Sunday, 29 November 2015

December 2015: Sinatra Centennial editions

As we speed towards the end of 2015, there's one date in the calendar that will trigger a lot of radio play for the one and only Francis Albert Sinatra.

Born on December 12th, 1915, the legendary entertainer's birthday this year is particularly significant. As a lifelong Sinatra fan, I am looking forward to presenting four special editions of Todd's Turntable marking this occasion.

Watch this space, and please tune into Todd's Turntable for a celebration of some of the best recordings by one of the greatest interpreters of popular song the world has ever known.

Todd Gordon

Saturday, 28 November 2015

LP Artwork: McCartney

In the spring of 1970, I'd saved up my pocket money to buy the eagerly-awaiting first solo album by Paul McCartney. I think it cost, in old British money, 39 shillings and sixpence in those days (just under £2/$3.50).

One of the instantly appealing tracks was Every Night. It makes its way nicely into this week's show theme: Night Time.

Series 6, Program 4


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

Blues In the Night (Parts 1 & 2) - Billy May & His Orchestra featuring Trummy Young: Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi
I Could Have Danced All Night - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee
In the Still of the Night -Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
A Long Night - Frank Sinatra: She Shot Me Down
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - Salena Jones: Salena Sings Jobim with the Jobims
The Night We Called It a Day - Irene Kral: The Band and I
Black Night - Frank Sinatra Jr: Spice
A Hard Day’s Night - René Marie: Serenade Renegade
Deep Night - Vic Damone: Linger Awhile with Vic Damone
All Through the Night - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Song Book (Vol 1)
Every Night - Paul McCartney: McCartney
Night and Day - Elaine Delmar: Elaine Delmar Sings Cole Porter
Strangers In the Night - Wayne Newton: Song of the Year, Wayne Newton Style
I Don’t Want the Night to End - Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow
This Is My Night to Dream - Jackie Paris: The Jackie Paris Sound

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

Monday, 23 November 2015

LP Artwork: Born On a Friday

A Dame and a Knight... One of my favourite Cleo Laine albums, and the only one produced by the 'fifth Beatle' - Sir George Martin. In addition, some terrific arrangements and playing from the late, great Sir John Dankworth.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Series 6, Program 3


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

When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Nat King Cole: Love Is Here to Stay
On Green Dolphin Street - Carmen McRae: At The Great American Music Hall (Vol 1)
Basin Street Blues - Shirley Horn: I Remember Miles
The 59th Street Bridge Song - Johnny Hartman: I’ve Been There
Streets of London - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Easy Street - Julie London: Julie Is Her Name
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty: City to City
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Dinah Washington: In the Land of Hi-Fi
Peachtree Street - Frank Sinatra & Rosemary Clooney: The Columbia Years (1943-1952)/The Complete Recordings (Vol 11)
On the Street Where You Live - Jacqui Dankworth: Detour Ahead
Lonely Street - Helen Carr: Why Do I Love You?
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet - Tony Bennett: Unplugged
Dark End of the Street - Aretha Franklin: This Girl’s In Love with You
Street Beater (Sanford & Son Theme) - Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at The Santa Monica Civic ’72
Forty Second Street - Mel Tormé: Mel Tormé Sings Sunday In New York

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

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Now that's what I call a line up!

The closing track on this week's program is C-Jam Blues with a truly stellar line up: Ella Fitzgerald jamming with, in sequence, Count Basie, Al Grey, Stan Getz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Roy Eldridge.

Recorded in concert at the Santa Monica Civic in 1972, the 3-LP boxed set was the first released on Norman Granz's then-new label, Pablo Records.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Count Basie

This week's theme features recordings by wonderful singers with arguably the best swing band ever: Count Basie and His Orchestra.

Photo: Heinrich Klaffs

Series 6, Program 2


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

After You’ve Gone - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
I Want a Little Girl - Billy Eckstine & Count Basie: Basie/Eckstine Incorporated
She’s a Woman Count Basie & Sammy Davis Jr: Our Shining Hour
Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe - Keely Smith: Keely Swings Basie-Style with Strings
Lazy River - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: The Board of Directors
Smack Dab In the Middle - Count Basie & Joe Williams: Count Basie at Newport
The Long and Winding Road - Ray Charles & Count Basie Orchestra: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Flip, Flop, Fly - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
Lover Man - Sarah Vaughan & Count Basie: The Roulette Years
Everything Is Beautiful - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ‘n Basie
Until I Met You (aka Corner Pocket) - Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra 
Where Are You? - Arthur Prysock & Count Basie: Arthur Prysock/Count Basie
C-Jam Blues - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie with guest soloists: Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic

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

Monday, 9 November 2015

LP Artwork: That Was Then, Now Is Now

This week's program includes the lovely rendition of The Shadow of Your Smile which featured on the 1965 compilation album, That Was Then, Now Is Now.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Series 6, Program 1


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

Heard-Hearted Hannah - Ella Fitzgerald: Pete Kelly's Blues (Soundtrack)
The Shadow of Your Smile - Peggy Lee: That Was Then, This Is Now
Just In Time - Dean Martin: This Time, I'm Swingin'
It Had Better Be Tonight - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge - Vol 2
Moon River - The Four Freshmen: In Person - Vol 2
Moonlight Serenade - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra
Seems Like Old Times - Diane Keaton: Annie Hall (Soundtrack)
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin
I Won't Dance - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story - Vol 1
Change Partners - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
That Old Black Magic - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
The Rhythm of Life - Sammy Davis Jr: Sweet Charity (Soundtrack)
Maybe This Time - Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
The Windmills of Your Mind - Mark Murphy: North Sea Jazz Sessions - Vol 5

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

Thursday, 5 November 2015

LP Artwork: High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

This week's Halloween theme includes the highly talented trio of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. They provide one of the spookiest of tracks in the program, complete with some of the most ghoulish scat singing you'll ever hear!

Halloween Spooks was recorded with the Ike Isaacs Trio and released in 1962 on the group's album, High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.