sexta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2013

Wynton Marsalis - Standards & Ballads

  1. When It's Sleepytime Down South
  2. Stardust
  3. Embraceable You
  4. Reflections
  5. After You've Gone
  6. The Seductress
  7. My Ideal
  8. Spring Yaounde
  9. Melancholia
  10. Where Or When
  11. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  12. April In Paris
  13. I Can't Get Started
  14. Flamingo
Standards & Ballads

As a staunch jazz classicist and a vociferous champion of its traditions, Wynton Marsalis should seem right at home playing an album of jazz standards. And, in fact, he does. Marsalis is well suited to classic, acoustic sets, in part because of his clear, lyrical tone on the trumpet, but mostly because of his love for the music (Marsalis's aversion to avant garde, fusion, and other experimental takes on the genre is well known). 

The set list of STANDARDS has many of the usual suspects, including "April in Paris," "A Foggy Day," "Django," and "Caravan." It's clear Marsalis isn't out to radically re-invent these tunes, but rather to give them classic renderings, summoning the ghost of early, acoustic post-bop with an appealing sense of balance, beauty, and technical precision. 

(From the review of

quarta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2013

Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals II - Various Artists

  1. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from 'Rocky') - Bill Conti
  2. Theme from 'Ben Casey' - Valjean
  3. Theme from 'The Apartment' - Ferrnate & Teicher
  4. The Long Ships (Part 1) - Charles Albertine
  5. The Days the Rains Came - Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
  6. Beautiful Obsession - Sir Chauncey & His Exciting Strings
  7. Theme from 'The Sundowners' - Felix Slatkin
  8. Chariot (I Will Follow Him) - Franck Pourcel
  9. That's the Way with Love (Viaggio Nell' Infinito) - Piero Soffici
  10. Theme from 'The Dark At the Top of the Stairs' - Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  11. A Man and A Woman (From the Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Francis Lai
  12. 'Route 66' Theme - Nelson Riddle
  13. Moonglow & Theme from 'Picnic' - George Cates and His Orchestra (Feat. The Stan Wrightman Quartet)
  14. Swinging Sweethearts - Ron Goodwin and His Orchestra
  15. Ringo's Theme (This Boy) - George Martin and His Orchestra
  16. Song for Anna (Chanson D'Anna) - Herb Ohta
  17. Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless) - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr.
  18. Danny Boy - Sil Austin
  19. Trumpeter's Prayer - Tutti Camarata
  20. One Moment in Time - The Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project (VSOP)
Hard to Find Orchestral 2

terça-feira, 26 de novembro de 2013

Thelonious Monk - Plays Duke Ellington

  1. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  4. Black and Tan Fantasy
  5. Mood Indigo
  6. I Let A Song Out of My Heart
  7. Solitude
  8. Caravan
Monk Plays Ellington

Thelonious Monk (piano/arranger) began his illustrious relationship with Riverside Records on the pair of July 21 and 27, 1955, dates needed to complete the eight sides for Plays Duke Ellington (1955). Monk commands a trio that also presents the talents of Oscar Pettiford (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums) on all the tracks sans "Solitude," which appropriately enough features an unaccompanied piano. The delicacy and inherently intricate melodies that Duke Ellington is best known for are perfectly matched to Monk's angular and progressive interpretations. The combo are comfortable behind the pianist who remains somewhat subdued, if not arguably tentative, during the opening of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," although by his solo, Monk eases into some nice give and take with a playful Pettiford, whose steady bounce undeniably congeals the unit's sound. Monk takes the refined grace of "Sophisticated Lady" into a virtually unsurpassed strata as his seemingly disjointed notes organically coalesce into a simply stunning, yet stark introduction, with Clarke's understated backbeat allowing room for Monk to embellish and thoroughly adorn. The dark optimism of "Black and Tan Fantasy" stands out as another perfect combination of music and musician. "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" is a fun little romp with Monk taking some tricky and rhythmically unanticipated side trips throughout his nimble and rollicking leads. "Caravan" is a gem as Clarke's sinuous trapwork becomes a perfect foil for Pettiford's buoyant basslines. It also reels in Monk's animated keyboard antics. Plays Duke Ellington is a recommended title for all dimension of jazz enthusiast. However, Monk and Ellington aficionados may rate it slightly higher. 

(By Lindsay Planer from

Thelonious Monk

Duke Ellington

segunda-feira, 25 de novembro de 2013

George Melachrino - The Magic of The Melachrino Strings

  1. Masquerade
  2. Flirtation Waltz
  3. Fascination
  4. Charmaine
  5. By the Sleepy Lagoon
  6. Moonlight and Roses
  7. Mattinata
  8. Serenade
  9. Kiss Me Again
  10. Waltz of Paree
  11. The Pink Lady Waltz
  12. I Love Thee
The Magic of The Melachrino Strings

sábado, 23 de novembro de 2013

Ferrante & Teicher - Hear & Now

  1. American Pie
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  3. Lean on Me
  4. Diary
  5. Tranquillo
  6. I Don't Know How to Love Him
  7. Song Sung Blue
  8. Day by Day
  9. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Were Afraid to Ask
  10. The Candy Man
  11. Oh to Be Young Again
  12. Go Away Little Girl
Hear & Now

