terça-feira, 29 de setembro de 2009

Lawrence Welk - No Cinema

 
  1. Moon River
  2. Tonight
  3. Exodus
  4. Around The World
  5. The Sound Of Music
  6. Till There Was You
  7. I Could Have Danced All Night
  8. You Gave Me Wings
  9. Some Enchanted Evening
  10. Wish You Were Here
  11. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  12. You'll Never Walk Alone
No Cinema

 
Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, hosting The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance fans as "champagne music."

Lawrence was born in Strasburg, North Dakota, one of nine children of Catholic, German-speaking immigrants from Alsace-Lorraine, via Odessa, Ukraine.

The family lived on a homestead outside of town, which today still stands as a tourist attraction. The first year they lived there, they spent the cold North Dakota winter underneath an upturned wagon covered in sod.[citation needed] Never intent on being a farmer, Welk became interested in a career in music, convincing his father to purchase a mail-order accordion for $400. He made a promise to his father that until the age of 21, he would continue to work on the farm in exchange for the accordion. Any money Welk made elsewhere, whether doing farmwork or putting on a show, would go to his family.

A common, but mistaken, belief is that Welk didn't learn English until he was 21 because he spoke German at home. Actually, he began learning English when he entered Grade School. Because the area of North Dakota in which he lived was populated primarily by Russian immigrants, most of his early teachers spoke English with a Russian accent. As a result, he acquired his peculiar, lilting accent, a combination of the Russian and German accents, for which he was particularly known, and which he demonstrated in public for the rest of his life. Although he took English diction lessons in the 1950s, and was able to speak relatively accent-free when with his family and close associates, he recognized that his public expected to hear him continue to say: "A-one, an-a-two". When he was asked about his ancestry, he replied always with "Alsace-Lorraine, Germany." .

Having fulfilled his promise to his father, Welk left the family farm on his 21st birthday to pursue a career in music. During the 1920s, he performed with the Luke Witkowski, Lincoln Boulds, and George T. Kelly bands, before starting his own orchestra. He led big bands in North Dakota and eastern South Dakota. These included the Hotsy Totsy Boys and later the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra. His band was also the station band for popular radio station WNAX, in Yankton, South Dakota. In 1927, he graduated from the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Although many jazz musicians scorn Welk, he did one notable recording in that style in November 1928 for Indiana-based Gennett Records. "Spiked Beer" featured Welk and his Novelty Orchestra.

During the 1930s, Welk led a traveling big band, specializing in dance tunes and "sweet" music. Initially, the band traveled around the country by car. Too poor to rent rooms, they usually slept and changed clothes in these cars. The term "Champagne Music" was derived from an engagement at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, when a dancer referred to his band's sound as "light and bubbly as champagne." The band performed across the country, but particularly in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. In the early 1940s, the band began a 10-year stint at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, regularly drawing crowds of nearly 7,000.

His orchestra also performed frequently at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City during the late 1940s. In 1944 and 1945, Welk led his orchestra in many motion picture "Soundies," considered to be the early pioneers of music videos,[citation needed] and the band had its own syndicated radio program, sponsored by "The Champagne of Bottle Beer" Miller High Life.

In 1951, Welk settled in Los Angeles. That same year, he began producing "The Lawrence Welk Show" on KTLA in Los Angeles where it was broadcast from the Aragon Ballroom in Venice Beach. After becoming a local hit, the show was picked up by ABC in Spring 1955.

During its first year on the air, the Welk hour instituted several regular features. To make Welk's "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production crew engineered a "bubble machine" that spouted streams of large soap bubbles across the bandstand. Whenever the orchestra played a polka or waltz, Welk himself would dance with the band's female vocalist, the "Champagne Lady." His first Champagne Lady was Jayne Walton Rosen (real name: Dorothy Jayne Flanagan). Jayne left Welk's show after her marriage and later pregnancy. After Welk and his band went on television, she appeared as a guest on the show, where she sang Latin American songs and favorites that were popular when she was traveling with the Welk band. Novelty numbers would usually be sung by Rocky Rockwell. Welk also reserved one number for himself, where he soloed on his accordion. These features became so predictable that satirist Stan Freberg lampooned all of them in his topical comedy record, archly titled "Wunnerful, Wunnerful!" In Freberg's version, the "champagne lady" dances all over the maestro's accordion, and the hyperactive bubble machine goes haywire and floats the entire Aragon Ballroom out to sea. Billy May, who arranged the Freberg recording, used top-notch studio musicians who played Welk-like arrangements and used their talents and dislike for Welk's music to play them as badly as possible. Welk evidently took the satire to heart, because surviving kinescopes from the following season show the bubble machine used less often, and Welk's accordion solos scaled back. Welk was not pleased by the Freberg recording. He complained to Freberg, who recounted the story in his autobiography, that the record should have had Welk and the band "rescued" when the ballroom went out to sea.

Welk's television program had a policy of playing well-known songs from previous years, so that the target audience would hear only numbers with which they were familiar. Rarely, in the TV show's early days, the band would play tunes from the current charts, but strictly as novelty numbers. Two examples occurred during the same broadcast, on December 8, 1956: "Nuttin' for Christmas" became a vehicle for Rocky Rockwell, dressed in a child's outfit; and Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" was sung by violinist Bob Lido, wearing fake Presley-style sideburns).

Welk never lost his affection for the hot jazz he'd played in the 1920s, and when a Dixieland tune was scheduled, he enthusiastically led the band.

The type of music on "The Lawrence Welk Show" was almost always conservative, concentrating on popular music standards, polkas, and novelty songs, delivered in a smooth, calming, good-humored easy listening style and "family-oriented" manner. Although described by one critic as "the squarest music this side of Euclid,"[citation needed] this strategy proved commercially successful, and the show remained on the air for 31 years.

Much of the show's appeal was Welk himself. His unusual accent appealed to the audience. While Welk's English was passable, he never did grasp the English "idiom" completely, and was thus famous for his "Welk-isms," such as "George, I want to see you when you have a minute, right now," and "Now for my accordion solo, Myron, will you join me?" His TV show was recorded as if it were a live performance, and was sometimes quite free-wheeling. Another famous "Welk-ism" was his trademark count-off, "A one and a two..." which was immortalized on his California automobile license plate that read "A1ANA2". This plate is visible on the front of a Model A Ford in one of the shows from 1980.

