Conrad Salinger-MGM Arranger Supreme by Richard Hindley.
156: Sep 2003, 8-15

Adam Saunders: A Young Composer of Note by Peter Edwards. 165: Sep 2005, 37-40

Robert Farnon: Genius and Humility. 165: Sep 2005, 5-8

SCHARF, Walter
Obituary. 155: Jun 2003, 74-75

SCHATTE, Alexander
Werner Tautz and Heinz Kiessling. 118: Oct 1994, 52
---------Karl Grell: Mr Light Music From Vienna. 130: Mar 1997, 20
---------Werner Tautz. 135: Jun 1998, 28-29
--------Toni Leutwiler, Swiss Composer. 137: Dec 1998, 12-13
---------Michel Henrion Plays Light Music Radio Orchestras of the Past Again.
140: Sep 1999, 57
--------A Portrait in Music: a Tribute to Prof Karl Grell on his 75th Birthday. 144:
Sep 2000, 50-51

John Schroeder by David Noades. 141: Dec 1999, 37-39; 142: Mar 2000, 37-39

SCHULTZ, Norbert
Obituary. 154: Mar 2003, 71-72

Broadcast Festival of Light Music in 1949. 135: Jun 1998, 35-36
---------Fifty Years Ago: Light Music on the BBC in 1949. 136: Sep 1998,
---------Elgar and His Contribution to Light Music. 137: Dec 1998, 19-24
---------Doncaster, South Yorkshire: One Town's Contribution to Light Music.
138: Mar 1999, 23-26
-------- Albert W Ketelbey: a Master of British Light Music. 138: Mar 1999, 49-51
---------Haydn Wood, 1882-1959. 139: Jun 1999, 15-16
--------The Archers and All That: a Note on Arthur Wood (1875-1953) 139: Jun 1999,
---------Louis Jullien and the Development of the Promenade Concert in Provincial
Britain, 1844-59. 140: Sep 1999, 15-17
--------Theatre Specialist: Alfred Reynolds, 1884-1969. Dec 1999, 43-46
-------- Musical Man of the Theatre: Frederick Rosse, 1867-1940. 142: Mar 2000, 18
---------Henry Ernest Geehl, 1881-1961. 142: Mar 2000, 24
---------Hubert Bath, 1883-1945: a Composer for all Seasons. 142: Mar 2000, 35-36
---------The Plymouth Hoe Man: John Ansell, 1874-1948. 142: Mar 2000, 46
----------The Bucalossi Family: Their Contribution to British Light Music.
143: June 2000, 16-18
---------Joseph Holbrooke, 1878-1958: the Composer of Light Music. 143: Jun 2000, 24
---------Percy Fletcher, 1879-1932. 143: Jun 2000, 40
---------Madeleine Thring: Inspired Miniaturist. 144: Sep 2000, 45-46
---------Harold Fraser-Simson: the Maid of the Mountains Man. 145: Dec 2000, 13-14
-------- Frederick Curzon [Biography]. 145: Dec 2000, 26-27
---------Waltzes Were His Destiny: a Note on Sydney Baynes. 146: Mar 2001, 24
---------Reginald King: Pianist, Composer and Broadcaster. 146: Mar 2001, 71-72
---------Bandmaster and Composer: the Career of Walton O'Donnell.
148: Sep 2001, 17-18
---------Norman O'Neill: Man of the Theatre. 149: Dec 2001, 56-57
---------Carey Blyton: a Modern Genius of Light Music. 150: Mar 2002, 14-15
---------Light Music and Crime Fiction. 151: Jun 2002, 31-33
---------Demande et Réponse: Samuel Coleridge Taylor: the Light Music Composer.
153: Sep 2002, 37-38
---------Music and Railways. 153: Dec 2002, 37-41
---------Music and Aviation. 154: Mar 2003, 31-35
--------Sport and Music. 156: Sep 2003, 34-38
--------Light Music and Charles Dickens. 159: Jun 2004, 28-29
--------Ralph Vaughan Williams. 160: Sep 2003, 34-35
--------Leslie Bridgewater: Pianist, Conductor and Composer. 161: Dec 2004, 69
--------Gustav Holst. 162: Mar 2005, 23
---------Edrich Siebert: Man of Brass. 162: Mar 2005, 62
--------Robert Farnon: His Place in the History of British Light Music.
163: May 2005, 5-6
--------Music and Wilkie Collins. 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 35
--------Horse Racing in Light Music. 166: Dec 2006, 46
--------Beatrix Potter and Light Music. 167: Mar 2006, 80
---------British Children's Authors and Light Music. 168: Jun 2006, 28-29
--------Light Music and Alice. 170: Dec 2006, 27-28
---------Sir Arthur Bliss: Composer of Light Music. 170: Dec 2006, 77-78

