quinta-feira, 31 de outubro de 2013

Peter Nero - In Person - Small Combo - Big Sound!

  1. Button Up Your Overcoat
  2. The Green Leaves of Summer
  3. It's All Right with Me
  4. Cute
  5. Are My Dreams Real
  6. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
  7. West Side Story
  8. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
In Person

quarta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2013

Percy Faith and His Orchestra - Kismet - Music from the Broadway Production

  1. Sands of Time
  2. Stranger in Paradise
  3. Zubbediya, Samaris' Dance
  4. He's in Love!
  5. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  6. Rhymes Have I
  7. Rahadlakum
  8. And This Is My Beloved
  9. Fate
  10. Night of My Nights
  11. Not Since Nineveh
  12. Bazaar of the Caravans

One of the happiest openings in recent memory occurred at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on December 3, 1953, when Kismet raised its curtain on a display of rarely equalled magnificense and color. As it happened, New York's newpapers were not publishing that week, thanks to an engravers' strike, and the next morning there were no reviews. However, radio and television critics leapt into the breach with eagerness and good will, and were shortly followed by magazine critics, all of them passing along the word than Kismet was a show that delivered everything it promised, which was considerable.

The concern of this collection is not the many glories of Kismet, but its newest and brightest, the score adapted form the music of Alexander Borodin by Robert Wright and George Forrest. As classical music lovers know, Borodin was one of the greatest Russian composers, leaving behind him a comparatively small but nevertheless fascinating body of work, rich in long, spacious melodies and exciting rhythms. From this thematic treasurehouse, Wright and Forrest have constructed a brilliant score glowing with the colors of old Bagdad and the exotic atmosphere of the Arabian Nights. From its overture to the finale, Kismet tingles with the blare of brasses, the sound of cymbals and triangles, the roll of drums, all of them adding immeasurably to its excitement.

This re-construction of a score, the building of new music on the themes of old, may not perhaps please the purists, but it gratifies the huge audiences that squeeze themselves into the theater, and those who hear it on records, either in Columbia's superlative recording by the original Broadway cast, in this orchestral presentation by Percy Faith, or in the first hit of 1954, Stranger in Paradise. Moreover, it gives a consistent texture to the fabric of the show, pointing up situations, underlining romantic exposition, creating, in fact, its own special atmosphere. As it happens, the editing has been done by a pair of experts, the same who adapted the music of Greig for Song of Norway, with a success that is still remembered. In Kismet, the listener will find familiar themes mingled with unknown and interesting material from Borodin's works. Not unnaturally, the larger portion of the score comes from Prince Igor, an opera immense in size and intent that is rarely produced in this country.

From the short orchestral piece "In the Steppes of Central Asia" comes Sands of Time, an evocative ballad that opens and closes the show. Stranger in Paradise, the unquestioned hit of the show, is adapted from the exciting "Polovtsian Dances" in Prince Igor. One of the loveliest melodies in the whole of music forms the base of And This Is My Beloved, which has been adapted from the third Movement of the Quartet No. 2 in D Major, while Fate comes from the Symphony No. 2 in B Minor. The lilting Rhymes Have I has its origin in the first act of Prince Igor and Not Since Nineveh is another adaption from the "Polovtsian Dances", as are Bazaar of the Caravans and He's in Love. A little-known piano composition called "Serenade" provides Night of My Nights.

All these have been arranged by Percy Faith in a sumptuous series of settings that evokes Kismet as surely as its rich trappings and notable performances. One of the most gratifying aspects of his arrangements is that they have been conceived for records with the result that only music pertinant to the mood has been included. Again, effects are possible in the recording studio with gongs, bells and similar instruments that are impossible to obtain in a theater and might even distract from visual action. Here the action is all auditory, and a wonderful panoply of sound it makes. As he has endlessly demonstrated in his recordings of Latin American music, popular ballads and favorite standards, Percy Faith can color a melody as few can, and this instrumental presentation of Kismet makes it abundantly clear that the music of the Arabian Nights is highly congenial to him. Listen, then, to Kismet, one of the biggest hits of the 1953-54 season, and one of the most enchanting scores of any season.