quarta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2013

Bert Kaempfert - Kaempfert Special

  1. Tender Melody
  2. Jersey Bounce
  3. Horizon
  4. Cha! Bull!
  5. Mason Dixon Line
  6. Shepherd's Cha Cha
  7. Longing for You
  8. Arizona Flip
  9. Cannon Ball
  10. Las Vegas
Kaempfert Special

terça-feira, 19 de novembro de 2013

Peter Nero - Hail the Conquering Nero - Orchestra conducted by Marty Gold

  1. Midnight in Moscow
  2. When the World Was Young
  3. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  4. What Kind of Fool Am I
  5. Continental Holiday
  6. Granada
  7. Never on Sunday
  8. Londonderry Air
  9. Anna
  10. Strange Music
  11. Gloomy Sunday
  12. Mack the Knife
Conquering Nero

segunda-feira, 18 de novembro de 2013

The Sven Libaek Concert Orchestra - Conducts His 38 Piece Orchestra

  1. The Masterpiece
  2. Song for Anna
  3. You've Got A Friend
  4. Aquarius
  5. El Condor Pasa
  6. Theme from Shaft
  7. Babs
  8. Theme from Midnight Cowboy
  9. Mozart 40
  10. Love Theme from Airport
  11. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  12. Light My Fire
Concert Orchestra

sábado, 16 de novembro de 2013

Peter Nero - I've Gotta Be Me

  1. For Once in My Life
  2. Wichita Lineman
  3. Soulful Strut
  4. Canticle
  5. Rain in My Heart
  6. I Love How You Love Me
  7. I've Gotta Be Me
  8. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
  9. Hey Jude
  10. Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero
  11. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  12. Lonely As I Leave You
I've Gotta Be Me

sexta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2013

Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra - Love Me, Please Love Me

  1. When A Man Loves A Woman
  2. A Man And A Woman
  3. Black Is Black
  4. Celine
  5. La Plage Aux Romantiques
  6. Little Woman
  7. Love Me, Please Love Me
  8. Strangers in the Night
  9. Eleanor Rigby
  10. Angelique
  11. Western Fingers
  12. Diamant
Love Me, Please Love Me

quarta-feira, 13 de novembro de 2013

Percy Faith and His Orchestra - The Love Goddesses

  1. Love Goddess (Theme from The Love Goddesses)
  2. Cheesecake
  3. Marilyn
  4. Surrender
  5. Vamp
  6. Keystone Kapers
  7. Virginian (From "The Virginian")
  8. Our Love
  9. Monaco Theme (From "A Look at Monaco")
  10. Chico Bolero
  11. Celia's Waltz
  12. Oba
Love Goddesses

segunda-feira, 11 de novembro de 2013

Raymond Lefevre et son Grand Orchestre - Plein Soleil

  1. Plein Soleil
  2. Sun Flowers
  3. Libelichd
  4. Giohi Proibit
  5. Gelsumina La Strada
  6. Doy Ob Dolphine
  7. Farewell Waltz de Campagye
  8. Ill Ferrovierre
  9. Maison de Campagne
  10. Sinno Ve More Un Maledetto Imbroglo
  11. Dea Gens Sansimportance
  12. Summertime in Venice
  13. Les Parapluises de Cherbourg
Plein Soleil

domingo, 10 de novembro de 2013

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band - I'm BeBoppin' Too

  1. I'm Be Boppin' Too
  2. Cool Breeze
  3. 'Round Midnight
  4. Manteca
  5. Birk's Works
  6. If You Could See Me Now
  7. Dizzy's Blues
  8. Una Mas
  9. I Can't Get Started
  10. One Bass Hit
  11. Tin Tin Deo
  12. Lover Come Back to Me
I'm BeBoppin' Too

Dizzy Gillespie loved his Big Band. He premiered it in 1945, then led it off-and-on through 1989.

Bassist John Lee. Dizzy's bassist from 1983-1992, also loved those bands. "I enjoyed that music so much", he says. In 1998, Lee teamed with trombonist, composer and arranger Slide Hampton - a member of the 1960 Gillespie band - and trumpeter Jon Faddis to form the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band. they wanted to celebrate that unique big band sound as heard in its heyday, and to allow a further evolution through new arrangements and additions.

Now known as the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band - with Lee as executive director and Hampton as musical director - the ensemble is back with its third album. Per usual, the band delivers exhilarating performances on a collection of great material.

The top-drawer personnel includes five musicians who played with Diz, plus many other A-1 jazz names. "We're lucky to have these guys", says Lee.

The album boasts older charts that haven't been heard much with some new ones. 1947's I'm Beboppin' Too is fun and bouncy, and spotlights a Roy Hargrove vocal, and engaging solos from Mike Dease and Greg Gisbert.

Ebullient scat vocals by James Moody and Roberta Gambarini light up Cool Breeze. gisbert and Steve Davis also blow, as do Moody and Jimmy Heath.

