terça-feira, 30 de junho de 2009

Franck Pourcel et son grand orchestre - Amour, Danse et Printemps

 

01. Qu'est-Ce Qui Fait Pleurer Les Blondes
02. All By Myself
03. A Quoi Sert de Vivre Libre (Can Give You Anything)
04. This Melody
05. Fractured Fiddle
06. Quinze Ans
07. Amour, Danse Et Printemps (The Sound Of Spring)
08. Dolannes Melodie
09. Fernando
10. Et Mon Pere
11. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)
12. Michele

Amour, Danse Et Printemps

segunda-feira, 29 de junho de 2009

Les Baxter - The Lost Episode

 

01. It's A Big Wide Wonderful World
02. Quiet Village
03. Ruby
04. Lover
05. Chopsticks
06. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

The Lost Episode

Les Baxter (March 14, 1922 – January 15, 1996) was an American musician and composer.

Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist, he turned to popular music as a singer. At the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw records such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?".

Baxter then turned to arranging and conducting for Capitol Records in 1950 and was credited with the early Nat King Cole hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young", but both were actually orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. In later releases of the recordings the credit was corrected to Riddle. In 1953 he scored his first movie, the sailing travelogue Tanga Tika. With his own orchestra, he released a number of hits including "Ruby" (1953), "Unchained Melody" (1955) and "The Poor People Of Paris" (1956). He also achieved success with concept albums of his own orchestral suites: Le Sacre Du Sauvage, Festival Of The Gnomes, Ports Of Pleasure, and Brazil Now, the first three for Capitol and the fourth on Gene Norman's Crescendo label. The list of musicians on these recordings includes Plas Johnson and Clare Fischer.

Baxter also wrote the "Whistle" theme from the TV show Lassie.

Baxter did not restrict his activities to recording. As he once told Soundtrack! magazine, "I never turn anything down".

In the 1960s, he formed the Balladeers, a besuited and conservative folk group that at one time featured a young David Crosby. He operated in radio as musical director of The Halls of Ivy and the Bob Hope and Abbott and Costello shows; he also worked on movie soundtracks and later composed and conducted scores for Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films and other horror stories and teenage musicals, including The Pit and the Pendulum, The Comedy of Terrors, Muscle Beach Party, The Dunwich Horror, and Frogs. Howard W. Koch recalled that Baxter composed, orchestrated, and recorded the entire score of The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) in a total of three hours for $5,000.

When soundtrack work reduced in the 1980s, he scored music for theme parks and SeaWorlds. In the 1990s, Baxter was widely celebrated, alongside Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman Group, as one of the progenitors of what had become known as the "exotica" movement. In his 1996 appreciation for Wired magazine, writer David Toop remembered Baxter thus:

Baxter offered package tours in sound, selling tickets to sedentary tourists who wanted to stroll around some taboo emotions before lunch, view a pagan ceremony, go wild in the sun or conjure a demon, all without leaving home hi-fi comforts in the white suburbs.

Les Baxter has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6314 Hollywood Blvd.

Discography:

Album, Soundtrack & Compilation

    * (1947) Music Out of the Moon (composed by Harry Revel)
    * (1949) Perfume Set To Music (composed by Harry Revel)
    * (1950) Yma Sumac: Voice Of The Xtabay
    * (1951) Arthur Murray Favorites: Tangos
    * (1951) Ritual of the Savage (Le sacre du sauvage)
    * (1953) Festival of the Gnomes (composed by Prince di Candriano)
    * (1954) Thinking of You
    * (1954) The Passions: Featuring Bas Sheva
    * (1955) Arthur Murray Favorites: Modern Waltzes
    * (1955) Kaleidoscope
    * (1956) Tamboo!
    * (1956) Les Baxter's La Femme
    * (1956) Caribbean Moonlight
    * (1957) Skins! Bongo Party with Les Baxter
    * (1957) 'Round the World with Les Baxter
    * (1957) Midnight on the Cliffs
    * (1957) Ports of Pleasure
    * (1958) Space Escapade
    * (1958) Selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
    * (1958) Confetti
    * (1958) Love is a Fabulous Thing
    * (1959) African Jazz
    * (1959) Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz
    * (1959) Les Baxter's Wild Guitars
    * (1959) Barbarian (Goliath and the Barbarians)
    * (1960) The Sacred Idol
    * (1960) Les Baxter's Teen Drums
    * (1969) Baxter's Best
    * (1960) Young Pops
    * (1961) Broadway '61
    * (1961) Alakazam the Great
    * (1961) Jewels of the Sea
    * (1961) Master of the World
    * (1961) Wild Hi-Fi Drums / Wild Stereo Drums
    * (1962) Sensational!
    * (1962) Exotica Suite
    * (1962) Voices in Rhythm
    * (1962) The Primitive and the Passionate
    * (1962) The Fabulous Sounds of Les Baxter: Strings, Guitars, Voices!
    * (1963) Les Baxter's Balladeers
    * (1963) The Academy Award Winners
    * (1963) The Soul of the Drums
    * (1966) Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
    * (1966) The Forum: The River is Wide
    * (1966) Brazil Now
    * (1967) Love is Blue
    * (1967) African Blue
    * (1968) Moog Rock
    * (1968) Hell's Belles
    * (1969) All the Loving Couples
    * (1969) Bora Bora
    * (1969) Bugaloo in Brazil
    * (1970) Que Mango!
    * (1970) Million Seller Hits
    * (1970) Cry of the Banshee
    * (1971) Music of the Devil God Cult: Strange Sounds from Dunwich - The Dunwich Horror
    * (1973) Black Sabbath (1963)
    * (1975) Movie Themes
    * (1975) Hit Songs from Spain
    * (1978) Born Again
    * (1995) The Lost Episode of Les Baxter (1961) [Original Television Soundtrack]
    * (1996) By Popular Request
    * (1996) The Exotic Moods Of Les Baxter

Singles

    * (1952) Blue Tango
    * (1953) I Love Paris
    * (1953) April In Portugal
    * (1955) Unchained Melody
    * (1955) Medic
    * (1955) Wake The Town And Tell The People
    * (1956) Foreign Intrigue
    * (1956) The Poor People Of Paris
    * (1959) Dance, Everyone Dance
    * (1960) Pepe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

domingo, 28 de junho de 2009

Ray Anthony - I Remember Glenn Miller

01. Tuxedo Junction
02. Moonlight Serenade
03. Chattanooga Choo Choo (Vocal by Tommy Mercer & The Skyliners)
04. At Last
05. Little Brown Jug
06. Serenade In Blue
07. Sunrise Serenade
08. In The Mood
09. I Know Why (Vocal by Tommy Mercer & The Skyliners)
10. Volga Boatman
11. Elmer's Tune (Vocal by Marcie Miller & The Skyliners)
12. Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
13. Stardust
14. Harlem Nocturne
15. Tenderly
16. Man With A Horn

I Remember Glenn Miller

Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonini on January 20, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania) is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter and actor.

As a child Anthony moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began studying the trumpet with his father. He played in Glenn Miller's band from 1940-1941 and appeared in the Glenn Miller movie Sun Valley Serenade in 1941 before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he formed his own group. The Ray Anthony Orchestra became very popular in the early 1950s, with recordings that included Anthony's classic dance songs "The Bunny Hop" and the "Hokey Pokey," as well as the theme music from Dragnet. He had a no.2 chart hit with a remake of the Glenn Miller classic "At Last" in 1952.

From 1953-1954 Anthony was the musical director on the television series TV's Top Tunes, and he also appeared as himself in the 1955 film Daddy Long Legs. In 1955 Anthony married sex symbol actress Mamie Van Doren and began expanding his own acting career. He starred in a short-lived television 1956-1957 variety show, The Ray Anthony Show. Anthony also appeared in several films during the late 1950s, including The Five Pennies (where he portrayed Jimmy Dorsey), and Van Doren's movies High School Confidential as "Bix" and Girls Town. In the 1959-1960 television season, he guest starred in the episode "Operation Ramrod" of David Hedison's espionage series Five Fingers on NBC.