(From the original LP liner notes)

terça-feira, 29 de outubro de 2013

Living Strings - Ebb Tide and Other Favorites - Arranged and Conducted by Johnny Douglas

  1. Ebb Tide
  2. My Way of Life
  3. Dream A Little Dream of Me
  4. Someone to Watch Over Me
  5. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  6. Around the World
  7. Poor Butterfly
  8. It's the Last Time
  9. The Music Played (Was Ich Dir Sagen Will)
  10. La Mer
Ebb Tide

White-capped waves splashing rhythmically against a lonely, deserted shore. White-winged seagulls sailing gracefully in a misty, blue-gray sky. The sun slowly setting to the lulling music of the roaring tide. The sights and sounds of the sea. Who doesn't long to see and hear them at times? Who wouldn't enjoy listening to lush instrumentals with the sounds of the sea as background accompaniment? If you're lucky enough to live near the water, you can indulge in this luxury often. If you're not that lucky, you can still indulge in it -  with the help of this beautiful new Living Strings album.

The Living Strings have long been known and loved for their rich, beautiful sound. Here an organ has been added, which even further enhances their fullness and depth as they play music which suggests splashing waves and lonely shores.

Each of the songs you'll hear are naturals for this kind of album. Songs of the sea, such as Ebb Tide and La Mer have never been played with more feeling. Some of the other songs included were not written as sea music, but as played here against background sounds of rolling waters and overhead gulls, they drift right in with the tide.

Some of these songs are new, like the Sinatra tune My Way of Life and The Impossible Dream, from the hit show "Man of La Mancha", and some are easy-listening favorites like The Music Played and Around the World. Others are old songs with a new aspect, such as Poor Butterfly, which was in the recent film "Throughly Modern Millie", and Someone to Watch Over Me, as sung in the current motion picture "Star!" As played here each song takes on a brand-new dimension and possesses a certain kind of loveliness never before brought out.

Whether you like to look at the sea, listen to the sea or merely dream of the sea, "EBB TIDE" AND OTHER FAVORITES is an album to satisfy your most thoughtful moments.

(From the original liner notes)

segunda-feira, 28 de outubro de 2013

Ray Conniff and the Singers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

  1. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
  2. Baby, I'm A Want You
  3. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  4. Theme from "Summer Of 42"
  5. Go Away Little Girl
  6. Brand New Key
  7. I've Found Someone of My Own
  8. Imagine
  9. An Old Fashioned Love Song
  10. Hey Girl
  11. Cherish
I'd Like to Teach

Ray Conniff experiences music as most people experience sunshine - with warmth and gladness. While many artists choose to express the gray areas of living - and many of them do so effectively - this was never Conniff's way. He finds his fulfiliment in the bright colors that coexist with the gray. Fortunately for us, there is more than enough space in music for all outlooks. Thus it is a matter of choice and mood. If you want music that will accentuate moments of happiness, or bring you up when you're down, then Ray Conniff is your man and this is your album. Conniff's enormous and long-lasting popularity is no accident. You can absolutely count on him and his music for a smile. Fittingly, Conniff's new album uses a contemporary approach. Not only does he bring us a fresh selection of songs, he also utilizes a fresh, friendly group of young singers. These are the singers heard in many of today's television shows and commercials. Indeed, the title song, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, is based on an already familiar and popular TV commercial. Ray Conniff is a man who believes in cheerfulness and hope as well as music, and this album expresses his feelings beautifully.

