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Al Cohn : The Jazz Workshop : Four Brass One Tenor
As a soloist, Al Cohn was not such an inspired tenor sax player as his colleague Zoot Sims. But he was a superb arranger, an unprofitable yet highly important function when it comes to such workshops. And though Manny Albam also played the baritone sax, his real instrument was the pen. He arranged not only jazz, but also film music and musicals. His arrangements were multi-facetted and tailormade to suit the accomplishments of the individual instrumentalists.
Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra
For years, the Concerto for Orchestra has been not only the most-played of Bartok's works, but also the most frequently performed among other contemporary scores. Since its original release on LP in the mid-1950s, Fritz Reiner's rendition of the Concerto for Orchestra has stood as the standard against which all other recordings of the work are measured.
Belafonte – At The Greek Theatre
On a late summer evening in 1963, a show took place at Los Angeles' open-air Greek Theatre in, which had fans flocking to the Hollywood mountains. Those who were not lucky to get a ticket climbed to the surrounding trees to see the Calypso man from a distance at least.
Belafonte – The Midnight Special
No attempt has ever been made to compare Harry Belafonte with other singers of his own generation or generations following. Perhaps this is because there simply is no other singer in the American folk scene who possesses anything remotely comparable to his uniquely silky yet dusky voice, or his genial mix of calypso, blues, gospel and traditional songs.
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Chet Atkins : Atkins in Hollywood
So what can we tell you about CHET ATKINS IN HOLLYWOOD? We'll leave the three-syllable adjectives to the press agents and just say that Chet Atkins' West Coast album is merely "posh". Now, "posh" according to the dictionary is a slang term meaning: smart, rich, fine, splendid. Slang or not, it describes exactly Chet's first musical venture in the land of the starlet and swimming pool.
Chet Baker Sextet – Chet is Back!
Forty-two years ago, Chet Baker - one of the most tragic figures of jazz who lived in the fast lane and ruined himself with drugs and alcohol - was constantly on the road from one European jazz club to another. Local rhythm groups were not always top notch so it was only logical to pick the very best from several countries for a film-music production in Italy.
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Duke Ellington – The Duke At Tanglewood
In 1965 Duke Ellington appeared at a concert with Arthur Fielder's Boston Pops Orchestra and a recording resulted. Ellington's piano is fine throughout. The arrangements were written by Richard Hayman. This is a live performance of his greatest hits.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – “…and his mother called him Bill”
The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.
Dvorak – Symphony No.2
Dvorak had the classical secret of movement, which is not a power that can be obtained at the expense of higher qualities, for it is one of the highest". It is a movement with a particular sort of brilliance, a brilliance achieved by the shrewd orchestration and natural thematic development that we have come to associate with the music of the great Czech composer.
Eartha Kitt – That Bad Eartha
Always one to fit her personality over any song she chose to sing Eartha uses inflection, suggestion and innuendo to flirt with the imaginations of the listener. Leaving a stint as a troupe member to stay in Paris in the forties to concentrate on her voice Eartha soon became a chanteuse and actress of some renown. The choice of material here lends itself very well to the sultry purr of the cat woman. In the 10" LP format the cover photo is just the right size. A stunning portrait of a talented lady with a naughty streak.
Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley s/t
Following the unexpected massive success of “Heartbreak Hotel,” this was as startling a debut record as any ever made, representing every side of Elvis’ musical influences except gospel – rockabilly, blues, R&B, country, and pop were all here in an explosive and seductive combination. Elvis Presley became the first rock & roll album to reach the number one spot on the national charts, and RCA’s first million dollar-earning pop album.
Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Golden Records
Manufacturer : Speakers Corner This memorial album is comprised of his fourteen "golden" disks, that is, records that have enjoyed the success of selling over a million copies. This long-playing album represents a success never attained by any other artist at any other time - namely, fourteen consecutive golden records. In his unique presentation of songs, Elvis Presley has, himself, created a tradition. No matter how desperately imitators may attempt to capture his personality, Elvis will always be the innovator of a style which set an entire musical trend in motion.