Anthony and Van Doren divorced in 1961, and Anthony's brief film career ended at about the same time. However, he continued his musical career and had another hit record with the theme from Peter Gunn, which reached #8 on Billboard's Pop chart. Among his pianists was Allen "Puddler" Harris, a native of Franklin Parish, Louisiana, who had been a member of the original Ricky Nelson band and the very talented Kellie Green, who also played the vibraphone.

Anthony was considered one of the most modern of the big band leaders. In the lyrics to "Opus One", which imagine a number of players performing the song, he is cited along with Les Brown and his Band of Renown:

If Mr. Les Brown can make it renowned
And Ray Anthony could rock it for me

Anthony and his band were also featured in the movie The Girl Can't Help It and treated as one more of the many rockers in the line-up, but also shown in performances with Mansfield that are essential to the plot.

Ray Anthony's compositions include "Thurderbird", "Bunny Hop", "Trumpet Boogie", "Big Band Boogie", and "Mr. Anthony's Boogie".

Anthony has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As of 2006 Anthony is still active as a bandleader and musician.

Anthony has a close friendship with Hugh Hefner, which has resulted in him appearing in numerous episodes of The Girls Next Door.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

"I'll never forget, in late 1940, getting the word that Glenn Miller would audition me. He always tried out likely prospects on the job, and so I rushed downtown to New York's Hotel Pennsylvania where the Miller band was playing the Cafe Rouge. In My excitement, I even hurtled the bandstand to get to the trumpet chair-causing a considerable loss of dignity all around.

"But there was good reason for my enthusiasm. For one thing, I was a spirited kid, only eighteen years old. And for another, Glenn Miller's band was the most popular in the world. My years with him turned out to be the best education anyone could have in playing popular music.

"That's why I have such a warm feeling for this record. The arrangements in it are brand new, but the songs are the ones I've always liked most - because they're magical reminders of some really wonderful times.

"At that audition, for example, the first number they threw at me was 'Tuxedo Junction', which I'd heard but never played before. Of course, I'll always remember that tune's infectious dancing mood, which the Billy May arrangement in this album captures so well.

The affection that everyone had for Glenn Miller and his music was quite remarkable. Now that the young dancers of decades later are rediscovering the Miller story, I'm glad that I can show my personal admiration and respect for him with this album. He was a really fine teacher and leader, and that's how I remember him."

(Ray Anthony from the original liner notes)

sábado, 27 de junho de 2009

Ray Conniff - Classics


01. Warsaw Concerto (R. Addinsell)
02. Favorite Theme from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Ballet (Tchaikovsky)
03. Favorite Theme From Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto (Tchaikovsky)
04. An Improvisation Of Chopin's Nocturne In E Flat (Chopin)
05. An Improvisation On None But The Lonely Heart (F. Lehar)
06. An Improvisation On MY Heart At The Sweet Voice (Saint-Saens)
07. One Fine Day (From Madame Butterfly) (Puccini)
08. An Improvisation On Lieberstraum (F. Liszt)
09. Yours Is My Heart Alone (F. Lehar)
10. Favorite Theme From Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony (Tchaikovsky)
11. Favorite Theme From Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto (Rachmaninoff)
12. Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin)
13. Schubert's Serenade (Schubert)
14. An Improvisation On Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky)

Classics

sexta-feira, 26 de junho de 2009

Frank de Vol and his orchestra - Portraits

 
01. Jezebel
02. Chances Are
03. On The Street Where You Live
04. You Belong To Me
05. The Yellow Rose Of Texas
06. The Little White Cloud That Cried
07. Stranger In Paradise
08. My Heart Cries For You
09. Come On-a My House
10. Dreamy
11. Moments To Remember
12. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)

Portraits


Frank Denny De Vol, also known simply as De Vol (20 September 1911 - 27 October 1999) was an American arranger, composer and actor.

De Vol was born in Moundsville, West Virginia and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father, Herman Frank De Vol, was band-leader of a local movie orchestra and his mother, Minnie Emma Humphreys De Vol, had worked in a sewing shop. He attended Miami University.

When De Vol was 14, he became a member of the Musicians' Union. After playing violin in his father's orchestra and appearances in a China restaurant he joined the Horace Heidt Orchestra in the 1930s, being responsible for the arrangements. Later, he toured with the Alvino Rey Orchestra, before embarking on his recording career.

From the 1940s, De Vol wrote arrangements for the studio recordings of many top singers, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, Doris Day and Vic Damone. His single most famous arrangement is probably the haunting string and piano accompaniment to Cole's Nature Boy, which was a US Number One in 1948. That same year, he released a version of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" (Capitol Records 15420), that he arranged and sang lead vocals on.

In 1966–1967, he arranged "The Happening" for The Supremes, their tenth #1 Billboard pop record (1967), the theme song they recorded for a same-titled 1967 theatrical film, and one of the few hit records for The Supremes that was not arranged by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

The success of Nature Boy, recorded on the Capitol Records label, led to an executive position for De Vol across at the rival Columbia Records. There, he recorded a series of orchestral mood music albums under the studio name "Music By De Vol" (which he also used for some of his film and TV work). The album Bacchanale Suite (1960) is a late, but acclaimed, example of De Vol's mood music. Each track is by English composer Albert Harris and is named after a god or goddess of Greek mythology.

In the 1950s De Vol's orchestra played frequently at the Hollywood Palladium under the concert name "Music of the Century".

De Vol wrote the scores for many Hollywood movies, receiving Academy Award nominations for four of them: Pillow Talk (1959), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Cat Ballou (1965), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

Other familiar movies which featured work by De Vol include Send Me No Flowers (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Krakatoa, East of Java (1969), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), The Frisco Kid (1979), and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980).

De Vol also composed the theme music for the Screen Gems' Dancing Sticks logo (1963-1965), which appeared on all TV shows produced by the television division of Columbia Pictures.

Frank DeVol was musical director (and occasionally seen) on Edgar Bergen's 1956-57 CBS prime-time game show, Do You Trust Your Wife?.

"Frank DeVol's orchestra" was featured on the NBC prime time musical variety series "The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney", but the show only lasted one season (1957-58).

De Vol is best recognized for his television theme tunes, like Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, and My Three Sons. The latter theme was musically complex, with a piano playing a triplet obligato over the melody in 4/4 time, but was a commercial success as well, providing De Vol with a hit single in 1961.

He composed scores for episodes of McCloud and The Love Boat, amongst much other work for TV.

In 1969, a music piece, called "The Fuzz" became the subject of a Brazilian TV newscast, called Jornal Nacional. However, it wasn't the first newscast to use that music; KOOL-TV (later KTSP, now KSAZ-TV) was the first TV station to use the music.

De Vol was also an actor and he is perhaps best remembered for his role as bandleader Happy Kyne on the 1970s talk show parodies Fernwood 2Nite and America 2-Night. He appeared in several other TV series, such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, Petticoat Junction, Mickey starring Mickey Rooney, The Brady Bunch, Get Smart (at least 2 appearances as Prof. Carlton), and The Jeffersons.

According to the commentary for the movie McLintock!, de Vol preferred to be credited as "Frank de Vol" for his acting appearances, and as simply "de Vol" for his musical work.

De Vol was married two times, once to Grayce Agnes McGinty in 1935. This fifty-four year marriage produced two daughters; Linda Morehouse, and Donna Copeland, and ended with Grayce's death in 1989. He was married a second time in 1991 to the television actress and big band singer Helen O'Connell, which ended with her death in 1993.

He played bandleader Happy Kyne in the TV satire "Fernwood 2 Night".

In the mid-1990s, when well into his eighties, De Vol was active in the Big Band Academy of America.

