harris' and Maurice Winnick's dance bands. He served in an entertainment unit attached to the Royal Air Force starting in 1941, providing music for performances in Blackpool. He began his career as a music director with the Ralph Reader Gang Show, and later in World War II became an arranger for Noël Coward, Jack Buchanan (best remembered for his starring role in MGM's 1953 film, The Band Wagon, and Mantovani.

Paramor spent the period immediately after World War II playing piano with the Pieces of Eight band led by Harry Gold. Life as a performer did not appeal to him, however, and after five years he gave it up to concentrate on recording studio work, with an emphasis on arranging and conducting. His first work as a studio musician was playing accompaniment on singles by Marie Benson. He initially joined EMI Records as a conductor leading his own pop orchestra. Those recordings and the periodic ventures that followed, would keep Paramor's name before the public, with records that fit nicely alongside the work of Paul Weston and other easy listening band leaders of the period.

Although the term 'producer' was not in frequent circulation at the time Paramor started producing records (the usual term being 'artiste and repertoire manager' or "A&R man"), he effectively commenced this role in 1952 when he became 'recording director' for EMI's Columbia Records.

Late the following year, Paramor chalked up his first major hit with Eddie Calvert's single "Oh Mein Papa". Another Paramor discovery, Ruby Murray, was even more important to the label, scoring a hit in 1955 with "Softly, Softly" and numerous other chart successes during the mid 1950s. For most of the 1950s, Paramor was associated with pop music, including two good selling studio orchestras that he created, the Big Ben Banjo Band and the Big Ben Hawaiian Band, who recorded and appeared on the BBC. He also scored well with the pop recordings of Michael Holliday and the Ken Jones Orchestra.

In mid 1958 Paramor signed Cliff Richard and his backing band the Drifters (later re-christened The Shadows). It had been Paramor's original intent to sign Richard as a solo act, backed by the Ken Jones Orchestra, but The Shadows impressed him sufficiently with their clean, professional sound, the tightness of their playing with Richard, and their serious attitude toward music to keep the group together as a performing and recording unit. Beginning with "Move It", Richard inaugurated a career of 40 years and running, leading to a knighthood for himself and decades of stardom for the Shadows.

Once it was a hit, Paramor lost no time in recording Richard's first album, Cliff. Paramor did something unheard of at the time, in the United Kingdom or the United States, and made it a live album, cut by Richard and the band in front of several hundred screaming fans in February 1959, albeit in the relatively controlled conditions of EMI Studio No. 1. That album proved a landmark in the history of rock and roll, as well as the first major live album by a white rock and roll performer, and it served as the blueprint for an idea that Paramor's younger contemporary, Parlophone' George Martin, had four years later, when it was time to record The Beatles' debut album. To get them to play the set they did at their shows (although Martin never did follow through on his original notion of cutting them live at The Cavern Club).

In the early 1960s, as Richard's sound evolved, some of his sides were cut with the Norrie Paramor Strings and other studio groups under the direction of Paramor. Paramor also played piano on some Cliff Richard and Shadows recordings.

He added other top acts to the list of talent that he discovered, including Helen Shapiro and Frank Ifield. He also produced recordings by Judy Garland, Gene Vincent, and Al Martino. Indeed, Paramor produced hit singles for Richard, The Shadows, and Ifield among others, scoring 27 number ones, according to the Guinness Book Of 500 Number One Hits,(although this incorrectly attributes Richard's "The Minute You're Gone", which was produced by Billy Sherrill). Until George Martin produced "Candle In The Wind 1997" for Elton John, Paramor and Martin jointly held the record for having produced the most number one hit singles, despite Paramor's death 18 years earlier.

Paramor recorded one of the biggest selling albums from Capitol Records' "Capitol of the World" import series: In London in Love, which featured the floating voice of the soprano Patricia Clark, who was used in many subsequent selling albums. This became his trademark orchestral signature sound.

Paramor also composed music for several films, including Serious Charge, The Young Ones, Expresso Bongo and The Frightened City.

In 1968, he was the musical director for the Eurovision Song Contest, staged at the Royal Albert Hall, the first to be broadcast in colour. He also conducted the UK entry, "Congratulations", performed by Cliff Richard.

His style is seen by some as being old-fashioned; however, the raw rock and roll of early Richard or Shadows numbers belies this myth, and Paramor was as at home with an economic production featuring three guitars and a small drum kit, as he was with a large orchestra.

Paramor was considered one of the EMI's greatest assets, a successful recording artist as well as a producer who had generated many millions of dollars for them, and was treated well, but even he left in early 1968, to become an independent producer with his own company. That same year, he scored a No. 1 hit with The Scaffold's "Lily the Pink".

He became the music director of the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra in 1972, and held the post until 1978. During his tenure there he produced the theme to the long-running BBC television situation comedy Last of the Summer Wine.

Paramor died of cancer, on 9 September 1979 in Barnet, aged 66 His death came a couple of weeks after his protege, Richard, returned to the top of the UK Singles Chart with "We Don't Talk Anymore", his first number one single in over ten years. Paramor and Richard had worked together professionally from 1958 to 1972.

Richard dedicated his next album to Paramor's memory.

Paramor's work can be heard regularly on the Music Choice easy listening channel.


* "Oh Mein Papa" - Eddie Calvert (1954)
* "Softly, Softly" - Ruby Murray (1955)
* "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" - Eddie Calvert (1955)
* "The Story of My Life" - Michael Holliday (1958)
* "Living Doll" - Cliff Richard and The Drifters (1959)
* "Travellin' Light" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1959)
* "Starry Eyed" - Michael Holliday (1960)
* "Please Don't Tease" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1960)
* "Apache" - The Shadows (1960)
* "Tell Laura I Love Her" - Ricky Valance (1960)
* "I Love You" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1960)
* "You Don't Know" - Helen Shapiro (1961)
* "Kon-Tiki" - The Shadows (1961)
* "Walkin' Back to Happiness" - Helen Shapiro (1961)
* "The Young Ones" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1962)
* "Wonderful Land" - The Shadows (1962)
* "I Remember You" - Frank Ifield (1962)
* "Lovesick Blues" - Frank Ifield (1962)
* "The Next Time" / "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1963)
* "Dance On!" - The Shadows (1963)
* "Wayward Wind" Frank Ifield (1963)
* "Summer Holiday" - Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1963)
* "Foot Tapper" - The Shadows (1963)
* "Confessin'" - Frank Ifield (1963)
* "The Minute You're Gone" - Cliff Richard (1965)
* "Congratulations" - Cliff Richard (1968)
* "Lily the Pink - The Scaffold (1968)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

quarta-feira, 29 de julho de 2009

Tony Mottola - The Best Of Tony Mottola - The Tony Touch

  1. Help Yourself
  2. Georgia On My Mind
  3. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  4. Cry Me A River
  5. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  6. Goin' Out Of My Head
  7. This Guy's In Love With You
  8. Those Were The Days
  9. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
  10. Lush And Lovely
  11. Come Prima
  12. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
The Best of Tony Mottola

Tony Mottola (18 April 1918 – 9 August 2004) was an American guitarist who released dozens of solo albums. Mottola was born in Kearny, New Jersey and died in Denville, New Jersey.

