segunda-feira, 30 de abril de 2018

Coleman Hawkins - Plays Bossa Nova & Jazz Samba (Desafinado)

  1. Desafinado
  2. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Jazz Samba)
  3. Samba Para Bean
  4. I Remember You
  5. One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So)
  6. O Pato (The Duck)
  7. Un Abraco No Bonfa  (An Embrace to Bonfa)
  8. Stumpy Bossa Nova


That Coleman Hawkins jumped on the jazz/bossa nova bandwagon craze initiated by Stan Getz in 1962 was a bit of a surprise to his fans, but that he was comfortable in the idiom should not be off-putting. Able to adapt to any style over his lengthy career, the legendary tenor saxophonist chose classic standards adapted to Brazilian rhythms, music from masters like Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, and a Manny Albam original. Producer Bob Thiele and music director Albam were strong in their resolve directing Hawkins to do this project, and the results are fairly predictable, especially considering that every single track is played in midtempo. The difference is the deployment of two guitarists in Barry Galbraith (lead) and Howard Collins (rhythm) split into separate stereo channels, with bassist Major Holley and no full kit drummer, although Eddie Locke with a minimal and stripped-down setup, Willie Rodriguez, and even Tommy Flanagan play small Latin percussion instruments. 

Themes derived from nights in Rio such as the beautifully rendered title track and "One Note Samba" are quite typical, but "O Pato" (The Duck) has a component added on from Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," while the Hawkins original "Stumpy" is adapted into "Stumpy Bossa Nova," derived from Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" with a taste of "The Man I Love" tacked on at the end. Albam's "Samba Para Bean" is standardized cool with Locke's accents via brushes on closed hi-hat cymbals, while "I Remember You" is a completely unforced, pretty rendition of this well-worn standard. Gilberto's tribute to Luiz Bonfá, "Um Abraco No Bonfa," sports a guitar lead by Galbraith in a stretched-out frame. The curve ball is a somewhat weird crossbred samba take of "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover," a truly corny song the band tried to make cool, only marginally succeeding. The simplified style of this album overall perfectly suited the amiable, good-natured, and laid-back Hawkins at a time when the world was somewhat in political turmoil regarding Caribbean nations and the role of South America in the emerging so-called Third World. He passed away seven years later, leaving a legacy as the most revered tenor saxophonist in jazz, and this very nice recording in his long discography, unique even unto itself.

(Michael G. Nastos, from allmusic.com)

Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Dancing in Wonderland

  1. Only Those in Love
  2. Twilight Time
  3. Unchained Melody
  4. Funny Talk
  5. Sleepy Lagoon
  6. There I've Said It Again
  7. Now and Forever
  8. Somebody Loves Me
  9. Blue Moon
  10. When I Fall in Love
  11. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
  12. How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)


sábado, 28 de abril de 2018

Billy Mure His Guitar and Orchestra - A String of Trumpets

  1. You Are My Sunshine
  2. Trumpet Cha Cha Cha
  3. Sentimental Journey
  4. It's Magic
  5. Dancing in the Dark
  6. Time Out for Tea and Trumpets
  7. String of Trumpets
  8. Bumper to Bumper
  9. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
  10. Unison Trumpets
  11. Memories of You
  12. In the Mood

The Guitarist
(1915 - 2013)

sexta-feira, 27 de abril de 2018

Michel Legrand - Twenty Songs of the Century

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. My Man
  3. Charleston
  4. Mack The Knife
  5. Malaguena
  6. Stormy Weather
  7. Solitude
  8. Summertime
  9. Begin the Beguine
  10. Cheek to Cheek
  11. My Funny Valentine
  12. Over the Rainbow
  13. How High the Moon
  14. Laura
  15. Autumn Leaves
  16. One Note Samba
  17. Moon River
  18. I Will Wait for You
  19. Yesterday
  20. Bridge Over Troubled Water


quinta-feira, 26 de abril de 2018

Lee Holdridge - Conducts the Music of John Denver

  1. Rocky Mountain High
  2. Goodbye Again
  3. Late Winter, Early Spring
  4. Annie's Other Song
  5. My Sweet Lady
  6. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  7. Follow You / Leaving on A Jet Plane
  8. Annie's Song
  9. The John Denver Suite: Calypso / Fly Away / The Eagle and the Hawk

The Composer
(1943 - 1997)

The Conductor

quarta-feira, 25 de abril de 2018

The Marina Strings - Love Theme from the MGM Film "Skyjacked"