De Vol died of congestive heart failure on 27 October 1999 in Lafayette, California. He is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

quinta-feira, 25 de junho de 2009

Herb Ohta - Song For Anna

 

01. Song For Anna
02. Apples Of Paradise
03. One Day Of Love
04. Living In Dreams
05. Little Romance
06. The Sun Of My Heart
07. A Shade Of Blue
08. Garden Of Marmara
09. Love Is Blue
10. Too Tender Hearts
11. Keeping You Company
12. One Never Forgets


quarta-feira, 24 de junho de 2009

101 Strings Orchestra - The Magic Of Hawaii


01. Blue Hawaii
02. Aloha Oe
03. Hawaiian War Chant
04. Song Of The Islands
05. Little Grass Shack
06. Hawaiian Bells
07. Beyond The Reef
08. Sweet Hawaiian Kisses
09. Orchid Lagoon
10. Sweet Leilani
11. Hawaiian Magic
12. Stars Over Maui
13. Now Is The Hour
14. Hawaiian Wedding Song
15. Lovely Hula Hands
16. Torchlight
17. Hano Hano
18. Hawaii Five-0
19. Maria Elena
20. Bali Ha'i
21. Hawaiian Magic Waltz



The Magic Of Hawaii

segunda-feira, 22 de junho de 2009

Henry Jerome and his orchestra - Brazen Brass


01. Stompin' At The Savoy
02. Glow Worm
03. Dance Of the Hours Cha Cha Cha
04. Blue Moon
05. Bugle Call Waltz
06. When The Saints Go Marching In
07. Ciribiribin
08. Over The Rainbow
09. Jeannine
10. Sleepy Time Gal
11. Temptation
12. One O'Clock Jump

Brazen Brass

domingo, 21 de junho de 2009

Franck Pourcel Grand Orchestre - Cole Porter Story


01. C'Est Magnifique
02. I Love Paris
03. I've Got You Under My Skin
04. In The Still Of The Night
05. Esay To Love
06. True Love
07. Begin The Beguine
08. Night And Day
09. Just One Of Those Things
10. Ca C'Est L'Amour
11. So In Love
12. Don't Fence Me In

Cole Porter Story

Franck Pourcel (August 14, 1913 in Marseille - November 12, 2000) was a musician of the lounge or easy listening genre.

Born in Marseille August 11, 1913.

His father, a musician in the navy in Marseille, started teaching him music when he was 6 years old. Pourcel studied violin at the Conservatoire in Marseille, but also drums because he loved jazz. He led several jazz ensembles, including the French Fiddlers. Then he spend a year in Paris at the Conservatoire.

1931: he worked as a violinist at the Théâtre des Variétés in Marseille.

June 10, 1939: he married Odette.

At that period he became the musical director of some singers, among them Yves Montand and Lucienne Boyer, with whom he went on a world tour.

1946: he had a baby-girl named Françoise.

1952: he emigrated to the US, receiving a green card and the musician Union card, because he wanted to produce a big band orchestra.

1953, a french producer Maurice Tézé, called him back to France to record his first record Blue Tango and the follow up Limelight He got his first success with this record, and from then on, all french singers wanted to hire Franck "The American" to be their musical director.

1954: he recorded his first LP under the label Pathé-Marconi- with whom he would record 9 LPs in 3 years. and created the series Amour Danse et Violons which included 54 LPs

1956: he recorded his version of Only You, the success created by The Platters ; it sold over 3 millions copies in the US and went to #9 in the US charts. Between 1956 and 1972 he was the conductor for France at the Eurovision song contest.

1958: he started recording classical music ; with his serie Pages Célèbres he recorded popular classical pieces with 80 musicians, leading his « Varieties » public to the discovery and appreciation of classical music in the process.

His Pages Célèbres gave him the chance to direct famous classical orchestras like :

* The London Symphony orchestra
* The Society of Concerts for the Conservatoirte
* The BBC orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall
* The Lamoureux Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel in Paris

1962: he composed together with Paul Mauriat and Raymond Lefèvre the famous hit « Chariot » created by Petula Clark and followed up by Little Peggy March as « I will follow Him ». In 1992 the song became the main theme of the motion picture Sister Act 1 & 2.

He recorded until 1995 with EMI

He achieved, among many others, the following distinctions:

* 1956: The Grand prix du disque Français
* 1957: The Grand prix du disque in Brazil
* 1963: The Golden disc in Venezuela
* 1965: Amsterdam: The Edison Price (The equivalent of the film Oscars) for his orchestrations of Pop music
* 1967: Back to the USA for an important promotion journey. He conducts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Hollywood…
* 1968: Golden disc in Colombia for his popularity in this country-Disco Mundo
* 1969: Grand Prix du disque of the Charles Cros Academy in Paris
* 1970: Gold record in Japan, the first of a series!

Distributed in over 50 countries, Franck broke all the selling records of the European orchestras, recorded over 2,000 songs and sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

He died on November 12, 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, at the age of 87, from Parkinson's disease.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

sábado, 20 de junho de 2009

Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra - Cuban Mambo


01. Granada
02. Cuban Mambo
03. Carioca
04. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
05. Amapola
06. Besame Mucho
07. El Manisero (Peanuts Vendor)
08. Siboney
09. Bahia
10. Mambo Nº 5
11. Brazil
12. Malagueña
13. Tequila
14. Andalucia
15. Oye Negra
16. Linda Mujer
17. Papa Loves Mambo
18. Begin The Beguine

Cuban Mambo

Xavier Cugat, born Francesc d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu (1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990) was a Spanish-Catalan-Cuban-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a key personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. He was also a cartoonist and a successful businessman. In New York, his was the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II.

Cugat was born in Girona, in Catalonia, Spain. [1] His family emigrated to Cuba when Xavier was five. He was trained as a classical violinist and played with the Orchestra of the Teatro Nacional in Havana. On 6 July 1915, Cugat and his family arrived in New York as immigrant passengers on board the S.S. Havana.

Cugat was married four times. His first marriage was to Carmen Castillo (1929–1944); his second to Lorraine Allen (1947-52); his third to singer Abbe Lane (1952-64); and his fourth to Flamenco guitarist Charo (María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza Rasten, 1966-78). His last marriage was the first in Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

Entering the world of show business, he played with a band called The Gigolos during the tango craze.[2] Later, he went to work for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. Cugat's caricatures were later nationally syndicated. His older brother, Francis, was an artist of some note, having painted the famous cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby.

In the late 1920s, as sound began to be used in films, he put together another tango band that had some success in early short musical films. By the early 1930s, he began appearing with his group in feature films.

Cugat took his band to New York for the 1931 opening of Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and he eventually replaced Jack Denny as the leader of the Hotel's resident band. One of his trademarks was to hold a small Chihuahua dog while he waved his baton with the other arm. For 16 years Cugat helmed The Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He shuttled between New York and Los Angeles for most of the next 30 years, alternating hotel and radio dates with movie appearances in films such as You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Bathing Beauty (1944), Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) and Neptune's Daughter (1949).

In 1940, his recording of "Perfidia" with singer Miguelito Valdés became a big hit. Cugat followed trends closely, making records for the conga, the mambo, the cha-cha-cha, and the twist when each was in fashion. Several of the songs he recorded, including "Perfidia", were used in the Wong Kar-wai films Days of Being Wild and 2046.

In 1943 "Brazil" was a big hit, reaching #17 in the Billboard Top 100. The basic riff of the song bares a strong resemblance to that of "Viva Las Vegas" (a 1964 Elvis Presley song, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman).

Cugat did not lose sleep over artistic compromises: “I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve.”

Cugat died of heart failure aged 90 in Barcelona. He is buried in Girona.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

sexta-feira, 19 de junho de 2009

Francis Moore Orchestra - Memories - Volume 1


01. Memory
02. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
03. Something
04. Neverending Story
05. Up Where We Belong
06. Lady D'Arbanville
07. All I Have To Do Is Dream
08. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te)
09. To Love Somebody
10. I Have a Dream
11. Africa
12. The Carnival Is Over
13. You're My World
14. Send In The Clowns
15. Daydreams
16. If You Could Read My Mind
17. Thank You For the Music

Memories

quinta-feira, 18 de junho de 2009

Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra - Bye Bye Blues


01. Bye Bye Blues
02. Remember When
03. When You're Smiling
04. Tahitian Sunset
05. Once In A While
06. Steady Does It
07. It Makes No Difference
08. You stepped Out Of A Dream
09. Wiederseh'n
10. I'm Beginning to See The Light
11. Melina
12. Out Of Nowhere

Bye Bye Blues

terça-feira, 16 de junho de 2009

Michel Legrand - Romantic songs of Michel Legrand and his orchestra


01. The Windmills Of Your Mind
02. Summer Of '42
03. I Still See You
04. Sea And Sky
05. Concerto For Cabs
06. The Street Where They Lived
07. Where Love Begins
08. In Love In Normandy
09. A Place In Paris (Vocal: Matt Monro)
10. Old Lovers Never Die
11. On The Road
12. Do You Come Here Often
13. They Simply Fade Away
14. Where Love Ends
15. Pavanne For People
16. Paris Was Made For Lovers (Vocal: Michel Legrand)

Romantic Songs

Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist of Armenian descent.