Like many of his contemporaries he started out learning to play the banjo and then took up the guitar. He got his first guitar lessons from his father and by the late 1930's he was playing in George Hall's orchestra in a rhythm section that included [[Johnnie Guarnieri and Nick Fatool.

Mottola was one of the most sought after and respected studio musicians in the recording and music industry. He worked extensively with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, and orchestrated albums for Burl Ives. He appeared on the DuMont Television Network program Melody Street.

Mottola also played with Doc Severinsen's Orchestra on The Tonight Show and composed music for the films Running on Empty and Violated (1953) as well as the 1950s television series Danger, which starred Yul Brynner.

Mottola was interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, New Jersey.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Tony Mottola is recognized throughout the world for "The Tony Touch." Tony's albums are in great demand everywhere. He is a best seller in Japan, Spain, Mexico, Australia and other countries where guitars buffs eagerly await his new release. For many years, Tony has been acclaimed for his work with many of the world's most popular vocalists. He was the featured guitarist on the Perry Como TV series and at present he is a spotlighted solist with Frank Sinatra in Concert.

Professional musicians, as well as discriminating music lovers throughout the world, recognize "The Tony Touch" as being unique. On this record, Tony has selected what he considers his finest performances from his previous albums.

terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2009

The Strings Of Paris - Romantic Sax Melodies

  1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
  2. Tea For Two
  3. A Fine Romance
  4. I Can't Believe That I'm In Love With You
  5. Don't Blame Me
  6. September In The Rain
  7. All The Way
  8. Call Me Irresponsible
  9. Darn That Dream
  10. Skylark
  11. Exactly Like You
  12. How Deep Is The Ocean
  13. The Nearness Of You
  14. Imagination
  15. The Continental
  16. Girl from Ipanema
Romantic Sax Melodies

domingo, 26 de julho de 2009

Ray Ellis - Ellis In Wonderland

  1. You Are Never Far Away From Me
  2. How About You
  3. For All We Know
  4. When I Fall In Love
  5. 36-26-36
  6. Alone Together
  7. Milk And Honey
  8. P.S. I Love You
  9. Love Is A Simple Thing
  10. You're My Girl
  11. Poor Butterfly
  12. Trust In Me
Ellis In Wonderland
Ray Ellis (28 July 1923 – 27 October 2008) was an American record producer, arranger and conductor. The orchestration for Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin (1958) is probably his best known work in the jazz vein.

Ellis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He arranged many hit records in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are classics such as "A Certain Smile" by Johnny Mathis, "Broken Hearted Melody" by Sarah Vaughan, and "Standing on the Corner" by the Four Lads. In 1970, he produced Emmylou Harris' debut LP Gliding Bird.

Ellis' work encompassed all areas of music, from records to film, commercials, and television. His television theme music credits include NBC News At Sunrise with Connie Chung and the original cartoon series Spider-Man. In the early 1960s, Ellis had a contract to produce his own easy listening record albums with RCA Victor, MGM, and Columbia, the most popular probably being Ellis in Wonderland.

Ellis also composed two extended themes for The Today Show, the first in 1971. It was used as the Friday closing theme (and eventually the show's full-time theme) until the end of the decade. Ellis composed a second Today Show theme based on the trademark NBC chimes. That theme was the NBC show's signature from 1978 to 1985 and has appeared irregularly on the morning program ever since.

Using the name of his wife Yvette Blais as a pseudonym, Ellis composed nearly all of the background music for cartoon studio Filmation from 1968 to 1982, according to the booklets for many of the DVDs for the studio's shows. Before adopting the Yvette Blais pseudonym, Ellis used the pseudonym Spencer Raymond on 1968's Fantastic Voyage, George Blais on some of Filmation's early '70s output and its feature films, and even the name of his then-teenaged son Marc Ellis on 1969's The Hardy Boys. (Marc would later become a composer in his own right, assisting his father without credit on later Filmation scores, and even receiving onscreen credit for co-composing the theme music to the 1979 Flash Gordon cartoon.) On 1978's Fabulous Funnies, Ellis was credited as Mark Jeffrey (opposite Lou Scheimer under the pseudonym David Jeffrey, which he occasionally used in the 70s). Ray Ellis was directly credited, however, for The Archie Show and Sabrina the Teenage Witch background music.

Ellis, who resided in Los Angeles, also composed the music for the 1980s US edition of Sale of the Century theme, along with Hot Streak, Scrabble, Scattergories and Time Machine with his son Marc that includes the Jack Grimsley's score from 1980 and the famed Reg Grundy Productions fanfare at the end of each broadcast.

Ellis died, age 85, of complications from melanoma on 27 October 2008 at an assisted-living facility in Encino, California. He was survived by sons Marc and Jeffrey.

Selective Discography:

* Barbra Streisand - The Third Album 1963, A Christmas Album & Simply Streisand both
1967 - (arranger and conductor)
* Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin 1958
* Ray Ellis - "Ellis In Wonderland"
* Sarah Vaughan - "Broken Hearted Melody"
* The Drifters - "Drip Drop"
* Johnny Mathis - "A Certain Smile"
* The Four Lads - "Standing On The Corner"
* Emmylou Harris - Gliding Bird 1970
* Harold Land - "A Lazy Afternoon" 1995

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

sábado, 25 de julho de 2009

Billy Vaughn and his orchestra - Theme from A Summer Place

  1. Theme From A Summer Place
  2. Tammy
  3. Tracy's Theme
  4. Climb Every Mountain
  5. Que Sera, Sera
  6. The Terry Theme from Limelight
  7. True Love
  8. The Sound of Music
  9. The Three Penny Opera
  10. Some Enchanted Evening
  11. All The Way
  12. Sayonara

    Billy Vaughn's stature as a leading musician of the late '50s and early '60s comes from two areas: his position as music director of Dot Records, where he supervised recording by a score of the label's artists, and the series of highly popular singles and albums released his own name. Released in 1960 and 1962, respectively, "Look for a Star" and "A Swingin' Safari" stand today as fine examples of the Vaughn sound at its best.