He often took women from the audience for a turn around the dance floor. During one show, Welk brought a cameraman out to dance with one of the women and took over the camera himself.

Welk's musicians were always top quality, including accordionist Myron Floren, concert violinist Dick Kessner, guitarist Buddy Merrill, and New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain. Though Welk was occasionally rumored to be very tight with a dollar, he paid his regular band members top scale - a very good living for a working musician. Long tenure was very common among the regulars. For example, Floren was the band's assistant conductor throughout the show's run. He was noted for spotlighting individual members of his band and show. His band was well-disciplined and had excellent arrangements in all styles. One notable showcase was his album with the noted jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges.

Welk had a number of instrumental hits, including a cover of the song "Yellow Bird." His highest charting record was his recording of "Calcutta." Welk himself was indifferent to the tune, but his musical director, George Cates, said that if Welk did not wish to record the song, he, (Cates) would. Welk replied, "Well, if it's good enough for you, George, I guess it's good enough for me."[citation needed] Despite the emergence of rock and roll, "Calcutta" reached number 1 on the U.S. pop charts in 1961, and was recorded in only one take.

Welk's insistence on wholesome entertainment led him to be a somewhat stern taskmaster at times. For example, he fired Alice Lon, at the time the show's "Champagne Lady", because he believed she was showing too much leg. Welk told the audience that he would not tolerate such "cheesecake" performances on his show; he later tried unsuccessfully to rehire the singer after fan mail indicated overwhelmingly that viewers disagreed with her dismissal. (He then had a series of short-term "Champagne Ladies" before Norma Zimmer filled that spot on a permanent basis.) Highly involved with his stars' personal lives, he often arbitrated their marriage disputes.

"The Lawrence Welk Show" embraced changes on the musical scene over the years. The show featured fresh music alongside the classics for as long as it existed, even music originally not intended for the big band sound. During the 1960s and 1970s, for instance, the show incorporated material by such contemporary sources as The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, The Everly Brothers and Paul Williams, albeit in Welk's signature "Champagne" style. Originally produced in black and white, the show was recorded on videotape starting in 1957, and it switched to color for the fall 1965 season. In time, it featured synthesized music and, toward the end of its run, early chroma key technology added a new dimension to the story settings sometimes used for the musical numbers. Welk referred to his blue screen effect in one episode as "the magic of television."

During its network run, "The Lawrence Welk Show" aired on ABC on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time). In fact, Welk headlined two weekly prime time shows on ABC for three years. From 1956 to 1958, he hosted a show titled "Top Tunes and New Talent," which aired on Monday nights. The series moved to Wednesdays in Fall 1958 and was renamed "The Plymouth Show," which expired in May, 1959. During that time, the Saturday show was also known as "The Dodge Dancing Party." ABC cancelled the show in the spring of 1971, citing an aging audience. Welk graciously thanked ABC and the sponsors at the end of the last network show. The Lawrence Welk Show continued on as a first-run syndicated show on 250 stations across the country until the final original show was produced in 1982.

Welk was married for 61 years, until his death, to Fern Renner, with whom he had three children. One of his sons, Lawrence Welk, Jr., married fellow "Lawrence Welk Show" performer Tanya Falan; they later divorced. Welk had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of them, grandson Lawrence Welk III, who usually goes by "Larry Welk," is a reporter and helicopter traffic pilot for KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. One of his great-grandchildren, Nate Fredricks, reportedly enjoys the same love for music as his great grandfather did and plays guitar in a band.

Known as an excellent businessman, Welk had investments in real estate and music publishing. Welk was the general partner in a commercial real estate development located at 100 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica, California. The 21-story tall white tower is the tallest building in Santa Monica, and is located on the bluffs overlooking Santa Monica Bay. It was informally named "The Lawrence Welk Champagne Tower."

Welk enjoyed playing golf, which he first took up in the late 1950s, and was often a regular at many celebrity pro-ams such as the Bob Hope Desert Classic.

Welk became a minister in the Universal Life Church. He was also a confidant of southern gospel singer Jimmie Davis, a Baptist who was twice elected governor of Louisiana.

After retiring from his show and from the road in 1982, Welk continued to air reruns of his shows which were repackaged first for syndication and starting in 1986 for public television. He also starred in and produced a pair of Christmas specials in 1984 and 1985.

Welk died from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California in 1992 at age 89 and was buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

In 1961, he was inducted as a charter member of the Rough Rider Award from his native North Dakota.

He served as the Grand Marshal for the Rose Bowl's Tournament of Roses parade in 1972.

In 1994, he was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall Of Fame.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6613-1/2 Hollywood Blvd.

In 2007, he became a charter member of the Gennett Records Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana.

Welk's band continues to appear in a dedicated theater in Branson, Missouri. In addition, the television show has been repackaged for broadcast on PBS stations, with updates from show performers appearing as wraparounds where commercial breaks were during the original shows. The repackaged shows are broadcast at roughly the same Saturday-night time slot as the original ABC shows, and special longer Welk show rebroadcasts are often shown during individual stations' fund-raising periods. These repackaged shows are produced by the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

A resort community, developed by Welk and promoted heavily by him on the show, is named for him. Formerly known as "Lawrence Welk Village," the Welk Resort and Champagne Village are just off Interstate 15 north of Escondido, California, about 55 miles (89 km) northeast of San Diego. Lawrence Welk Village was where Welk actually lived in a rather affluent "cottage." The resort is open to the public and contains two golf courses, dozens of upper class timeshares, and a theater containing a museum of Welk's life. The Welk Resort Theatre performs live Broadway musicals year round.

His organization, The Welk Group, consists of his resort communities in Branson and Escondido; Welk Syndication which broadcasts the show on public television and the Welk Music Group, which operates record labels Sugar Hill, Vanguard and Ranwood. From the late 1950s to the mid-1980s, the Welk Group was known as "Teleklew" in which tele stood for television and klew was Welk spelled backwards.

