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    Henry Mancini: Lola Albright

    Written by Marc Myers

    Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:42

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    Henry Mancini didn't arrange too many albums for non movie-soundtrack singers. Doing so wasn't his bag, since he felt his music was enchanting enough to stand on its own. He also didn't have the time, given his TV and movie scoring schedule. But he made a handful of exceptions in the late 1950s, when he had a spare few hours to do singers a favor. There were two Mancini-arranged 45s produced by Verve in 1957 for singer Linda Lawson (Somehow, More Than Ever, Salty Salty Is The Sea and Never Like This). There also were two painful novelty albums—Edie Adams' Music to Listen to Records By (1959) and Terribly Sophisticated Songs: A Collection of Unpopular Songs for Popular People (1958), featuring a batch of unremarkable tunes and singers with music arranged by Mancini without a credit.

    Home-gallery-images-1The only vocal album arranged by Mancini during this period that remains truly remarkable is Lola Albright's Dreamsville (1959).

    Birth of the Cool: 2009

    Written by Marc Myers

    Friday, 03 February 2017 12:55

    55ca07b9dafa5d7fd6f42d70a048eTo fully appreciate how seductive and spectacular Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool recordings were in 1949 and '50, you actually have to see the music being played.

    They Didn't Believe Me

    Written by Marc Myers

    Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:24

    Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 9.29.58 PMJust before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Herbert Reynolds and Jerome Kern wrote the words and music to a most enduring song—They Didn't Believe Me. Composed for the Broadway musical The Girl From Utah, the song was one of five that were added to the show when it came over from Britain.

    Dardanelle: Piano, Vibes + Voice

    Written by Marc Myers

    Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:35

    Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 8.05.01 PMBefore Beyoncé, Madonna and Cher, there was Dardanelle.

    Chet Baker: Cold Trumpet

    Written by Marc Myers

    Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:49

    HqdefaultIn 1959, trumpeter Chet Baker was in Europe touring and recording.

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