    By 1960, Vaughn's reputation had spread world-wide; in addition to the United States, he was especially popular in Germany, South America and Japan. His records were for the most part unmistakably his; characterized by the twin alto saxophone leads established on his 1957 hit "Sail Along Silv'ry Moon." There had been modifications along the way - a mammoth string section on some albums; a steel guitar on 'Blue Hawaii' - but there was no way of mistaking a typical Vaughn record for anybody else's.

    Another of Vaughn's secrets was his selection of material - familiar melodies, for the most part, or at least familiar-sounding. Many were chosen by his producer, Dot Records' chief Randy Wood, who had developed an ear for the public's taste while operating Randy's Record Shop, his huge mail order operation headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee, in the late 1940's and early '50s. (In 1957, Wood moved his entire operation to Hollywood, where he set up shop above the Music City record store at Sunset and Vine, in offices that had housed Capitol Records until they moved up the street to the Tower.)

    According to Billy's son, Richard, Billy's life was largely spent in the recording studio - the professional Hollywood studios where he recorded his Orchestra and other Dot stars, and the 24-track studio he and engineer Bunny Robyn had set up in the guest house of Vaughn's Colonial-styled home in the San Fernando Valley. "A lot of artists would come out to the house and record," recalls Richard. "Jazz groups, mariachi bands, all kinds of music. The studio was one of the selling points when Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo bought the house."

    Otherwise, Richard continues, "He didn't do much of anything. He played golf every once in a while, and had a season pass to the dodgers. Otherwise, he was recording, working at home or in his office at Dot."

    (Todd Everett from the original line notes)

sexta-feira, 24 de julho de 2009

Bert Kaempfert - To The Good Life

  1. Take The "A" Train
  2. The Sunny Side Of Life
  3. My Melancholy Baby
  4. Time To Dream
  5. What Is This Thing Called Love
  6. Lover's Wonderland
  7. Wheeling Free (There's A Hill Beyond The Hill Ahead)
  8. The Good Life
  9. Bert's Bossa No. 2
  10. Skyliner
  11. Manhattan Merengue
  12. Honeysuckle Rose
To The Good Life

quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2009

Violinos Mágicos - The Best World Sound

  1. Besame Mucho
  2. Don't You Know
  3. A Noite do Meu Bem
  4. That Old Black Magic
  5. Petite Fleur
  6. Unforgettable
  7. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  8. Bahia
  9. I Could Have Danced All Night
  10. Se todos fossem iguais a você
  11. You'll Never Know
  12. Ninguém Me Ama
  13. Tua
  14. Castigo
  15. September Song

quarta-feira, 22 de julho de 2009

Ferrante & Teicher - All-Time Greatest Hits

  1. Theme From "The Apartment"
  2. Exodus
  3. Tonight
  4. Khartoum
  5. Smile
  6. Live For Life
  7. A Man And A Woman
  8. Midnight Cowboy
  9. Lay Lady Lay
  10. Love Theme From "The Godfather"

Ferrante & Teicher were a duo of American piano players, known for their light arrangements of familiar classical pieces, movie soundtracks, and show tunes.

Arthur Ferrante (born September 7, 1921, New York City) and Louis Teicher (August 24, 1924, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – August 3, 2008) met while studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Musical prodigies, they began performing as a piano duo while still in school. After graduating, they both joined the Juilliard faculty.

In 1947, they launched a full-time concert career, at first playing nightclubs, then quickly moving up to playing classical music with orchestral backing. Between 1950 and 1980, they were a major American easy listening act, and scored four big U.S. hits: "Theme From The Apartment" (Pop #10), "Exodus" (Pop #2), "Tonight" (Pop #8), and "Midnight Cowboy" (Pop #10). They performed and recorded regularly with pops orchestras popular standards by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and others. In 1973, they did the opening theme music for the Rod Serling radio drama series, The Zero Hour.

The duo also had a more avant-garde side. They experimented with prepared pianos, influenced by avant-garde composer John Cage. By adding paper, sticks, rubber, wood blocks, metal bars, chains, glass, mallets, and other found objects to piano string beds, they were able to produce a variety of bizarre sounds that sometimes resembled percussion instruments, and at other times resulted in special effects that sounded as if they were electronically synthesized.

Ferrante and Teicher ceased performing in 1989 and retired in Florida. CDs of their music, some of it not previously released, have continued to appear.

Louis Teicher died in 2008.


The 1950s:

Mississippi Boogie/African Echoes (1952) Joe Davis Records
Piano Playhouse (1952) MGM E209
Hi-Fireworks (1953) Columbia CL-573
Can-Can & Me & Juliet (1954) Columbia CL-6264
Continental Holiday (1954) Columbia CL-6291
Rhapsody (1955) Urania URA-78011
Rachmaninoff Two-Piano Suites (1955) Westminster XWN-18059
Original Variations for Two Pianos (1955) Westminster XWN-18169
Ravel/Debussy (1955) Westminster XWN-18219
Encores! (1955) Westminster XWN-18786
Postcards From Paris (1955) Westminster WP-6001
Adventure In Carols (1955) Westminster WP-6021
Soundproof (1956) Westminster WP-6014
Soundblast (1956) Westminster WP-6041
Heavenly Sounds In Hi-Fi (1957) ABC ABCS-221
Ferrante & Teicher With Percussion (1958) ABCS-248
Blast Off (1959) ABCS-285 (Re-Released in the 1960s under the title We Got Rhythm)
Play Light Classics (1959) ABCS-313
Themes From Broadway Shows (1959) ABCS-336

The 1960s:

Dream Concerto (1960) UAS-6103
Dynamic Twin Pianos (1960) WWS-8504
The World's Greatest Themes (1960) UAS-6121
Latin Pianos (1960) UAS-6135
Golden Piano Hits (1961) WWS-8505
Goodbye Again OST (1961) UAS-5091
Love Themes (1961) WWS-8514
West Side Story (1961) UAS-6166
Tonight! (1961) UAS-6171
Golden Themes From Motion Pictures (1962) UAS-6210
Pianos In Paradise (1962) UAS-6230
Snowbound (1962) UAS-6233
The Keys To Her Apartment (1962) UAS-6247
Love Themes From Cleopatra (1963) UAS-6290
Holiday For Pianos (1963) UAS-6298
Concert For Lovers (1963) UAS-6315
Fifty Fabulous Favorites (1964)UAS-6343
My Fair Lady (1964) UAS-6361
The People's Choice (1964) UAS-6385
Springtime (1964) UAS-6406
By Popular Demand (1965) UAS-6416
Only The Best (1965) UAS-6434
A Rage To Live OST (1965) UAS-5130
The Ferrante & Teicher Concert-Part 1 (1965) UAS-6444
The Ferrante & Teicher Concert-Part 2 (1965) UAS-6475
For Lovers Of All Ages (1966) UAS-6483
You Asked For It!(1966) UAS-6526
We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1966) UAS-6536
Our Golden Favorites (1967) UAS-6556
A Man & A Woman (1967) UAS-6572
In the Heat Of The Night (1967) UAS-6624
Live For Life (1967) UAS-6632
The Painted Desert (1968) UAS-6636
A Bouquet Of Hits (1968) UAS-6659
Love In The Generation Gap (1968) UAS-6671
Listen To the Movies With Ferrante & Teicher (1969) UAS-6701
Midnight Cowboy (1969) UAS-6725

The 1970s:

Getting Together (1970) UAS-5501
Love Is A Soft Touch (1970) UAS-6771
The Best Of Ferrante & Teicher (1970) UAS-73
The Music Lovers (1971) UAS-6792
It's Too Late (1971) UAS-5531
Fiddler On The Roof (1972) UAS-5552
Play The Hit Themes (1972) UAS-5588
Salute Nashville (1972) UAS-5645
Hear And Now (1973) UA-LA018F
The Roaring Twenties (1973) UA-LA072F
Killing Me Softly (1974) UA-LA118F
Dial "M" For Music (1974) UA-LA195F
Greatest Love Themes of the 20th Century (1975) UA-LA101-G2
In A Soulful Mood (1975) UA-LA227G
Beautiful, Beautiful (1975) UA-LA316G
Body & Soul (1975) UA-LA360G
The Carpenters Songbook (1976) UA-LA490G
Fill the World With Love (1976) UA-LA547G
Spirit Of "'76" (1976) UA-LA573G
Piano Portraits (1977) UA-LA585G
Feelings (1977) UA-LA662G
Rocky & Other Knockouts (1977) UA-LA782G
Star Wars (1978) UA-LA855G
You Light Up My Life (1978) UA-LA908G
Supermen (1979) UA-LA941G
Classical Disco (1979) UA-LA980G

The 1980s:

30th Anniversary-On Stage (1984) Avant-Garde (Bainbridge) AVG-1001
A Few Of Our Favorites-On Stage (1985) Avant-Garde (Bainbridge) AVG-1002
American Fantasy-On Stage (1986) Avant-Garde (Bainbridge) AVG-1003
Dos Amigos (1988) Avant-Garde (Bainbridge) AVG-1004

The 1990s:

40th Anniversary-On Stage (1992) Avant-Garde (Intersound) AVG-1005
All-Time Great Motion Picture Themes (1993) 0777-7-98823-2
The Ferrante & Teicher Collection (1998) Avant-Garde (Varese Sarabande Vintage) AVG-1006

The 2000s:

The Sound Of Music (2000) Avant-Garde/Varese Sarabande Records AVG-1007
Denizens Of The Deep (2001) Avant-Garde /Varese Sarabande Records 302 066 261 2
Can-Can and Me & Juliet/Continental Holiday (2001) Sony/Collectables Records CDL-CD-6692
Christmas Is So Special (2000) 724352905720
Great 1970's Motion Picture Themes (2001) 72435-30518-2
America Forever (2002) Avant-Garde/Varese Sarabande Records 302 066 312 2

Tracks appear on:

Filme, Die Man Nicht Vergisst United Artists Records
Music To Read James Bond By United Artists Records
Dusty Fingers Volume One "Lady Love" Strictly Breaks Records 1997
Ultra-Lounge - Christmas Cocktails Part Two Capitol Records 1997
Ultra-Lounge Vol. 16 - Mondo Hollywood Capitol Records 1997
The Best Of Blue Juice Blue Note 2001
Hard To Find Orchestral Instrumentals II Eric Records 2003

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terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2009

Robert Farnon - Sketches Of Sinatra & Bennett

  1. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  2. Wave
  3. Country Girl
  4. In The Wee Small Hours
  5. Just In Time
  6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  7. I've Got You Under My Skin
  8. I Wanna Be Around
  9. Young at Heart
  10. Come Fly With Me
  11. For Once In My Life
  12. Put Your Dreams Away
  13. Colditz March
  14. Laura
Sketches of Sinatra and Bennett

This collection brings together the work of three giants in the world of Popular Music. There can't be many people on this planet who do not know and admire the music of Sinatra and Bennett, but the name 'Robert Farnon' may provoke a few puzzled frowns. That is, until you recall that he was the man responsible for "Portrait of a Flirt", "Jumping Bean" and "Westminster Waltz" - three of the finest pieces of Light Music ever written. All of the music on this album is arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon, and he was also responsible for composing some of the pieces as well.

The affinity between Sinatra and Bennett is well documented. On numerous occasions they have praised each other's work, and Frank Sinatra has called Tony Bennett "The Greatest Singer in the World". Following Sinatra's death in May 1998, Bennett described him simply as "my brother".

Robert Farnon's tribute to these two legendary performers is all the more appropriate, because he has worked with them both. In June 1962 he arranged and conducted the only album Sinatra ever recorded outside of America - "Great Songs From Great Britain". Although receiving mixed reviews at the time, this album is now highly regarded, with Farnon's sensitive scores being singled out for special praise. It is a matter of regret that a projected sequel of up-tempo numbers never managed to reach the studios. Farnon has made many albums with Tony Bennett, and has appeared with him in numerous concerts and television shows on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first twelve tracks in this collection were recorded in west London at Pye's Studios on 16 and 17 December 1974, using many of the finest session players in the profession. Each number has been a big success for Sinatra or Bennett, and is destined to remain an'all time great' as long as there are people around who appreciate true musicianship of the highest quality. The remaining works (in which Robert Farnon is conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra) are 'live' recordings from a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on 2 March 1974.