Bing Crosby Convention. 154: Mar 2003, 50-51
---------Remembering Johnny Mercer. 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 38-39

Metropole Up-Date. 158: Mar 2004, 51

Doc Severinsen on Command by Richard Jessen. 138: Mar 1999, 52-53; 139: Jun 1999, 21-22; 140: Sep 1999, 38-39; 141: Dec 1999, 29-30

Memories of Charles Shadwell by Geoffrey Lord. 119: Dec 1994, 47-48

SHAW, Artie
Obituary. 162: Mar 2005, 74-75

Edrich Siebert: Man of Brass by Philip Scowcroft. 162: Mar 2005, 62

Obituary. 145: Dec 2000, 71

Fascinating World of Mood Music. 107: Apr 1992, 8-11
---------In Memory of Alan Dell. 124: Dec 1995, 43.
---------Golden Years of South African Newsreels. 154: Mar 2003, 21

Frank Sinatra: the Aborted Trip to Australia by Bill Barlow. 136: Sep 1998, 7-8
---------The Voice: an Appreciation of Frank Sinatra by Richard Jessen. 136: Sep 1998,
--------There was Magic Abroad in the Air: Revisiting Sinatra Sings Great Songs in
Great Britain by Bernard Vogel. 141: Dec 1999, 8-17

SIRAVO, George
Obituary. 143: Jun 2000, 52

SLATKIN, Felix and Leonard
The Slatkin Story-Interview with Leonard Slatkin by Martin Goldsmith.
168: Jun 2006, 15-17

SMITH, Daniel
Interview with David Ades. 165: Sep 2005, 66-71

Why David Rose composed 'The Stripper'. 167: Mar 2006, 11

SQUIRES, Rosemary
Fifty-Fifty Anniversary. 136: Sep 1998, 32-37
--------Rosemary Squires: Jazz at the Chapel by Jim Palm. 140: Sep 1999, 23

Cyril Stapleton: Profile by David Ades. !49: Dec 2001, 64-67
---------Biography . 153: Dec 2002, 48-49

Recordings. Richard Jessen. 157: Dec 2003, 40-42

Norman Steinfelt by Clive Fleckney. 106: Feb 1992, 14

James Stevens by Peter Worsley. 158: Mar 2004, 69

Len Stevens by Arthur Jackson. 126: Apr 1996, 60-62

Robert Farnon Radio File. 111: Dec 1993, 40-43
---------George Melachrino: Broadcast Research by Neil Stevens. 113: Sep 1993, 14-15;
114: Dec 1993, 18-19; 115: Feb 1994, 9-13; 116: May 1994, 67; 117: Jul 1994, 53; 118: Oct 1994, 48-49 STOTT, Wally
Wally Stott and Reader's Digest as Told to Reuben Musiker by Angela Morley.
119: Dec 1994, 69-70

Those Forgotten 78's . 153: Dec 2003, 32-33

Interview with Rob Barnett. 153: Dec 2002, 20-24

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Tying Knots in Music. 119, Dec 1994, 30
---------Waning of Wax. 120: Feb 1995, 21
--------Mother Nature and the R.I.A.A. 122: Jul 1995, 30

Tribute. 112: May 1993, 21

TATE, Phyllis
Phyllis Tate, 1911-1985 by Edmund Whitehouse. 157: Dec 2003, 10

TAUTZ, Werner
Werner Tautz and Heinz Kiessling by Alexander Schatte. 118: Oct 1994, 52
Werner Tautz, by Alexander Schatte. 135: Jun 1998, 28-29