Robert then offers an emotive version of Monk's 'Round Midnight, arranged by Slide. Yotam Silberstein and Dease also speak.

Manteca - by Gillespie and conga drummer Chano Pozo - was key to the late-1940's Afro-Cuban Jazz movement. Slide's new arrangement is dynamic.

Dizzy's blues, Birk's Works, was a sextet tune expanded by Ernie Wilkins, Claudio Roditi is in top form, as is Cyrus Chestnut.

Jimmy Heath's deft chart on Dameron's If You Could See Me Now is another showcase for Gambarini's ballad acumen.

The romping Dizzy's Blues, by A. K. Salim, arrived in 1947. "This is a great song that nobody plays', says Lee.

Heath's version of Dorham's Una Mas is "a great arrangement", says Lee, "and has become a real crowd pleaser".

I Can't Get Started gets a fresh look from John "Doc" Wilson's chart, which spotlights Hargrove.

One Bass Hit, written by Ray Brown, Diz, and Gil Fuller, showcases Lee's pliant lines amidst band passages.

The simmering Tin Tin Deo, penned in 1948 by Diz, Chano, and Gil, is another timeless Latin ditty.

The closing Lover Come Back to Me, via Slide, races along, featuring Roberta, who then scat trades with Roy, Mr. Heath, Davis, and Cyrus. Big fun, just like the rest of this superb album by an important, powerhouse ensemble.

(By Zan Stewart, from the original liner notes)


Slide Hampton - musical director
James Moody - tenor sax, flute, vocals
Jimmy Heath - tenor sax
Antonio Hart - lead alto sax, flute
Mark Gross - alto sax, flute
Gary Smulyan - baritone sax
Frank Greene - lead trumpet
Greg Gisbert - trumpet
Roy Hargrove - trumpet, vocals
Claudio Roditi - trumpet
Jason Jackson - lead trombone
Steve Davis - trombone
Michael Dease - trombone
Douglas Purviance - bass trombone
Cyrus Chestnut - piano
John Lee - bass, executive director
Lewis Nash - drums
Roberta Gambarini - vocals

sexta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2013

Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Free and Easy

  1. Love Theme from "You Can't Win 'em All"
  2. I'm in Love
  3. Hit the Open Road
  4. Over the Rainbow
  5. Sweet Caroline
  6. Flight to Mecca
  7. Free and Easy
  8. Magic Moments
  9. Gone with the Wind
  10. Wait for Me
  11. Laura
  12. Susan
Free and Easy

quinta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2013

101 Strings Orchestra - The Heart of Ireland

  1. Kelly's Jig
  2. Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral
  3. Galway Bay
  4. A Little Bit of Heaven
  5. Londonderry Air
  6. All the Strings Wore Green
  7. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
  8. Did Your Mother Come from Ireland
  9. Mother Machree
  10. My Wild Irish Rose
The Heart of Ireland

quarta-feira, 6 de novembro de 2013

Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra - 10 Saxophones and 2 Basses

  1. Skyliner
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. How High the Moon
  4. Saxophobia
  5. Holiday for Strings
  6. Reed Rapture
  7. Sometimes I'm Happy
  8. Contrasts
  9. Four Brothers and Early Autumn
  10. Come Back to Sorrento
  11. 2 Funky Basses
  12. Guy Meets Freddie Meets Billy
10 Saxophones and 2 Basses

terça-feira, 5 de novembro de 2013

Raymond Lefevre - Sous le Ciel de Paris

  1. Les Feulles Mortes
  2. Syracuse
  3. Sous Le Ciel de Paris
  4. J'ai Encore Reve D'elle
  5. L'ame des Postes
  6. A Paris Dans Chanque Faubourg
  7. La Maritza
  8. Forteresse
  9. Goodbay Marylou
  10. Belle Ile en Mer
  11. Chez Laurette
  12. Parelez / Moi D`amour
  13. Sous Les Toits de Paris
  14. Avec Le Temps
Sous le Ciel de Paris

domingo, 3 de novembro de 2013

101 Strings Orchestra - Songs of the Season - Japan

  1. Koi Nobori
  2. Oshogatsu - Yuki
  3. Mura Matsuri
  4. Orobo Zukiyo
  5. Aka Tombo
  6. Fuyu no Yoru
  7. Fuyu Geshiki
  8. Sato Noaki
  9. Hana
  10. Sakura, Sakura
  11. Momiji (Red Autumn Leaves)
  12. Umi (The Sea)
Songs of the Season

sexta-feira, 1 de novembro de 2013

Bert Kaempfert - The Most Beautiful Girl

  1. The Most Beautiful Girl
  2. Why Can't You and I Add Up to Love
  3. Touch the Wind
  4. Jumpin' Blue
  5. Opus One
  6. I Found My Love
  7. Let Me Be There
  8. Easy Glider
  9. Tuxedo Junction
  10. Moon over Baja
  11. I Cover the Waterfront
  12. In the Everglades
Most Beautiful Girl

Herbert Rehbein, Bert Kaempfert, Peter Klemt and Milt Gabler

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