These two different sources of material offer a unique showcase of Farnon's talents, in which he is heard as a superb composer and writer for strings, as well as being able to create impressive big band swing, as confirmed by the oppening track "I Get A Kick Out Of You". In this Cole Porter classic, Farnon demonstrates how brass and strings can complement a swinging arrangement, each helping the other to propel the melody along to even greater heights. Of course, Farnon's choice of sessionmen certainly ensured that this recording would have an impressive pedigree: Roy Willox, Douggie Robinson, Keith Bird, Frank Reidy and John Whelan are on saxophones: Kenny Baker, Bert Ezzard, Stan Roderick and Tony Fisher feature on trumpets; John Burdon, A. McGavin and Jim Buck are on horns; Don Lusher, Bobby Lamb, Maurice Pratt and Jackie Armstrong on trombones; plus Ronnie Verrell (drums), Ronnie Price (piano), Lennie Bush (bass), Mike Kershaw (guitar), Alan Hakin (percussion), David Snell (harp) and a fine string section led by Raymond Cohen. The same elite players can be heard on most of the other first twelve numbers on this album.

On the other tracks, for the "My Fair Lady" and "Porgy and Bess" selections the London Philharmonic Orchestra was augmented by some section musicians including Don Lusher, Roy Willox, Danny Moss, Bob Efford, Peter Hughes, Frank Reidy, Tony Fisher and Kenny Baker.

One happy result of Robert Farnon's long association with Tony Bennett was that "Country Girl" has become a standard. Incredibly this sensitive number originally started life as an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Farnon was asked to submit it in 1966, when it failed to get chosen in the British heats. Bennett's recording has ensured that it will be remembered long after the eventual Eurovision winner of that year - whatever it was!

The 1974 Royal Festival Hall concert gave Farnon a large orchestra with which to conjure up his own special blend of orchestral magic. His "Colditz March" has seldom sounded more impressive, immediately followed by a jazz-influenced arrangement of hit tunes from "My Fair Lady" which fully exploits the talents of the extra soloists brought in for the event. Note especially the fine trombone of Don Lusher in "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", and Roy Willox's lyrical saxophone in "On The Street Where You Live". Robert Farnon's score of the David Raksin masterpiece "Laura" was originally penned in the 1940s, and the once stated that he longed to hear it performed by a large string section that would do it full justice. He had his wish at this concert.

Farnon was commissioned to do a new orchestral arrangement of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" in the 1960s, and this excerpt from the full work gives an idea of the kind of excitement he managed to create.

The universal popularity of Farnon's own pieces of Light Music, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, prompted his publishers to ask him to combine six of the best in a special medley. The result was "Farnon Fantasy" which completes this collection.

Robert Farnon was born in Toronto, Canada, on 24 July 1917. By his early twenties he had become a household name for his radio work, and had also composed two symphonies. In 1944 he came to Britain as Conductor of the Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, working alongside George Melachrino and Glenn Miller who fronted the British and American bands. When World War 2 ended he decided to remain over here. His wartime work had not gone unnoticed by the likes of Geraldo, Ambrose and Ted Heath, who gladly naccepted his arrangements. Radio, television and record companies also beckoned, and he found himself working with Vera Lynn, Denny Dennis, Gracie Fields, Anne Shelton, Edmund Hockridge and other stars of the day. He also discovered that there was wide scope in England for his style of composing, and he wanted to work in films.

An early commission for the cinema was assisting Allan Gray on the score of the 1945 film "I Know Where I'm Going" starring Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey. This has now achieved cult status, and is regarded as one of the finest British films ever made. Farnon's biggest successes of the large screen have included "Spring in Park Lane" and "Maytime in Mayfair" - two post-war escapist movies starring Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding; "Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N." starring Gregory Peck in one of the actor's favourite roles; "Where's Charley?", the musical version of the stage hit "Charley's Aunt" with Ray Bolger; "Shalako" which teamed Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot; and "The Road to Hong Kong", the very last 'Road' film of them all, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, plus glamorous 'newcomer' Joan Collins.

In all, Robert Farnon has worked on some 40 feature films, and has also written a large amount of background music which continues to be used in radio, television, films and documentaries all over the world. His most memorable television themes include "Panorama", "The Secret Army" and "Colditz", which is featured on this record.

In the recording studios, as well as some fine instrumental albums with his own orchestra, Farnon has also been in demand from many international artists, among them Lena Horne, George Shearing, Bing crosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Benson, Eddie Fisher, Joe Williams, Eileen Farrell, Pia Zadora, Jose Carreras and The Singers Unlimited.

A recent album with trombonist J. J. Johnson - "Tangence" - resulted in Farnon receiving a Grammy Award from the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for "Lament" - the best instrumental arrangement of 1995. He had previously bveen nominated for two 'Grammys', and in Britain his work has been honoured with four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the prestigious 1990 Award for 'Outstanding Services to British Music'.

Farnon's genius is recognised by many of his colleagues in the profession. Andre Previn recently wrote: "Very few things remain a constant in the music world; however, Robert Farnon was the world's greatest arranger many decades ago and he holds the same position today. The very best things never change." Fellow Canadian Oscar Peterson has been a life-long friend: "Farnon has been a continual inspiration to composers and arrangers, not to mention players such as myself." Gene Puerling (leader of The Hi-Los and Singers Unlimited): "The world of music wouldn't be quite the easy place to live in without Farnon."

Farnon's influence as an arranger has been strongly felt in the USA. Quincy Jones, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, Marian Evans, Marty Paich and Neal Hefti are among some of the top writers who aren't ashamed to admit occasionally having 'borrowed' some of his ideas.

His more serious works have included several tone poems dedicated to Canada, such as "A La Claire Fontaine", "Lake of the Woods" and "Canadian Rhapsody". In 1958 the BBC commissioned him to compose his "Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra", and for the Harmonica virtuoso Tommy Reilly Farnon wrote "Prelude and Dance for Harmonica and Orchestra", which was so hard to play that it forced a famous harmonica manufacturer to improve the design of its instrument. He has recently completed his first Piano Concerto, which is called "Cascades To The Sea".

Today, in his eighties, Robert Farnon continues to compose and arrange from the serenity of his Guernsey home, punctuated by occasional visits to London recording studios. In January 1998 he received long-overdue recognition from his homeland, when he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada - equivalent to a British knighthood.

Robert Farnon has made a significant contribution to the musical life of Britain and the world, and his collection of his music is a fine tribute to his achievements as one of the greatest living composer / conductor / arrangers.