(Morgan Ames, from the original liner notes)

sábado, 26 de outubro de 2013

Robert Farnon and His Orchestra - From the Emerald Isle

  1. Killarney
  2. St. Patrick's Day / The Gentle Maiden
  3. Kerry Dance / How Are Things in Glocca Morra
  4. The Girl I Left Behind Me / Cockles and Mussels
  5. Londonderry Air
  6. The Minstrel Boy
  7. The Irish Washerwoman
  8. I'll Take You Home, Kathleen / The Rakes of Mallow
  9. An Irish Lullaby / The Wearing of the Green
  10. The Mountains of Mourne / Kathleen Mavourneen
  11. Haste to the Wedding / Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
From the Emerald Isle

quinta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2013

Ray Conniff and His Orchestra and Chorus - Broadway in Rhythm

  1. Oklahoma
  2. People Will Say We're In Love
  3. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  4. Oh What A Beautiful Mornin
  5. Hello Young Lovers
  6. Getting To Know You/I Whistle A Happy Tune
  7. On The Street Where You Live
  8. I Could Have Danced All Night
  9. A Wonderful Guy
  10. Bali Haí
  11. Younger Than Springtime
  12. Some Enchanted Evening
Broadway in Rhythm

Tracks 01, 02, 03, 04 - From "Oklahoma!"
Tracks 05, 06 - From "The King and I "
Tracks 07, 08 - From "My Fair Lady"
Tracks 09, 10, 11, 12 - From "South Pacific"

terça-feira, 22 de outubro de 2013

Ray Kelley and His "Music from the Heart" Orchestra - Beautiful Dreams - Vol. 2

  1. I Will Always Love You
  2. Fields of Gold
  3. True Love
  4. I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me
  5. To Love Somebody
  6. The Right Thing to Do
  7. Don't Take Away My Heaven
  8. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
  9. She's Got A Way About Her
  10. Tears in Heaven
  11. Love of My Life
  12. Wind Beneath My Wings
  13. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  14. Rain
  15. Baby Boom Baby
  16. Levon
  17. Always Tomorrow
  18. Heal the World
Beautiful Dreams - Vol. 2

segunda-feira, 21 de outubro de 2013

Duke Ellington - Standards by Duke

  1. Call Me Irresponsible
  2. Fly Me to the Moon
  3. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
  4. More
  5. The Second Time Around
  6. Ciribiribin
  7. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  8. Blowin' in the Wind
  9. Stranger on the Shore
  10. Red Roses for A Blue Lady
  11. Charade
  12. People
  13. Days of Wine and Roses
  14. The Good Life
  15. Moon River
Standards by Duke

domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013

Ray Kelley and His "Music from the Heart" Orchestra - Beautiful Dreams - Vol. 1

  1. Without You
  2. A Song for You
  3. A Whole New World
  4. Said I Loved You... But I Lied
  5. Water from the Moon
  6. By the Time the Night Is Over
  7. Hopelessly
  8. I Don't Wanna Fight
  9. Have Told You Lately
  10. She Is His Only Need
  11. Blowin' Kisses in the Wind
  12. Looking Through Patient Eyes
  13. Baby, I Love Your Way
  14. Twist in My Sobriety
  15. In Walked Love
  16. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  17. The Beauty and the Beast
  18. Your Song
Beautiful Dreams 1

sexta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2013

Al Hirt - This Is Al Hirt

  1. Sugar Lips
  2. Desafinado
  3. Walkin'
  4. I Can't Get Started
  5. Down by the Riverside
  6. Java
  7. I'll Get By
  8. Alley Cat
  9. Star Dust
  10. When the Saints Go Marching In
  11. Fancy Pants
  12. Memories of You
  13. Sleepy Lagoon
  14. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  15. I'll Be Seeing You
  16. Cotton Candy
  17. Girl from Ipanema
  18. September Song
  19. I Love Paris
  20. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
This Is Al Hirt

