Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra..."Puttin' On the Ritz"

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra originally formed in 1978 and were an internationally acclaimed company of top musicians who specialized in performing authentic arrangements of Salon, Theatre and Dance Orchestra music from the era of 1900-1945.

Their music was not only sweet and sentimental but unexpectedly robust, syncopated, sparkling and humorous. They also displayed a talent for singing, whistling, tap dancing, very dramatic acting, fox trotting and wicked tangoing.

"Puttin On the Ritz" was released in 1986 and the arrangements of the songs are all genuinely from the 1920's and 1930's using a violin trio, as well as saxophones and brass, that give that unique, evocative period sound of the Great Dance Band days.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Israel's Answer To Amy Winehouse, Leat Haber, new vintage style release "Wait for Me"

Leat Haber is a born romantic and optimist and has been described in Israel as their answer to Amy Winehouse. Be prepared to be transported back a few decades with this Israeli born singer. Leat is a typical Israeli woman, very strong and independent, and this comes across in her music.

Growing up listening to The Temptations, Jackson 5, Elvis and Cat Stevens, she is influenced by Dolly Parton, Jersey Boys, Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman and even modern day great Amy Winehouse and Craig David. Leat has a broad knowledge of music and the music she creates. She uses equipment from the 50's and 60's, even the drum kit was vintage. After the recording process she takes her music to a studio and uses a machine that makes the songs sound like they were recorded in an analogue way. Leat takes a vintage approach on not only the style of her music but the way she creates it too. Her EP 'Flying on a Kite' was produced by Noam Akrabi. who helped Leat's dreams come to life, they both connect and understand each other's style.

The lead single off of the EP is 'Wait For Me' which can be viewed here:


Leat raised the money for the video off of crowd funding, the single is upbeat and happy reflecting Leat's outlook on life.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Can Dream, Can't I? Hits of 1950...Various Artists

Hits of 1950

A nostalgic, 25 track collection of classic hits on the Living Era label from the year of 1950. This was the era of crooners, male and female vocal groups, popular vocalists and novelty songs that are well remembered. 

Artists include Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, The Ames brothers, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, The Andrews Sisters, Teresa Brewer, The Weavers, Perry Como, The Weavers and The Mills Brothers.

Hits of 1950

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vintage Inspired Rock and Roll Artist Cado releases EP "Take Me Back"

Be transported back to the 50's & 60’s with Cado’s brand new EP

Vintage inspired rock and roll artist Cado, brings us a refreshingly nostalgic EP, ‘Take Me Back’.

Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make   people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!
The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. 

The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves. The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/3SlafrQsP2ixHRjhy0yTtf

Bandcamp - https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com/

Marty's review: Cado takes us back to the 50's and 60's with this 4 track gem that rocks and sways with pure rockabilly and rock and roll on 3 tracks, "Take Me Back", "Record Machine" and "Would You Dance" and a little bit of balladry on "Oh Baby". Cado has captured the essence of the period with a raw and uncluttered sound that sounds fresh and exciting. An impressive debut that will please all lovers of vintage rock and roll.

Friday, August 19, 2016

So Rare 3..A third selection by Barry Humphries of his favourite gramophone records and songs

If you enjoyed the first and second releases in this series, then here is volume 3. 52 more tracks of classic nostalgia from the 1920's, 30's and 40's with artists such as Hildegarde, Sam Browne, Greta Keller, Lecouna Cuban Boys, "Hutch", Elsie Carlisle, Al Bowlly, Anne Shelton, Carl Brisson and a swathe of their contemporaries.

So place the needle on that gramophone or tune in to your wireless radio, take a seat in your favourite chair and let the memories float in.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pass That Bottle...The Devil's Daughters AZ Rockabilly..video clip


The Devil's Daughters are Mysti Moon and Lisa Mortensen, who have combined forces to create a devilish duet, and are backed up by three badass boys of Rockabilly, Leeroy Nelson, Shorty Kruetz, and Tommy Collins.

...say no more.....just watch the video!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Billie Holiday...Remixed and Re-Imagined

The most heartfelt vintage master-tape performances of Billie Holiday - quite simply the 20th century's preeminent jazz vocalist - were selected and then bestowed upon the groove-worthy re-mixers of the 21st century.

The result is this 14 track gem - a heart-stopping manifesto of love, beauty, rhythm and poetry. Had she been born 70 years later, there's little doubt that this is the kind of soulful sound Billie Holiday would have totally dug. Worlds colliding, indeed, but in the most beautiful way possible.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bakelite Express...40 Classic Nostalgia Rarities from the Hit Radio Series

Pack your bags, sit back, and take a ride on the Bakelite Express. A 40 track collection of some of the great, occasionally quirky, tunes of the 20's, 30's and 40's performed by the likes of Sinatra, Day, Garland, Fitzgerald, Astaire, Calloway, Ellington and Vallee as well as many others. With a lesser-known (and sometimes eccentric) supporting cast, there's no doubt that back in those days, they were really on to something.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox Remake of “Are You Gonna be My Girl" featuring Addie Hamilton

Post Modern Jukebox's latest release: Addie Hamilton – who describes herself as “your grandma’s best friend” – in our swing remake of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl“.

