Friday, 28 November 2014

LP Artwork: Count Basie & The Mills Brothers - Board of Directors

The Mills Brothers meet Count Basie - what a combination. One of two great albums they recorded together.

Series 3, Program 16

THINKING...

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

Thinking of You - Sarah Vaughan: After Hours
I Think I Like You - Sammy Davis Jr: Sings the Complete Dr Doolittle
I May Be Wrong (But I Think You’re Wonderful) - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: The Board of Directors
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Sometimes I Think I Do - Jimmy Rushing: If It Ain’t the Blues
I Thought About You - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook
All I Think About Is You - Harry Nilsson: Knnillssonn
Think About Your Troubles - Lena Horne: Nature’s Baby
A Woman’s Intuition - Lee Wiley: Back Home Again
I Think of You - Perry Como: I Think of You
I Think of You - Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?
I’ll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him - Peggy Lee: Big Spender
It Ain’t What You’re Thinkin’ - Jimmy Witherspoon: Singin’ the Blues
The Very Thought of You - Shirley Horne: You’re My Thrill
Think How It’s Gonna Be - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett’s Something 

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

Friday, 21 November 2014

LP Artwork: The Blue Room

Arguably the finest release from Madeleine Peyroux. Wonderful arrangements by Larry Klein and Vince Mendoza on an eclectic selection of songs. Great cover artwork, too!

Series 3, Program 15

GREAT ARRANGEMENTS (Vol 1)

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

When Day Is Done - Keely Smith: I Wish You Love
Stardust - Nat King Cole: Love Is the Thing
I’m Beginning to See the Light - Ella Fitzgerald: The Duke Ellington Song Book
Come Rain or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Strings
Brazil - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
The Man I Love - Sarah Vaughan: Gershwin Live
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Is That All There Is? - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
Guilty - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Nowhere With Love - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
How Insensitive - Diana Krall: From This Moment On
Unforgettable - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable/A Tribute To Dinah Washington
Charade - Bobby Darin: Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014

LP Artwork: The Astaire Story (Vol 4) and The Wham of Sam


Here's a couple of album covers from a brace of tracks from this week's show - So Near and Yet So Far, and Begin the Beguine. They're by two artists who were both highly successful singers and dancers: Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jr.

It does surprise me that The Wham of Sam doesn't warrant an exclamation mark! (Well, perhaps they're just overused these days...)

Series 3, Program 14

THE ART OF SONGWRITING: COLE PORTER

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

From This Moment On - Diana Krall: From This Moment On
So In Love - Carol Kidd & Brian Kellock: Carol Kidd Live (Sings Cole Porter)
So Near and Yet So Far - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story (Vol 4)
Get Out of Town - Ian Shaw: The Abbey Road Sessions
Night and Day - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Equinox
(You’d Be So) Easy to Love - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
You’re the Top - Jean Turner: From the Creative World of Stan Kenton Comes Jean Turner
What Is This Thing Called Love? - Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours
All Of You - Billie Holiday: The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959 (Disc 10)
Just One of Those Things - Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Song Book
Begin the Beguine - Sammy Davis Jr & Mel Lewis: The Wham of Sam
Ridin’ High - Jeri Southern: Southern Breeze
Why Shouldn’t I? - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Anita O’Day: Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter

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

Friday, 7 November 2014

LP Artwork: Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas, 1964


Shelved for decades but now released on CD, this is Tony Bennett's 1964 recording made at the famous venue in the gambling and then entertainment capital of the world.


Series 3, Program 13

PRECIOUS TIME

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

I’m Havin’ a Good Time - Alberta Hunter: Downhearted Blues/Live at The Cookery
Once Upon a Time - Tony Bennett: Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas
Sleepy Time Gal - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Anytime- Margaret Whiting: Margaret
Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere - Nat King Cole: Welcome to the Club
‘Round Midnight - Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle: For Sentimental Reasons
From Time to Time - Mark Murphy: A Swingin’, Singin’ Affair
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Frank Sinatra: Cycles
I’d Like to Hear It Sometime - Lena Horne: Soul
Bidin’ My Time - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concerts 1976
Seems Like Old Times - The Four Freshmen: Freshmen Favourites
Time After Time - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli
Night Time Is the Right Time - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
A Time for Love - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
As Time Goes By - Jimmy Durante: Jimmy Durante’s Way of Life
Just In Time - Carmen McRae: Something Wonderful
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Dick Haymes: Dick Haymes Comes Home! (Live at The Cocoanut Grove)

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

Saturday, 1 November 2014

LP Artwork: Golden Hits / Dusty Springfield


One of the most soulful British voices of all time was Dusty Springfield. And this week's "wishing" theme enabled us to include the singer's popular version of Wishin' and Hopin' which she recorded in January, 1964.

It appeared on the album, Golden Hits, and released internationally on the Philips label as a single. 

First recorded by Dionne Warwick, as the b-side of her single This Empty Place in the spring of 1963; the track was also featured on Warwick's debut album, Presenting Dionne Warwick. Co-composer Burt Bacharach recalled, "I [think] I tried to talk her into releasing Wishin' and Hopin' [as a single] because she had some ambivalence about it."

Thankfully, his persuasive powers won the day and it went on to be a top 10 hit for Dusty on both sides of the Atlantic.