Monday, 23 March 2015

Dory Previn & Marlon Brando

One of the tracks included this week is Dory Previn's moving song, Brando - a fragile hymn to the unattainable. It comes from her first album, entitled Dory Previn, for Warner Bros back in 1974.



Sunday, 22 March 2015

LP Artwork: Blossom Dearie and Lifejacket

The couple of featured album covers relating to tracks on this week's show are Ian Shaw's self-penned release on Linn Records, and one of the simplest - and stylishly evocative - Verve artworks for Blossom Dearie's 1957 LP.














Saturday, 21 March 2015

Series 4, Program 9

THE SINGER/SONGWRITER

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

GI Jive - Johnny Mercer: Personality
My Secret Place - Joni Mitchell: Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman: Sail Away
Maybe - Harry Nilsson: Harry
Blossom Dearie - Blossom’s Blues: Blossom Dearie (bonus track)
A Good and Simple Man - Ian Shaw: Lifejacket
Better Way - Spencer Day: Vagabond
Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
Brando - Dory Previn: Dory Previn
Come By Me - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
Slow Like Honey - Fiona Apple: Tidal
A Stranger In Town - Mel Tormé: 78 single
Boots (Original Melody) - Lee Hazlewood: Cake or Death
Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Ray Charles: Hallelujah, I Lover Her So

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

Friday, 20 March 2015

LP Artwork: Confessin' the Blues

One of the most distinctive and expressive voices was that of Ester Phillips (b1935-d1984). I was introduced to her music through the multi-talented singer, producer, comedian, actor, Ian Shaw who let me hear her album entitled, Alone Again (Naturally). But the featured track on this week's show is from Confessin' the Blues, released in 1976 on Atlantic Records.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

LP Artwork: It Happens Quietly, And So It Goes and Like Song, Like Weather

A trio of album covers by top-notch British singers, in alphabetical order: Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Teal and Norma Winstone. All featured in this week's edition with tracks from these wonderful albums.
































Series 4, Program 8

FOR THE BIRDS...

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

Strange Meadowlark - Norma Winstone & John Taylor: Like Song, Like Weather
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
Flamingo - Carmen McRae: Birds of a Feather
Blackbird - The Beatles: White Album
A Little Birdie Told Me So - Lee Wiley: Lee Wiley Sings Rodgers & Hart
Birdsong - Cleo Laine & Mel Tormé: Nothing Without You
Bye, Bye, Blackbird - Esther Phillips: Confessin’ the Blues
Night Bird - Anita O’Day: All the Sad Young Men
Snowbird - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ‘n Basie
Skylark - Clare Teal & Grant Windsor: And So It Goes
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Jacqui Dankworth: It Happens Quietly
When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along - Eydie Gormé: Vamps the Roaring 20’s
Bird On the Wire - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Sliver Bird - Nat King Cole: Sincerely
Where Flamingos Fly - Toni Harper: Night Mood

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

Saturday, 7 March 2015

LP Artwork: Information

One of the fine crop of contemporary jazz singers, Estelle Kokot, who's just recorded a new album whilst touring in South Africa.

However, the track featured in this week's show is Where Is the Rainbow and comes from her excellent album, Information. Moreover, it boasts a terrific support cast: Yaron Stavi on bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums.

Series 4, Program 7

OVER THE RAINBOW

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

Over the Rainbow - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge (Vol 3)
There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder - Bobby Darin: Oh! Look at Me Now
Look for the Rainbow - Astrud Gilberto: Look for the Rainbow
A Ride On a Rainbow - Lena Horne: Lena Horne at The Sands
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows - Harry Nilsson: As Time Goes By (The Complete Schmilsson In the Night)
Sing a Rainbow - Peggy Lee: Pete Kelly’s Blues (Soundtrack)
Make Me Rainbows - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie: A Perfect Match (Ella & Basie, Montreux ’79)
Over the Rainbow - Ella Fitzgerald: The Harold Arlen Song Book
Moon River - The Four Freshmen: In Person (Vol 2)
Where Is the Rainbow - Estelle Kokot: Information
What a Wonderful World - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
You Can Sing a Rainbow - Nina Simone: Folksy Nina
This Is All I Ask - Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill, San Francisco
Marie - Randy Newman: Good Old Boys
I’ve Got the World On a String - Frank Sinatra: This Is Sinatra
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall 

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