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Russell plays some early jazz favourites and takes a look at Duke Ellington's back catalogue, plus retrospective releases devoted to Bobby Darin and Cole Porter.

Russell opens with an appropriate winter-to-spring song from a 1961 June Christy album, following it with another on the same theme from exactly 30 years earlier: this as an introduction to a tribute to the learned discographer, just departed, Brian Rust. In listing Brian's achievements, Russell also tells of his passion for early jazz, of his "Hot Ten" favourites of which we hear two, and we hear a snatch of Brian's own private interview with singer Annette Hanshaw.

A further discographical footnote is discussed as Russell looks into an 11 CD set of Duke Ellington's 1930s output. We hear the rarest of four takes of Baby included therein. A review of another release devoted to Bobby Darin gives us Softly As in a Morning Sunrise - which is curiously loud. The centenary of famed record producer Ken Nelson allows us to hear the famous Elderly Man River by Stan Freberg, who was signed up by Ken. Another whopping five CD release of Cole Porter material by Wilfried Van Den Brande is discussed; we hear an example, plus one of Porter himself and a Porter song sung by Peggy Lee.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 16 Jan 2011 21:00

Music Played

  • June Christy

    Winter's Got Spring Up His Sleeve

    “June Christy – This Time Of Year”

    • Collector’s Choice Music.
    • 09463-43653-2-1.
  • Annette Hanshaw


    “Annette Hanshaw – The Girl Next Door 1927 - 1932”

    • Take Two.
    • TT408CD.
  • Danny Kaye

    Anatole Of Paris

    “Danny Kaye” – Original 1941-1952 Recordings”

    • Naxos Nostalgia.
    • 8.120775.
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

    Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now

    “The Chronological Bing Crosby Volume 5”

    • Jonzo.
    • JZCD-5.
  • Adelaide Hall with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Baby

    “Complete 1932-1940 Recordings Of Duke Ellington”

  • Bobby Darin

    Softly As In The Morning Sunrise

    “Bobby Darin – Don’t Dream Of Anybody But Me”

    • Jasmine.
    • JASCD 573.
  • Stan Freberg

    Elderly Man River

    “Stan Freberg: Tip Of The Freberg”

    • Rhino.
    • R2 75645.
  • Wilfried Van Den Brande

    When All's Said And Done

    “Wilfried Van Den Brande – A Tribute To Cole Porter”

    • Swells Productions.
    • - None -.
  • Cole Porter

    You're The Top

    Compilation: “The Words & Music Of Cole Porter”

    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78126.
  • Peggy Lee and George Shearing - Do I Love You

    “Peggy Lee/George Shearing: Beauty And The Beat”

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

    “Ella Sings The Harold Arlen Songbook”

    • Verve.
    • 314 519 832-2.
  • Bing Crosby

    Red Sails in the Sunset

    “The Chronological Bing Crosby Volume 17”

    • Jonzo.
    • JZCD-17.