  1. Love Theme from "Skyjacked" (Ellie's Theme)
  2. Let There Be Love
  3. With the Wind and Rain in Your Hair
  4. Night Flower
  5. I Wish You Love
  6. A Lovely Waltz
  7. Melody of Love
  8. Like Someone in Love
  9. Once I Loved
  10. Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
  11. Lonely Love


terça-feira, 24 de abril de 2018

The Percy Faith Strings - Bouquet of Love

  1. Blue Moon
  2. Out of This World
  3. Duet
  4. Easy to Love
  5. I Only Have Eyes for You
  6. Soft Lights and Sweet Music
  7. How High the Moon
  8. Invitation
  9. If I Loved You
  10. Music Until Midnight (Lullaby for Adults Only)
  11. Stella by Starlight
  12. I Concentrate on You


Percy Faith’s composing, arranging and conducting for large orchestra have done more than anything else to preserve and nourish the popularity of the orchestra. The heart of a large orchestra is the string section, just as the heart of a small combo is the woodwinds and brass. And within Percy’s orchestra the string section is his favorite, and its sound has become his trademark.

The first Percy Faith album Bouquet (CL 1322) to feature his string section was a triumph. Featuring an enormous string contingent that any major symphony orchestra would be proud to call its own — 16 first violins, 16 second violins, 8 violas and 8 cellos — the album was recorded in Columbia’s New York studio by Harold Chapman, the engineer who has supervised all Percy’s albums. Bouquet of Love is, of course, a sequel to Bouquet. To the sumptuous strings are added a number of instruments that blend into the ensemble perfectly — percussion, harp, piano, and guitar.

Once again, a huge studio has been arranged to accommodate triple banks of strings which carry great melodies and equally memorable countermelodies back and forth across the orchestra. Once again, engineer Harold Chapman was in charge. The repertoire includes some of the finest ballads America has produced. As in the first Bouquet, Percy has included some of his own compositions, this time Duet and Music Until Midnight, along with those of Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Irving Berlin, Victor Young and others.

There is one change in Percy’s new orchestral bouquet. Now Percy and “Chappie” and the orchestra are all in Hollywood, where even concertmasters wear sports shirts and cellists drive larger sports cars than violinists. For Percy and for me, this second album by the Percy Faith Strings is most of all a tribute to a wonderful orchestra. The pleasure these musicians took in recording Bouquet of Love is discernible in every measure. The click of their bows on the stands is the only expression of their satisfaction we did not record.

(Irving Townsend)

segunda-feira, 23 de abril de 2018

Frankie Carle - Frankie Carle and His Beautiful Dolls

  1. The Wooden Soldier and The China Doll
  2. Dream of A Doll
  3. Paper Doll
  4. The Wedding of The Painted Doll
  5. Cha Cha Doll
  6. Doll Face
  7. Doll Dance
  8. Cupie Doll
  9. China Doll Parade
  10. Dainty Doll
  11. Rag Doll
  12. China Doll
  13. The Syncopated Doll


sábado, 21 de abril de 2018

Franck Pourcel e Sua Grande Orquestra - Valsas Vienenses

  1. Sangue Vienense
  2. Valsa Do Tesouro
  3. Vozes Da Primavera
  4. Amor, Vinho E Musica
  5. Ouro E Prata
  6. Conto Dos Bosques De Viena
  7. Danubio Azul
  8. Vida De Artista
  9. Ondas Do Danubio
  10. Valsa Do Imperador


Unknown Artist - Hawaii Guitar

  1. A'mor
  2. Besame Mucho
  3. Isle of Capri
  4. Island in the Sun
  5. Blue Hawaii
  6. Hawaii Wedding Song
  7. You Are My Sunshine
  8. You Are Young and Beautiful
  9. Release Me
  10. To All the Girl I Love Before
  11. Love Me Tender
  12. Tell Laura I Love Her
  13. Summer Kisses Winter Tears
  14. Rhythm of the Rain
  15. Cha Cha Cha
  16. Diana


sexta-feira, 20 de abril de 2018

Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra - Stars and Stripes Forever

  1. Stars and Stripes Forever
  2. The Thunderer
  3. Liberty Bell
  4. El Capitan
  5. Semper Fidelis
  6. Hands Across the Sea
  7. King Cotton
  8. Fairest of the Fair
  9. Crusader March
  10. Washington Post March
  11. High School Cadets
  12. Our Flirtations
  13. Colonel Bogey
  14. American Patrol
  15. National Emblem
  16. Anchors Aweigh
  17. The Marine's Hymn
  18. The Caisson's Go Rolling Along
  19. The U.S. Air Force
  20. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  21. The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
  22. Seventy Six Trombones
  23. Strike Up the Band


quinta-feira, 19 de abril de 2018

Pete Rugolo - Percussion at Work

  1. Artistry in Percussion
  2. Fugue for Rhythm Section
  3. 1 & 4
  4. Chorale for Brass, Piano and Bongo
  5. Interplay for Drums, Brass
  6. Funky Drums
  7. Drumerama
  8. Bongo Riff
  9. Percussion at Work


