Saturday, 30 August 2014

LP Artwork: Lee Wiley Sings Rodgers & Hart

One of Lee Wiley's best albums, originally released as a 10" album, with Ruby Braff, Jimmy Jones, Bill Pemberton, Jo Jones. Eight tracks: My Heart Stood Still / You Took Advantage of Me / My Romance / Glad to Be Unhappy / Mountain Greenery / My Funny Valentine / It Never Entered My Mind / Give It Back to the Indians.

For its 1956 re-release, four tracks (recorded later and with different personnel) were added: Thou Swell, Spring Is Here, Lover and the song included in this week's playlist, A Ship Without a Sail.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

LP Artwork: Ramblin' Rose

One of Nat King Cole's 1962 releases on Capitol Records was Ramblin' Rose. In the good old days, this would herald a few accompanying EP releases and singles from the album (as shown here).

Arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks, Ramblin' Rose reached No 2 in the Billboard charts and the single sold over a million copies.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

LP Artwork: Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It)

One of the first Ella Fitzgerald albums I bought with my hard-earned pocket money. And one of only two Ella releases on Reprise Records.

With more contemporary arrangements by Gerald Wilson, and produced by Norman Granz, the featured soloists were typical of the top-drawer line up that befits a singer of Ella's standing (Harry "Sweets" Edison, JJ Johnson, Joe Sample, Victor Feldman, Ernie Watts, etc).

Friday, 22 August 2014

Series 3, Program 4


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole: Ramblin' Rose
Misty Roses - Irene Kral: Second Chance
Roses of Picardy - Bobby Darin: Oh! Look at Me Now
The Rose - Bette Midler: The Rose (Soundtrack)
One Dozen Roses - The Mills Brothers: One Dozen Roses
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Wayne Newton: Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Honeysuckle Rose - Maxine Sullivan: A Tribute to Andy Razaf
Lollipops and Roses - Perry Como: By Request
Second Hand Rose - Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl (Soundtrack)
Bouquet of Roses - Vic Damone: Country Love Songs
Days of Wine and Roses - Ella Fitzgerald: Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It)
American Beauty Rose - Frank Sinatra: Come Swing with Me!
Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie/Everything's Coming Up Roses - Rosemary Clooney: Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie
Hot-House Rose - Lee Wiley: Cole Porter Songs By Lee Wiley
Love and the Rose (O Amor e a Rose) - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova
La Vie en Rose - Marlene Dietrich: In London
Mighty Like a Rose - Mark Murphy: This Could Be the Start of Something
A Rose Is Still a Rose - Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose
Georgia Rose - Carmen McRae: By Special Request (bonus track)

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

LP Artwork: Give Him the Ooh-La-La

I have to admit to being more than partial to album artwork from the Verve catalogue. And in keeping with this week's All Things French theme, here we have Blossom Dearie's Give Him the Ooh-La-La, recorded in September 1957.

Of course, Verve founder and impresario, Norman Granz, was a serious art lover. Indeed, he later sold his collection of Picasso paintings to fund his last label - Pablo Records - a decade after he'd sold Verve to MGM.

Pablo was launched in 1973 with a lavish 3-LP boxed set entitled, Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic - recorded at a special concert notable for its line-up including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey and Roy Eldridge.

Top 10 for Todd's Turntable

Where are you listening? The top ten countries are currently:

1  UK
2  USA
3  Russia
4  Germany
5  Netherlands
6  France
7  Spain
8  Ukraine
9  Sweden
10  Brazil

Saturday, 16 August 2014

LP Artwork: You've Got a Date with the Blues

This week, Todd's Turntable is all about France and things French: destinations, performers and composers - especially Michel Legrand

The opening track is Vous M'Eblouissez, sung by Helen Merrill. To many, it will be better known as You Go to My HeadIt comes from her 1959 album for the Metrojazz label, You've Got a Date with the Blues, which features arrangements by Quincy Jones.

Series 3, Program 3


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

You Go to My Head (Vous M'Eblouissez) - Helen Merrill: You've Got A Date With The Blues
I Love Paris - Long John Baldry: Looking at Long John B
Milord - Edith Piaf: single
La Vie en Rose - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
The Good Life - Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn with Horns
The Summer Knows - Frank Sinatra: Some Nice Things I've Missed
I Will Wait for You - Lena Horne & Michel Legrand: Lena & Michel
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life - James Tormé: Love for Sale
Autumn Leaves - Mel Tormé: At The Crescendo
Give Him the Ooh-La-La - Blossom Dearie: Give Him the Ooh-La-La
The Last Time I Saw Paris - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen and Five Trombones
C'es Si Bon - René Marie: I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Ertha Kitt)
C'est Magnifique - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
Summer Me, Winter Me - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
The Windmills of Your Mind - Mark Murphy: North Sea Jazz Sessions (Vol 5)
Watch What Happens - Peggy Lee: Big Spender

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

LP Artwork: Philadelphia

It's the first time I've included a Neil Young track on Todd's Turntable, and it has to be one of the most hauntingly sad songs ever written. The plaintive, yet resigned delivery is amazingly effective. 

Released in 1993 on the soundtrack album for the groundbreaking film, Philadelphia, it was going to be the theme song for the opening titles. However, on hearing the melancholic song for the first time, the director, Jonathan Demme, switched it to the ending.

Series 3, Program 2


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Calcutta - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans - Rosemary Clooney: Dedicated to Nelson
Sunday In New York - Bobby Darin: Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Chicago - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring '20s
Dayton, Ohio 1903 - Randy Newman: Sail Away
When In Rome - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Album 
I Love Paris - Esther Phillips: Confessin' the Blues
Kansas City - Mark Murphy: Mark Murphy's Hip Parade
First We Take Manhattan - Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat
Madrid - Nat King Cole: single 
Baltimore - Nina Simone: Baltimore
Houston - Dean Martin: Houston
It Happened In Monterey - Mel Tormé: Back In Town
My Cousin In Milwaukee - Ella Fitzgerald: The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook (Vol 2)
Philadelphia - Neil Young: Philadephia (Soundtrack)
Istanbul - Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald: Swingin' with Bing: Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Monday, 4 August 2014

LP Artwork: Serene Renegade

One of the outstanding singers working today: René Marie. Her new album pays homage to songs associated with the late, great Ertha Kitt but the opening track in this week's show comes from her 2004 album, Serene Renegade.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Series 3, Program 1


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Hard Day's Night - René Marie: Serene Renegade
Walk On By - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
(You'd Be So) Easy to Love - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
It's Tomorrow's World - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love
Reminiscing In Tempo - James Tormé: Love for Sale
A Sleepin' Bee - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Night Mood
Everybody Knows - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain (The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen)
Where Do the Children Play? - Jess Abrams: Cat Stevens Reconstructed 
Stairway to the Stars - Toni Lincoln: Toni Lincoln
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Spencer Day: A Day's Work
I Get Along Without You Very Well - Clare Teal, Grant Windsor & Pee Wee Ellis: In Good Company
Make Someone Happy - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance of Maxine Sullivan - Vol 2 
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple: Pleasantville (Soundtrack) 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)