Monday, October 13, 2014

Music from "The Man With The Golden Arm" by Elmer Bernstein

The 1955 Otto Preminger film, The Man With The Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra, featured a riveting score written by Elmer Bernstein. The jazz sequences were arranged and performed by Shorty Rogers and His Giants with Shelly Manne on drums. Shorty plays a mean flugelhorn on the menacingly intense, "Frankie Machine."
Here is the "A" side of this Decca Extended Play (EP) 45.

"Frankie Machine"


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Earl Bostic - "Where Or When"

The 1956 version of "Where or When" features Bostic growling through the mid-range of his alto sax behind a heavy backbeat and loud bass and it is a marked departure from his approach to the same tune recorded on Gotham in 1947 which showed off his sweet "singing' in the upper register with barely audible percussion. Bostic proved that saxophone instrumentals could climb the hit charts and other saxists with hits including Boots Randolph and Stanley Turrentine have acknowledged his influence.
Great stuff from a man who passed away too soon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dion - "He'll Only Hurt You"

I posted the plug side, "Ruby Baby" a couple years ago. I never really listened to this one much as a kid. It was too slow and sappy. I think it sounds a bit like Roy Orbison. Anyway, here it is in all it's teenage heartbreak glory, "He'll Only Hurt You"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cannonball Adderley - "Blue Brass Groove"

Way back in May of 2011, I posted the B-side of this 45 and am happy to finally share the other side. This was another one that dad bought for the flip and I did not hear "Blue Brass Groove" much until more recently and I must say that I love it. It has such an uplifting feeling when I listen to it.
Both of these songs were included on Adderley's 1961 album, African Waltz.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boots Randolph - "Windy And Warm"

Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007) was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit "Yakety Sax" (which became Benny Hill's signature tune). Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville Sound" for most of his professional career.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bill Doggett - "Blue Largo"

Here is another smokey flavored nugget from the legendary Bill Doggett, whose multi Gold Record break thru 1956 crossover r&b instrumental mega hit, "Honky Tonk" set in motion the use of the jazz organ as an essential lead instrument for pop and jazz combos. Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Mc Griff all followed the door that Bill Doggett opened.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bill Black's Combo - "Josephine"

Sorry I have not been posting much lately. I have been busy with a lot of things this summer, but will try and get back to more regular postings. I have plenty more things to share with you. Like this one.

I have always preferred instrumental tunes and Bill Black's Combo was a sound I dug from day one as a boy. Here is his 1960 single "Josephine." I posted the B-side to it three years ago. "Josephine" was one of eight songs by the combo that placed in the Top 40 between 1959 and 1962.