Jerry Goldsmith in Barcelona. 142: Mar 2000, 25-26
---------Philip Lane: Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator. 145: Dec 2000, 11-12
---------Elmer Bernstein: the Magnificent One. 148: Sep 2001. 14-15
---------Maurice Jarre in Barcelona. 150: Mar 2002, 31-32
---------Benvinguts, John Fox. 167: Mare 2006, 23-24
---------Film Music Festival in Madrid. 170: Dec 2006, 8-9

TEICH, Howard R
Bill Evans: Time Remembered. 113: Sep 1993, 32-33

Billy Ternent by David Ades. 149: Dec 2001, 53-55

Obituary [Conductor]. 107: Apr 1992, 13

Subtle Touch of Claude Thornhill by Arthur Jackson. 158:Mar 2004, 25-27

Leroy Anderson: Arranged by Ernest Tomlinson. 126: Apr 1996, 28-31
---------Personal Memories of the Bosworth Recorded Library. 135: Jun 1998, 77
---------Canadian WAAFS in Concert. 140: Sep 1999, 24-25
---------Ernest Tomlinson: a 75th Birthday Tribute by David Ades. 141: Dec 1999, 34-35
--------Profile by David Ades. 160: Sep 2004, 41-43
--------80th Birthday Event. 161: Dec 2004, 34-35

TORCH, Sidney
Sidney Torch Conducting the New Century Orchestra. Review of CD by David Ades. 152: Sep 2002, 16-19
Sidney Torch Recalled by Lew Williams. 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 40-50

Bob and 'Melody Fair'. 165: Sep 2005, 25.

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UPTON, Stuart Frederick
Obituary. 135: Jun 1998, 5

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VAN CAMP, Robert and MUSIKER, Reuben
Dolf van der Linden: Biography and Discography. 115: Feb 1994, 20-31
Obituary. 139: Jun 1999, 3-4

VAN DER SCHAGT, Carrie and Dick
Jos Cleber. 127: Jul 1996, 55

Arthur Pryor, 1870-1972. 148: Sep 2001, 25

Denny Vaughan by Murray Ginsberg. 141: Jun 2001, 15-20

The Luton Girls Choir. 119: Dec 1994, 67-68

Obituary. 151: Jun 2002, 68-69

Ron Goodwin: an Active Promoter of Young Music Makers.
155: Jun 2003, 58-59

VOGEL, Bernhard
There Was Magic Abroad in the Air: Revisiting Sinatra Sings Great Songs From
Great Britain. 141: Dec 1999, 8-17

VON PAUL, Catherine
The Classic-Pop Revolution is Happening. 109: Oct 1992, 35

VOSS, Louis
Louis Voss and the Kursaal Orchestra by Brian Reynolds. 137: Dec 1998, 41-42

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My Journey Through Melody. 154: Mar 2003, 22

WALTON, Robert. Robert Farnon Series .
Manhattan Playboy. 122: Jul 1995, 14; Portrait of a Flirt. 123: Oct 1995, 76-77; Melody Fair. 124: Dec 1995, 14-15; Willie the Whistler. 125: Feb 1996, 37; Journey into Melody. 126: Apr. 1996, 17; Jumping Bean. 127: Jul 1996, 15;
A Star is Born. 128: Oct 1996, 12-13; Peanut Polka. 129: Dec 1996, 21-22;