quarta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2013

Billy May - The Original Reunion of The Glenn Miller Band

  1. Moonlight Serenade Intro
  2. Anvil Chorus
  3. Story by Gene Norman and Ben Pollak
  4. Little Brown Jug
  5. Too Little Time
  6. American Patrol
  7. Moonlight Serenade
  8. A String of Pearls
  9. Pennsylvania 6-5000
  10. Tuxedo Junction
  11. Song of The Wolga Boatmen
  12. In the Mood
  13. Moonlight Serenade Outro
Glenn Miller Band

sábado, 12 de outubro de 2013

Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Wonderland By Night

  1. Wonderland by Night (Wunderland Bei Nacht)
  2. La Vie en Rose
  3. Happiness Never Comes Too Late (Das Gluck Kommt Nie Zu Spat)
  4. On the Alamo
  5. As I Love You
  6. Dreaming the Blues
  7. Tammy
  8. The Aim of My Desires (Das Ziel Meiner Wunscase)
  9. This Song Is Yours Alone (Diesses Lied Gehort Nur Dir)
  10. Drifting and Dreaming (Sweet Paradise)
  11. Stay with Me
  12. Lullaby for Lovers
Wonderland By Night 

In a musical atmosphere overwhelmingly dominated by vocalists, a hit recording by an orchestra is no small accomplishment.

Bert Kaempfert's wonderful arrangement of Wonderland by Night, given a full, lush treatment by his orchestra, is creating a sensation throughout the country - its haunting beauty capturing the imagination of both the listeners who nostalgically welcome a reaffirmation of the "big band" sounds they once heard so often, and those too young to know there had ever been a "big band era".

The success of Wonderland By Night, its acceptance by an unprecedentedly wide range of listeners, provides eloquent evidence that the popular orchestra is still a vital, potent musical force, and although its "era" might have come and gone, the big band of today is bigger and better than ever before.

Composer-conductor-arranger Bert Kaempfert was born in Hamburg, Germany. An accomplished instrumentalist (clarinet, saxophone, piano and accordion), he made his professional debut with the well known Hans Busch orchestra on a Danzig radio show. A quiet, serious young man who claims composing as his first love. Mr. Kaempfert has achieved enormous success since organizing his own orchestra.

In this album, Bert Kaempfert and his orchestra play the enchanting Wonderland By Night, plus a collection of other delightul orchestral hits, arranged and interpreted along the same distinctively rich orchestral concept.

(From the original LP liner notes)

sexta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2013

Henry Mancini - The Big Latin Band

  1. The Magnificent Seven
  2. Springtime for Hitler
  3. A Fistful of Dollars
  4. Touch of Evil
  5. Patricia
  6. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  7. Mission Impossible Theme
  8. Norma De La Guadalajara
  9. Zacatecas
  10. Hang 'Em High
  11. Las Cruces
Latin Band

quinta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2013

Ray Conniff - I Love Big Bands

  1. In the Mood
  2. You Do Something to Me
  3. Begin the Beguine
  4. Stompin' at the Savoy
  5. Cheek to Cheek
  6. Moonlight Serenade
  7. Night and Day
  8. Sentimental Journey
  9. Stardust
  10. Caravan
  11. Solitude
  12. Summertime
  13. I've Got You Under My Skin
  14. 'S Wonderful
  15. The Continental
  16. It Had to Be You
  17. Sofly, As in A Morning Sunrise
  18. Speak Low
  19. Deep Purple
  20. September Song
  21. April in Paris
  22. Beyond the Blue Horizon
  23. All the Things You Are
  24. Heartaches
  25. Peg O' My Heart
  26. Chattanooga Choo Choo
I Love Big Bands

quarta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2013

The Norrie Paramor Orchestra - Temptation

  1. Temptation
  2. Doina de Jale (The Light of Experience)
  3. Who Pays the Ferryman
  4. John O'Groats
  5. Brum Brum
  6. Bilits
  7. Moonlight and Roses
  8. The Savage
  9. I Can't Get Started
  10. Miss You
  11. Sonata One
  12. Corale
  13. Egyptian Reggae
  14. He Was Beautiful
  15. Sing for Your Supper

