More Jazz » Jasmine
Benny Goodman possessed a rare gift, one shared with only a handful of other jazz musicians. Duke Ellington had it. Miles Davis had it, as did Art Blakey. It would probably be too perfunctory to describe it as a talent for leadership, and far too pretentious to call it something as ornate as a transcendent catalytic ability. The truth lies somewhere between the two. Like Ellington, Davis and Blakey, Goodman was able to consistently pull together musicians ... [MORE]
Walk up New York's Fifth Avenue until you reach 70th Street, then pause. A short distance into Central Park is the Rumsey Playfield and the Naumburg Bandshell, and a little to the left, the Mall. Imagine, if you can, the scene in 1929, a scene that was very different. Overlooking the Mall was the Casino which, after years of dereliction (and at enormous cost to Mayor Jimmy Walker and his musical-comedy mistress Betty Compton had been transformed into a ... [MORE]
TWO CDs FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! SPECIAL PRICE Everyone has a favourite Glenn Miller number, usually one of the hugely popular hit recordings from the early 1940s - 'In The Mood', 'String Of Pearls', 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', or maybe one of the sentimental ballads, 'I Know Why' and 'At Last', or the most famous of all, 'Moonlight Serenade', penned by Glenn himself and which became the band's wonderfully haunting theme song. These successful numbers ... [MORE]
The legendary Doc Pomus was one of the most important songwriters of the early sixties and in the history of American popular music. For the first time ever we have compiled a mesmerising 56 track 2CD set coupling his early recordings as a blues singer with his hits as a songwriter.
Includes such great acts as: The Drifters, Ben E. King, Dion, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles and features iconic songs such as: 'Save The Last Dance For Me', 'Teenager In ... [MORE]
After assembling albums titled THE LADIES SING JASCD390 and THE GROUPS SING JASCD393 it was incumbent upon us to give equal attention to the male vocalists from the Big Band Era and beyond, sampling in many instances both their Big Band performances and then their later starring roles as featured solo singers. We knew at the outset, of course, that both Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra should be given top billing and they've each been placed at the beginning ... [MORE]
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians were one of the leading dance bands of their day. They had 218 hits of their own on the American Charts, of which 50 can be found here The recordings on this collection were all made for Decca, for whom Guy recorded in 1934 1935, then from 1938 to the end of his hit-making career in the 1950's.Even if you are new to Guy's music, fans of the music of that era will recognise some of the songs. In those days, it was ... [MORE]
Billy May was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1916. At school he learned to play the brass bass (tuba), trombone and trumpet, and performed not only in several of the school bands but also with outside groups. At first, his regular instrument was the trombone but gradually he gave preference to the trumpet. On completing his education, he simply increased his involvement in music and earned some extra money by transcribing from records the ... [MORE]
Benny Goodman - The King Of Swing. Benny was awarded this accolade as a result of the popularity of his big band in the 1930s. But his was not the first big band and not the first swing band. There had been big bands around for some years and included the Paul Whiteman Orchestra which numbered more than fifty musicians in its concert performances. The accent was on the concert aspect of music but the orchestra was reduced to a more ... [MORE]
Featuring The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers, The Modenaires, The King Sisters, The Andrews Sisters and many more...see track listing for full details.
Ever since people began to recognise the concept of different notes in music, there have been groups gathered together to sing. Religious choirs, rural folk passing on traditional stories in musical form, cowboys around the campfire, soldiers shouting words to match their marching cadence, school ... [MORE]
Ask a hundred or more devotees of Bing Crosby to compile a list of their fifty best recordings and you would have a hundred or more different ideas about what should be chosen from the many hundreds of songs he committed to disc. His twenty plus million sellers might serve as a basis on which to build the fifty, or perhaps some of the numbers he warbled to such good effect in the upwards of fifty movies in which he starred - there's plenty of scope there. ... [MORE]
The Lunceford band was highly innovative both musically and visually and that may explain why it did not receive the recognition that its performances deserved. It could stand comparison with any band of the period and at one time or another, it beat all the other well-known bands in the 'Battles Of The Bands' that took place regularly at dance halls around America. Looking back, it is difficult to understand why it did not reach the level of esteem with ... [MORE]
Featuring Doris Day, Judy Garland, June Christie, Helen Forrest, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. See track listing for full details.