WALTON, Robert. Robert Farnon Series
How Beautiful is Night. 130: Mar 1997, 17-18; Gateway to the West. 131: Jul 1997, 22-23; Westminster Waltz. 132: Oct 1997, 50; In A Calm. 133: Dec 1997, 22-23; Pictures in the Fire. 135: Jun 1998, 9; Poodle Parade. 136: Sep 1998, 15;
A La Claire Fontaine. 137: Dec 1998, 11; Yes We Have No Bananas. 138: Mar 1999, 21-22; Honey Child. 139: Jun 1999, 6-7; The Hucklebuckle. 140: Sep 1999, 9-10; Prelude and Dance for Harmonica and Orchestra: Analysis.140: Sep 1999, 26-27; Joanne. 141: Dec 1999, 41; Pow Wow. 142: Mar 2000, 8; String Time. 143: Jun 2000, 19-20; Playtime. 144: Sep 2000, 12-13; Lake of the Woods. 145: Dec 2000, 9-10; Little Miss Molly. 146: Mar 2001. 42; Lazy Day. 147: Jun 2001, 13-14; Ottawa Heights. 148: Sep 2001, 19-20; En Route. 149: Dec 2001, 37-38; Proud Canvas. 150: Mar 2002, 30;Holiday Flight. 151: Jun 2002, 45; Stardom. 152: Sep 2002, 36;Canadian Caravan. 153: Dec 2002, 19: Sophistication Waltz. 154: Mar 2003, 40; All Sports March 155: Jun 2003, 42; Main Street. 156: Sep 2003, 33; Mid Ocean. 157: Dec 2003, 23; Malaga. 158: Mar 2004, 24; To A Young Lady. 159: Jun 2004, 35; Goodwood Golop. 160: Sep 2004, 17; Mountain Grandeur. 161: Dec 2003, 33; Mr Rinch. 162: Mar 2005, 22; Robert Farnon: A Tribute. 163: May 2005, 15-16; A Promise of Spring.164: Jun/Jul 2005, 31; Promenade Overture: 165: Sep2005, 54; Taj Mahal. 166: Dec 2005, 14; Tête a Tête. 167: Mar 2006, 15; Alcan Highway. 168: Jun 2006, 39, 59; Open Skies. 169: Oct 2006, 31; 'Moomin'. 170: Dec 2006, 68-69

WALTON, Robert. Other Articles
--------Angela Morley's Canadian in Mayfair. 159: Jun 2004, 51-52
--------High Heels by Trevor Duncan. Analysis. 161: Dec 2004, 54
--------David Rose's Holiday for Strings: Analysis. 162: Mar 2005, 63-64
--------C. Armstrong Gibbs' 'Dusk'. Analysis. 166: Dec 2005, 60-61
--------Holiday Spirit by Clive Richardson. 167: Mar 2006, 79
--------Music in the Air by Byron Lloyd [Analysis]. 168: Jun 2006, 58-59

More Vintage Television Themes. 116: May 1994, 14-15

Claus Ogerman. 142: Mar 2000, 20-21

WEBB, Roger
Obituary. 155: Jun 2003, 31

Ben Webster by Richard Jessen. 145: Dec 2000, 37-39

WEDGE, Philip (Pip)
----------Newsletter from Toronto Canada. 122: Jul 1995, 46-47;
---------Canadian Notes. 144: Sep 2000, 35-36; 145: Dec 2000, 25;
146:Mar 2001, 61-62; 147: Jun 2001, 58; 148: Sep 2001, 39-40;
149: Dec 2001, 78; 150: Mar 2002, 50-51; 152: Sep 2002, 34-35;
153: Dec 2002, 35-36; 154: Mar 2003, 19-20; 155: Jun 2003, 17-18;
156: Sep 2003, 57-59;157: Dec 2003, 57-59; 158: Mar 2004, 42-43;
159: Jun 2004, 44-46; 160: Sep 2004, 32-33, 60; 161: Dec 2004, 66-68;
162: Mar 2005, 12-13, 15; 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 16-17;
165: Sep 2005, 72-73; 167: Mar 2004, 20-22; 168: Jun 2006, 65-67;
169: Oct 2006, 27-29
---------Robert Farnon: a Personal Memory. 163: May 2005, 3-4

Philip Green: Musician Extraordinaire. 129: Dec 1996, 64-65

WELK, Lawrence
Obituary. 109: Oct 1992, 31

Paul Weston by Steve Keller. 113: Sep 1993, 27
---------Obituary. 129: Dec 1996, 16.
---------Paul Weston, 1912-1996: A Tribute to a Master of Mood Music by Reuben
Musiker. 130: Mar 1997, 21-23