The "Live Lawrence Welk Show" makes annual concert tours across the United States and Canada featuring stars from the television series, such as Ralna English, Mary Lou Metzger, Jack Imel, Gail Farrell, Anacani and Big Tiny Little.

Welk's variety show has been parodied twice on Saturday Night Live. Each time, he has been portrayed by Fred Armisen.

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segunda-feira, 28 de setembro de 2009

Andre Popp - A Maravilhosa Orquestra de Andre Popp

  1. Emmanuelle
  2. My Boy
  3. Doctor's Orders
  4. Une Chanson C'Est Une Lettre
  5. Tonight
  6. Sound Of Love
  7. Ding-A-Dong
  8. Lady Marmalade
  9. Runaway
  10. Love Is Blue
  11. Et Bonjour A Toi L'Artiste
  12. Une Femme Avec Toi
Maravilhosa Orquestra
André Charles Jean Popp (born 19 February 1924) is a French composer, arranger and screenwriter.

Born in Fontenay-le-Comte, he started his career as a church organist, filling the place of his father who had been called up to serve in World War II in 1939. Popp studied music at the Saint Joseph Institute. In the 1960s, he co-wrote (with Pierre Cour) two songs for the Eurovision Song Contest — Tom Pillibi, which won the competition for France in 1960, and L'Amour Est Bleu (Love is Blue) which came fourth for Luxembourg in 1967, but which later became a Number one hit in the US for Paul Mauriat. During this time he was the arranger for many top French singers such as Juliette Greco. He worked for many years for French radio.

Popp is the composer of Piccolo, Sax and Co, a musical tale for children intended as a guide to the instruments of the orchestra and the rudiments of harmony.

In 1957, Popp released Delirium in Hi-Fi (originally titled Elsa Popping et sa musique sidérante), a collaboration with Pierre Fatosme, an experiment in the recording techniques of the time.

André Popp has been an inspiration for newer French composers such as Fred Pallem.

Discography:

    * Delirium in Hi-Fi
    * The Adventures of Piccolo, Saxie and Company
    * Passport for Piccolo, Saxie and Company (narrated by Victor Borge)
    * Popped!
    * Andre Popp et son orchestre
    * Why Say Goodbye
    * Le Musique Qui Fait Popp
    * Die neuen Abenteuer von Piccolo, Sax & Co.
    * Popp Musique
    * La Symphonique Ecologique

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domingo, 27 de setembro de 2009

Mantovani - Today


  1. Midnight Cowboy
  2. Up, Up, And Away
  3. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  4. Blowin' In The Wind
  5. Deserted Shore
  6. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  7. Everybody's Talkin'
  8. Lemon Tree
  9. Good Morning Starshine
  10. Leaving On A Jet Plane
  11. Wand'ring Star
  12. Love Is All

sábado, 26 de setembro de 2009

A Grande Orquestra de Paul Mauriat - Volume 5

 

  1. Ponteio
  2. Maria-La-Ô
  3. Lamento Borincano
  4. Adoro
  5. Perfidia
  6. Yo Soy Aquel
  7. Tristeza
  8. Perdoname, Mi Vida
  9. La Rosita
  10. Mi Dicha Lejana
  11. Granada
  12. Samba de Verão (So Nice)
Paul Mauriat Vol. 5

sexta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2009

Harry James and his Orchestra - One Night Stand


  1. Ultra
  2. Blues from "An American in Paris"
  3. Mam Bongo
  4. Memphis Blues
  5. The Flight of the Bumble Bee
  6. There They Go
  7. Jackpot Blues
  8. You Go To My Head
  9. Don't Stop
  10. Feet Draggin' Blues
  11. Back Beat Boogie
One Night Stand


Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician and bandleader, and a well-known trumpet virtuoso. James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most-popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later.

He was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By the age of 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father, who placed him on a strict daily practice schedule. Each day, James was given one page to learn from the Arban's book and was not allowed to pursue any other pastime until he had learned that particular page.

In 1931 the family settled in Beaumont, Texas, where James began playing with local dance bands.

He joined the nationally popular Ben Pollack in 1935 but at the start of 1937, left Pollack to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938.

In February 1939 James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He toured with the band into the 1980s.

His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich.

He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. James's recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip (2000). His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. James recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies.

He was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942.

James was married three times. In May 1935, he wed singer Louise Tobin, with whom he had two children and they remained married until 1943. That same year he married the actress, Betty Grable, and this second marriage lasted until 1965. He married Las Vegas showgirl, Joan Boyd in 1968; they were divorced in March 1970. Contrary to what some websites have listed, James did not marry a fourth time. He had five children (two by Tobin, two by Grable, one by Boyd) and (as of his death) 16 grandchildren.

James owned several thoroughbred racehorses that won races such as the California Breeders' Champion Stakes (1951) and the San Vicente Stakes (1954). He was also a founding investor in the Atlantic City Race Course. His knowledge of horse racing was demonstrated during a 1959 appearance on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour entitled "Lucy Wins A Racehorse."

In 1983, James was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, just nine days before his death in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frank Sinatra gave the eulogy at the Bunkers Eden Vale Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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quinta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2009

The Strings Of Paris - Vive La France - Conducted by Jean Paul de La Tour


  1. Un Homme Et Une Femme
  2. La Vie En Rose
  3. Comme D'Habitude (My Way)
  4. Maladie D'Amour
  5. Moulin Rouge
  6. Les Mots D'Amour
  7. L'Important C'Est La Rose
  8. Peite Fleur
  9. C'Est Si Bon
  10. Melodie D'Amour
  11. Romance En France
  12. Couleur Tendresse
  13. Et Maintenant
  14. Bonjour Tristesse
  15. Parlez Moi D'Amour
  16. J'Attendrai
Vive La France

quarta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2009

Peter Uppman - Golden Trumpet Greats

  1. Somewhere
  2. A Groovy Kind Of Love
  3. I Don't Know How To Love Him
  4. If...
  5. Oh What A Wonderful World
  6. All I Ask Of You
  7. From A Distance
  8. The Wind Beneath My Wings
  9. It Had To Be You
  10. Somewhere Out There
  11. Unchained Melody
  12. (Everything I Do) Do It For You
  13. Saltwater
  14. The Music Of The Night
  15. That's What Friends Are For
  16. Unforgettable
Golden Trumpet Greats

