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Monday, November 20, 2017

One World Concert - Erroll Garner

One World Concert
Erroll Garner
Recorded in actual performance at Seattle World's Fair
Octave Records
Reprise R-6080

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and excerpts from the jacket notes.

From the back cover: Erroll Garner made his solo concert debut at the Cleveland Music Hall in 1950, winning critical and audience accolades. Since that time his concert acclaim has been world-wide.

One World Concert is Garner's first in-person concert recording in seven years. The long-awaited live concert album was recorded at the Seattle World's Fair Playhouse during his week-long concert there. The festive atmosphere which permeated the Fair is reflected in the performance here. For this album, Garner himself spent several weeks making selections from twelve hours of recorded material.

From Billboard - May 9, 1963: For several reasons this should be a big one for Garner. It's his first release on the Sinatra Reprise label and its his first live concert set since his earlier smash, "Concert By The Sea." Then, too, the performances find the pianist at his best on such items as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Sweet And Lovely" and his own "Misty." Solid with broad appeal.
The Way You Look Tonight
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Sweet And Lovely
Mack The Knife
Lover Come Back To Me
Movin' Blues
Dancing Tamborine
Thanks For The Memory

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Eleventh Hour - Johnny Hodges

Something To Live For
The Eleventh Hour
Johnny Hodges
Arrange and Conducted by Oliver Nelson
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recording Engineer: Bob Arnold
Cover Photograph: Harris Haft
Recorded in New York - August 15 & 18
Verve V/V6-8492

From Billboard - November 24, 1962: This is a lovely album, featuring warm and tender alto work by Johnny Hodges, showcased in mellow string arrangements by Oliver Nelson. The backings contribute much to Hodges work and Hodges, in kind, has responded with some of his most moving and graceful solos. He is romantic on "Don't Blame Me," "The Eleventh Hour Theme" and "In a Sentimental Mood," and lightly swinging on "Guitar Amour" and "Solitude."

Something To Live For
It's A Sentimental Mood
I Didn't Know About You
Guitar Amour
You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart
Theme from "The Eleventh Hour"
Love Song From "Mutiny On The Bounty"
Satin Doll
Don't Blame Me
Prelude To A Kiss
Warm Valley

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Still More Genius Of Jankowski

The Shadow Of Your Smile
Still More Genius Of Jankowski
Arranged and Conducted by Horst Jankowski and Bernd Rabe
Produced by Lou Reizner
Mercury Records
SR 61076

From Billboard - March 26, 1966: More keyboard wizardry from the German genius in this delightful program; a potpourri of great international melodies. Top programming and sales results guaranteed.

From the back cover: Horst Jankowski is now occupied with his own radio and TV shows, recording, arranging and composing, that he has been forced to refuse requests to perform and accompany such greats as Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald who have "commanded" his services in the past during their European tours. Jankowski is now a star and recognized as one of the most renowned pianists on the Continent, having come a long way since his first band days with Erwin Lehn, an outstanding German orchestra leader.

Also interesting to note are the honors that have been bestowed on Jankowski here in America. Within six months times, the Bibles of the music business such as Billboard, Cash Box and Record World have acclaimed Jankowski as best Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator. His composition of "A Walk In The Black Forest" has been nominated for the coveted NARAS (National Academy of Records, Arts and Sciences) awards, in not one, but three categories; "Best Instrumental Performance," "Best New Artist" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement."

– Morris L. Diamond

A Taste Of Honey
Violets In March
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Elmer's Tune
Let's Live A Little
Black Forest Holiday
Twilight Time
Danke Danke
Adieu Ciao Ciao Good-Bye
Sir Scotch Whiskey
No Arms Can Ever Hold You
Flowers For A Princess

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Latin Escapade - George Shearing

Old Devil Moon
Latin Escapade
The George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T 737

From Billboard - February 23, 1957: This is Shearing in a quite commercial mood – sultry, Latin American tunes, done by the quintet in extremely danceable style. There is a lot of this type of material on LPs, but not too much has the technical quality of Shearing's quintet.

Mambo With Me
Without You
Old Devil Moon
Mi Musica Es Parati
Anitra's Nanigo
Cuban Love Song
Watch Your Step
Poodle Mambo
Canto Karabali
Strange Enchantment

Femme Fatale - Hadda Brooks

Don't You Think I Ought To Know
Femme Fatale
Hadda Brooks
Photography: Todd Walker, Beverly Hills
Crown Records
CLP 5010

From Billboard - April 13, 1957: The most of these have been issued previously as singles during the last 10 years, Hadda Brooks' vocals work is still refreshingly welcome. The hushed tones are all pear-shaped, while the music is quiet and strangely winsome. At the suggested list price of $1.98, the package is a buy and is deserved of being stocked by dealers. "There Is No Greater Love," a big hit years ago, is an excellent demo track

The Thrill Is Gone
Take Me
Please Be Kind
How Do You Speak To An Angel
My Ideal
Don't You Think I Ought To Know
There Is No Greater Love
My Romance
Stolen Love
Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

Out Of Sight!

Out Of Sight!
Design Records

Paul Revere & The Raiders - Like Charleston
Joe Tex - Wicked Woman
Vic Dana - A Lot Of Lovin'
The J Brothers - Don't Turn My World Upside Down (Written by Lou Reed/Terry Philips/Jerry Vance/Jimmie Sims)
Lou Rawls - Walking (For Miles)
The Hi-Lifes - Soul City
Lou Christie - Close Your Eyes
The Liberty Men - Wonderful World Of Love
Tommy Roe - Foreman
The Beachnuts  - Cycle Annie (Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed)

Monday, November 13, 2017

You Made Me Love You - Harry James

You Made Me Love You
Harry James
Pickwick International

Tracks are available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover.

You Made Me Love You
Sleepy Lagoon
My Silent Love
I've Heard That Song Before
I Cried For You
Music Makers
Sleepytime Gal
James Section

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Melodies Of Love - Wayne King

My Chrysanthemum Flower
Melodies Of Love
Wayne King And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8124

From Billboard - May 4, 1955: Record buyers will be given their choice of Wayne King love melodies – plural or singular – this month with RCA Victor bringing out a collector's issue by King titled "Melody Of Love" and this package of new King waxings tagged "Melodies of Love." The chief difference in the two albums is that this one is purely instrumental, a factor which could influence sales in its favor, since the vogue for King-styled music was originally sparked by Billy Vaughn's instrumental version of the oldie. In addition to the title song, this package includes 11 other dreamy instrumentals. An added sales plus for the LP is the photo of a screen beauty on the cover.

Melody Of Love
My Chrysanthemum Flower
My Buddy
Blue House
My Wonderful One
Huguette Waltz
That Naughty Waltz
The Waltz You Save For Me

Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade - Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra

First Movement
The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Dr. Franz Schmidt
Library In Sound 9905
A Product Of Hi-Fi Sales Co. - Wilmington, Delaware

I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Pearl Bailey, Rose Murphy, Ivie Anderson

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Pearl Bailey
Rose Murphy
Ivie Anderson
Grand Prix Series K-423
Pickwick International

Available from online vendors so I will not be posing a sample. Presented here to share a quality scan of the cover.

Rose Murphy
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Honeysuckle Rose

Ivie Anderson
Twice Too Many
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Tall, Dark And Handsome

Pearl Bailey
Solid Gold Cadillac
Hit The Road To Dreamland
That Certian Feeling
I Had A Man