Friday, 30 January 2015

LP Artwork: Latin ala Lee! & Ole ala Lee!

This week's program features a selection of three tracks from each of six excellent albums including this one, Latin ala Lee! Released in 1960, it won the Grammy for best album cover. It sold well and gave birth to a follow-up entitled, not surprisingly, Ole ala Lee!

Jack Marshall arranged the the first album, while Miss Lee's accompanist (from '58 to '61), Joe Harnell, did the arranging honours on the sequel.

Marshall is credited with the famous arrangement of Lee's major hit, Fever, although the singer came up with the idea of a really pared-down accompaniment.



Series 4, Program 2

CHOICE CUTS

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

Nowhere With Love - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
Come By Me - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
Charade - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
The Touch Of Your Lips - Irene Kral: Better Than Anything
Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - Irene Kral: Better Than Anything
Just Friends - Irene Kral: Better Than Anything
Fancy Meeting You Here - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Hindustan - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Brazil - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Till There Was You - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee 
Hey There - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee 
Heart - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee 
I’ll Remember April - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
A Million Dreams Ago - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
The Lady’s In Love With You - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli
Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli
On Green Dolphin Street - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli

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

Saturday, 24 January 2015

LP Artwork: Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Quintet Plays & John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

The theme this week is all about beauty. And there are many beautiful tracks on these two special albums with winning partnerships. Great artwork, too!















Series 4, Program 1

ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL

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

Beautiful - Barbra Streisand: Barbra Joan Streisand
You Are Too Beautiful - John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
The Bad and the Beautiful - June Christy: Off Beat
Beautiful Child - Rufus Wainwright: Want One
He Was Beautiful - Clare Teal: Hey Ho
A Beautiful Friendship - Nat King Cole & George Shearing: Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Quintet Plays
Finding Beauty - Ann Hampton Callaway: At Last
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Peggy Lee: Somethin’ Groovy!
How Beautiful Is Night - Sarah Vaughan: Vaughan and Voices
America the Beautiful - The Clare Fischer Voices: ...And Sometimes Instruments
Let’s Make the Most of a Beautiful Thing - Nancy Wilson: Welcome to My Love
Life Is Beautiful - Fred Astaire: Attitude Dancing
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Ray Charles & Count Basie Orchestra: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Came So Far For Beauty - Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat
But Beautiful - Ann Burton: Remember (1966-1988)

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

Thursday, 15 January 2015

LP Artwork: Eva By Heart & Hey, Mrs Jones!

A couple of cover selections from this week's show: Eva Cassidy's debut album issued in 1997, and an early Reprise Records release by Jimmy Witherspoon.
















Series 3, Program 20

MAD, BAD AND ANGRY...

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

Angry - Rosemary Clooney & Nelson Riddle: Rosie Solves the Swingin’ Riddle
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Lena Horne: Lena In Hollywood
Need Your Love So Bad - Eva Cassidy & Chuck Brown: Eva By Heart
I Ain’t Mad at You, Pretty Baby - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones
Mad About Him, Sad About Him, How Can I Be Glad Without Him Blues - Morgana King: Let Me Love You
Don’cha Go ‘Way Mad - Mel Tormé: Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass
Be Mad Little Girl - Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin Hits
Whose Little Angry Man Are You? - Sheila Jordan & Harvie Swazrtz: Old Time Feeling
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles: 1
Just When We’re Falling In Love - Ella Fitzgerald: Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (And You’d Better Believe It)
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra: New York (Disc 3)
My One Bad Habit - Carmen McRae & Dave Brubeck: Tonight Only!
Being Bad - Bitter:Sweet: Duplicity (Soundtrack)
Bad for Each Other - Peggy Lee: Love Held Lightly/Rare Songs By Harold Arlen
Love You Madly - Mark Murphy: Memories of You/Remembering Joe Williams
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) - Cher: Bittersweet White Light
Mad About the Boy - Liane Carroll: Ballads

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

Friday, 9 January 2015

LP Artwork: The Bosses

This week's show celebrates the wonderful role that Count Basie and His Orchestra played in accompanying singers.

Pure precision. Sensational sense of swing. Tight and always exciting. And ably demonstrated on this great album by Basie and Big Joe Turner. It was recorded in 1973 and released on Norman Granz's label, Pablo Records.

How about this for band accompaniment: Ray Brown (b), Irving Ashby (g), Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts), Zoot Sims (ts), JJ Johnson (tb), Harry Sweets Edison (tpt), Louis Bellson (d).

"I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter."

William James "Count" Basie
(Aug 21, 1904 - Apr 26, 1984)

Series 3, Program 19

+ BASIE = WONDERFUL

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

After You’ve Gone - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
I Want a Little Girl - Billy Eckstine & Count Basie: Basie/Eckstine Incorporated
She’s a Woman Count Basie & Sammy Davis Jr: Our Shining Hour
Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe - Keely Smith: Keely Swings Basie-Style with Strings
Lazy River - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: The Board of Directors
Smack Dab In the Middle - Count Basie & Joe Williams: Count Basie at Newport
The Long and Winding Road - Ray Charles & Count Basie Orchestra: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Flip, Flop, Fly - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
Lover Man - Sarah Vaughan & Count Basie: The Roulette Years
Everything Is Beautiful - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ‘n Basie
Until I Met You (aka Corner Pocket) - Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra 
Where Are You? - Arthur Prysock & Count Basie: Arthur Prysock/Count Basie
C-Jam Blues - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie with guest soloists: Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic

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