Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Fugitives - "Fugitive"

Remember this great post from 2011? Well here finally is the flip side to Freeway.
"Fugitive" by The Fugitives!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Four Tops - "I Can't Help Myself"

My introduction to the Motown sound of Detroit, came by way of this record from dad's black plaid box.
This song was one of two #1 hits the The Four Tops had in the mid-60s. The other being "Reach Out, I'll Be There." Both songs were penned by the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

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.