Month: August 2016

“Soft Winds” (1940) Erskine Hawkins

  “Soft Winds”  Composed by Benny Goodman? Fletcher Henderson? Charlie Christian?, arranged by Sammy Lowe. Recorded by Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel) and His Orchestra for RCA-Bluebird, November 6, 1940, New York City. Erskine Hawkins, trumpet, directing: Sammy Lowe, first trumpet; Wilbur “Dud” Bascomb, Marcellus Green, trumpets; Bob Range and Edward Sims, trombones; William […]

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Reads and re-reads No. 1. — Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer…Poet of American Popular Song I have found over time that my reading is very often directed by the music I have listened to recently. Last month, I rediscovered the marvelous Benny Goodman/Johnny Mercer recording of the novelty tune “Cookoo in the Clock.” BG recorded this on February 2, 1939 for RCA Victor at the […]

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Mosaic Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions

Mosaic Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie and Lester Young Studio Sessions First Impressions: Yesterday I received the new Mosaic set of recordings featuring Count Basie and Lester Young. Whenever I receive any set of Mosaic recordings, my anticipation is very high. I eagerly leaf through the 12-inch by 12-inch booklet first, looking at the photos. In […]

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“You Go to My Head” (1938) Jan Savitt & Carlotta Dale

  “You Go to My Head” composed by J. Fred Coots (music) and Haven Gillespie (lyric) Jan Savitt and His Top Hatters Recorded for RCA Bluebird in New York on August 25, 1938 Jan Savitt, directing: Jack Hansen, first and solo trumpet; Harold “Buddy”Kearns, Charles “Chick” Jensen, trumpets; Al Leopold, first trombone; Maurice “Moe” Evans, […]

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“Harlem Speaks” (1941) Charlie Barnet

“Harlem Speaks” Composed by Duke Ellington; arranged by Andy Gibson. Recorded by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra for RCA-Bluebird on August 14, 1941 in Hollywood, California. Charlie Barnet, alto saxophone, directing: Seymour “Sy” Baker, first trumpet; Bob Price,Bob Burnet, Micky Bloom, trumpets; Spud Murphy, Tommy Reo, Bill Robertson, Ford Leary, trombones; Ray Hopfner, Conn Humphries, […]

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