Legrand has composed more than two hundred film and television scores, several musicals, and made well over a hundred albums. He has won three Oscars (out of 13 nominations), five Grammys, and has been nominated for an Emmy. He was twenty-two when his first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. He is a virtuoso jazz and classical pianist and an accomplished arranger and conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He studied music at the Paris Conservatoire from 1943-50 (ages 11-20), working with, among others, Nadia Boulanger, the teacher also of many other composers, including Aaron Copland and Philip Glass. Legrand graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist.

In the early 1950s, Legrand was one of the first Europeans to work with jazz innovators such as Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. His jazz-oriented projects, though infrequent, have been almost uniformly outstanding. While on a visit to the U.S. in 1958, Legrand collaborated with such musicians as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Ben Webster, Hank Jones, and Art Farmer in an album of inventive orchestrations of jazz standards titled Legrand Jazz. The following year, back in Paris with bassist Guy Pedersen and percussionist Gus Wallez, he recorded an album of Paris-themed songs arranged for jazz piano trio, titled Paris Jazz Piano. Nearly a decade later he recorded At Shelly's Manne-Hole (1968), a live trio session with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, in which four of the compositions were improvised on the spot. Legrand also provided an odd scat vocal on "My Funny Valentine." After another decade had elapsed, Legrand returned to jazz and collaboration with Phil Woods on Jazz Le Grand (1979) and After the Rain (1982); then he collaborated with violinist Stephane Grappelli on an album in 1992. Not as well received as his earlier work was a 1994 album for LaserLight titled Michel Plays Legrand. More recently, in 2002, he recorded a masterful solo jazz piano album reworking fourteen of his classic songs, Michel Legrand by Michel Legrand. His jazz piano style is virtuosic and eclectic, drawing upon such influences as Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans.

A number of his songs have become jazz standards, covered frequently by other artists, including "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Watch What Happens," "The Summer Knows," and "You Must Believe in Spring."

During various periods of creative work, Legrand became a conductor for orchestras in St. Petersburg, Vancouver, Montreal, Atlanta, and Denver. He recorded more than one hundred albums with international musical stars (spanning the genres of jazz, variety, and classical) and worked with such diverse musicians as Phil Woods, Ray Charles, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, James Ingram, Jack Jones, Kiri te Kanawa, Frankie Laine, Tereza Kesovija, Johnny Mathis, Jessye Norman, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Bassey and Regine Velasquez.

Legrand has also recorded classical piano pieces by composers such as Erik Satie and George Gershwin.

His sister, Christiane Legrand, was a member of The Swingle Singers and his niece Victoria Legrand is a member of the indie rock group Beach House.

Legrand is known principally as a composer of innovative music for films, composing film scores (about two hundred to date) for directors Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Brooks, Claude Lelouch, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, and many others. Legrand himself appears and performs in Agnès Varda's French New Wave classic, Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961). After his songs appeared in Jacques Demy's films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1966), Legrand became famous worldwide. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg was a sung-through musical in which all the dialogue was set to music, a revolutionary concept at the time.

Hollywood soon became interested in Legrand after Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, bombarding him with requests to compose music for films. Having begun to collaborate with Hollywood, Legrand continued to work there for many years. Among his best-known scores are those for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), which features the hit song The Windmills of Your Mind, and Summer of '42 (1971), which features another hit song, "The Summer Knows." Legrand also wrote the score for Orson Welles's last-completed film, F for Fake (1974).

Currently, Legrand divides his time between America and France.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

segunda-feira, 15 de junho de 2009

101 Strings Orchestra - They Write The Songs


01. Eleanor Rigby
02. Hey Jude
03. Yesterday
04. Michelle
05. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
06. Honky Cat
07. Benny And The Jets
08. The Sound Of Silence
09. Homeward Bound
10. I Am A Rock
11. Bridge Over Troubled Water
12. The Boxer
13. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
14. Galveston
15. Wichita Lineman
16. MacArthur Park
17. Up, Up And Away
18. Leaving On A Jet Plane
19. Take Me Home Country Roads
20. Rocky Mountain High
21. I Don't Know How To Love Him
22. Don't Cry For Me Argentina

They Write The Songs

domingo, 14 de junho de 2009

Johnny Star - O Melhor do Piston


01. St. Louis Blues
02. Charmaine
03. Rosemarie
04. Love Is Here To Stay
05. To Marvelous For Words
06. I Cried For You
07. Tuxedo Junction
08. Poor Butterfly
09. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
10. Lover Come Back To Me
11. Alice Blues Gown
12. I Love Paris
13. And The Angels Sing
14. The Song Is You
15. Sleepy Time Gal
16. Tangerine
17. Near You
18. Smile

O Melhor do Piston

A Grande Orquestra de Paul Mauriat


  1. Mourir ou Vivre
  2. Potemkine
  3. Michelle
  4. Chez Nous
  5. Girl
  6. Nocturne
  7. Il Silenzio
  8. Aline
  9. My Love
  10. Merci Cherie
  11. Ce Soir Je T'Attendais
  12. Une Meche De Cheveux
  13. A Taste Of Honey
  14. Mon Credo
A Grande Orquestra de Paul Mauriat

quarta-feira, 10 de junho de 2009

Viajarei nesse feriado e retornarei no próximo domingo, dia 14, com mais novidades no blog. Até lá.


I will travel this holiday and back on Sunday, March 14, with more news on the blog. See you later.

terça-feira, 9 de junho de 2009

Ivanildo - O Sax De Ouro - Vol. 3


01. Love Is All
02. My Way
03. A Noite Do Meu Bem / Ronda
04. Vingança / Que Será
05. O Mundo E O Moinho / Folhas Mortas
06. Detalhes / Não Se Esqueça De Mim / Mulher Pequena
07. Danse Avec Moi
08. Negra Tomaza
09. Catalina / La Chunga
10. Maguari
11. Oi
12. Love Letters In The Sand / Till / Moonglow
13. Minha Lúcia

Sax de Ouro

segunda-feira, 8 de junho de 2009

101 Strings Orchestra - The Country Collection


01. Lovesick Blues
02. Your Cheatin' Heart
03. I Can't Stop Loving You
04. Jambalaya
05. Have You Ever Been Lonely
06. Kaw Liga
07. Bouquet Of Roses
08. Wabash Cannonball
09. Cold Cold Heart
10. Half As Much
11. King Of The Road
12. Crazy
13. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On
14. Little Green Apples
15. Take These Chains From My Heart
16. Tennessee Waltz
17. Ode To Billie Joe
18. I Don't Hurt Anymore
19. Four Walls
20. You Are My Sunshine
21. In The Jailhouse Now
22. An American Trilogy

The Country Collection

101 Strings was an umbrella term for a highly successful easy listening symphonic music organization, with a discography exceeding a hundred albums and a creative lifetime of roughly thirty years. Their LPs were individualized by the slogan "The Sound of Magnificence", a puffy cloud logo and sepia-toned photo of the orchestra. The 101 Strings orchestra was actually composed of 124 string instruments (all male except for the harpist) and was conducted by Wilhelm Stephan. The orchestra's famous official photograph was taken in the Musikhalle Hamburg.

Record label mogul David L. Miller (born circa 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) came to prominence by releasing the first Bill Haley & His Comets’ records in 1952-1953 on his own Essex label (followed by Trans-World, then Somerset). In this capacity Miller played a role in the creation of rock and roll.