David Ades

Robert Joseph Farnon (July 24, 1917 – April 22, 2005) was a Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was commissioned as a captain in the Canadian Army and became the conductor/arranger of the Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force sent overseas during World War II, which was the Canadian equivalent of the American Band of the AEF led by Major Glenn Miller.

At the end of the war, Farnon decided to make England his home, and he later moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands with his wife and children.

He was considered by his peers the finest arranger in the world, and his talents influenced many composer-arrangers including Quincy Jones, all of whom acknowledge his contributions to their work. Conductor Andre Previn called him "the greatest writer for strings in the world."

Robert Farnon died at the age of eighty-seven at a hospice near his home of forty years in Guernsey. He was survived by five children.

Robert Farnon is probably best known for two famous pieces of light music, Jumping Bean and Portrait of a Flirt, both which were originally released as A and B sides on the same 78. Also famous are his Westminster Waltz and A Star is Born.

Farnon also wrote the music for more than forty motion pictures including Maytime in Mayfair (1949) and Captain Horatio Hornblower RN (1951) and for a number of television series and miniseries including The Prisoner, Secret Army and A Man Called Intrepid.

In 1962 Farnon arranged and conducted Frank Sinatra's only album recorded outside of the United States, Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain.

He won four Ivor Novello Awards including one for "Outstanding Services to British Music" in 1991 and in 1996 he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Lament" performed by J. J. Johnson & his Robert Farnon Orchestra.

The last piece he composed was titled "The Gaels: An American Wind Symphony", as a commission to the Roxbury High School band in honor of the school's mascot, the gael. The piece made its world debut in May, 2006. It was performed by the Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Stanley Saunders, a close friend of Farnon.

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segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2009

Música de Bordo vol. 1 - Vários Artistas

  1. Airport Love Theme (Love Theme From 'Airport') - The Magnetic Sounds
  2. Rio de Janeiro - Portinho e Sua Orquestra
  3. Tema 747 - Orquestra Ipanema Som
  4. Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus - The Magnetic Sounds
  5. Theme For Young Lovers - The Magnetic Sounds
  6. Concerto Pour Une Voix - The Magnetic Sounds
  7. Noi Ci Amiamo - The Magnetic Sounds
  8. Ballade Pour Adeline - The Magnetic Sounds
  9. Conto de Areia - Paulo Freire
  10. Tema DC-10 - Orquestra Ipanema Som
  11. Aquarela do Brasil - Portinho e Sua Orquestra
  12. Allouete (Tema de Carina) - The Magnetic Sounds
  13. Chanson D'Amour - The Magnetic Sounds
  14. Devotion - The Magnetic Sounds
  15. Wigwan - The Magnetic Sounds
Música de Bordo

domingo, 19 de julho de 2009

New Symphonic Orchestra - As Mais Românticas - Vol. 2

  1. All By Myself
  2. Hotel California
  3. Beauty And The Beast
  4. My Heart Will Go On
  5. Immortality
  6. The Guitar Man
  7. Because You Loved Me
  8. If
  9. Sweet Surrender
  10. It Don't Matter To Me
  11. The Power Of Love
  12. It's All Coming Back To Me Now
  13. Desperado
  14. Lost Without Your Love
As Mais Românticas

sábado, 18 de julho de 2009

Billy May and his orchestra - The Sweetest Swingin' Sounds Of 'No Strings'

  1. No Strings
  2. The Sweetest Sounds
  3. Love Makes The World Go
  4. Nobody Told Me
  5. Loads Of Love
  6. Maine
  7. Eager Beaver
  8. Look No Further
  9. An Orthodox Fool
  10. La La La
  11. The Man Who Has Everything
  12. Be My Host
Sweetest Swingin'

sexta-feira, 17 de julho de 2009

Percy Faith - Themes For The "In" Crowd

  1. The "In" Crowd
  2. Yesterday
  3. Are You There (With Another Girl)
  4. Let's Hang On
  5. Make It Easy On Yourself
  6. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
  7. 1, 2, 3
  8. A Lover's Concerto
  9. Here It Comes Again
  10. Thunderball
  11. Everyone's Gone To The Moon
  12. See You Around
For The "In" Crowd

quinta-feira, 16 de julho de 2009

Tommy Dorsey and The David Rose String Orchestra

The David Rose String Orchestra

01. Dance Of The Spanish Onion
02. My Dog Has Fleas
03. Our Waltz
04. Da Easta Time
05. Holiday For Strings
06. Vienna Swings Again

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

07. Humoresque
08. Buy My Violets
09. Lieberstraum
10. Song Of India
11. Barcarole
12. Dark Eyes
13. Blue Danube
14. Spring Song

Tommy & Rose

Thomas Francis Dorsey, was one of the most popular and succesful big-band leaders from the '30's to the '50's. Born November 19, 1904 in beautiful Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Tommy Dorsey began his fruitful musical career playing trombone in his music teacher/father's band before forming the Dorsey's Novelty Six as a teenager with his brother Jimmy. By 1921 Tommy was playing with The Scranton Sirens for a short time until his big break came and both Dorseys joined the All-Star Jean Goldkette Orchestra in 1924, playing along side of Joe Venuti and Bix Beiderbecke. Their experience in this band included recording for the Victor company and touring Europe. Tommy and older brother Jimmy were also recording with other notable artistis including the California Ramblers, Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Whiteman, whose orchestra Tommy joined in 1926.

In 1934, the Dorseys formed their own orchestra playing arrangements by fellow member of the trombone section, Glenn Miller. The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra did not last long and by 1935 each of the brothers was leading his own band. Tommy took over the Joe Haymes Orchestra in Detroit rather than organize a completely new group. The band was pretty solid when Tommy arrived and all it needed was a little extra nudge to put them over. That lift came from their first hit song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", which was followed by a constant stream of national best-selling hits. Tommy's band introduced more than a few dance and swing styles which were imitated by every band in the country. His million-sellers included swing versions of classical music which are featured in this recording. His most popular hit in this style was Rimsky-Korsakov's "Song Of India".

David Rose had a long and varied career also. Although he was born June 15, 1910 in London, England, Rose actually grew up and spent his early working years in Chicago. After graduating from the Chicago College of Music, he gained a great deal of experience as a pianist-arranger with NBC in the Windy City. It wasn't before long that he was lured to Hollywood with the opportunity of assembling his own orchestra for the Mutual Broadcasting system. The story goes that after deep cuts in the budget, Rose was left with only a string section to work with. The result was his first big hit, "Holiday For Strings".

