I’m Back With Basie


So many Basie albums lately! And I know Mr. Richard has more set aside at the record store for us to pick up. Basie’s albums are quickly becoming part of our Sunday morning tradition of listening to music, being a bit lazy and sipping on good coffee.

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Back with Basie

Count Basie

Side One

Peppermint Pipes
Thanks for the Ride
The Elder
Summer Frost
The Touch of Your Lips

Side Two

Bluish Grey
One Note Samba
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Matte Jersey
Red Hot Mama

Stan Kenton


When I was going through Wikipedia, looking up Stan Kenton, I noticed his band was labelled as “controversial” so I went looking for the reason behind this labelling. I guess one of the main reasons for it would be in 1956, the Critics Poll in Down Beat reflected victories by black musicians in virtually every category. In response, Kenton dispatched a telegram which lamented “a new minority, white jazz musicians,” and stated his “disgust [with the so-called] literary geniuses of jazz.”.

There’s also the part where his daughter accuses him of a sexual relationship, but that claim was never proven and just remains a creepy antidote for now. I also am not focusing on sexual perversions in musicians right now as that may take forever, but do have a post planned that talks about cultural and music appropriation and bastardizations since it is Black History Month.

Jazz was started within the African American community in the late 19th century, much like hip hop was a few decades ago for you young ones. Stan Kenton was a white man, that entered the scene and later criticized the recognition the black artists were finally receiving. This might be the most outright case of biting the hand that feeds you when it comes to appropriation, but certainly isn’t the only one as my post tomorrow will go through. Pardon my language, but how in the fuck are you going to be disgusted with men of the same culture that created the genre you’re playing in winning some well deserved recognition?!?

Well, with that slight rant over, here’s a little EP from Mr. Kenton.

Stanley Newcomb “Stan” Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator.

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Sketches on Standards

Stan Kenton

Side One

Sophisticated Lady
Begin the Beguine

Side Two

There’s a Small Hotel
Shadow Waltz

Sixteen Men Swinging


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Sixteen Men Swinging

Count Basie

Side One

Straight Life
Basie Goes Wess
Softly with Feeling
Cherry Point
Bubbles
Right On
Blues Done Come Back

Side Two

Peace Pipe
Stereophonic
Mambo Mist
Sixteen Men Swinging
She’s Just My Size
I Feel Like a New Man

Side Three

You for Me
Soft Drink
Two for the Blues
Slow but Sure
Blues Backstage
Down for the Count

Side Four

Perdido
Ska-Di-Dle-Dee-Bee-Doo
Two Franks
Rails
Eventide
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (I’m Savin’ My Love for You)

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POP Goes the Basie


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POP Goes the Basie

Count Basie

Side One

Your Cheatin’ Heart
The Huckle-Buck
Oh, Pretty Woman
Call Me Irresponsible
Walk Right In
Go Away, Little Girl

Side Two

Oh Soul Mio
Bye Bye, Love
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Shangri -La
At Long Last Love

Hungary And Their Gypsies Volume 1


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Hungary And Their Gypsies Volume 1

Hungarian National Folk Ensemble Orchestra and Chorus of Budapest under Imre Csenki

Side One

Paloc Fantasy
Transylvanian Melody
Scenes from Sopron

Side Two

Szatmar Verbunkos & Czardas
Verbunkos & Czardas
Hungarian Melodies feat. Marta Szobek
Udvarhely Dances
Hungarian Gypsy Songs
Mountain Shepherds’ Pipes

Have A Nice Day With A Basie Jam


I haven’t done a post with two LPs in a while, but at this rate, I need to with Mr. Richard’s Basie albums! There are very few artists he’s totally enthralled with, but Basie and his orchestra are definitely included.

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Have a Nice Day

Count Basie

Side One

Have a Nice Day
The Plunger
Jamie
It’s About Time
This Way

Side Two

Scott’s Place
Doin’ Basie’s Thing
The Spirit is Willing
Small Talk
You n’ Me
Feelin’ Free

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Basie Jam #2

Count Basie

Side One

Mama Don’t Wear No Drawers
Doggin’ Around

Side Two

Kansas City Line
JJJJump

The Sandpipers With Mitch Miller And Orchestra


I’ve been hunting down colored vinyl for a little while now and this was an interesting find. I love the tone of orange it is. However, we actually can’t play this single! Our turntable doesn’t play this size so it looks like I’ll need to get some new equipment soon. I’ve been needing new speakers anyway…

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Side One

Adventures of Zorro Part I

Side Two

Adventures of Zorro Part II

Sound Tour: France


This album is pretty interesting but for two very different reasons. First, its cover opens into a book and then, it’s supposed to be an album of French music, but they used an American composer! Like there aren’t any French composers! The roomie is tad bit obsessed with the French culture so this was definitely picked up as a Mr. Richard addition rather than one for me.

Kenyon Hopkins (January 15, 1912 – April 7, 1983) was an American composer who composed many film scores in a jazz idiom. Although he has been neglected in recent years, he was once called “one of jazz’s great composers and arrangers”.

Hopkins also composed various orchestral works, including two symphonies, the Symphony in Two Movements, Town and County Dances for chamber orchestra, and the jazz ballet Rooms for Anna Sokolow. He recorded several albums for ABC Paramount Records, Cadence Records, Capitol Records and Verve Records during the 1960s. Many of his soundtrack recordings were released on LP, including that for the 1956 film Baby Doll.

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Sound Tour: France

Kenyon Hopkins

Side One

Train Bleu (Sue le Pont D’Avignon)
Casino
Voyage a Bicyclette
Port de Peche
Pays des Bikinis
Sce de Rue

Side Two

Theatre (Can Can)
Place Pigalle
Au Revoir Paris (Au Clair La Lune)
Café Terrasse
Place Elegante (Clair de une)
Depart le Havre

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