terça-feira, 8 de outubro de 2013

Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra - The Silver Collection

  1. My Life
  2. My Sweet Lord
  3. Sao Paulo
  4. Close to You
  5. My One and Only Love
  6. Lamento
  7. When the World Was Young
  8. Naomi
  9. Just A Little Lovin'
  10. Changing Colors
  11. Born Happy
  12. A Night of Love
  13. Uptown Dance
  14. Time and Space
  15. Dedication
  16. Volcano's Daughter
  17. Romantic Places
  18. It's Your Turn
  19. Rachel
  20. Greenwich Village
The Silver Collection

domingo, 6 de outubro de 2013

Harry Allen - I Love Mancini

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
  2. Charade
  3. Dear Heart
  4. The Days of Wine and Roses
  5. The Shadow of Paris
  6. Send A Little Love My Way
  7. Moon River
  8. Too Little Time
  9. Whistling Away the Dark
  10. Mr. Lucky
  11. Dreamsville
  12. Two for the Road
I Love Mancini

Harry Allen - tenor saxophone
Kenny Werner - piano, synthesizer
Johannes Weidenmueller - bass
Tim Horner - drums
Laura Friedman - vibes
Park Stickney - harp
Gilad - percussion
Todd Reynolds - violin
Conway Kuo - violin
Laura Seaton - violin
Joyce Hammann - violin
Heidi Stubner - violin
Ralph Farris - viola
Kenji Bunch - viola
Dorothy Lawson - cello
Leo Grinhauz - cello

sexta-feira, 4 de outubro de 2013

Earl Klugh - Naked Guitar

  1. The Night Has Thousand Eyes
  2. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  3. Serenata
  4. Alice in Wonderland
  5. In the Moonlight
  6. The Summer Knows
  7. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead
  8. Who Can I Turn To
  9. On A Clear Day
  10. Be My Love
  11. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  12. All the Things You Are
  13. Moon River
  14. Angelina
Naked Guitar

Back in the '70s, when Earl Klugh was launching his career with easy grooving, melodic solo albums like Finger Painting and his Grammy winning One on One collaboration with Bob James, he probably had no idea he was helping lay the foundations for the later smooth jazz phenomenon. Throughout the '80s and '90s, tracks by the 13-time Grammy nominated Detroit-born composer and acoustic guitarist became staples of that format -- but he took a sudden leave of absence after his single Windham Hill Jazz date, Peculiar Situation, in 1999. Emerging in sweetly eloquent style from a six-year studio hiatus, he gets back to his warm-toned basics on his Koch Records debut -- which will easily remind longtime fans of his one previous stripped down, standards-heavy gem, 1989's Solo Guitar. Another masterpiece of fingerstyle jazz guitar, the new collection features intimate solo interpretations of 13 standards and pop classics, as well as "Angelina," a beloved tune from Klugh's self-titled 1976 solo debut that he wrote in 1971 -- a fitting closing track that in many ways brings his career full circle. Although fans of his more pop-oriented material may grow impatient, Klugh explores a deeper artistry putting his indelible stamp on well-known tunes ("The Summer Knows," "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Moon River") as well as slightly more obscure pieces. He also puts a uniquely Latin twist on a lesser-known song by film composer John Williams, "In the Moonlight." Overall, this is a welcome return from a true master of his instrument. 

(By Jonathan Widran from allmusic.com)

quinta-feira, 3 de outubro de 2013

Living Strings - Play Music from West Side Story - Arranged and conducted by Johnny Douglas

  1. Introduction and Something's Coming
  2. Dance in the Gym
  3. America
  4. Maria
  5. Tonight
  6. I Feel Pretty
  7. One Hand, One Heart
  8. The Rumble
  9. A Boy Like That & I Have A Love
  10. Somewhere
West Side Story

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

  1. So What
  2. Freddie Freeloader
  3. Blue in Green
  4. All Blues
  5. Flamenco Sketches
  6. Flamenco Sketches (alternate take)
Kind of Blue 

Miles Davis, trumpet;
Julian "Cannonball' Adderley, alto saxophone;
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone;
Wynton Kelly, piano (track 2);
Bill Evans, piano (all other tracks);
Paul Chambers, bass;
Jimmy Cobb, drums

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City on March 2, 1959 and April 22, 1959.

