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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 January 2012

Russell pays tribute to singer Barbara Lea and trombonist/arranger Bob Brookmeyer, who both departed over the holiday season.

We hear Barbara treating a rare Cole Porter item with reverence at the start of the programme and we close with her Pocketful Of Dreams, both with trumpeter Johnny Windhurst. And we celebrate Bob Brookmeyer's work as an instrumentalist (Trav'lin' Light with Big Miller and the Kansas City 7; and arranger for Ray Charles (Just For A Thrill) and Jack Teagarden (Tain't So, Honey).

Russell tips his hat to Dame Shirley Bassey, 75 today, with her version of Everything I Have Is Yours, before an exploration of Meet Me songs, triggered by one recorded on this day 80 years ago, which brings Ray Noble & Al Bowlly, The Mills Brother, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Susannah McCorkle into the mix.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga

    Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga The Lady Is A Tramp

    “Tony Bennett – Duets”

    Columbia, 6253

  • Image for Barbara Lea

    Barbara Lea Where Have You Been

    “Barbara Lea With The Johnny Windhurst 5”

    Original Jazz Classics, 00025218171328

  • Image for Bob Brookmeyer Quintet With Big Miller

    Bob Brookmeyer Quintet With Big Miller Trav'lin' Light

    “Mosaic Select: Bob Brookmeyer”

    Mosaic, MS 009 Disc 3

  • Image for Mildred Bailey

    Mildred Bailey Willow Tree

    “The Rockin’ Chair Lady [1931-1950]”

    MCA, GRP 16442

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Just For A Thrill

    “The Genius Of Ray Charles”

    Atlantic, 7567 81338 2

  • Image for Shirley Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Everything I Have Is Yours

    “Shirley Bassey - Face The Music"

    EMI, 473 2262

  • Image for Ray Noble Orchetra W. Al Bowlly & Len Henry

    Ray Noble Orchetra W. Al Bowlly & Len Henry Meet Me Tonight In The Cowshed

    “Ray Noble: The Hmv Sessions 1930-34 – Volume 3”

    Vocalion, CDEA 6017

  • Image for The Mills Brothers

    The Mills Brothers Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

    “Mills Brothers Volume 6”

    JSP, JSPCD 345

  • Image for Fats & His Rhythm

    Fats & His Rhythm You Meet The Nicest People In Your Dreams

    “Fats Waller Complete Works Volume 5”

    JSP, JSP 949C

  • Image for Duke Ellington Orchestra/Herb Jeffries

    Duke Ellington Orchestra/Herb Jeffries The Girl In My Dreams Tries To Look Like You

    “Duke Ellington – The Blanton-Webster Band”

    Bluebird, 82876 50857-2

  • Image for Susannah McCorkle

    Susannah McCorkle In Times Like These

    “Susannah Mccorkle – Over The Rainbow“

    Jazz Alliance, TJA 10033

  • Image for T’ain’t So, Honey, T’ain’t So

    T’ain’t So, Honey, T’ain’t So T'ain't So, Honey, T'ain't So - Jack Teagarden

    “Jack Teagarden – Think Well Of Me”

    Verve, 314 557 101-2

  • Image for Barbara Lea

    Barbara Lea I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams

    “Barbara Lea With The Johnny Windhurst 5”

    Original Jazz Classics, 00025218171328

  • This Week's Show:

    The subject of rendezvous’ in the land of Nod could have taken up the entire programme if we’d let it: The theme of dreams has always been one of the richest veins for songwriters to mine so, just to pre-empt some of those reminders of songs we missed, yes, we could have included Gus Kahn & Isham Jones’ ”I’ll See You In My Dreams”, hunted for “Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight” (Joe Gilbert and Horatio Nicholls), added “Welcome To My Dreams” (Burke and Van Heusen) and so on and so on. Not that we don’t welcome your suggestions and if you know of a relatively obscure favourite along these lines do share it with us!

    We’d hoped to include, in our salute to the late Bob Brookmeyer, something from his appearance with Dave Frishberg on Dave’s “You’re Lucky To Me” album. Sadly, we couldn’t lay our hands on our old vinyl copy at the last moment (memo: must sort those LPs out one day..) and to our surprise, the BBC library doesn’t possess one. A CD version is winging its way toward us now so we look forward to treating you to some of it at some future date - a most rewarding set, as we recall.

    It may come as a surprise to find Ray Noble, writer of “The Very Thought Of You” and “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” purveying daft novelty material like “Meet Me Tonight In The Cowshed” – but that’s professionalism! And where have we heard that verse with which Al Bowlly opens the song? It was used by The Goons in “Whistle Your Cares Away” but does it have more legitimate origins? Let us know if you do!

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Shirley Bassey

    Featured In This Week's Show: Shirley Bassey

  • Recommendations:

    The excuse of Dame Shirley Bassey’s 75th birthday allowed us to dip into our favourite of her albums – “Let’s Face The Music” from 1962 on which she’s backed by Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra through a dozen classics (‘Spring is Here’, ‘Imagination’) with less of the histrionics, though no less passion, than usual. A great album, it is coupled with another excellent one, “Shirley”, from 1961, with Geoff Love’s Orchestra in twelve more standards (‘Let There Be Love’, ‘If I Were A Bell’). Superb – it’s on EMI 473 2262.

    A very different, far more under-stated singer was Barbara Lea who has just left us. Her early (1956) album with The Johnny Windhurst Quintet is justifiably famous: “Baltimore Oriole” and “I’m Coming Virginia” with Al Casamenti’s guitar just two of many stand-out tracks. Well, not many, perhaps, as it’s a short-duration CD, just the length of the original LP plus 2 ‘bonus’ tracks but well worth it: Ask for Original Jazz Classics 000252 18171328.

    Jack Teagarden’s late “Think Well Of Me” album from 1962 is one of our Desert Island discs. With Russ Case, Bob Brookmeyer and Claus Ogerman alternating the arranger-conductor role, the trombone maestro is in warm, nostalgic vein through a programme of Willard Robison numbers like “Old Folks”, “Don’t Smoke In Bed” and the one that gives us goose-bumps – “A Cottage For Sale”. The album opens with one non-Robison item – Adamson & McHugh’s “Where Are You” – though it fits the mood perfectly. Verve 314 557 101-2 is the number.


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