Sunday, 31 May 2015

LP Artwork: Carmen McRae & George Shearing/Two for the Road

This is the cover of the only album that jazz giants Carmen McRae and George Shearing made together, Two for the Road. It was released in 1980 and, sadly, was their only studio collaboration.

The song selected for this week's program is Ghost of Yesterday written by Irene Kitchings (aka Irene Wilson during her short, ill-fated marriage to pianist Teddy Wilson) and Arthur Herzog Jr. Together they penned the fine song, Some Other Spring, first recorded by McRae's idol, Billie Holiday.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

LP Artwork: Time and Place

Claire Martin's elegant release on Linn Records: Time and Place with innovative arrangements and superb accompaniment from her rhythm section (pianist - Gareth Williams, bassist - Jeremy Brown, drummer - Ben Reynolds), plus, blending their rich tones with Claire’s, The Montpellier Cello Quartet.

We recently played Claire's version of She's Leaving Home and, to fit with this week's theme, we have Joni Mitchell's Two Grey Rooms.

Series 4, Program 17


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

I’ve Got Your Number - Peggy Lee: In Love Again
One - Tony Bennett: The Complete Improv Recordings (Disc 1)
Two Grey Rooms - Claire Martin: Time & Place
Three Little Words - Nat King Cole: L-O-V-E
Four or Five Times - Sy Oliver: Jimmy Lunceford In Hi-Fi
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra: Come Swing with Me!
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga - Mel Tormé: Olé Tormé
Seven Shades of Snow - June Christy: This Time of Year
Eight Days On the Road - Aretha Franklin: Let Me In Your Life
Around About Half Past Nine - Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was a Moon
Ten Out of Ten - Mavis Rivers: Take a Number
Twelve Past Midnight - Margaret Whiting: Past Midnight !
It Was a Very Good Year - The Kingston Trio: Goin’ Places
Twenty Mile Zone - Dory Previn: On My Way to Where
Forty-Two - Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll: Lifejacket
99 Miles from LA - Nancy Sinatra: California Girl

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

Monday, 18 May 2015

LP Artwork: Yesterday I Heard the Rain & I Put a Spell On You

One of Tony Bennett's album releases on CBS in 1968, arranged and conducted by Torrie Zito who was Grammy nominated for his arrangement of the title song.

The melody for Yesterday I Heard the Rain was written by Mexican composer Armando Manzanero and English lyrics were added by Gene Lees.

Three years earlier, Nina Simone released what would become one of her best-selling albums: I Put a Spell On You which, in keeping with this week's theme, includes Tomorrow Is My Turn (L'Amour C'est Comme du Jour).

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Series 4, Program 16


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

A Hundred Years from Today - Lee Wiley: As Time Goes By
Tomorrow Is My Turn (L’Amour C’est Comme un Jour) - Nina Simone: I Put a Spell On You
Yesterday - The Beatles: Help! (Mono Remaster)
Yesterday I Heard the Rain - Tony Bennett: Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Save Your Sorrow for Tomorrow - Peggy Lee: Trav’lin’ Light
Chicken Today and Feathers Tomorrow - Lee Wiley: The Carnegie Hall Concert
It’s Today - Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag
Reach for Tomorrow - Ella Fitzgerald: Let No Man Write My Epitaph
There’s No Tomorrow - Dean Martin: Cha Cha de Amor
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Liane Carroll: Ballads
There’ll Be No Tomorrow - Carmen McRae & Dave Brubeck: Tonight Only!
It’s a Lovely Day Today - Astrud Gilberto: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
All My Tomorrows - Frank Sinatra: My Way
On a Wonderful Day Like Today - Lena Horne: Feelin’ Good
Yesterday When I Was Young - Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo: Watch What Happens!
Tomorrow Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life - Frank Sinatra Jr: Spice
Guess Who I Saw Today? - Nancy Wilson: The Nancy Wilson Show!

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

Sunday, 10 May 2015

LP Artwork: Carmen McRae Live at Sugar Hill, San Francisco

The song, Make Someone Happy, inspired the theme of this week's program. And the selected version is Carmen McRae's recording from her 1963 in-concert performance at Sugar Hill: Home of the Blues; a club in San Francisco opened a couple of years earlier by singer Barbara Dane.

She's accompanied by Norman Simmons (p), Victor Sproles (b) and Stu Martin (d).

It's a superb album with outstanding versions of Let There Be Love, It Never Entered My Mind, This Is All I Ask, I Left My Heart In San Francisco and, of course, Make Someone Happy.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Series 4, Program 15


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

Make Someone Happy - Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill, San Francisco
I Want to be Happy - Cleo Laine: All About Me
Happy Days Are Here Again - Mark Murphy: A Swingin’, Singin Affair
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Shirley Bassey: Love, Life and Feelings
Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe - Ella Fitzgerald: The Harold Arlen Songbook (Vol 2)
Stay with the Happy People - Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald: Swingin’ with Bing: Bing Crosby’s Lost Radio Performances (Disc 3)
This Happy Madness (Estrada Branca) - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra and Company
Get Happy - Claire Martin: Secret Love
Happy Feet - Dean Martin: Swingin’ Down Yonder
Happy Talk - Nancy Wilson: Nancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley
Happy Heart - Andy Williams: Happy Heart
Sometimes I’m Happy - Erin Dickins: Nice Girls
Happy End - Judy Collins: Hard Times for Lovers
Happy Anatomy - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Sing Duke Ellington
Sweet Happy Life - Peggy Lee: Guitars a la Lee
I’m Happy Just to Dance with You - The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (Soundtrack)
Put On a Happy Face - Blossom Dearie: May I Come In?
Oh, Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers: Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord

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

Saturday, 2 May 2015

LP Artwork: Songs for Swingin' Lovers! & Yesterday's Love Songs/Today's Blues

The opening and closing tracks for this week's edition of Todd's Turntable, celebrating 15 great arrangers, were released on Capitol Records.

Sinatra's seminal album, Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (with the original 1956 artwork) and one of Nancy Wilson's best releases, Yesterday's Love Songs/Today's Blues.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Series 4, Program 14


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

I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (Nelson Riddle)
It Ain’t Necessarily So - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Russell Garcia)
You’re Blasé - Ella Fitzgerald: Like Someone In Love (Frank De Vol)
Chicago - Sy Oliver: Sentimental Sy (Sy Oliver)
Kansas City - Peggy Lee: Blues Cross Country with The Quincy Jones Orchestra (Quincy Jones)
Fly Me to the Moon - Tony Bennett: If I Ruled the World/Songs for the Jet Set (Don Costa)
The Late, Late Show - Dakota Staton: The Late, Late Show (Van Alexander)
Dancing In the Dark - Diana Krall: The Look of Love (Claus Ogerman)
Solitary Moon - Shirley Horn: You’re My Thrill (Johnny Mandel)
In the Dark - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones (H B Barnum)
As Time Goes By - Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch of Schmilsson In the Night (Gordon Jenkins)
It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight - June Christy: June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days (Pete Rugolo)
There’ll Be Some Changes Made - Dinah Washington: Dinah (Hal Mooney)
Artificial Flowers - Bobby Darin: single (Dick Behrke)
The Song Is You - Nancy Wilson: Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues (Gerald Wilson)

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