WHITE, Edward
Edward White [Composer] by David Ades. 111: Feb 1993, 18-21

News From Norwich. 106: Feb 1992, 13; 107: Apr 1992, 17; 108: Jul 1992, 38;
109: Oct 1992, 15; 112: May 1993, 20; 114: Dec 1993, 31; 115: Feb 1994, 40;
116: May 1994, 53; 117:Jul 1994, 45; 118: Oct 1994, 35; 119: Dec 1994, 52;
120: Feb 1995, 27; 121: Apr 1995, 43; 123: Oct 1995, 55; 126: Apr 1996, 66-67;
130: Mar 1997, 56-57; 131: Dec 1997, 48; 132: Oct. 1997, 71; 135: Jun 1998, 63;
138: Mar 1999, 42; 151: Jun 2002, 53.
---------Top Rank Record Label. 111: Dec 1993, 22-23

Vic White: an Obituary by Eric White. 141: Dec 1999, 56.

Phyllis Tate, 1911-1985. 157: Dec 2003, 10
---------Philip Lane. 158: Mar 2004, 77

Radio Luxembourg. 116: May 1994, 57-61
---------Archive Railway Films and their Mood Music. 131: Jul 1997, 34
---------Dear Mr Wilkins [Ken Wilkins and his Collection of Incidental Radio and TV
Music Archives] by Jim Palm. 151: Jun 2002, 39-44

Charles Williams by David Ades. 111. Dec 1993, 30-33
---------Charles Williams by Tony Clayden. 112: May 1993, 10-11; 113: Sep 1993,
--------Aerial Activity:Tribute to Charles Williams by Terry Bennett.115:Feb 1994, 35-37

Joe Williams by Will Friedwald. 116: May 1994, 4-5

Sidney Torch Recalled. 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 40-50

WILLIAMS, Ralph Vaughan
Ralph Vaughan Williams by Philip Scowcroft. 160: Sep 2004, 34-35

Biography. 131: Jul 1997, 11

Concert Review. 144: Sep 2000, 18
---------Interview with Clive Davis. 150: Mar 2002, 6-9

Who Was Leslie Jones. 119: Dec 1994, 44-46

Hugo Winterhalter on Compact Disc by Reuben Musiker

WOOD, Arthur
Arthur Wood by Arthur Jackson. 122: Jul 1995, 40-41, 48
---------The Archers and All That: a Note on Arthur Wood (1875-1953) by Philip L
Scowcroft. 139: Jun 1999, 63-64

WOOD, Haydn
Haydn Wood, 1882-1959 by Philip Scowcroft. 139: Jun 1999, 15-16

And the Band Played On. 134: Mar 1998, 9-10.

George Lloyd. 142: Mar 2000, 42
James Stevens. 158: Mar 2004, 69

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YORKE, Peter
My Thanks to You, Peter [Yorke] by Reg Otter. 164: Jun/Jul 2005, 36-37

YOUMANS, Vincent
Vincent Youmans for Orchestra by Reuben Musiker. 129: Dec 1996, 17-20

Passing Notes: A Brief Biography by Malcolm Harvey Young.
166: Dec 2005, 52-56; 167: Mar 200-6, 32-36

YOUNG, Victor
Profile by Arthur Jackson. 159: Jun 2004, 33-34

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Obituary. 151: Jun 2002, 71-73

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Reviewers in this issue: David Ades, Peter Burt, Paul Clatworthy, Tony Clayden, David Daniels, Roger Hyslop, Barry McCanna, Ray Pavene, Edward Trub, Edmund Whitehouse