terça-feira, 22 de setembro de 2009

Free the Spirit - The Best Of Pan Pipe Moods

 
  1. Candle In The Wind
  2. Love Is All Around
  3. Sacrifice / Nikita
  4. Wonderful Tonight
  5. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  6. It Must Have Been Love
  7. Jesus To A Child
  8. Back For Good
  9. I Swear
  10. How Deep Is Your Love
  11. Unchained Melody
  12. Kiss From A Rose
  13. Save The Best 'Til Last
  14. I Want To Know What Love Is
  15. Up Where We Belong
  16. 1492 - Conquest Of Paradise
The Best of Pan Pipe Moods

segunda-feira, 21 de setembro de 2009

Classic Dream Orchestra - Greatest Hits Go Classic - Elton John

  1. Godbye Yellow Brick Road
  2. Daniel
  3. Candle In The Wind
  4. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  6. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  7. Song For Guy
  8. Blue Eyes
  9. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
  10. Nikita
  11. Sacrifice
  12. Your Song
Classic Dream - Elton John

domingo, 20 de setembro de 2009

Matt Monro - This Is The Life!

 
  1. I'm Glad There Is You
  2. This Is The Life
  3. You're Gonna Hear From Me
  4. I'll Take Romance
  5. Strangers In The Night
  6. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  7. Sweet Lorraine
  8. My best Girl
  9. On A Wonderful Day Like Today
  10. Merci Cherie
  11. Honey On The Vine

Matt Monro (1 December 1930 – 7 February 1985) was an English singer who became one of the most popular entertainers on the international music scene during the 1960s. Throughout his 30-year career, he filled cabarets, nightclubs, music halls, and stadiums in Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong to Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. He sold more than 100 million records during his lifetime.

He was born Terence Edward Parsons in Shoreditch, London and attended the Elliott School in Putney. Affectionately nicknamed "the singing bus driver" (because one of his many occupations prior to achieving fame was driving the Number 27 bus from Highgate to Teddington), he got his first break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist with the BBC Show Band. An important influence on his early career was the pianist Winifred Atwell, who became his mentor, provided him with his stage name, and helped him sign with Decca Records.

In 1957 Monro released Blue and Sentimental, a collection of standards. Despite the album's critical acclaim, Monro languished among the young male singers trying to break through at the end of the 1950s, many of them emulating Frankie Vaughan by recording cover versions of American hits. (Monro even recorded a version of Vaughan's "Garden of Eden" during this period.) A short recording contract with Fontana Records followed.

By the end of the 1950s, Monro's mid-decade fame had evaporated, and he returned to relative obscurity. He and his wife Mickie lived from her wages as a song plugger and his royalties from a TV advertising jingle for Camay soap. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, "Bound for Texas", for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes.

Prior to producing the Peter Sellers album Songs For Swinging Sellers in 1960, George Martin asked Monro to record a satirical ditty to help the comedian imitate the song with a Frank Sinatra-type styling. When Sellers heard the recording he decided to use it to open the record rather than record his own version. However, Sellers billed Monro as "Fred Flange," and though it was a demoralizing experience at the time, the incident developed into a lifelong friendship with Martin, who subsequently asked Monro to begin recording with him for EMI's Parlophone record label. Their second single, "Portrait of My Love," reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.

By the following year, he had been named Top International Act by Billboard magazine, and his follow-up hits included "My Kind of Girl" (1961), "Softly as I Leave You" (1962) and the song from the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963). For the latter, his vocals were not used in the opening titles, as became the standard for the series; they were heard on a radio during the film and over the final credits. At the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "I Love the Little Things," he finished second behind Italy's 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti, despite an "excellent performance of the only English language song of the night."[3] The Austrian entry "Warum Nur Warum?", sung by Udo Jürgens, caught Monro's ear, despite its sixth-place finish, and he recorded an English version titled "Walk Away" (with lyrics by Monro's manager Don Black), earning him another hit single late in 1964. He also had a hit with the The Beatles' "Yesterday" in 1965, releasing the first single of the most recorded song of all time, predating even the Beatles' own. The following year, Monro sang the Oscar winning title song for the film, Born Free, which became his signature tune. The opening scene for the film The Italian Job featured Monro singing "On Days Like These." These two movie themes featured lyrics also written by Don Black, who started his career as a renowned songwriter when Monro challenged him to pen the English lyric that became "Walk Away."

Monro achieved fame in the United States when "My Kind of Girl" (1961) and "Walk Away" (1964) hit the Top 40. In 1966, following the death of Nat King Cole, EMI moved Monro from Parlophone to Capitol. After relocating to California and recording several albums with American arrangers, Monro returned to the UK and began appearing on EMI's Columbia label, his final U.S. album release being Close To You in 1970. This LP contained the uncharted (in the US) but widely played "We're Gonna Change The World", a semi-satirical song about women's liberation.

He continued touring and recording until just before his death, releasing a single and promoting it throughout the UK and Australia in 1984. In one of his final appearances he praised Boy George, noting the importance of quality recordings in all musical genres.

Monro died from liver cancer in 1985 at the Cromwell Hospital, Ealing, London, leaving a widow, Mickie, and three children: Mitchell, Michele, and Matthew. Mitchell, a professional pilot, died of a heart attack in 2004. His interment took place in Golders Green Crematorium.

The twentieth anniversary of Monro's passing spotlighted the continuing interest in his music, with a Top 10 tribute compilation CD (UK), a No. 1 concert DVD (UK), a BBC TV documentary, and an official website[5] all appearing in 2005. A 2007 compilation CD entitled From Matt With Love reached the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart during its first week of release.

In Autumn 2005 Matt Monro Jr. toured the United Kingdom with a tribute concert commemorating the anniversary. Also, EMI re-released Matt Sings Monro, a 1995 duet album that combined his voice with the senior Monro's. Another posthumous Matt Monro duet, with Cliff Richard, appeared on Richard's duets CD, Two's Company, in 2007.

