Saturday, 29 April 2017

LP Artwork: I've Got the Music In Me / Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker

When I was buying my first proper hi-fi back in the mid 1970s, this was the album that the specialist was using for demonstration purposes.

It was released in 1975 on the Sheffield Lab label who specialised in direct-to-disc recordings.

The band featured seasoned jazz/fusion session musicians such as Larry Carlton and Tom Scott, and the track included in this week's program, Don't Misunderstand, remains one of my personal favourites.

This great ballad was written by the multi-talented Gordon Parks who was, as well as a songwriter, a gifted photographer (working for LIFE Magazine and Vogue) and film maker (The Learning Tree, Shaft, etc).

Repeat (originally broadcast October 2016)


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

Everybody Says Don’t - Barbara Cook: Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim/Live at Carnegie Hall
Don’t Rain On My Parade - Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag
You Don’t Know Me - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
I Don't Care Who Knows (Baby I'm Yours) - Sammy Davis Jr: The Capitol Years
Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) - Aretha Franklin: Single
No, I Don’t Want Her - Nat King Cole: Where Did Everyone Go?
Why Don’t You Do Right - Shirley Horn: You’re My Thrill
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at The Sands
Don’t Wait Too Long - Blossom Dearie: May I Come In?
I Don’t Know - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones
I Don’t Care - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Sings Showstoppers
Honey Don’t - The Beatles: Beatles for Sale
Don’t Let It Bother You - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance Of Maxine Sullivan - Vol 2
Don’t Stay - Michael Dees: The Michael Dees Affair
Don’t Misunderstand - Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker: I’ve Got the Music In Me
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone - Dean Martin: This Time I’m Swingin’
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing - Carmen McRae & Cal Tjader: Heat Wave
Don't Know If I'm Comin' Or Goin’ - Billie Holiday: The Real Billie Holiday

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel

Friday, 21 April 2017

Series 6, Prog 14

WELL VERSED: celebrating the well-written verse
Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Johnny Mercer: Personality
I Remember You - Nat King Cole: Touch of Your Lips
The Man I Love - Carmen McRae: Can’t Hide Love
There’s No Business Like Show Business - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra and Sextet/Live In Paris
‘S Wonderful - Susannah McCorkle: Most Requested Songs
The Folks Who Live On the Hill - Sammy Davis Jr: Sammy Davis Jr Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays
I Want to be Happy - Cleo Laine: All About Me
Over the Rainbow - Tony Bennett: Here’s to the Ladies
Stardust - Daniel Nahmod: Jazz Audiophile Voices
After You’ve Gone - Dinah Washington: Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith
What’ll I Do - Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch of Schmilsson In the Night
What Is This Thing Called Love - Sue Raney: All By Myself
For All We Know - Billie Holiday: Lady In Satin
Anything Goes - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Loves Cole

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

Monday, 17 April 2017

LP Artwork: Helen O'Connell/Here's Helen

One of the most infectious songs ever, in my opinion, must be Helen O'Connell's big band swing version of I've Got a Feelin' You're Fooling' - the closing track on this week's show.

You hear it, and it's really hard not to start humming it over, and over, and over!!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Series 9, Prog 13


I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling - Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats
Feelin’ Good - Lena Horne: Feelin’ Good
Once More With Feeling - Billy Eckstine: Once More With Feeling
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Nancy Wilson: Today - My Way
That Old Feeling - Frank Sinatra: Nice ’n’ Easy
I Have the Feeling I’ve Been Here Before - Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love
It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling - Carmen McRae: A Whole Lot of Human Feeling
That Funny Feeling - Bobby Darin: Ultra Lounge Artists Series/Bobby Darin
Feelings - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976 (Disc 2)
The Feeling of Jazz - Susannah McCorkle: The People That You Never Get to Love
Feelin’ Sad - Ray Charles: The Genius Sings The Blues
I’ve Got Those Feelin’ Too Good Today Blues - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
Feelin’ Lowdown - Andy Bey: Tuesdays In Chinatown
I Miss That Old Time Feeling - Sheila Jordan & Harvie Swartz: Old Time Feeling
The Feeling Sublime - Angeline Morrison: Are You Ready Cat?
I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ - Helen O’Connell: Here’s Helen

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

Monday, 10 April 2017

LP Artwork: Carmen McRae/I'm Coming Home Again

One of the strangest album covers in my collection belongs to the 1978 release from Carmen McRae. Originally on the Buddha label, it seems to represent a New York tenement window with a fire burning behind. I presume that this was to suggest a warm glow; instead it looks as though the apartment is on fire!

It has been re-released on other labels but with unimaginative, albeit less surreal, artwork. The best is the (third from the bottom) Trio Records repackaging.

One wonders if sales might have been better with  a cover design that was more inviting...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

LP Artwork: Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent/Songbook

The new album from singer/lyricst Georgia Mancio and composer/pianist Alan Broadbent opens with the The Journey Home - one of twelve brand new songs written by this talented pair. And that track has provided the inspiration for the theme of this week's program.

The illustrations for the album cover and sleeve notes are by West Yorkshire-based artist, Simon Manfield.

Series 9, Prog 12


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

The Journey Home - Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent: Songbook
Comin’ Home Baby - Mel Tormé: Comin’ Home Baby!
Home (With You) - Dena DeRose: A Walk In the Park
Come In From the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
Why Do the Wrong People Travel? - Elaine Stritch: At Liberty
It’s Nice to Go Trav’ling (But Oh So Nice to Come Home) - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me
I’ll Be Home - Lee Wiley: Back Home Again
Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home - Shirley Horn: I Remember Miles
Home Again - Christine Tobin & Liam Noble: Tapestry Unravelled
Gotta Travel On - The Hi-Lo’s: The Hi-Lo’s Happen to Folk Songs
I’m Coming Home Again - Carmen McRae: I’m Coming Home Again
Sentimental Journey - Sue Raney: A Tribute to Doris Day/Heart’s Desire
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Nat King Cole
Bring It on Home to Me - Aretha Franklin: Soul ’69

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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Spring Is Here

Series 9, Prog 11

Series 9, Prog 11


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

It’s Anybody’s Spring - Lena Horne: Songs by Burke & Van Heusen
It Might As Well Be Spring - Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart: Love Is Here to Stay
Another Spring - Sammy Davis Jr: That’s All
A Fine Spring Morning - Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most - Ian Shaw: A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman)
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year - Carol Sloane: We’ll Meet Again
Spring Is Here - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
They Say It’s Spring - Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was a Moon
Spring Won’t Be Around This Season - Teddi King: Storyville Presents Miss Teddi King
Spring, Spring, Spring - Elaine Delmar: But Beautiful
You Must Believe In Spring - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Together Again
Some Other Spring - Billie Holiday: The Lady Sings
Suddenly It’s Spring - June Christy: The Intimate Miss Christy

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