"It took hearing her sing exactly one phrase before I determined that Addie was absolutely perfect for PMJ.  She’s truly an old soul, with a genuine love of all things vintage.  She’s also incredibly accomplished for someone that is not yet 21 years old; she’s been nominated for an Emmy Award as a songwriter, and works quite a bit as a model and set designer in her spare time." ...PMJ site 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

UK Retro Rockers The Bluejays cover of Buddy Holly's "Early In the Morning" featuring The Glamophones

Video of The Bluejays performing their cover of Buddy Holly's "Early In the Morning" featuring "The Glamophones".

The Bluejays formed in 2013 after years of performing together in West End rock ‘n’ roll theatre shows such as ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’, ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’.

Since then they have played hundreds of gigs all over the world offering the world’s finest vintage rock ‘n’ roll experience for any type of event – private parties, weddings, corporate functions, theatre press nights and festivals. Their set list is made up of hit after hit from the likes of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Ritchie Valens, Dion and many more and is guaranteed to have audiences up and dancing all evening.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rhythm of the Day...Red Nichols and His Five Pennies

Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader.

Over his long career, Nichols recorded in a wide variety of musical styles, and critic Steve Leggett describes him as "an expert cornet player, a solid improviser, and apparently a workaholic, since he is rumored to have appeared on over 4,000 recordings during the 1920's alone."

Nichols had good technique, could read music, and easily got session and studio work. In 1926 he and Miff Mole began a prodigious stint of recording with a variety of bands, most of them known as "Red Nichols and His Five Pennies". Very few of these groups were actually quintets; the name was simply a pun on "Nickel", since there were "five pennies" in a nickel. "That was only a number we tied in with my name", Nichols once explained. "We'd generally have eight or nine [musicians], depending on who was around for the session and what I was trying to do."

Nichols recorded over 100 sides for the Brunswick label under that band name. He also recorded under a number of other names, among them, The Arkansas Travelers, The California Red Heads, The Louisiana Rhythm Kings, The Charleston Chasers, Red and Miff’s Stompers, and Miff Mole and His Little Molers. Some weeks, Nichols and his bands were making 10–12 records a week.

His recordings of the late 1920's are regarded as the most progressive jazz of the period in both concept and execution, with widely-ranging harmonies and a balanced ensemble.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Dick Haymes...Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Dick Haymes was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1918. He became a vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood, on radio, and in films throughout the 1940's/1950's.

Though never achieving the immensely popular status of fellow baritone crooners like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Perry Como, Haymes was nonetheless just as respected for his musical ability. On September 3, 1942, Sinatra introduced Haymes on radio as Sinatra's replacement in the Tommy Dorsey band. Prior to joining Dorsey's group, Haymes sang with the Harry James orchestra.

In 1945 Haymes co-starred with Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine in the musical State Fair. He teamed with female vocalist Helen Forrest for many hit duets during World War Two, including "Together," "I'll Buy That Dream," and "Long Ago and Far Away"; he sang with Judy Garland on two Decca recordings of songs from the film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, in which he appeared with Betty Grable.

He paired repeatedly with the Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on a dozen or so Decca collaborations, including the Billboard hit "Teresa," "Great Day," "My Sin," and a 1952 rendering of the dramatic ballad "Here in My Heart," backed by the sisters and Nelson Riddle's lush strings. His duets with Patty Andrews were also well received, both on Decca vinyl and on radio's Club Fifteen with the sisters, which he hosted in 1949 and 1950. He also joined Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters for 1947 session that produced the Billboard hit "There's No Business Like Show Business," as well as "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." His popular renditions of tender ballads such as "Little White Lies" and "Maybe It's Because" were recorded with celebrated arranger Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Ma Cherie Amour...Essential French Crooners...40 Popular Chansons

This 40 track collection of French chansonniers will take you back to the heady days of the early to mid 20th Century when the cafes of Paris were alive with singing and dancing and the celebrated Rive Gauche was the place to be. 

This selection of singers and their trademark songs featuring Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, will explain why French popular music of the period continues to exert an enduring appeal.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

So Rare 2 A second selection by Barry Humphries of his favourite gramophone records and songs

If you enjoyed the first instalment in this series (see previous post here) then this second volume will please you even more. 51 tracks of classic nostalgia from the 1920's, 30's and 40's with artists such as Anne Shelton, Bing Crosby, Kay Thompson, Greta Keller, Dick Todd, "Hutch", Chick Henderson, Comedy Harmonists, Al Bowlly, Fats Waller and a host of others.

So wind up that gramophone, sit back in your favourite armchair in front of an open fire, and just cast yourself back to those times when these tunes were the hits of their day.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti 1920's and 1930's Sides Volumes One and Two

Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti were masters of their instruments (guitar and violin, respectively). They were pioneers in the "string swing" type of jazz, almost a decade before Django and Stephane Grappelli started doing it over in France (admitting to have been influenced by Lang and Venuti). Only a few of the selections on these two discs are popular tunes of the day, most of the others are compositions of those performing (and it's not just Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang--we also hear Jimmy Dorsey, Frankie Trumbauer, Rube Bloom, Adrian Rollini, and some others on some of the "Blue Four" tracks). These recordings were ahead of their time, and they hold up remarkably well today.