Monro never recorded a "live" concert album, preferring the technical purity of the recording studio and wanting his public performances to retain an element of uniqueness. However, in the past few years, commercially-released concert albums have emerged following meticulous remastering of radio and television shows, private recordings he commissioned, and bootlegs the family has secured. These include an intimate 1967 cabaret performance from his first tour of Australia; a 1967 BBC concert with Nelson Riddle; a 1966 arena concert before 24,000 fans in Manila; and one of his final concerts, recorded on the last night of his fourteenth and final Australian tour in 1984.

In recent years, many singers riding the resurging wave of retro-pop have cited Matt Monro as a strong influence, including Michael Bublé, Monica Mancini, and Rick Astley. Musicians' biographies regularly note his stylistic influence on their subjects, including Cass Elliot and Karen Carpenter. He continues to be featured prominently on radio stations and CD compilations featuring popular easy-listening vocalists.

Most of Monro's recordings were produced or overseen by George Martin. Unlike his contemporaries, Monro recorded very few Tin Pan Alley standards during his career. (The exception was Matt Monro sings Hoagy Carmichael, one of his most highly-regarded albums.) Instead, he and Martin searched for material written by promising newcomers and commissioned English lyrics for dramatic melodies written by European composers. He also covered many of the most popular stage and screen songs of the 1950s and 1960s. Over the years, his recordings featured arrangements by Johnnie Spence, Sid Feller, Billy May, John Barry, Buddy Bregman, Kenny Clayton, Colin Keyes, and Martin himself. Monro also teamed up with Nelson Riddle and Billy May for concerts broadcast by the BBC.

In 1973 Monro released a vocal version of the popular Van der valk TV-series theme titled "And You Smiled". It was his final hit. In 1977 he recorded "If I Never Sing Another Song", which became a latter-day standard among his contemporaries, its lyrics referring to the "heyday" of fan mail, awards, and other trappings of celebrity that had faded for them.

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sábado, 19 de setembro de 2009

Percy Faith - Clair

 
  1. Clair
  2. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  3. Ben (From the Motion Picture, "Ben")
  4. Sweet Surrender
  5. I Can See Clearly Now
  6. 2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
  7. Nights In White Satin
  8. Summer Breeze
  9. Super Fly
  10. Happy (Love Theme from "Lady Sings The Blues")
  11. We Were Havin' Some Fun At The Conservatory, When...
  12. Dueling Banjos (from the original soundtrack of "Deliverance")
Clair

sexta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2009

The Gentle Sound Of My Guitar - Songs to Remember - Unknown Artists

  1. Killing Me Softly (With This Song)
  2. Dust In The Wind
  3. If You Leave Me Now
  4. Sultans Of Swing
  5. Song For A Guy
  6. Imagine
  7. Mrs. Robinson
  8. Another Day In Paradise
  9. You've Got A Friend
  10. Tears In Heaven
  11. Human Nature
  12. Angie
  13. Alone Again (Naturally)
  14. Something
Songs to Remember

quinta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2009

The Strings Of Paris - Moon River - Conducted by Jean Paul de La Tour


  1. Moon River
  2. New York, New York
  3. Verde
  4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  5. Singing In The Rain
  6. Columbus Stockade
  7. Douce Serenade
  8. Get Back
  9. Tenderly
  10. I Won't Let You Down
  11. Lily Marlene
  12. Dancing In The Dark
  13. El Cumbachero
  14. Les Etoilès Du Cinema
  15. September In The Rain
  16. Sailing
Moon River

quarta-feira, 16 de setembro de 2009

Richard Carpenter - Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor

 
  1. Prelude
  2. Yesterday Once More
  3. Medley: Sing / Goodbye To Love / Eve / Rainy Days And Mondays / Look To Your Dreams / Superstar / Someday
  4. I Need To Be In Love
  5. Sandy
  6. Time
  7. For All We Know
  8. One Love
  9. Bless The Beasts And Children
  10. Flat Baroque
  11. All Those Years Ago
  12. Top Of The World
  13. We've Only Just Begun
  14. Karen's Theme
Pianist & Arranger

 

Richard Lynn Carpenter (New Haven, Connecticut, 15 de outubro de 1946) é um artista e pianista americano conhecido por ter feito parte da dupla Carpenters junto com sua irmã Karen Carpenter.

Richard Lynn Carpenter nasceu em 15 de outubro de 1946 em New Haven, Connecticut. Recebeu o mesmo nome do irmão mais novo de seu pai, Richard Lynn Carpenter. Coincidentemente, Richard e seu tio casaram-se com mulheres chamadas Mary.

Ele frequentemente tocava o piano enquanto sua irmã, Karen, jogava beisebol lá fora. Ele e Karen também gostavam de ouvir os discos infantis que seu pai lhe trouxe. Quando conheceu a música de Perry Como e Ella Fitzgerald, entre muitos outros, aos 12 anos, ele decidiu que queria estar na indústria da música.

A família Carpenter mudou-se de New Haven para Downey, Califórnia em junho de 1963. Eles queriam que Richard progredisse em sua carreira musical além de a família estar aborrecida com os invernos gelados da Nova Inglaterra. Àquela época, Richard estava com 16 anos e estudava música na California State University em Long Beach, lá encontrando Frank Pooler, maestro e compositor. Pooler escrever as letras para o clássico natalino "Merry Christmas Darling" em 1968. Ele também conheceu seu parceiro musical e amigo John Bettis, que coescreveu muitas canções com Richard.

Richard criou o Richard Carpenter Trio em 1965 com a irmã Karen e o amigo Wes Jacobs. Richard tocava piano; Karen, bateria e Wes tocava a tuba e o baixo. Em 1966 o Richard Carpenter Trio tocou "Iced Tea" and "The Girl from Ipanema" no Hollywood Bowl na Batalha das Bandas. Eles ganharam a competição e logo após gravaram três faixas nos estúdios da RCA: "Every Little Thing," "Strangers in the Night" e o original da banda, "Iced Tea". "Iced Tea" é a única gravação que foi oficialmente lançada para o público. Por volta de 1967, Richard e Karen juntaram-se a quatro outros estudantes de música da universidade para formar um sexteto, Spectrum, com: John Bettis, Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter, Leslie Johnston, Gary Sims e Danny Woodhams.