Following the rise of mood music practitioners Mantovani and Jackie Gleason Presents, Miller subcontracted the Orchester des Nordwestdeutschen Hamburg (the Northwest German Radio Orchestra of Hamburg) conducted by Wilhelm Stephan to play in-house arrangements of popular standards. The first 101 Strings album was released in late 1957; an astounding 24 titles were released in 1958 (many of which featured recycled material from earlier albums attributed to the New World Orchestra, Rio Carnival Orchestra, and other light music orchestras). These records were pressed by Miller’s own plants and released through his own distribution channels (such as grocery stores).

His core staff arrangers were Monty Kelly, Joseph Kuhn and Robert Lowden. All three proved adept at penning original compositions that were stylistically consistent both with contemporary hit songs and each other. Miller placed these on 101 Strings albums to provide additional publishing revenues.

Kelly’s earliest successes were Latin and Spanish travelogues (such as the Soul of Spain series) although, following the British Invasion, he became 101 Strings’ ‘Now Sound’ specialist. Kuhn concentrated on radio-friendly numbers in the ‘Pops’ orchestral manner ("Blues Pizzicato," etc.) which provided Somerset its initial catalog of originals. Lowden penned lounge ballads (such as "Blue Twilight"). Their body of early 1960s work would be recycled via rerelease throughout the next twenty years.

In 1964, Miller sold the franchise to Al Sherman, a successful record label distributor, who renamed the label Alshire (based in Los Angeles, California) and moved recording to London. Sherman retained Miller as a partner to oversee production and A&R. The Alshire era is characterized by large-scale expansion of product, attempts to branch out into younger markets and, beginning in 1969, eventual stagnation (although late efforts by Les Baxter and Nelson Riddle were released under the 101 moniker in 1970). Output decreased from 1974 on; a tribute to John Lennon (composed of earlier Beatle tribute material) in January 1981 marks the final 101 Strings effort.

Although many 101 Strings albums are simply orchestrated versions of pop hits and show tunes, the early Somerset material contains many examples of the exotica and lounge genres. Songs of the Seasons In Japan, Hawaiian Paradise and East of Suez are three such albums. 101 Strings Play The Blues and Back Beat Symphony comprise early experiments in symphonic-pop hybridization, while Fly Me To The Moon contains five noir-ish originals. Alshire releases include ‘Now Sound’ albums such as Jet Set, Sounds of Today and Astro-Sounds from Beyond the Year 2000, the last of which has been frequently sampled by electronic music artists of the 1990s and 2000s.

The Alshire catalog was sold to Madacy, Inc. in the 1990s and, under the direction of Greg Sims, a ‘New 101 Strings Orchestra’ began releasing a series of CDs (including a two-volume Beatles set). 101 Strings compilations were reissued on CD during the ‘lounge revival’ of the 1990s. Few 101 Strings LPs have been released in their original form.

If one goes to the Madacy site to view their 101 Strings collection, the exact same description that was used on the Bel Canto's ST- 76 two track stereo release about the 101 Strings sound is reprinted. That annoying 50 Hz hum heard on many of those tape recordings was due to the Ampex 350's filtering which was not well suited for European 50Hz power. The "My Fair Lady" and "King and I" releases have what appears to be the sound of dirty mixing pots used on the fly during those sessions. There were a number of tape releases that sounded like tape copies of pristine Stereo Fidelity vinyl which actually, were not all that pristine. As the selections played closer to the label, pinch distortion was evident due to the conical styli of those days. "The Soul of Spain" and "Conquers of the Ages" are prime examples of these suspicions. The same distortions exist on many of the small brand pre-recorded tapes of those days.

Ebay during any year has an almost complete Madacy catalog in one form or another from these early tapes made from 1957 in Germany by D.L. Miller.

Discography:

"Million Seller Hit Songs of the 30's" Somerset catalog no. SF-1000
Moonlight Serenade, Embraceable You, It's a Sin To Tell a Lie, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Portrait of You, Night and Day, Deep Purple, Begin the Beguine, September Song, Flirt, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Goodnight Sweetheart.

"101 Strings in a Symphony For Lovers" SF-4500
Evening Star (from Tanhauser by Richard Wagner), Barcarolle (from Tales of Hoffman by J. Offenbach), Poem (by Fibich), Serenade (by F. Schubert), Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto - 1st Movement, Reverie (by Debussy), Cradle Song (by Brahms).

"The Soul of Spain" SF-6600
Malaguena, Espana, La Violetera, Espana Cani, Macarenas, Domingo en Sevilla.

"A Night In Vienna" SF-6800
Vienna, My City of Dreams - Blue Danube - Pizzicato Polka - Artists' Life - Sweet For My Sweet - Tales From Vienna Woods - Vienna Blood - Kalter Kaffee und Hiesser Jazz - Perpetual Motion - Merry Widow Waltz.

"101 Strings Play the Sugar & Spice of Rudolph Friml" SF-6900
Someday, L'Amour Tojour L'Amour, Workout For Strings, Loveliest of the Lovely, Rosemarie, Donkey Serenade, Puppets on Parade, Giannina Mia, Cackling Chickens.

"Russian Fireworks" SF-8500
Volga Boatmen, Sabre Dance, Procession of the Sardar, Meadowland, Kamennoi-Ostrov, 1812 Finale.

"The Song of Spain, Vol II" SF-9900
The Breeze and I, Matador, Le Cid, Valencia, Granada, El Relicario, Cantina Toreros.

"A Night Serenade in the Quiet Hours" SF-10200
All Through The Night, Berceuse, Greensleeves, Romance (by Rubinstein), Traumerie, Serenade (by Drigo), Romance (by Tchaikovsky), On Wings of Song (by Mendelssohn)

"Broadway Cocktail Party" SF-12100
Till There Was You (Music Man); Climb Every Mountain (Sound of Music); Till Tomorrow (Fiorello); Gypsy (Small World); Tonight (West Side Story); Hey There! (Pajama Game); Just in Time (Bells Are Ringing); Promise Me A Rose (Take Me Along); I Enjoy Being a Girl (Flower Drum Song).

"101 Strings in a Hawaiian Paradise" SF-12800
Song of the Islands - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Little Grass Shack - Sweet Leilani - Moon Over Kona - Blue Hawaii - Stars Over Maui - Torchlight - Hawaiian War Chant - Aloha Oe.

"I Love Paris" SF-13000
I Love Paris, Poor People of Paris, Fifi, La Belle Parisienne, Montmartre, Can-can, Under Paris Skies, Le Soir: La Seine, Mademoiselle de Paris, A Day With Frere Jacques, Gay Boulevardier.

"Twenty-Five Years of Show Hits" SF-13700
Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific); I Won't Dance (Three Sisters); Only Make Believe (Showboat); People Will Say We're in Love (Oklahoma); Getting to Know You (The King and I); I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady); Fanny (Fanny); One Alone (The Desert Song); One Kiss (The New Moon).

"101 Strings Play Victor Herbert Favorites" SF-15400
Oh, Sweet Mystery of Life; Kiss Me Again; March of the Toys and Toyland; India Summer; A Gypsy Sweetheart; Red Mill Overture; Because your you; Moonbeams; Everyday is Ladies Day With Me; In Old New York; Isle of Our Dreams.

"I Left My Heart In San Francisco" SF-20300
I Left My Heart in San Francisco; Limehouse Blues; Top O' The Mark; Cable Cars; Harbor Lights; California Here I Come; San Francisco; Fisherman's Wharf; Union Square; Blues While the City Sleeps.

"Million Seller Hits of the 40's" SF-21100
Some Enchanted Evening, This Love of Mine, June is Bustin' Out All Over, Fools Rush In, Weekend Pass, Now is the Hour, Serenade in Blue, Sentimental Journey, Mam'selle, Run-Away Heart, To Each His Own, People Will Say We're In Love.

"101 Strings Play The World's Great Standards" P-4300
Close To You; There's a Small Hotel; You Go To My Head; The Touch of Your Lips; Day By Day; The Way You Look Tonight; You and I; The Nearness of You; Alone Together; Two Sleepy People.

"101 Strings Play The Blues" P-5800
St. Louis Blues; Birth of the Blues; Frankie and Johnny; Blues in the Night; Symphony for Blues; Basin Street Blues; Shades of Blues; Blues Pizzacato.