Living Strings - Sunrise Serenade - Arranged and Conducted by Chucho Zarzosa

  1. Sunrise Serenade
  2. Moonlight Cocktail
  3. A String of Pearls
  4. Blue Champagne
  5. Medley: Pennsylvania 6-500 / Chattanooga Choo Choo / Little Brown Jug
  6. Moonlight Serenade
  7. Serenade in Blue
  8. In the Mood
  9. Blueberry Hill
  10. Medley: Going Home / Londonderry Air / Moon Love)


quarta-feira, 18 de abril de 2018

Robert Farnon & His Orchestra - At The Movies

  1. Moment I Saw You (Spring in Park Lane)
  2. Early One Morning (Spring in Park Lane)
  3. Cherokee (Drum Crazy)
  4. I've Got You Under My Skin (Night and Day)
  5. Come Dance with Me (Best of Both Worlds)
  6. Laura (Laura)
  7. The Best Things in Life Are Free (Good News)
  8. Wouldn't It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady)
  9. How Beautiful Is Night (How Beautiful Is Night)
  10. You're the Cream in My Coffee (Cock-eyed World)
  11. The Way We Were (The Way We Were)
  12. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans (Band Wagon)
  13. Irena (Shalako)
  14. Great Day (Funny Girl)
  15. When I Fall in Love (Slightly Scandalous)
  16. Melody Fair (Paper Orchid)
  17. Friendly Persuasion (Friendly Persuasion)
  18. Just Imagine (Good News)
  19. Lady Barbara (Captain Horatio Hornblower RN)
  20. Trolley Song (Meet Me in St. Louis)
  21. Folks Who Live on the Hill (High Wide and Handsome)
  22. Pictures in the Fire (Best of Both Worlds)
  23. Sunny Side Up (Best Things in Life Are Free)
  24. Hey There (Pyjama Game)


terça-feira, 17 de abril de 2018

Various Artists - Just You, Just Me

  1. My Foolish Heart - RCA Symphony Orchestra
  2. Moonglow & Theme from "Picnic" - RCA Symphony Orchestra
  3. The Song from Moulin Rouge - RCA Symphony Orchestra
  4. Ruby from "Ruby Gentry" - Wally Stott
  5. Till the End of Time - RCA Symphony Orchestra
  6. Ain't We Got Fun - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  7. The Last Time I Saw Paris - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  8. Linda - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  9. Smile - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  10. Nature Boy - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  11. Just You, Just Me - Douglas Gamley and Bob Docker
  12. Try A Little Tenderness - Dennis Farnon
  13. Love Me or Leave Me - Dennis Farnon
  14. The Boy Next Door - Dennis Farnon
  15. A Woman in Love - Dennis Wilson
  16. I've Got the World on A String - Dennis Farnon
  17. How Little We Know - Dennis Farnon
  18. Can't Get Out of This Mood - Dennis Farnon
  19. Fascination - The Melachrino Strings
  20. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - Norman Percival
  21. The Forgotten Waltz - Earl White
  22. The Champagne Waltz - The Melachrino Strings
  23. L'Accordéoniste - Ken Thorne
  24. Always - Billy Nalle


Hal Aloma - Lure of The Islands

  1. Pearly Shells
  2. Kuu Ipo I Ka Hee Pue One
  3. King Kamehameha
  4. Moon Is Crying
  5. Honolulu Lullaby
  6. Wai O Minnehaba
  7. King's Serenade
  8. Lonely Little Beach Boy
  9. E Liliu E
  10. Nani Waimea
  11. It's Over It's Done
  12. Aloha Oe

The Steel Guitarist
(1908 - 1980)

segunda-feira, 16 de abril de 2018

101 Strings Orchestra - The Most Beautiful Romantic Melodies - Disc Three

  1. Some Enchanted Evening
  2. The Way You Look Tonight
  3. Moonlight Becomes You
  4. Wonderland by Night
  5. Lamplighters Serenade
  6. Rhapsody in Blue
  7. Canadian Sunset
  8. Tonight (From "West Side Story")
  9. Coffee and Candlelight
  10. Deep Purple
  11. Moonlight Serenade
  12. Strangers in the Night
  13. Stardust
  14. Are You Lonesome Tonight
  15. Moon River
  16. Midnight Kisses
  17. Southern Nights
  18. The Moon Was Yellow
  19. Fly Me to the Moon
  20. Goodnight Sweetheart


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