Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Legendary Big Band Singers...various artists

This 1994 release comes from the Jazz label GRP Records(GRP became an abbreviation for Great Records Period). With one exception, the opening track by Cab Calloway which was recorded in 1931 on the Brunswick label, it covers a wide range of Decca recordings artists from 1936 to 1951, some of the tracks are quite rare. The line-up on this collection speaks for itself. All the greats are here giving an insight to the talent that was available to the big bands of the era.

1. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
2. Thanks A Million - Louis Armstrong
3. The Melody Man - Sy Oliver
4. Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Pha Terrell
5. Wham - June Richmond
6. Sent For You Yesterday - Jimmy Rushing
7. Sing For Your Supper - Helen Humes
8. Vol Visit Du Gaily Star - Bon Bon
9. Blues To The Lonely - Jack Teagarden
10. Green Eyes - Helen O'Connell & Bob Eberle
11. Hootie Blues - Walter Brown
12. Trouble In Mind - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
13. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - Ella Fitzgerald
14. Blues In The Night - Woody Herman
15. You Always Hurt The One You Love - Kay Starr
16. Blow Top Blues - Dinah Washington
17. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton
18. I Wish I Knew - Little Johnny Scott
19. Since I Fell For You - Ella Johnson
20. What Will I Tell My Heart - Arthur Prysock

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Best of The Mills Brothers

The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed as The Four Mills Brothers, were an American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

1. You Always Hurt The One You Love
2. Lazy River
3. Someday
4. Paper Doll
5. Put Another Chair At The Table
6. Dedicated To You
7. Georgia On My Mind
8. F.D.R Jones
9. Lazy Bones
10. Sweet Georgia Brown
11. Stardust
12. Limehouse Blues
13. Love Bug Will Bite You
14. It Don't Mean A Thing
15. Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland
16. Pennies From Heaven
17. Dinah
18. Shine
19. Shoe Shine Boy
20. Nagasaki
21. Some Of These Days
22. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
23. Across The Alley From The Alamo
24. I'll Be Around
25. Goodbye Blues

Monday, April 1, 2013

Scott Joplin ... The All-Time Ragtimer

Scott Joplin (1867–1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.

Joplin's music was rediscovered and returned to popularity in the early 1970s with the release of a million-selling album of Joplin's rags recorded by Joshua Rifkin, followed by the Academy Award–winning movie "The Sting", which featured several of his compositions, such as "The Entertainer". The opera "Treemonisha" was finally produced in full to wide acclaim in 1972. In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

This 35 track compilation features the finest Ragtime numbers from the legendary composer including "Maple Leaf Rag", "Elite Syncopations" and "The Entertainer".