Saturday, 25 April 2015

LP Artwork: Anatomy of a Murder / Such Sweet Thunder

One of the instrumentals from Duke Ellington's score for the Hitchcock movie, Anatomy of a Murder, became a popular song for Peggy - after she added her rather quirky lyric with the title, I'm Gonna Go Fishin'.

Some years later, the talented singer, Lorraine Feather, followed in Miss Lee's footsteps by adding her own lyrics to some of Ellington's compositions. And to terrific effect, as demonstrated by the track in this week's program, Can I Call You Sugar (which was the new title to Sugar Rum Cherry).

Friday, 24 April 2015

Series 4, Program 13


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

Love You Madly - Mark Murphy: Memories of You - Remembering Joe Williams
Mood Indigo/I’m Beginning to See the Light - Lena Horne: Lena Horne at The Waldorf Astoria
Love Call (Creole Love Call) - Lorraine Feather: Café Society
Can I Call You Sugar - Lorraine Feather: Such Sweet Thunder
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore/I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Mel Tormé, George Shearing & Gerry Mulligan: The Classic Concert Live
I’m Just a Lucky So and So - Sarah Vaughan: Duke Ellington Songbook (Vol 1)
Rocks In My Bed - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Sing Ellington
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ - Peggy Lee: The Singles Collection 1958-1975 (Disc 4)
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) - Frank Sinatra: A Swingin’ Affair!
I’m Checking Out... Goombye - Rosemary Clooney with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Blue Rose
Sophisticated Lady - Billie Holiday: All Or Nothing At All
Reflections - Tony Bennett: Life Is Beautiful
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Thing) - Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Côte d'Azur Concerts (Disc 7)

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

Saturday, 18 April 2015

LP Artwork: The Astaire Story

During the golden age of Hollywood musicals, Fred Astaire introduced over 130 great songs - many written especially for him - by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and the Gershwins.

This week's show, entitled Fred Astaire Got There First, celebrates his influence with recordings by other artists. These are sandwiched between two by Mr Astaire himself, including our opening number, Cheek to Cheek, which was originally released in the impressive four-volume set, The Astaire Story.

Produced by Norman Granz, 38 tracks were released, and the line up including many of the stars of the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series: Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Alvin Stoller (d), Barney Kessel (g) along with Charlie Shavers (tp) and Flip Phillips (ts).

Friday, 17 April 2015

Series 4, Program 12


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

Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story (Vol 2)
A Foggy Day - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook
Change Partners - Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Pick Yourself Up - Diana Krall: When I Look In Your Eyes
Steppin’ Out With My Baby - Tony Bennett: Unplugged
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off - Mel Tormé: Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire
The Way You Look Tonight - Alison Burns: Kissing Bug
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - Vic Damone: The Liveliest
A Fine Romance - Oleg Frish & Melissa Manchester
Night and Day - Kat Edmonson: Take to the Sky
Dream Dancing - Denise Donatelli: In the Company of Friends
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Louis Armstrong: Louis Under the Stars
One for My Baby - Julie London: Your Number Please...
My One and Only - Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: When Lights Are Low 
Fascinating Rhythm - Sarah Vaughan: Viva! Vaughan
Puttin’ On the Ritz - Fred Astaire: The Complete London Sessions 

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

Saturday, 11 April 2015

LP Artwork: Swingin' On the Moon

Mel Tormé gets in on the lunar act during the early age of the space-race in the 1960s. But as it's a rainbow-themed show, and not about moon songs, his version of The Moon Was Yellow is in this week's edition.

Recorded over two days in August 1960, the arrangements for the album were by the exceptional talent that was Russell Garcia.

Series 4, Program 11


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

Sing a Rainbow - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
Blue Skies - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook
Cherry Red - Big Joe Turner: Boss of the Blues
Deep Purple - Janet Seidel: Moon of Manakoola
Orange Colored Sky - Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole Sings the Blues
I Used to Be Color Blind - Anite O'Day: Pick Yourself Up
Yellow Days - Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington: Francis A & Edward K
Colours Ran - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
The Moon Was Yellow - Mel Tormé: Swingin’ On the Moon
Gold Brazilian Sun - The Hi-Lo’s: The Hi-Lo’s Happen to Bossa Nova
Blue Turning Grey Over You - Maxine Sullivan: A Tribute to Andy Razaf
Pink Champagne - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones
Bein’ Green - Mark Murphy: Once To Every Heart
Red Top - King Pleasure & Betty Carter: King Pleasure Sings
When the Wind Was Green - Eydie Gormé: Love Is a Season
Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree - Bing Crosby: single
I’m Painting the Town Red - Carmen McRae: For Lady Day (Vol 2)

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

Monday, 6 April 2015

LP Artwork: On Her Majesty's Secret Service / We Have All the Time In the World

Our world-themed program this week features the wonderful recording by Louis Armstrong that was the secondary theme for the 1969 Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The song, We Have All the Time In the World was also released as a single (with various artwork).

The title is taken from the book's text, being Bond's final words, spoken after his wife's death. Sadly, Armstrong was too ill to play trumpet on the session.

Series 4, Program 10


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

Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World 'Cause That's Where Everything Is - Ella Fitzgerald: Rhythm Is My Business
Sittin' On Top Of The World - Ray Charles: The Greatest Collection
I’m Sittin' On Top Of The World - Dean Martin: Sittin' On Top Of The World
It’s Tomorrow’s World - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love
Around the World - Nat King Cole: The Unforgettable Nat Cole Sings The Great Songs!
Out of This World - Norma Winstone: Somewhere Called Home
Half the Perfect World - Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands - Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli: Live at The London Palladium
It’s a Blue World - Mel Tormé: It’s a Blue World
What the World Needs Now - Lena Horne: Soul
We Have All the Time In the World - Louis Armstrong: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Soundtrack)
Nothing In the World - Dinah Washington: What a Diff’rence a Day Makes!
It’s a Wonderful World - Irene Kral & the Junior Mance Trio: The Bridges of Madison County (Soundtrack)
World Weary - Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: When Lights Are Low
A World Without You - Bobby Darin: I Wanna Be Around
When the World Was Young - Blossom Dearie: Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott’s
The Most Beautiful Girl In the World - Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night

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