Improvisation in Jazz by Bill Evans

There is Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke will destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere.

The resulting pictures lack the complex composition and textures of ordinary painting but it is said that those who see will find something captured that escapes explanation.

This conviction that direct deed is the most meaningful reflection, I believe, has prompted the evolution of the extremely severe and unique disciplines of the jazz or improvising musician.

Group improvisation is a further challenge. Aside from the weighty technical problem of collective coherent thinking, there is the very human, even social nedd for sympathy from all members to bend for the common result. this most difficult problem, I think, is beautifully met and solved on this recording.

As the painter needs his framework of parchment, the improvising musical group needs its framework in time. Miles Davis presents here frameworks which are exquisite in their simplicity and yet contain all that is necessary to stimulate performance with a sure reference to the primary conception.

Miles conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates and arrived with sketches which indicated to the group what was to be played. Therefore, you will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. The group had never played these pieces prior to the recordings aqnd I think without exception the first complete performance of each was a "take".

Although it is not uncommon for a jazz musician to be expected to improvise on new material at a recording session, the character of these pieces represents a particular challenge.

Briefly, the formal character of the five settings are: "So What" is a simple figure based on 16 measures of one scale, 8 of another and 8 more of the first, following a piano and bass introduction in free rhythmic style. "Freddie Freeloader" is a 12-measure blues form given new personality by effective melodic and rhythmic simplicity. "Blue In Green" is a 10-measure circular form following a 4-measure introduction, and played by soloists in various augmentation and diminution of time values. "All Blues" is a 6/8 12-measure blues form that produces its mood through only a few modal changes and Miles Davis' free melodic conception. "Flamenco Sketches" is a series of five scales, each to be played as long as the soloist wishes until he has completedthe series.

(From the original liner notes)

terça-feira, 1 de outubro de 2013

Joe Pass - The Complete "Catch Me!" Sessions - Featuring Clare Fischer

  1. Falling in Love with Love
  2. Summertime
  3. Mood Indigo
  4. Cath Me
  5. Just Friends
  6. Walkin' Up
  7. But Beautiful
  8. No Cover, No Minimum
  9. You Stepped Out of A Dream
  10. Cath Me (Alternate Take)
  11. The Days of Wine and Roses
Catch Me

For Django

Joe Pass did the near-impossible. He was able to play up-tempo versions of bop tunes such as "Cherokee" and "How High the Moon" unaccompanied on the guitar. Unlike Stanley Jordan, Pass used conventional (but superb) technique, and his Virtuoso series on Pablo still sounds remarkable decades later. 

Joe Pass had a false start in his career. He played in a few swing bands (including Tony Pastor's) before graduating from high school, and was with Charlie Barnet for a time in 1947. But after serving in the military, Pass became a drug addict, serving time in prison and essentially wasting a decade. He emerged in 1962 with a record cut at Synanon, made a bit of a stir with his For Django set, recorded several other albums for Pacific Jazz and World Pacific, and performed with Gerald Wilson, Les McCann, George Shearing, and Benny Goodman (1973). 

However, in general Pass maintained a low profile in Los Angeles until he was signed by Norman Granz to his Pablo label. 1973's Virtuoso made him a star and he recorded very prolifically for Pablo, unaccompanied, with small groups, on duo albums with Ella Fitzgerald, and with such masters as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Dizzy Gillespie. Pass remained very active up until his death from cancer. 

(By Scott Yanow from allmusic.com)

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