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Artist:
Title:
Connor Sings - Kenton Swings
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

In February 1953, when Connor was singing on a live radio broadcast from the Roosevelt Hotel, June Christy (then vocalist for Stan Kenton’s band), was listening to the radio and heard her. By 1952, Kenton had rotated several female singers as replacements. In late 1952, Christy returned to the Kenton band for some sporadic engagements. When she informed Kenton again of her impending departure to pursue a solo career, she remembered Chris Connor and recommended her to Kenton. Connor auditioned and began touring and recording for the Stan Kenton band in February 1953. On February 11, 1953, Connor recorded her first sides with the Stan Kenton band. Her first song, “And The Bull Walked Around, Ole”, peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard music charts. Other songs recorded with the band were “Baia”, “Jeepers Creepers”, “If I Should Lose You”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and the song that would forever be associated with the vocalist, “All About Ronnie”. Additional songs Connor sang on the road (but never recorded with the band in studio) were “Taking A Chance On Love”, “Don’t Worry About Me”, “I’ll Remember April” and “There Will Never Be Another You”.

Artist:
Title:
Ballads & Blues
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

Whenever Milt Jackson could free himself from the 'bondage' of the Modern Jazz Quartet and its assertive leader John Lewis, he dedicated himself to his two great passions: ballads and the blues. That was precisely the case when he entered the famous Rudy van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA in 1956. He was free to choose his sidemen, and money was no object, which is why various formations gathered in the studio for the three recording sessions. With Lucky Thompson on the tenor sax (unfortunately for only three numbers), Barry Galbraith, Barney Kessel or Skeeter Best on the guitar, Oscar Pettiford or Percy Heath on the bass, together with Kenny Clarke or Lawrence Marable on the drums, he set off on a journey through the history of jazz. John Lewis stayed unobtrusively in the background and offered 'Bags' (as Milt was known) plenty of opportunities to glory in soloistic freedom. The themes were soon found: the musical composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as a work from The Duke Ellington Songbook, formed a basis upon which all the musicians could perform with confidence. Three compositions by Milt Jackson himself proved that he too was full of imagination. Recording: January 1956 in New York City by Tom Dowd and February 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, by Rudy Van Gelder Production: Nesuhi Ertegun

Artist:
Title:
Glenn Miller's Last Broadcast Re-created
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

In its wisdom the BBC did not retain any of the last three broadcasts which Major Glenn Miller recorded with his American Band of the AEF in Britain before it flew to Paris to entertain Allied troops on the Continent. However, we have very largely been able to reconstruct these radio broadcasts. The only songs missing are I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, Good Enough To Keep ( Air Mail Special) and It Had To Be You.

Artist:
Title:
Lost At Sea
Release Date: 11/14/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B22) $22.98 

The heirs apparent to the South OC punk scene make their LP debut after 16 years! The Pegs LP has finally arrived!

Artist:
Title:
Sings Rogers, Hart And Hammerstein
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

By the time Frank became a solo artist in late 1942, Rodgers and Hart’s partnership was in its last year. The Rodgers and Hart songs which Frank Sinatra sings on this CD span the years 1944 to 1953. In his book “A Rough Guide To Frank Sinatra” Chris Ingham points out “By 1947 it was clear that the old romantic tunes weren’t hitting the spot, or the charts, quite as they had in the war years, and there were concerted efforts by Sinatra to find a fresh musical approach. The era of Rodgers and Hammerstein overlapped with that of Rodgers and Hart, as “Oklahoma!” had opened at the St. James Theater, New York, on March 31st 1943. We hope you will enjoy listening to Frank Sinatra Singing “Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein”. Rodgers himself apparently thought of Sinatra as more of a Hart man than a Hammerstein man. The evidence of this CD contradicts Mr. Rodgers. Frank Sinatra was devoted to both lyricists.

Artist:
Title:
Blur
Release Date: 11/14/2018
Format: 12
List Price: (B26) $26.98 

Slowtrip is comprised of Tank (on bass) from Rotting Out, Martin (drums) from No Bragging Rights, John Alaimo (guitar/vocals) from The Greenery, and Dan Mayo (guitar) from The Greenery.

Artist:
Title:
White Lighter Myth
Release Date: 5/9/2018
Format: LP
List Price: (B33) $33.98 

White Lighter Myth is the label debut LP from Muskegan, MI trio, Southpaw. Jam packed with energetic pop-punk/rock fueled anthems, Southpaw have an incredible knack for writing catchy choruses all the while bringing truth and heartfelt lyrics to the forefront.

Artist:
Title:
Joe Meek Anniversary Album - Is That A Ship I Hear
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

Joe Meek will always be remembered as Britain’s first independent pop record producer, whose multi-million selling international No.1 hit record Telstar (which he also wrote) was the first record by a British pop band to make No.1 in the U.S.A., at Christmas 1962 - well over a year before the Beatles did so. Hailing from Newent in Gloucestershire, Joe had already engineered No.1 hits such as Frankie Vaughan’s Green Door, Anne Shelton’s Lay Down Your Arms and most of Lonnie Donegan’s skiffle hits in the mid to late-fifties before setting up his own independent label Triumph early in 1960, and then leasing his recordings, made in his homemade studio-cum-flat above a shop at No.304 Holloway Road in North London. He created “R.G.M. Sound” to deal with this - those being his real initials, Robert George Meek. This selection of recordings features Joe’s first work years as an independent record producer. On this CD there are more of his obscure recordings, many of which deserved to be hits too, and all of which in their original releases are very much sought-after collectors’ items today.

Artist:
Title:
Live In Tokyo
Release Date: 4/19/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B80) $80.98 

(2-LP set) The concert programme consisted of long medleys composed by Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, which were dissected and put together again with interplay between the rhythm group and the soloists. Wayne Shorter, who plays the tenor and soprano saxophone and the virtuoso Joe Zawinul, who loved to alternate between the acoustic and electric piano, were quite rightly awarded with frenetic applause from the audience. The most recognizable numbers are probably "Doctor Honoris Causa", (which Cannonball Adderley also often liked to perform this in public), and "Directions" (just listen once again to the version which Wayne Shorter recorded with Miles Davis!).

Artist:
Title:
Homemade Ice Cream
Release Date: 3/15/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B78) $78.98 

(2-LP set) You may or may not know of Tony Joe White, but we all know his two most famous songs &emdash; "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night In Georgia." This record is up to the standards of those great numbers. So soulful, humid, rich and textured. Or as Tony Joe would say, "It's swampy." And because it's such a classic, such a southern musical touchstone, we've gone and upped the ante &emdash; making this standout a 45 RPM double LP release. Veteran audiophiles know and hear the difference. With more LP real estate, inner groove distortion is reduced and tracking by your stereo cartridge is improved. That's a major sonic advantage! Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tape, this LP sounds phenomenal from the first note to the last fade out.


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