Throughout the fifties, Rose was responsible for the music in countless television programs, including Bonanza, and of course the show Burlesque which introduced Rose's multi-million selling single, "The Stripper". His early work on Bonanza paid off when he got the job on another television show starring Michael Landon, 'Little House On The Prairie', in 1981, when he actually appeared on screen in one episode as a train engineer (outside music his greatest passion was trains).

quarta-feira, 15 de julho de 2009

Franck Pourcel & His Orchestra - Dancing In The Sun

  1. Dancing In The Sun (Un Rayo del Sol)
  2. Sympathy (Rare Bird)
  3. Make It Easy On Yourself
  4. C'est Le Refrain De Ma Vie
  5. Wand'rin' Star
  6. Lady D'Arbainville (Senora la Duena)
  7. The Things Of Life (Les Choses de la vie) (From film of same name)
  8. The No-Colour Time Of The Day
  9. Yellow River
  10. Concerto Pour Une Voix
  11. Baby Sitter
  12. Snowbird
  13. Comme J'ai Toujours Envie D'aimer
  14. (They Long To Be) Close To You

terça-feira, 14 de julho de 2009

Herbert Rehbein and his orchestra - Love After Midnight

  1. Love After Midnight
  2. Lil Darlin'
  3. Yesterday
  4. Lady
  5. September Song
  6. A Gypsy In Manhattan
  7. Hold Back The Dawn!
  8. It Was A Very Good Year
  9. Strangers In The Night
  10. My Yiddeshe Momme
  11. It's Only Love

domingo, 12 de julho de 2009

Billy May - The Girls and Boys on Broadway

  1. The Girls Against The Boys
  2. My Darling
  3. If I Were A Bell
  4. Where Did We Go? Out
  5. Guys And Dolls
  6. Rich Butterfly
  7. Heart
  8. Old Fashioned Girl
  9. Till There Was You
  10. Girls And Boys
  11. I've Never Been In Love
  12. I Gotta Have You
The Girls And Boys

William E. May, better known as Billy May (November 10, 1916 – January 22, 2004) was an American composer, arranger and musician. He died of heart failure at the age of 87 in his home in San Juan Capistrano, California. His major recordings during the Big Band era were "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby", and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra.

May was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He played trumpet professionally in big bands such as those of Charlie Barnet starting in 1939, but became best known as a talented arranger. His arrangement of the Ray Noble composition "Cherokee" became a major hit of the swing music era. During the Barnet days, May revealed a significant flair for satire on a composition titled "The Wrong Idea", composed with Charlie Barnet, that ridiculed the bland "Mickey Mouse" style of safe big band music with specific musical mockery of bandleader Sammy Kaye, known for his "swing and sway" trademark. May's caustic lyrics to the song called it "swing and sweat with Charlie Barnet".

May worked as an arranger for the bands of Glenn Miller and Les Brown before being hired as staff arranger first for the NBC radio network, then for Capitol Records.

At Capitol, May wrote arrangements for many top artists. These included Frank Sinatra on the albums Come Fly With Me, Come Dance with Me! and Come Swing With Me; Nat King Cole on the albums Just One Of Those Things and Let's Face the Music!, as well as numerous singles (all his work with Cole being packaged later on the 2CD set The Billy May Sessions); Stan Freberg, with whom he was a longtime collaborator, featuring on many of the artist's comedy recordings; Peggy Lee on the album Pretty Eyes; Sue Raney on her second album Songs for a Raney Day; Vic Damone on the albums The Lively Ones and Strange Enchantment; Jeri Southern on the album Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter; Keely Smith on the album Politely and on a duet single, "Nothing In Common"/"How Are Ya Fixed For Love?", with Sinatra; Bobby Darin on the album Oh! Look at Me Now; Nancy Wilson on the albums Like In Love, Something Wonderful, Tender Loving Care, Nancy - Naturally! and various tracks from the albums Just For Now and Lush Life; Matt Monro on several tracks from the albums Invitation to the Movies, Invitation to Broadway, and These Years; Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney on the album That Travelin' Two-Beat; and Sir George Shearing on the albums Satin Affair and Burnished Brass, co-arranged with Shearing (May also conducted Shearing's album Concerto For My Love, on which Shearing had sole credit for the arrangements).

Additionally, May's orchestra was featured on many Capitol Records children's projects. He also worked closely with early 1950s satirist Stan Freberg, using his arranging skills to help Freberg create his spoofs of current hits by creating musical backing often stunningly close to the original hit single. On Freberg's Wunnerful! Wunnerful! a lacerating spoof of bandleader Lawrence Welk, May hired some of the best jazz musicians in Hollywood for his recording sessions, and they relished the idea of mocking the musically awful (if financially successful) Welk sound. The result was a note-perfect recreation of Welk's sound as Freberg and a group of vocalists created parodies of Welk's musical family. Freberg has recounted that Welk was less than amused by the results, which he could not have achieved without May.

May also composed and conducted the music for Freberg's short-lived comedy radio series on CBS, which ran for fifteen episodes in 1957.

In 1959, May won the Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra.

The Crosby-Clooney collaboration was a sequel to their earlier album on RCA Records, Fancy Meeting You Here, also arranged by May.

May’s other non-Capitol work included another Bing Crosby duet album, this time with Louis Armstrong, entitled Bing & Satchmo; a further duet album twinning Bobby Darin with Johnny Mercer, called Two Of A Kind; the sixth in Ella Fitzgerald's acclaimed series of Song Books for Verve Records, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook; a similar dip into the Rodgers and Hart opus with Anita O'Day, entitled Anita O'Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart; Mel Tormé’s Latin-flavoured album ¡Olé Tormé!: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May; early albums by Jack Jones (Shall We Dance?) and Petula Clark (In Hollywood); one solitary session with Sarah Vaughan for Roulette Records in 1960, to record the single The Green Leaves of Summer and three other tracks; and two more albums with Keely Smith, recorded nearly forty years apart – CheroKeely Swings from 1962 and Keely Sings Sinatra, one of May’s last pieces of work, from 2001.