Embora o Spectrum tocasse com frequência em clubes noturnos da região de Los Angeles, eles tiveram uma recepção pouco calorosa, sua harmonias e a aversão ao rock'n'roll limitaram o potencial comercial do grupo. Mas ainda assim a experiência do Spectrum rendeu boas sementes para o futuro sucesso: Bettis tornou-se um letrista para as composições originais de Richard e todos os outros membros, com a exceção de Leslie Johnston viriam a ser membros dos Carpenters.

Richard e Karen finalmente assinaram com a A&M Records em 22 de abril de 1969. "Vamos ter esperança de que tenhamos alguns sucessos", disse Herb Alpert aos dois. De acordo com Richard, Herb Alpert deu-lhes carta branca nos estúdos de gravação e após Offering ter sido lançado e não conseguir boas vendagens, muitas pessoas lhe disseram para dispensar os Carpenters da gravadora, mas ele disse aos colegas que lhes daria mais uma chance.

Alpert sugeriu que os Carpenters gravassem uma canção de Burt Bacharach, chamada "(They Long to Be) Close to You." Embora Richard só tenha trabalhado nos arranjos após a insistência de Alpert, seus talentos foram evidenciados no produto final. Seus arranjos e talentos musicais, assim como os vocais de Karen, fizeram a música alcançar o topo das paradas da Billboard Top 100 e lá ficar por um mês. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" ganhou reconhecimento público da noite para o dia. De acordo com Richard, mesmo tendo a canção ganhado popularidade da noite para o dia, o mesmo não aconteceu para os Carpenters.

Certa noite, Richard estava em casa assistindo à televisão e viu um comercial para o Crocker National Bank. Reconheceu as vozes de Paul Williams e Roger Nichols, dois compositores da A&M. Era a canção "We've Only Just Begun". Richard confirmou o envolvimento deles e perguntou se havia uma versão completa da canção, o que foi confirmado por Williams. Richard conseguiu transformar um jingle de banco em um sucesso com disco de ouro certificado pela RIAA. Atingiu a segunda posição na Billboard Hot 100, e transformou-se numa canção comum em casamentos. A canção também lançou com sucesso as carreiras de Nichols e Williams com múltiplos sucessos, não somente dos Carpenters mas também de outros artistas.

Richard compôs muitos dos sucessos dos Carpenters, tais como:

    * "Goodbye to Love" (uma das primeiras baladas com solo de guitarra - 7ª posição -
       influenciou o desenvolvimento do estilo power ballad)
    * "Top of the World" (a única canção dos Carpenters no Top 10 - 1ª posição)
    * "Yesterday Once More" (2ª posição)
    * "Only Yesterday" (4ª posição)

Enquanto Karen sofria de anorexia nervosa, Richard sofria com a dependência de quaaludes, um tipo de sonífero. Foram-lhe prescritos pelo médico como forma de facilitar o sono, mas seu uso saiu de controle. Ele veio a procurar tratamento na clínica Menninger, em Topeka, Kansas em 1979 para um tratamento de oito semanas, o qual teve sucesso.

Três dias antes de seu trigésimo sétimo aniversário, a família Carpenter celebrou a inauguração da estrela dos Carpenters na Calçada da Fama em Hollywood. Ele disse em seu discurso que isso foi uma experiência ao mesmo tempo amarga e doce por causa da morte trágica de Karen, ainda que fosse capaz de celebrar a estrela.

Começou a gravar um álbum solo em 26 de junho de 1985 e terminou o álbum em 5 de julho de 1987[4] O álbum foi chamado "Time". Teve participações de Dusty Springfield e Dionne Warwick. Springfield cantou "Something in Your Eyes" e Warwick cantou "In Love Alone". Richard criou uma canção dedicada a Karen chamada "When Time Was All We Had".

Em 1984, Richard casou-se com Mary Rudolph (cujo irmão, Mark Rudolph, era o road manager dos Carpenters, assim como ouvinte que participa durante o pot-pourri de músicas antigas do álbum de 1973, Now & Then. Richard e Mary têm cinco filhos: Kristi Lynn, Traci Tatum, Mindi Karen, Colin Paul e Taylor Mary. Richard e os filhos às vezes se apresentam juntos em vários eventos relacionados aos Carpenters. A família hoje reside em Thousand Oaks, Califórnia.

Recentemente, Richard participou das produções dos documentários "Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters" (1997) e "Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story" (2007). Ele lançou os DVDs "Gold: Greatest Hits (DVD)|Gold: Greatest Hits" e "Interpretations (Carpenters DVD)|Interpretations." Richard está preparando um novo disco natalino que será lançado em 2009.

Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre.

terça-feira, 15 de setembro de 2009

Music, Music, Music - Various Artists

  1. There's No Business Like Show Business - Enoch Light
  2. Cabaret - Louis Armstrong
  3. Miss Otis Regrets - Fred Astaire
  4. April In Paris - Enoch Light
  5. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) - Tony Mottola
  6. Make The World Go Away - Al Hirt & Ace Cannon
  7. Moonlight Serenade - Enoch Light
  8. Medley: Somebody Stole My Gal / Toot, Toot, Tootsie - Honky Tonk Herman
  9. Cherokee - Enoch Light
  10. Because Of You - Urbie Green
  11. Fascinating Rhythm - Enoch Light
  12. My Funny Valentine - Bobby Hackett
  13. Cheek To Cheek - Enoch Light
Music, Music, Music
Some of the greatest songs ever written or performed are offered in this single unique recording.

We have selected titles of 13 outstanding compositions by various artists from the Project 3 Record company vaults. Not only as a measure of providing you with terrific entertainment, but also as a means to introduce you to additional quality recordings from our catalog of music.

From Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" (Enoch Light) to Fred Astaire's "Miss Otis Regrets" and Al Hirt's "Make The World Go Away", the diversification of talent stirs the imagination and provides the listener with nostalgia and enjoyment.

We hope this sampling of some of our music gives you an increased interest in the good music contained on all of our recordings.