The KT Editor’s CD Choice for this issue

MARTY GOLD AND HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Sounds Unlimited’ & ‘For Sound’s Sake!’ Dance. Ballerina, Dance; There Goes My Heart; The Donkey Serenade; Skylark; When Your Lover Has Gone;When I Fall in Love; Canadian Sunset; Alone Together; Ol’ Man River; Don’t Worry ‘bout Me; Tonight; Moonlight in Vermont : El Cumbanchero; Baubles, Bangles and Beads; Memories of You; Yesterdays; More Than You Know; In a Sentimental Mood; All the Things You Are; Rockin’ Chair; I Love Paris; September Song; Love is Here to Stay; Mood Indigo Vocalion CDLK 4479 (67:09) Although American arranger/composer/conductor Marty Gold (he died in 2011 aged 95) made 28 albums, none of them has come my way until now. And this 2-on-1 is really good. Originally recorded for RCA Victor in 1963 and 1964, the orchestra of strings and big band swing, staffed I understand by many of New York’s best musicians, perform some imaginative arrangements – presumably by Mr Gold himself – with excellent solos on trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba, alto and tenor sax. The sound is superb with the ear-catching separation of early stereo recordings. Mike Dutton’s remastering from the original analogue tapes is spot-on as usual. If you enjoy this as much as I did, you should note that there is another Marty Gold 2-on-1,which I have not heard, ‘Something Special For Movie Lovers’(1965) & ‘Suddenly It’s Springtime’ (1964) on Vocalion CDLK 4486. PB

ANDRE KOSTELANETZ ORCHESTRA ‘Music Millions Love’ Carousel Waltz; I’m Always Chasing Rainbows; Slowly; Unknown; Here Comes Heaven Again; When Day Is Done; A Prisoner Of Love; If I Loved You; It’s A Grand Night for Singing; Chanson Boheme; Flamingo; You Are Love; BIues In The Night; Begin The Beguine; Night And Day; Day By Day; I Dream Too Much; Jockey On The Carousel; All Through The Night. Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY 304 (75:32)) Live performances recorded February 1946. The Kostelanetz Orchestra is joined by Perry Como, at the time just as popular as Bing Crosby. The other vocalist is mezzo-soprano Gladys Swarthout. The music is sumptuous and atmospheric. CD compiler Michael Highton seems to imply he is a bigger fan of Como than Kostelanetz, saying several times the audience had to wait while the Orchestra played! The seldom heard tune Slowly written by David Raksin is my favourite track. PC

GEOFF LOVE AND HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Star Wars and Other Space Themes’ 12 tracks incl. UFO, Star Trek, Barbarella; Space:1999; Thunderbirds; Dr Who … ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Other Disco Galactic Themes’ 10 tracks incl. the title tune; Logan’s Run; The Time Machine; Blake’s 7; The Omega Man … Vocalion CDSML 8497 (44:29 & 44:14) These 1978 albums are not like Love’s other Music for Pleasure re-issues I have been reviewing in JIM recently. As Oliver Lomax explains in his very comprehensive liner notes, the arrangements and musical direction are the responsibility of Nick Ingram – Geoff just wielded the baton. We are in the realms of disco/funk again here. CD1 does have four conventional orchestral tracks: an excellent version of John Williams’ Star Wars (main title theme) and his Princess Leia’s ThemeAlso Sprach Zarathustra, and Bliss’ March from "Things to Come". But Mars ("The Planets") is not what it seems! CD2 is pure disco all the way, which may be too far for some readers. Flight FantasticSolar Sailor and Space Patrol are Ingram originals. I’m glad I persevered with these discs and, if you try them, you might be too. Incidentally, it is interesting to read that William Armon was orchestra leader on most of Geoff’s discs, a position he also held from the early ‘70s with Mantovani; and I believe was seen in the famous Morecambe and Wise / André Previn BBC TV sketch. PB

PAUL MAURIAT AND LE GRANDE ORCHESTRE ‘More Mauriat’ & ‘Prestige De Paris’ Black is Black; Sunny; Winchester Cathedral; Guantanamera; Love, Me, Please Love Me; Reach Out I’ll be There; Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down); Lara’s Theme; Is Paris Burning?; En Bandoulière / C’est si Bon; Sous les Ponts de Paris; La Vie en Rose; Moulin Rouge; Domino; La Mer; La Goualante du Pauvre Jean; Les Feuilles Motes; La Seine; Parlez-Moi d’Amour; Fascination; Mon Homme Vocalion CDLK 4482 (58:04)

