Saturday, 24 May 2014

LP Artwork: June's Got Rhythm


A classic cover, and very much of its time: June Christy's 1958 album, June's Got Rhythm. She termed the theme of the album as "intimate swing" and all twelve tracks feature arrangements by her husband, Bob Cooper.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Series 2, Program 12

BLUE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

It's a Blue World - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Blossom Dearie: Give Him the Ooh-La-La
Blue City - Shirley Horn: Embers and Ashes
How Blue Can You Get? - B B King: Live at The Regal
Blue - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Blue Holiday - Aretha Franklin: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Blue It Grows - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Lady Lonely
When Sunny Gets Blue - Chris Connor: Witchcraft
Blue Skies - Sy Oliver: For You
Beyond the Blue Horizon - Susannah McCorkle: Thanks for the Memory
Blue and Sentimental - Mel Tormé: I Dig The Count/I Dig The Duke
Blue Moon - June Christy: June's Got Rhythm
Blue Orchids - Sarah Vaughan: Vaughan and Voices
Blue Prelude - Nancy Wilson: Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues
Ballad In Blue - Hoagy Carmichael: Hoagy Sings Carmichael
Blue Turning Grey Over You - Ann Burton: Remember (1966-1988)
Am I Blue? - Cher: Bittersweet White Light

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

LP Artwork: For the Night People


I recently moved house and was unpacking my vinyl collection and, especially in this era of downloads and CDs, I was reminded of the magic of the 12" by 12" cover artwork. So, with that in mind, I'll feature a choice example from each show's playlist, starting with this retro special by Julie London which contains her sultry rendition of I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good).

Series 2, Program 11

DUKEBOX!

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Things Ain't What They Used to Be - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Sing Ellington
Love You Madly - Cleo Laine and Mel Tormé: Nothing Without You
I'm Checking Out... Goodbye - Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington: Blue Rose
I'm Just a Lucky So and So - Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit
Come Sunday - Carmen McRae: Bittersweet
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Lena Horne: Lovely and Alive
I Didn't Know About You - Patti Page: In the Land of Hi-Fi
Don't Get Around Much Any More - Barry Manilow: Singin' with the Big Bands
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Julie London: For the Night People
Satin Doll - Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington Orchestra: Côte d'Azur Concerts (Disc 5)
All I Need Is the Girl - Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington: Francis A & Edward K
Blue Piano - Freda Payne: After the Lights Go Down Low
Just Squeeze Me - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah + 2
Caravan - Tony Bennett: Bennett Sings Ellington/Hot and Cool
I'm Beginning to See the Light - Nancy Wilson: The Nancy Wilson Show!
Jump for Joy - Mark Murphy: Midnight Mood

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Series 2, Program 10

IN GOOD COMPANY

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Rockin' Good Way - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton: The Two of Us
Blue and Sentimental - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: Annual Report
I'm Confessin' - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
Calcutta - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Am I Blue? - Carmen McRae & Betty Carter: Duets
Turkey In the Straw - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs
Silly Habits - Mel Tormé & Janis Ian: Mel Tormé & Friends
Who? - The Pied Pipers: The Song Is You (Capitol Sings Jerome Kern)
I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams & Peggy Powers: Single
Don't Worry 'Bout Me - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Bei Mir Bist du Scon (Means That You're Grand) - The Andrews Sisters: In HiFi
Stompin' at the Savoy - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella & Louis Again
Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra/For My Dad
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)