(From original liner notes)

segunda-feira, 14 de setembro de 2009

Claude Bolling Big Band - O Concerto Da Vitória 1945 / 1995

 
  1. La Marseillaise
  2. St. Louis Blues March
  3. Paris En Colere
  4. In The Mood
  5. Stormy Weather
  6. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  7. Begin The Beguine
  8. Moonlight Serenade
  9. Sing Sing Sing
  10. Sentimental Journey
  11. Skyliner
  12. Nuages
  13. Marie
  14. Concerto For Cootie
  15. Route 66
  16. Blues In The Night
  17. Flyin' Home
Concerto da Vitoria

Claude Bolling (Cannes, 10 de Abril de 1930), é um renomado pianista, compositor e arranjador francês. Trabalha também ocasionalmente como actor.

Nascido em Cannes, estudou no conservatório de Nice e posteriormente em Paris. Criança prodígio, aos 14 anos tocava jazz ao piano profissionalmente com Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge e Kenny Clarke. Seus livros de técnica jazzística mostram que não se aprofundou muito além do bebop no jazz de vanguarda. Entretanto, foi uma figura importante no reavivamento do jazz tradicional ocorrido no fim da década de 1960, tendo feito grande amizade com Oscar Peterson.

Escreveu música para mais de cem filmes, na maioria franceses. Sua primeira trilha sonora foi para um documentário de 1957 sobre o festival de Cannes. Além disso, compôs para os filmes Borsalino (1970) e California Suite (1979).

Bolling também é conhecido poe uma série de colaborações com músicos eruditos. Sua Suite para Flauta e Trio de Jazz (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), com Jean-Pierre Rampal, uma mistura de elegância barroca e ritmo moderno, foi um campeão de vendas durante muitos anos e foi seguido por outros trabalhos no mesmo caráter. Seu trabalho foi particularmente popular nos Estados Unidos, onde eseve por dois anos nas paradas de sucesso, além de constar do Top 40 da Billboard por 530 semanas, isto é, cerca de dez anos.

Após o trabalho com Rampal, Bolling trabalhou com vários outros músicos de diferentes gêneros, incluindo Alexandre Lagoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice André e Yo-Yo Ma. Tocou também, além de prestar tributos a vários outros, como Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt e Oscar Peterson.

Obras:

    * Claude Bolling Plays Duke Ellington (1959)
    * Cat Anderson, Claude Bolling And Co. (1965)
    * Original Ragtime (1966)
    * Original Boogie Woogie (1968)
    * Original Piano Blues (1969)
    * Original Jazz Classics (1970)
    * Original Piano Greats (1972)
    * Swing Session (1973)
    * Jazz Party (1975)
    * With the Help of My Friends (1975)
    * Keep Swingin' Volume 4 (1975)
    * Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano (1975)
    * Hot Sounds (1976)
    * Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio (1975)
    * Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio (1977)
    * Jazz Gala 79 (1979)
    * Just For Fun (1980)
    * Picnic Suite for Guitar, Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1980)
    * Toot Suite (1981)
    * Claude Bolling (1981)
    * Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio (1983)
    * Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio (1984)
    * Jazz a la Francaise (1984)
    * Live at the Meridien (1985)
    * Suite No. 2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1987)
    * Nuances (1988)
    * Sonatas for Two Pianos (1989)
    * Cross Over U.S.A. (1993)
    * Enchanting Versailles - Strictly Classical (1994)
    * A Drum is a Woman (1997)
    * Tribute To The Piano Greats (2003)

Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre.

domingo, 13 de setembro de 2009

Alain Patrick - Concerto De Verão

 
  1. Concerto Pour Un Été
  2. Adagio Romantique
  3. Paradisio
  4. Dolannes Melodie
  5. La Campanera
  6. Nocturne Pour Un Amour
  7. Croire En Son Étoile
  8. Le Mal De Toi
  9. Amazing Grace
  10. Il Silenzio
  11. Un Été 93'
  12. Le Premier Matin
"Concerto de Verão", lançado por Alain Patrick, recebeu Disco de Ouro e de Platina e teve 45 regravações.

As 12 músicas completamente reorquestradas e regravadas são os maiores sucessos de Alain Patrick, bem como são os 'standards': "Dolannes Melodie", "Il Silenzio", "Amazing Grace"...

Arranjos musicais e programação: Jean-Luc Mailler
Direção musical: Alain Morisod
Solista: Alain Patrick
Gravado no Estudio Chevrens, Genebra, Suíça
Engenheiro de som: Jacques Massard
Produção: Alain Morisod e Jean-Luc Mailler
Foto: Michel Blanc

Concerto De Verão

sábado, 12 de setembro de 2009

The Collection - Mantovani - Unknown Artists

 
  1. Moon River
  2. Never On Sunday
  3. All The Things You Are
  4. April Love
  5. Catch A Falling
  6. Get Me To The Church On Time
  7. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  8. I Can't Stop Loving You
  9. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  10. Tammy
  11. I Love Paris
  12. Unchained Melody
  13. La Vie En Rose
  14. As Time Goes By
  15. C'Est Magnifique
  16. Over The Rainbow
The Collection

sexta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2009

Ray Ellis and his orchestra - Let's get away from it all

 
  1. Mountain Greenery
  2. Long Ago (And Far Away)
  3. The Wang Wang Blues
  4. Moonlight Becomes You
  5. I'll Be Seeing You
  6. Shuffle Off To Bufalo
  7. Anything Goes
  8. Let's Get Away From It All
  9. This Love Of Mine
  10. No Such Luck
  11. You're The Top
  12. They Say It's Wonderful
Let's Get Away
The implication of the title may be one of disillusionment, but the contents of the collection belie it. Ray Ellis and his orchestra are swinging away into a cheerful and romantic area not unlike the remarkable wonderland he explored in his first album. Indeed, que quality of ebullience that emanates from this record is so infectious and ingratiating that one is tempted to accompany Ray and his companions off across the horizons. In short, what the talented Mr. Ellis did for one group of splendid tunes in his first outing, he does, again for this likewise excellent program.

One of the most notable features of the Ellis arrangements is his use of a choral ensemble. In itself this is nothing new, but he employs the voices so sparingly that they make their presence felt only as integral parts of the orchestra, rather than calling attention to themselves by virtue of their different timbres. In the ballad portions of the program - "Long Ago", "Moonlight Becomes You", "No Such Luck" and "They Say It's Wonderful", among others - their function is entirely "instrumental". Also notable is Ray's use of expert soloists for brief but enlivening passages in other arrangements; Gene Quill stands out in his sax work in several numbers, as do Mel Davis on trumpet in "This Love Of Mine", and Lou McGarity on trombone in "I'll Be Seeing You".