"Hit American Waltzes" P-6200
Missouri Waltz; Tennessee Waltz; The Waltz You Saved For Me; Home On the Range; Gay Nineties Medley (The Band Played On, Sidewalks of New York, Bicycle Built For Two, After the Ball); Beautiful Ohio; In Old New York; Sweetheart of Signma Chi; Let me Call You Sweetheart.

"Concerto Under the Stars" P-6700
Cornish Rhapsody; Claire de Lune; Chopin's Study in E Major; Swedish Rhapsody; Chopin's Nocturne; Meditation, Thais; Liebestraum.

"Award Winning Scores From The Silver Screen" P-7000
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing; Ruby; Three Coins In The Fountain; The High and the Mighty; Around the World in 80 Days; Moulin Rouge; Spellbound Concerto; Picnic; Tara's Theme.

"Porgy and Bess" P-8600
Summertime; A Woman is a Sometimes Thing; I Got Plenty of Nothin'; Bess, You Is My Woman; I Can't Sit Down; It Ain't Necessarily So; There's a Boat Leavin' Soon For New York; Bess, Oh Where's My Bess; I'm On My Way.

"Exodus and Other Great Movie Themes" P-13500
Theme from "The Exodus", "Karen" from "The Exodus", "Green Leaves of Summer" from "The Alamo", Theme from "The Apartment", "Warsaw Concerto" from "Dangerous Moonlight", "Greensleeves" from "Moment of Love", Theme from "The Sundowners".

"Rhapsody" P-13600
Rhapsody in Blue, Midnight Rhapsody, Manhattan Rhapsody, Dream of Olwen, I Hear A Rhapsody, Variation on a Theme (by Paganini), Rhapsody d'Amour, Starlight Rhapsody.

"Million Seller Hits of the 30's" P-21000
Moonlight Serenade, Embraceable You, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Portrait of You, Night and Day, Deep Purple, Begin The Beguine, September Song, Flirt, I'm Getting Sentimental, Goodnight Sweetheart.

"Cole Porter" S-5007
I've Got You Under My Skin, Easy to Love, White Tie and Tails, You Do Something to Me, In the Still of the Night, Night and Day, I Love You, Begin the Beguine, The Lady Said Yes, I Love Paris.

"Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington" S-5008
Stardust (Carmichael-Parish), Satin Doll (Ellington), The Nearness of You (Carmichael-Washington), Caravan (Ellington-Tizol-Mills), Mood Indigo (Ellington-Mills-Bigard), Sophisticated Lady (Ellington), Lazy Bones (Carmichael-Mercer), Blue Twilight, Solitude (Ellington-DeLange-Mills), Two Sleepy People (Carmichael-Loesser).

"Richard Rodgers - Lorenz Hart" S-5009
Bewitched, My Funny Valentine, There's a Small Hotel, The Lady Is A Tramp, I Could Write a Book, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, With a Song In My Heart, Where or When, Manhattan, Curtain Time.

"Songs For Inspiration and Meditation" S-5031
Bless This House; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow; Rock of Ages; Hallelujah Chorus; Beautiful Isle of Somewhere; The Lord's Prayer; Holy, Holy, Holy; Onward Christian Soldiers; In the Garden; Abide With Me; The Lord Is My Shepherd; Now the Day is Over.

"The Soul of Mexico" S-5032
Mexican Hat Dance, La Golondrina La Raspa, It happened in Monterey, Guadalajara, Bahia de Acapulco, Fiesta en Cuernavaca, El Gato Montez, Mexicali Rose, Cielito Lindo, Las Mananitas, Chiapenecas, La Cucaracha, Adios Mariquita Linda.

"A Romantic Mood For Dining and Dreaming" S-5034
I Left My Heart In San Francisco. Limehouse Blues. Top O' The Mark. Cable Cars. Harbor Lights. California Here I Come. San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf. Union Square. Blues While the City Sleeps.

"Million Seller Hits of the 50's" S-5037
Volare, Canadian Sunset, So Rare, Young At Heart, Wait For Me, Cry, Autumn Leaves, Vaya Con Dios, Mack the Knife, Tennessee Waltz, Blue Twilight, Melody of Love.

"S.R.O - Standing Room Only - Broadway Hits" S-5061
Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof); Cabaret (Cabaret); Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof); Man From La Mancha (Man From La Mancha); I Do, I Do (I Do, I Do); The Impossible Dream (Man From La Mancha); Mame (Mame); Never On Sunday (Illya Darling).

"A Bridal Bouquet The World's Most Beautiful Wedding Songs" S-5066
Because; At Dawning; Ich Liebe Dich; The Wedding March; I Love You Truly; Reception Waltz; Bridal March; My Heart at Thy Voice; Oh Promise Me.

"101 Strings Play Million Seller Hits - Volume 4" S-5090 (Stereo)
Moon River; Dear Heart; St. Tropez In June, You Will Never Be Far Away; Hawaiian wedding Song; Can't Take My Eyes Off You; Days Of Wine And Roses; Call Me Irresponsible; When Love Is All; Canadian Sunset.

"The Tijuana Sound" S-5091
A Taste of Honey; The Lonely Bull; Spanish Flea; Cuidad Quieta; Flamingo; What Now My Love; Zorba The Greek; Tijuana Taxi; Senora de Grandeza; Tijuana Skies.

"Million Seller Hits from the Golden Age of the Dance Band" S-5092
Moonlight Serenade; You Made Me Love You; Song of India; Serenade in Blue; Goodbye; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Barcarolle; Weekend Pass; So Rare; Liebestraum.

"Songs From George M. - Cohan, That Is - And New York, The Good Old Days" S-5098
You're a Grand Old Flag; Give My Regards To Broadway; Oh My! What Fun; Hats Off For Your Flag; Yankee Doodle Boy; Strolling Through the Park; Mary; Tammany Picnic; Every Day is Ladies' Day To Me In Old New York; Medley: The Band Played On, Sidewalks of New York, Bicycle Built For Two, After the Ball.

"101 Strings Play Songs of Faith" S-5100 (Stereo)
O God, Our Help In Ages Past; He; March On; A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Blest Be The Tie That Binds; How Great Thou Art; I Believe; Enduring Light; Keeping Faith; The Day is Gently Sinking to a Close.

"The Supremes" S-5105
Where Did Our Love Go; Back In My Arms Again; You Can't Hurry Love; Stop In The Name of Love; Baby Love; I Hear A Symphony; In and Out of Love; My World is Empty Without You Babe; It's So Exciting; Baby, Let's Smooth it Over.

"Dynamic Percussion" S-5145
Malaguena; Sabre Dance; Old Soft Show; Bats In The Belfry; Ghost Riders in the Sky; Voodoo Moon; Roller Coaster; Dizzy Fingers; Caravan; Flight of the Bumble Bee; Beguine for Bongos; Ski Run.

"The Romantic Melodies of Victor Herbert" S-5209
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life; Kiss Me Again; March of the Toys-Toyland; Indian Summer; Gypsy Love Song; Red Mill Overture; Because You're You; Moonbeams; Every Day Is Ladies' Day To Me; In Old New York; Isle of Our Dreams.

"The Glory of Christmas" XM-4
Silent Night, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Tannenbaum, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Jingle Bells.

"101 Strings Play and Sing the Songs Made Famous by Olivia Newton John" Alshire 5327
Have You Ever Been Mellow, Please Mr. Please, Time of Your Life, Loving You Ain't Easy, Home Ain't Home Anymore, I Honestly Love You, Let Me Be There, Once Upon a Summertime, If You Love Me (Let Me Know), To Olivia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

domingo, 7 de junho de 2009

Metais Em Brasa apresentando saxes vol. 4 - Henry Jerome e sua orquestra


01. Stardust
02. St. Louis Blues Boogie
03. Melody Of Love
04. Don't Be That Way
05. In Apple Blossom Time - Stars Fell On Alabama
06. Tiger Rag
07. Sunrise Serenade
08. Green Eyes
09. Body And Soul - Sophisticated Lady
10. Undecided
11. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
12. Hawaiian War Chant

Metais em Brasa - Saxes

The "Brazen Brass" man. Jerome started as a bandleader in high school, and went to work full-time with a cadre of his classmates (including future Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan) after graduation. From the mid-1930s through the end of the 1940s, Jerome ran the band in some form continuously, working steamships, hotels, and circuits. In its various guises, the Jerome band was a "sweet" band, specializing in light ballads and moderate tempos.