Thanks to the excellent remastering by John R. T. Davies, the recordings sound fresher than other re-issues. Joe Venuti's high-pitched harmonics come through sparkling clear as a bell, and Adrian Rollini's bass sax is so warm and rounded, it's the best thing we have to hearing the group perform live. Most of the tracks on the disc have the same overall texture. If you like one, you'll like 'em all. 

Disc: 1
  1. Black And Blue Bottom - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
  2. Stringing The Blues - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
  3. Stringing The Blues - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
  4. Wild Cat - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
  5. Sunshine - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
  6. Doin' Things - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti/Arthur Schutt
  7. Goin Places - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti/Arthur Schutt
  8. Kickin' The Cat
  9. Beatin' The Dog
  10. Cheese And Crackers
  11. A Mug Of Ale
  12. Penn Beach Blues - Joe Venuti/Don Murray/Frank Signorelli/Eddie Lang/Justin Ring
  13. Four String Joe - Joe Venuti/Don Murray/Frank Signorelli/Eddie Lang/Justin Ring
  14. Dinah
  15. The Wild Dog
  16. The Man From The South
  17. Pretty Trix
  18. Doin' Things
  19. Wild Cat
  20. The Blue Room
  21. A Sensation

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Disc: 2
  1. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  2. Goin' Home
  3. Runnin' Ragged (Bamboozlin' The Bassoon)
  4. Apple Blossoms
  5. Raggin' The Scale
  6. Put And Take
  7. Put And Take
  8. The Wild Dog
  9. Really Blue
  10. I've Found A New Baby
  11. Sweet Sue-Just You
  12. Pardon Me Pretty Baby
  13. Little Girl
  14. Little Buttercup (I'll Never Be The Same)
  15. Tempi Di Modernage
  16. There's No Other Girl - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys
  17. Now That I Need You You're Gone - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys
  18. The Wolf Wobble - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys
  19. To To Blues - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys
  20. Doin' Things - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys
  21. Wild Cat - Joe Venuti's Rhythm Boys

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Friday, October 2, 2015

UK Jazz Singer Bexi Owen Using Music and Original Vintage Memorabilia for Dementia Project

Jazz starlet Bexi Owen has recorded her velvet voice in aid of a very worthy cause - to raise funds for her dementia project. Bexi started the project at the start of the year to help those with dementia. Entitled 'Forget Me Never' it aims to use music and authentic vintage memorabilia in order to help with memory function and encourage social interaction.

Bexi explains, "I started the project after singing at a wartime memorial event and seeing how amazingly members of the audience who had dementia responded to the music. So I decided to set up on my own, delivering sessions at community centres across the country."

"When raising initial funds I set up a crowdfunding campaign and played an accompanying live tour, the support for both was overwhelming and so many people got in touch with their own stories. To keep the project going I thought it might be a nice idea to record some of the jazz classics that I sing during the sessions so I did!"

As well at the project, Bexi has been very much in demand with recent shows in Switzerland and Spain as well as performing at many festivals and the National Vintage Awards which she was named Best Performer at in 2013.

For more information about the project and Bexi's music, please go to www.bexiowen.co.uk or www.facebook.com/bexiowen 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peggy Lee and George Shearing...Beauty and the Beat!

Beauty and the Beat! is a mostly live (yes, mostly live) album by the great Peggy Lee with the equally talented George Shearing at the piano. It's interesting that they recorded introductions to these songs after the live concert was recorded. However, despite this unusual feature this disc is extremely pleasing to the ear. Peggy sounds just great here and George plays his piano wonderfully. We also get two bonus tracks that apparently were not on the record album release of this recording; Peggy and George perform "Nobody's Heart" and "Don't Ever Leave Me."

For decades we've been listening to the live-in-concert "Beauty and the Beat" and hearing a studio project with applause, announcements and low volume audience chatter dubbed in. Now all the distractions have been removed, along with the echoey sound necessary to make it all sound live, and what we have is a beautiful, detailed collection with great depth never before apparent. In the previous version Peggy sounded like she was socking it over to an enthusiastic audience; now, with the very same recordings, she sounds intimate and close. Shearing sounds the same--totally engaging and delightful.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Robert Crumb's Heroes of Jazz, Blues and Country

Anyone who knows R. Crumb’s work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to mid 1980's. 

They have been packaged together in book form, along with an exclusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself (featuring original recordings by Charley Patton, “Dock” Boggs, “Jelly Roll” Morton, and others). A bio of each musician is provided, along with a full-color original illustration by the cartoonist. A characteristically idiosyncratic tribute by an underground icon to the musical innovators who helped inspire him, R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country is a must-have collection for Crumb aficionados, comics fans, and music lovers alike.


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