The opening "Mountain Greenery" of Rodgers and Hart positively swings in the bright and breezy Ellis treatment, pointing up another facet of his talent, a gift for cleverness that does not degenerate into mere showiness. A mellow rendition of the Jerome Kern-Johnny Mercer ballad from 'Cover Girl', "Long Ago", glistens with the characteristic Ellis sheen on the violins, and is followed by a merry arrangement of that old classic, "Wang Wang Blues". A pair of memorable ballads, "Moonlight Becomes You" and "I'll Be Seeing You" appear next, and the first half of the album concludes with a witty workout of "Shuffle Off To Buffalo" from that prototype of the backstage movie musical, "Forty-Second Street".

Cole Porter's title song from "Anything Goes" opens the second half of the album in an amusing presentation followed by the airy "Let's Get Away From It All" by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair. Another pairing of ballads follows, first "This Love Of Mine", then "No Such Luck", both in broad settings that underline their romantic melodies. Ray Ellis then offers a fine, swinging arrangement of another Cole Porter song from "Anything Goes", "You're The Top", and concludes with Irving Berlin's charming "They Say It's Wonderful", played in a warmly sentimental manner.

The Ellis genius for arranging is no news to anyone who has heard either his first collection or his backgrounds for major stars with such varying styles as Johnny Mathis, Frankie Laine, the Hi-Los, The Four Lads, Jill Corey, tony Bennett, Jimmy Dean and Paul Hampton. In each case, he has deftly set off the talents of the singers in the arrangements without allowing the orchestra to subside into mere accompaniment. Right here and now, his invitation provides not only fascinating examples of his manifold talents, but just about the most agreeable handbook on "How to Get Away From It All" that could be imagined.

(From the original liner notes)

quinta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2009

Romantic Strings - Unforgettable Instrumentals - Vol. 2

 
  1. Michelle
  2. Oh, Happy Day
  3. El Gato Montes
  4. Clarinet In Love
  5. Melissa
  6. Swanee River
  7. Bilitis
  8. Piano Concerto Nº 1
  9. Home On the Range
  10. Aranjuez
Unforgettable Instrumentals 2

quarta-feira, 9 de setembro de 2009

Henry Mancini - The Blues And The Beat

 
  1. The Blues
  2. Smoke Rings
  3. Misty
  4. Blue Flame
  5. After Hours
  6. Mood Indigo
  7. The Beat
  8. Big Noise From Winnetka
  9. Alright, Okay, You Win
  10. Tippin' In
  11. How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
  12. Sing, Sing, Sing
The Blues and The Beat

If jazz could be taken into a laboratory and put through a distilling process, two things would remain after everything else had evaporated: 'the blues and the beat'. The blues would remain because jazz began as the voice of an oppressed people who used music to ease the burden of living. The beat would still be there because the physical motion of rhythm helps release the whole body from tension, making everything more bearable.

For this album we borrowed this "essence" of jazz. We attempted to take the mood, feeling and occasionally the structure of the blues and use them as a basis for building a distinctive musical approach and sound. Thus "After Hours", "Smoke Rings", "Mood Indigo" and the others on the first side have a blue feel without being restricted to the blues form. Likewise, we preserved the stirring jazz beat while trying new sounds on "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Big Noise from Winnetka" and the others on Side Two.

Above all, we were striving for fresh, new and appealing musical sounds. To achieve a mellow flavor we added four French horns to the trumpets and trombones. In addition to the usual saxophones, the reed men "double" on alto flute, bass flute and picolo. This provides an usual sound which still manages to preserve the emotional quality of jazz.

A glance at the list of musicians who perform on this album should give ample assurance that the music is well played. Most of them will be readly recognized as being among the very top musicians of our times. They make a fine contribution to what we hope is the overall effect of this album; modern, listenable music which preserves the essence of jazz... 'the blues and the beat!'

(Henry Mancini from the original liner notes)

terça-feira, 8 de setembro de 2009

The Strings Of Paris - Easy To Love - Conducted by Jean Paul de La Tour

 
  1. Let It Be
  2. Rondo Russo
  3. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
  4. Concierto D'Aranjuez
  5. L'Important C'Est La Rose
  6. More
  7. Yesterday When I Was Young
  8. Tulips From Amsterdam
  9. Maladie D'Amour
  10. Blues In The Night
  11. Bye Bye Blues
  12. Besame Mucho
  13. In The Mood
  14. Strangers On The Shore
  15. Easy To Love
  16. Rock Around The Clock
Easy to Love

segunda-feira, 7 de setembro de 2009

The Collection - Bert Kaempfert

 
  1. A Swingin' Safari
  2. Red Roses For A Blue Lady
  3. The World We Knew
  4. Spanish Eyes
  5. Wonderland By Night
  6. Afrikaan Beat
  7. Wiederseh'n
  8. Strangers In The Night
  9. Three O'Clock In The Morning
  10. Hold Me
  11. Cinderella After Midnight
  12. That Happy Feeling
  13. Magic Trumpet
  14. Forgotten
  15. Mexican Road
  16. Danke Schoen
The Collection

domingo, 6 de setembro de 2009

The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic - Beatles In Classics

 
  1. Yellow Submarine
  2. Let It Be
  3. Something
  4. The Fool On The Hill
  5. Help
  6. Yesterday
  7. Michelle
  8. A Hard Day's Night
  9. Norwegian Wood
  10. Here, There And Everywhere
  11. Can't Buy Me Love
  12. Hey Jude
Beatles in Classics
If a category existed covering "Unusual recordings", the new album of the succesful dozen would also figure in the list of prize winners.

"Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker" - The Beatles In Classic" is the group's third production with Teldec and at the same time the first pop album. The cellists worked for five months with the arrangers Werner Muller and Rolf Kuhn until the recording was completed.

With the recording of such classical Beatles songs as "Let It Be", "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" the 12 cellists are now conquering yet another repertoire sector.

(Frederick Bishop, from original liner notes)

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