After breaking up the band, Jerome went into record producing, and ended up forming a new studio band to release a series of LPs for Decca under the moniker of "Brazen Brass." While Jerome was inspired by the success of Enoch Light's "Persuasive Percussion" album and sound, he deserves credit at least for dumping the sweet sound for something bold, splashy, and, well, brazen. The trademark "brazen" sound was enhanced through stereo by recording an equal number of trumpets on each channel, muted horns on the right and open horns on the left. According to Jerome, the technique was "To have my open brass section on left speaker talk musically to the muted brass section on the right speaker in musical phrases and be able to reverse them which was unheard of in those days and was one of the reasons for its tremendous sale--Worldwide #1 (4 of them in the top 10 at the same time)." Jerome produced and conducted nine Brazen Brass albums for Decca, as well as several more conventional sweet albums, until he left to become an A&R man for Coral in 1959. He released one more "brazen" style album in the late 1960s, for United Artists.

Recordings:

* Memories of Hal Kemp, Roulette R-25007
* Hello Nice People, Roulette R-25056
* Designed For Dancing, MGM Lion-E70004
* Designed For Dancing Vol. 2, MGM Lion-E70016
* Brazen Brass, Decca DL-4056
* Brazen Brass Plays Songs Everybody Knows, Decca DL-4106
* Brazen Brass Brings Back the Bands, Decca DL-4125
* Brazen Brass Features Saxes, Decca DL-4127
* Brazen Brass Zings the Strings, Decca DL-4187
* Brazen Brass Goes Hollywood, Decca DL-4205
* Brazen Brass Goes Latin!, Decca DL-4226
* Strings in Dixieland, Decca DL-4307
* Brazen Brass-New Sounds In Folk Music, Decca DL-4344
* Vocal Velvet, Decca DL-4440
* That New Country Feeling, Decca DL-4676
* Henry's Trumpets, United Artists UA 6620
* American Gold, United Artists UXS 71

(From Spaceagepop)

sábado, 6 de junho de 2009

Beautiful dreamer - Lullabies the Whole World Loves - VA


01. Brahms Lullaby - Frank Chacksfield
02. Sleep, My Little Prince, Sleep - Frank Chacksfield
03. Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral - Frank Chacksfield
04. Summertime - Robert Farnon
05. When You Wish Upon A Star - Frank Chacksfield
06. Over The Rainbow - Frank Chacksfield
07. Traumerie - Robert Farnon
08. Estrellita (Little Star) - Frank Chacksfield
09. Prayer - Frank Chacksfield
10. Sweet And Low - Frank Chacksfield
11. Ma Curly Headed Baby - Frank Chacksfield
12. Raisins And Almonds - Stanley Black
13. Solvejg's Song - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
14. Beautiful Dreamer - Mantovani

Beautiful Dreamer

The golden dreamboat's ready, all her silken sails are spread, and the breeze is gently blowing to the fairly port of Bed, and the fairy's captain's waiting while the busy sandman flies with the silver dust of slumber, closing every baby's eyes.

Oh, the night is rich with moonlight and the sea is calm with peace, and the angels fly to guard you and their watch shall never cease, and the fairies there await you; they have splendid dreams to spin; you shall hear them gayly singing as the dreamboat's putting in.

Like the ripple of the water does the dreamboat's whistle blow, only baby ears can catch it when it comes the time to go, only little ones may journey on so wonderful a ship, and go drifting off to slumber with no care to mar the trip.

Oh, the little eyes are heavy but the little soul is light; it shall never know a sorrow or a terror through the night. And at last when dawn is breaking and the dreamboat's trip is o'er, you shall wake to find the mother smiling over you once more.

(Edgar A. Guest, from the original liner notes)

sexta-feira, 5 de junho de 2009

Sax & Love - Great Love Songs Performed On Saxophone By Ivan M.


01. Spending My Time
02. Every Breath You Take
03. Who Wants To Live Forever
04. Stars
05. Unbreak My Heart
06. Jessie
07. The Power Of Love
08. Back For Good
09. I JUst Called To Say I Love You
10. Eternal Flame
11. I Couldn't Say Goodbye
12. Because You Loved Me
13. Sleeping Child
14. Just The Way You Are
15. Three Times A Lady
16. She's Always A Woman
17. Angel
18. Ben

quinta-feira, 4 de junho de 2009

Felix Slatkin - Great American Grofé


Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofé)

01. Sunrise
02. Painted Desert
03. On The Trail
04. Sunset
05. Cloudburst

Mississippi Suite (Ferde Grofé)

06. Father of Waters
07. Huckleberry Finn
08. Old Creole Days
09. Mardi Gras

Death Valley Suite (Ferde Grofé)

10. Funeral Mountains
11. 49er Emigrant Train
12. Desert Water Hole
13. Sand Storm
14. Cloudburst (From Grand Canyon Suite, conducted by the composer)

Great American Grofé

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Felix Slatkin


Capitol Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ferde Grofé

Felix Slatkin (December 22, 1915 – February 8, 1963) was an American violinist and conductor.

Biography:

Slatkin was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a Jewish family originally named Zlotkin (though it is not certain) from areas of the Russian Empire now in Ukraine. He began studying the violin at the age of nine with Isadore Grossman. He began working professionally at the age of ten and won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute, where he studied violin with Efrem Zimbalist and conducting with Fritz Reiner.

At age 17 he joined the St. Louis Symphony and formed a chamber orchestra of young musicians. In 1935 he won a competition which included a solo appearance with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and Jose Iturbi. Around this time he met cellist Eleanor Aller, also of Russian Jewish extraction, whom he later married. During the Second World War, he served his country as a musician at the Santa Ana Air Force Base and as a conductor of the Army Air Force Tactical Command Orchestra, an organization that raised over 100 million dollars in war bonds.

He settled in Los Angeles and accepted the post of Concertmaster for Twentieth Century Fox Studios, performing numerous violin solos in motion pictures such as How Green Was My Valley and How to Marry a Millionaire. In 1939 he founded the highly-acclaimed Hollywood String Quartet, which produced over 21 albums for Capitol Records and toured the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including a special appearance in 1957 for the Edinburgh Festival. In 1958, the quartet won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance-Orchestra from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for its performance of the Beethoven Late String Quartets.

His conducting career included his founding of the Concert Arts Orchestra and appearances with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. He was Frank Sinatra's concertmaster and conductor of choice during the Capitol years of the 1950's. He made over 25 recordings with these orchestras, also on the Capitol label, including a recording of Offenbach’s Gaîté Parisienne (a ballet arranged by Manuel Rosenthal), which won a Grammy Award in 1958. He also made over a dozen recordings for Liberty Records establishing “The Fantastic Strings, Fantastic Fiddles, Fantastic Percussion, and Fantastic Brass of Felix Slatkin.” In 1962, his recording entitled Hoedown won a grammy nomination. In 1995, the Hollywood Quartet won the London Grammaphone award for their historic recording of Schöenberg’s Verkläerte Nacht and Schubert’s Quintet in C Major.

Felix Slatkin died from a heart attack at the age of 47.

Felix's son, Leonard Slatkin is the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, and his other son, Frederick Zlotkin (who uses the original Russian spelling of the family name) is Principal Cellist for the New York City Ballet and the cellist for the Lyric Piano Quartet.

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Nelson Riddle - Love Is A Game Of Poker


01. Witchcraft
02. Alone Too Long
03. Two Hearts Wild
04. Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume
05. Queen Of Hearts
06. Penny Ante
07. It's So Nice To Have A Man About The House
08. Indiscreet
09. Playboy's Theme
10. Finesse

Love Is A Game Of Poker

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was a well-known American bandleader, arranger and orchestrator whose career spanned from the late 1940s, struggled with the advent of rock n roll, and saw a career revival in the early 1980s. In the 1950's, Riddle was forever associated with his work for Capitol Records, providing arrangements and musical direction to such vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, and Keely Smith and in the 1980's his career was brought back into focus and prominence, working with singer Linda Ronstadt on a series of highly successful platinum selling albums and international concerts.

