Music Played13 items
Tab Hunter Ninety Nine Ways
“1957 British Hit Parade Part 1 [4 Cd Set, Part Of Series]”
Acrobat, ACQCD 7004
Walter Huston September Song
“Kurt Weill – From Berlin To Broadway [2 CD Set]”
Pearl [Pavilion], Gemm CDS 9189
Herb Jeffries With Duke Ellington’s Orchestra Flamingo
“Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band: 3 CD Set”
Bluebird/RCA Victor/BMG, 82876 5085 2
Ray Ellington The Tailor's Blues [Frayed At The Edges]
“Ray Ellington: The Essential Collection”
Avid, AVC 866
Jimmy Boyd Needle In, Needle Out
“The Best Of Jimmy Boyd”
Collectibles, R 834563
Ella Fitzgerald Sweet And Lovely
“Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers”
Essential Jazz Classics, EJC 55609
The Four Aces Featuring Al Alberts Stranger In Paradise
“The Good Ol’ Boys Club [New 4-CD Release]”
Jasmine, JASBOX 28-4
Rita Reys Can't We Be Friends
“Jazz Pictures At An Exhibition: Rita Reys & Pim Jacobs Trio”
Philips, UCCU 5501
Annette Hanshaw Don't Blame Me
“Annette Hanshaw – It Was So Beautiful”
Sounds Of Yester Year, DSOY 614
Frank Sinatra With Count Basie’s Orchestra Nice Work If You Can Get It
“Sinatra-Basie Plus Sinatra & Swinging Brass (New Release)”
Essential Jazz Classics, EJC 55596
Cleo Laine My One And Only Love
“Cleo Laine & John Dankworth: 3 Early LPs And More”
Avid, AMSC 928
Rod Stewart We'll Be Together Again
“Rod Stewart: The Great American Songbook”
J Records/Stieffel/Sony Music, 88725473232
Billie Holiday Moonglow
The Original American Songbook That Inspired Rod Stewart
Secret Records Limited, SECBX031
We continue to receive fine emails from you. Here’s an excerpt from this week’s star, sent by Mike Thomas:
“You began on Sunday 18th August by asking a question – a rhetorical one – as to how far back the concept of the popular song would go.
The dichotomy between “popular song” and “pop” is of course no invention of mine – it's general knowledge. Popular song – as opposed to pop – is that which is epitomised by the likes of Porter and Gershwin, though as you pointed out it can reach back much further. It's characterised by perception, wit and even poetry, and since it is well-crafted it tends to last. Pop releases on the other hand, often not much more than a jingle, are temporary crazes usually written with sales in mind and, because each generation likes to have its own vogues, “temporary” (above) is the operative word..
Regrettably, I've heard the opinion expressed that simply holding a view like that defined above is some kind of musical snobbery but I don't see it that way at all. If it's snobbery to look for something to appreciate in a song – in addition to enjoying the sound – then so be it, and I make no apologies for it. But that aside, the modern prevalence of programmes that deliver pop means that your programme, with its probing nature as well as its musical content, is something of a musical oasis.”
Thanks to Mike – and all our correspondents.
Featured In This Week's Show: Rod Stewart
Top of the list this week is the Essential Jazz Classics re-issue of 2 great Sinatra albums – “Sinatra-Basie” and “Sinatra and Swinging Brass”, the latter with Neal Hefti & co, both of them dating from 1962. In addition, this release includes 5 extra tracks, a single (‘Everybody’s Twistin’ and ‘Nothing But The Best’) from the same year and three tracks from the Nelson Riddle era of songs reprised on the Basie album – some interesting comparisons. Terrific sound, the number is EJC55596, available through Discovery Records.
Also from Essential Jazz Classics come two of our favourite Ella Fitzgerald albums on one CD: “Sweet Songs For Swingers” (Frank DeVol conducting) and “Get Happy” with Nelson Riddle and others. If you don’t have the Verve re-releases, they’re a must: EJC 55609 is the number. Try email@example.com for further details.
Lots of surprising delights in Rod Stewart’s affectionate tribute to The Great American Songbook, which has now reached five albums. Four of them, including a number of duets (Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Cher, Dolly Parton, Elton John etc) are gathered in a single book-box, very nicely presented, and give us 55 favourites by The Gershwins, Kern, Berlin, Porter, Ray Noble, Rodgers & Hart, Ellington, McHugh & Fields etc., all treated with remarkable respect – often verses and all – that may revise some opinions of the raspy-voiced old jack-the-lad rocker, who sings melodically and accurately throughout! Ask for J records 88725473232.