After Sinatra left Capitol to start his own label, Reprise Records, May continued to provide arrangements for him, off and on, for nearly thirty more years, working on the albums Sinatra Swings, Francis A. & Edward K. (with Duke Ellington) and Trilogy 1: The Past, as well as the chart for what is thought to be Sinatra's last ever solo recording, "Cry Me a River" (1988), which was eventually released on the 20 CD Box Set Frank Sinatra - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. In addition, May was the natural choice to arrange Sinatra's knockabout duet with Sammy Davis Jr., Me And My Shadow, which was a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1962, whilst he also contributed to Sinatra's ambitious "Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre" project, providing a few arrangements for three of its four albums, South Pacific, Kiss Me, Kate and Guys and Dolls, May's charts being variously performed by Sinatra, Davis, Crosby, Dean Martin, Jo Stafford and Lou Monte and yielding a perennial Sinatra concert favourite, "Luck Be A Lady" from Guys and Dolls.

In 1958, May arranged a holiday album on Warner Bros. Records featuring the Jimmy Joyce Singers, titled A Christmas to Remember.

May's charts often featured brisk tempos and intricate brass parts. One distinctive feature of his style is his frequent use of trumpet mute devices; another, a saxophone glissando, is widely known as his "slurping saxes". However, May was also an accomplished writer in slower tempos, sometimes using string arrangements. Good examples of this aspect of his work include his brass chart for "These Foolish Things" on the Cole album Just One Of Those Things and his string arrangement of "April In Paris" on Sinatra's Come Fly With Me album.

May's musical compositions for television include "Somewhere in the Night," which was the theme music for the Naked City (1960) television series, and his jazz style re-arrangement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, which was the theme music for The Green Hornet (1966) television series, which featured a trumpet performance by Al Hirt. May also composed the music for the "Batgirl Theme" song, which was used in the Batman (1966) television series when the Batgirl character was added to the cast in 1967. Along with Nelson Riddle, he was also involved in scoring episodes of Naked City (1960), Batman (1966), The Green Hornet (1966), and Emergency! (1972). May also composed the score for the Rat Pack film Sergeants 3 (1962).

Billy May's compositions included "Long Tall Mama" and "Measure For Measure", recorded with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, "Boom Shot", written with Glenn Miller for the soundtrack of the 1942 Twentieth Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives, "Lean Baby", "Fat Man Boogie", "Ping Pong", "Jooms Jones", "Gabby Goose", "Lumby", "Daisy Mae" and "Friday Afternoon" with Hal McIntyre, "Miles Behind", "The Wrong Idea" with Charlie Barnet, "Wings Over Manhattan", "Filet of Soul", "Mayhem", "Gin and Tonic", and "Solving the Riddle". But his biggest hit as a composer was the children's song, I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat, which he recorded with Mel Blanc in 1950.

In 1988, Billy May was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

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sábado, 11 de julho de 2009

Percy Faith - Bim! Bam!! Boom!!!

  1. Bim Bam Boom
  2. Reza (Ray-Za)
  3. Sim
  4. Estrada Branca
  5. Samba De Orfeu (Samba From Black Orpheus)
  6. Tropic Holiday
  7. Oye Negra
  8. Nao Tem Problema (Brazil Blue)
  9. No Balanco Do Jequiba (The Butterfly)
  10. Maracangalha (I Go)
  11. Enlloro (Voodoo Moon)
In BIM BAM BOOM, Percy Faith a true aficionado of the latest in exciting Latin American dance rhythms once again brings his masterly touch to exhilarating south-of-the-border sounds.

Two tunes - SIM and NO BALANCO DO JEQUIBA (The Butterfly) - are among the albums notable features. In them, Percy introduces the newest dance rage from Brazil, the Jequibau. A captivating variation of the Samba, the Jequibau's insinuating beat is rapidly gaining enormous, popularity on north-of-the-border dance floors from coast to coast!

In addition, the versatile Percy leads his fabulous, strings in brilliant arrangements, of Latin tunes such as REZA and Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfa's SAMBA DE ORFEU from the film "Black Orpheus". Alko the intriguing ENLLORO (Voodoo Moon) and a stunning Faith original, TROPIC HOLIDAY.
All of BIM BAM BOOM, in fact, is a tropic holiday - a vibrant musical tour under the guidance of the greatest of all interpreters of Latin American rhythms.

(From the original liner notes)

Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a Canadian-born band-leader, orchestrator and composer, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. He is often credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music" format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. Though his professional orchestra-leading career began at the height of the swing era, Faith refined and rethought orchestration techniques, including use of large string sections, to soften and fill out the brass dominated popular music of the 1940s.

Faith was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He played violin and piano as a child, and played in theatres and at Massey Hall. After his hands were badly burned in a fire, he turned to conducting, and his live orchestras utilized the new medium of radio broadcasting. Beginning with defunct stations CKNC and CKCL, Faith was a staple of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's live-music broadcasting from 1933 to 1940, when he resettled in Chicago. In 1945, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He made many recordings for Voice of America. After working briefly for Decca Records, he worked for Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, where he turned out dozens of albums and provided arrangements for many of the pop singers of the 1950s, including Tony Bennett, Doris Day and Guy Mitchell (for whom Faith wrote Mitchell's number one single, "My Heart Cries for You").

His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" (1952), "Song from the Moulin Rouge" (1953) and "Theme from A Summer Place" (1960), which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. Faith remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The flip side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was the also popular and lovely "Swedish Rhapsody" by composer Hugo Alfvén.

Though Faith initially mined the worlds of Broadway, Hollywood and Latin music for many of his top-selling 1950s recordings, he enjoyed immense popularity starting in 1962 with his orchestral versions of popular rock and pop hits of the day. His "Themes for Young Lovers" album was a top seller during this era and introduced the Faith sound to a younger generation of listeners. With the success of Columbia record-mate Ray Conniff's chorus and orchestra during this same time, Faith began using a chorus (usually all female in the early recordings, later mixed) in several popular albums from the mid-1960s on. Faith's first single with a female chorus, "Yellow Days," was a substantial hit in the MOR (Middle of the Road) easy listening radio format of the mid-1960s. Faith continued to enjoy airplay and consistent album sales throughout the early 1970s, and received a second Grammy award in 1969 for his album "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'."

Though best-known for his recording career, Faith also occasionally scored motion pictures, and received an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of the song score for the Doris Day musical feature, "Love Me or Leave Me." Several of his other original scores for dramatic features such as "Tammy Tell Me True" and "The Oscar" contained popular theme songs.

With the advent of harder rock sounds in the 1970s, Faith's elegant arrangements fell out of favor with the listening and record-buying public, although he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Black Magic Woman." He released one album of country music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of, as it turned out, his life. Faith died of cancer in Encino, California and was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

His Christmas music recordings are today the most widely heard of all of Faith's music, and continue to be heard on both terrestrial and Internet radio annually.

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