Riddle was born in Oradell, New Jersey, the only child of Marie Albertine Riddle and Nelson Smock Riddle, Sr., and grew up in nearby Ridgewood. Following his father's interest in music, he began taking piano lessons at age eight and trombone lessons at age fourteen. Riddle and his family had a summer house in Rumson, New Jersey. He enjoyed Rumson so much that he convinced his parents to allow him to attend high school there for his senior year. After his graduation from Ridgewood High School, Riddle spent his late teens and early 20s playing trombone in and occasionally arranging for various local dance bands, culminating in his association with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra.

In 1943, Riddle joined the Merchant Marine, serving at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York for roughly two years. During this time he continued working for the Charlie Spivak Orchestra and he studyed orchestration under his fellow merchant marine, composer Alan Shulman. After his enlistment term ended, Riddle travelled to Chicago to join the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1944; he remained the orchestra's third trombone for eleven months until drafted by the United States Army in April, 1945.

Just months after Riddle entered the Army, World War II ended and he was discharged (June 1946) after serving fifteen months on active duty. Riddle moved shortly thereafter to Hollywood to pursue his career as an arranger and spent the next several years writing arrangements for multiple radio and record projects.

In 1950, Riddle was hired by arranger Les Baxter to write arrangements for a recording session with Nat King Cole; this was one of Riddle's first associations with Capitol Records. Although one of the songs Riddle had arranged, "Mona Lisa," soon became the biggest selling single of Cole's career, the work was credited to Baxter. However, once Cole learned the identity of the arrangement's creator, he sought out Riddle's work for other sessions, and thus began a fruitful partnership that furthered the careers of both men at Capitol.

During the same year, Riddle also struck up a conversation with Vern Yocum, (born George Vernon Yocum) a big band jazz musician (brother of Pied Piper, Clark Yocum) who had transitioned into music preparation servicing Frank Sinatra and other entertainers at Capitol Records. A collaboration followed with Vern becoming Riddle's "right hand" as copyist and librarian for the next thirty years.

In 1952, Capitol Records executives viewed the up-and-coming Riddle as a prime choice to arrange for the newly-arrived Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was reluctant however, preferring instead to remain with Axel Stordahl, his long-time collaborator from his Columbia Records years. When success of the first few Capitol sides with Stordahl proved disappointing, Sinatra eventually relented and Riddle was called in to arrange his first session for Sinatra, held on April 30, 1953. The first product of the Riddle-Sinatra partnership, "I've Got The World On A String," became a runaway hit and is often credited with relaunching the singer's slumping career. His personal favorite, a Sinatra ballad album, Only the Lonely.

Riddle was to stay at Capitol for another decade, during which time he continued to arrange for Sinatra and Cole, in addition to such Capitol artists as Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Sue Raney, and Ed Townsend. He also found time to release his own instrumental albums on the label, most notably Hey...Let Yourself Go (1957) and C'mon...Get Happy (1958), both of which peaked at a respectable number twenty on the Billboard charts.

In 1962, Riddle orchestrated two albums for Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson, and Ella Swings Gently with Nelson, their first work together since 1959's Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. The mid-1960s would also see Fitzgerald and Riddle collaborate on the last of Ella's 'Songbooks', devoted to the songs of Jerome Kern (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook) and Johnny Mercer (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook).

In 1963, Riddle joined Sinatra's newly-established label Reprise Records. Much of his work in the 1960s and 1970s was for film and television, including his hit theme song for Route 66; steady work arranging episodes of Batman and other television series, and the scores of several motion pictures including the Rat Pack features Robin and the 7 Hoods and the original Ocean's Eleven.

In the latter half of the 1960s, the partnership between Riddle and Frank Sinatra grew more distant as Sinatra began increasingly to turn to Don Costa, Billy May and an assortment of other arrangers for his album projects. Although Riddle would write various arrangements for Sinatra until the late 1970s, Strangers In The Night, released in 1966, was the last full album project the pair completed together. The collection of Riddle-arranged songs was intended to expand on the success of the title track, which had been a number one hit single for Sinatra arranged by Ernie Freeman.

During the 1970s, the majority of his work was for film and television, including the score for the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, which earned Riddle his first Academy Award after some five nominations. In 1973, he served as musical director for the Emmy Award winning The Julie Andrews Hour. Nelson Riddle's Orchestra also made numerous concert appearances throughout the 1970s, some of which were led and contracted by his good friend, Tommy Shepard.

1982 also saw Riddle work for the last time with Ella Fitzgerald, on her last orchestral Pablo album, The Best Is Yet to Come.

In 1982, Riddle was approached by Linda Ronstadt, then considered the leading female voice in rock 'n' roll, to write arrangements for an album of pop standards Ronstadt had been contemplating since her stint in Pirates of Penzance. The agreement between the two, resulted in a three-album contract which included what were to be the last arrangements of Riddle's career. Linda recalls that when she approached Nelson, she didn't know if he had ever heard of her— he hadn't. He hated rock 'n' roll, but his daughter was a Ronstadt fan and told her father "don't worry, her checks won't bounce."

When Nelson learned of Ronstadt's desire to learn more about Traditional Pop Music and agreed to record with her, he insisted on a whole album or nothing. He was at first skeptical, but once he agreed his career turned upside down immediately because Ronstadt was the queen of rock during this period. For her to do "elevator music", as she called it, was a great surprise to the young audience. Joe Smith, the president of Elektra, was terrified that the albums would turn off the rock audience. The three albums together sold over seven million copies and brought Nelson back to a young audience during the last three years of his life. Arrangements for Linda Ronstadt's "What's New" (1983) and "Lush Life" (1984) won Riddle his second and third Grammy Awards (the last was awarded posthumously in 1986).

Working with Ronstadt, Riddle brought his career back into focus in the last three years of his life. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, What's New "isn't the first album by a rock singer to pay tribute to the golden age of the pop, but is ... the best and most serious attempt to rehabilitate an idea of pop that Beatlemania and the mass marketing of rock LPs for teen-agers undid in the mid-60s ... In the decade prior to Beatlemania, most of the great band singers and crooners of the 40s and 50s codified a half-century of American pop standards on dozens of albums ... many of them now long out-of-print". What's New is the first album by a rock singer to have major commercial success in rehabilitating the Great American Songbook.

In 1985, Riddle died at age 64 of liver ailments. He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

Following Nelson Riddle's death, his last three arrangements for Linda Ronstadt's For Sentimental Reasons album were conducted by Terry Woodson; the album was released in 1986.

In February 1986, Riddle's youngest son Christopher, himself an accomplished bass trombonist, assumed the leadership of his father's orchestra. The Nelson Riddle Orchestra continues touring to this day, playing tribute concerts showcasing Riddle's arrangements for Frank Sinatra and others.

Following the death of Riddle's second wife Naomi in 1998, proceeds from the sale of the Riddle home in Bel Air were used to establish a Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair and library at the University of Arizona, which officially opened in 2001. The opening showcased a gala concert of Riddle's works, with Linda Ronstadt as a featured guest performer.

In 2000, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops released a Nelson Riddle tribute album entitled "Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound" on Telarc Records. The album showcases expanded orchestral adaptations of the original arrangements provided by the Nelson Riddle Archives, and is presented in a state-of-the-art digital recording that was among the first titles to be released on multi-channel SACD.

While in the Army, Riddle married his first wife Doreen Moran in 1945. The couple had six children: In 1968, Riddle separated from his wife Doreen; their divorce became official in 1970. A few months later he married Naomi Tenenholtz, then his secretary, with whom he would remain for the rest of his life.

Riddle was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music.

In a 1982 radio interview on WNEW (AM) with Jonathan Schwartz (radio), Riddle cites Stan Kenton's "23 degrees north 82 degrees west" arranged by Bill Russo as inspiration for his signature trombone interplay crescendos.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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