At the time in the late 1930s and early 1940s when instrumental Big Band recordings were the most popular (the top three best-sellers in Big Band history were all instrumentals), the 'girl' singers were also attracting a great deal of attention. Even though the singers in that time were thought of as part of ... [MORE]
Over fifty years ago there was a song popularised by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians entitled 'Get Out Those Old Records'. It was co-written by Guy's brother Carmen, together with John Jacob Loeb, and could well have been a family commercial, so successful were the Lombardos (hear Guy Lombardo and Co. on JASMINE JASCD396, 'Get Out Those Old Records - Fifty Of His Many Greatest Hits'). However, there were other versions of the song, not least by the ... [MORE]
Here are Teresa's long-lost initial recordings for London, including the original 'Music! Music! Music!' taken at a much slower pace than you might remember. Her material, and the recording quality, on London doesn't compare to her work on Coral, where the producers, orchestrators and engineers knew exactly how to best showcase her talents. But these recordings remain interesting, particularly the ballads, which reflect her abilities as a serious and ... [MORE]
If you already have most of the obvious songs and enjoy them enough to want more, then you will love this collection.
The sisters frequently recorded duets and there are plenty of those here. Danny Kaye is featured on three tracks including Amelia Cordelia McHugh - McWho and Big brass band from Brazil. Carmen Miranda features twice. Bing Crosby also guests on two tracks, one of which also features Nat King Cole. Other guests include Burl Ives and ... [MORE]
This high-quality, bargain priced, two-disc set is chock full of rare delights from the unparalleled Connie Boswell. Connie was not only a singer of otherworldly beauty, with an impossible sense of swing, she was also a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, actor, composer and humanitarian. Ella Fitzgerald famously named Connie as her main influence, and as leader of the immortal hot-jazz vocal group, The Boswell Sisters, Connie influenced other artists ... [MORE]
The two Compact Discs that make up this set prove beyond any doubt that Frankie Laine is A JAZZ SINGER - that's correct, A JAZZ SINGER. Don't forget, he recorded one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time, 'Jazz Spectacular', with Buck Clayton in 1956 and this was in the middle of his 'Soundtrack period for Western movies'. That album is now considered a classic of its kind and features such great jazz musicians as J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding amongst ... [MORE]
They were raised in the South - Oklahoma. However, it was only after they moved to Chicago that they achieved success. By then, they had absorbed pop and jazz influences, and these are the focus of this double-CD, although they never lost their roots. There's an old saying - you can take the singer out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the singer. The only actual country song here is San Antonio rose, but Jasmine have released a ... [MORE]
Although Nina and Frederik achieved a modicum of success on the British singles charts, scoring five hits over a two year period beginning in December 1959, it is less well remembered that they also achieved significantly in that 'Cinderella' format of the record business, the Extended Play 45 rpm disc, better known simply as the EP. Whilst the typically four-track EP format had never found much favour in the U.S.A., it flourished in ... [MORE]
The Big Band era was a unique time in musical history, for it was a time when quality and public taste coincided to encourage memorable performances, many of which were captured on recordings. This collection seeks to recall some of the highlights of those years. Tommy Dorsey acquired the arranging services of Sy Oliver from Jimmie Lunceford, promising him five thousand dollars more a year than he was earning, Kay Kyser reached forty million listeners ... [MORE]
Although it was not Pearl Bailey's lot in life to be a huge commercial success in terms of record sales and international acclaim, like her peer Ella Fitzgerald, she was nevertheless a very classy singer with a large stage presence. Indeed, it would not be unfair to Ella to say Pearl had the greater personality, but whether by luck or ill health, Miss Bailey never quite achieved the dizzy heights of Miss Fitzgerald. One strange coincidence linked them: ... [MORE]
Jimmy Payne is undoubtedly one of the greatest story-telling songwriters in country music history as this keepsake collection conclusively reveals. There have been over 200 recordings of Jimmy Payne songs. Jimmy was born in Leechville, Arkansas, into a large family of two brothers and six sisters. Leaving Arkansas for Gideon, Missouri, to become cotton share croppers, Jimmy worked on his father's farm until the age of nineteen. Then he moved to St. Louis ... [MORE]
Bea Wain's major successes were as Larry Clinton's band singer, most famously with My reverie, one of four American number one hits. This compilation contains some of her Larry Clinton tracks and some of her solo music after she quit Larry's band, all in chronological order. Her solo tracks are not that different in style from her band music. Like so many of the band singers of the time, Bea could swing, though she could also do the love songs. The songs ... [MORE]
NAT KING COLE, FRANK LUTHER, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, MEL BLANC AND MORE sing 18 terrific tracks of children's favourites! [MORE]
Perhaps the more persuasive of carollers of the exploits of wastrels, wanderers and woes of uncontrolled drunkards and illicit lovers. U.S. jazz periodical Metronome used these words in 1945 to describe singer Walter Brown who had left a secure job as chief band vocalist with the Jay McShann Orchestra to strike out on his own with a recording contract for KING Record's QUEEN subsidiary. With many of his blues having already borne such salty ... [MORE]