‘Overseas Call’ & ‘Exclusivamente Brasil (Vol.3)’ 21 tracks incl. You Can Do It; From Jupiter with Love; N.Y One; Eva Come Back, Power Jam (Part 1) …. Ế Preciso Muito Amor (You Need Lots of Love); Na Pa Z Do Seu Sorriso (Peace in Your Smile); Começar de Novo (A New Beginning); Infinito Desejho (Infinite Desire); Estrela Radiante (Radiant Star)… Vocalion CDSML 8498 (71:44) There are over 120 Mauriat albums listed online and here are four re-issued on two 2-on-1s by Mike Dutton – how does he make a choice? The French composer, conductor and arranger (1925-2006) studied classical piano early on, attending the Conservatoire de Marseille from the age of 10, soon becoming very interested in both pop and jazz. At age 17 he started his own orchestra. In the late ‘90s his sales were estimated at around 800,000 units every year. It was reckoned that he had sold 60 million recordings by the end of his career. While never exciting me in quite the same way as similar releases from his friend and mentor Franck Pourcel, the first two early albums (from 1966) make for very pleasant listening in M Mauriat’s arrangements. If you are a fan or only know of Mauriat forLove is Blue, you won’t be disappointed.

The second two albums are something quite different and reflect Mauriat’s wide musical tastes. The first, from 1978, was partly recorded in New York’s Power Station Studios and has 11 tracks described as funk/soul; all composed and arranged by Mauriat and his fellow countryman, the pianist Gérard Gambus. The few vocals are in English. Mauriat was "big" in South America (as he was in Japan) and the third volume of Brazilian numbers from 1980 (what happened to the first two volumes?) was recorded in Rio de Janeiro. Arranging is again shared and there are some wordless vocals. An interesting album but if you favour his cut-glass string sound, this CD probably won’t be for you. There are no liner notes for either of these releases, making your reviewer work harder! PB

‘MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK VOL.3’ Calling All Workers Intro Opening Sig Raymond Agoult & His Players; The London Scottish Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra; Morning Glory Bernard Monshin & His Rio Tango Band; Last Night On The Back Porch Nat Allen & His Orch; In The WoodpileSilly Billy;Windows Of Paris The Banjoliers Directed by Jack Mandel; Alcantara Anton & His Orch; Kumana;Caio,Caio, Bambina Ken Beaumont & His Sextet; Midnight In Mayfair Fredric Cooper & His Tipica Orch; White Wedding Raymond Agoult & His Players; Snow Coach George Scott-Wood & His Music;Oh Mein Papa Jack White & His Band; Paris MetroBonita Isy Geiger & His Orch; The Willow WaltzSyd Dean & His Band; Blue Moonlight Cecil Norman & The Rhythm Players; Josita Maurice Arnold & His Sextet; Tanto Gusto The Gerald Crossman Players; Pearly King Polka Harold Collins & His Orch;My Big Best Shoes Norman Whiteley & His Sextet; Little White Lies Jack White & His Band; Three Jolly Sailorman Maurice Arnold & His Sextet; Portrait Of My Love Harold Collins & His Orch; Faire Frou-FrouThe Banjoliers/Jack Mandel; Rio Chambira Bernard Monshin & His Rio Tango Band; Lei On Parle Francaise Frederic Cooper & His Tipica Orch; The Lady Is A Tramp The Eddie Stevens Sextet; Miss Ponytail Raymond Agoult & His Players; Don Roberto George Scott-Wood & His Music; Medley Harry Leader & His Band Cottage Industry Records FBCD 335 (79:04) This new release is Volume 3 in a series of MWYW CDs produced by Frank Bristow in Australia. Whereas the previous two volumes originated from the Decca wartime-issued 78 rpm records, the new programme has been assembled from the enormous – and unique – archive of off-air recordings which Brian Reynolds has amassed over many years. There is a sizeable amount of material here: within the 28 tracks are a total of 39 tunes (because there are some medleys included) and these are performed by around 20 orchestras and ensembles. Most of these were "regulars" and their names will be familiar to aficionados of the programme. All of the performances date from the middle/late Fifties to the early Sixties. Alan Bunting has worked his usual magic on the restorations; some of the recordings were made on very basic domestic equipment and these required a considerable amount of time and skill to bring them up to a decent standard. The accompanying booklet contains a wealth of information and many photographs of the performers. This was originally a joint project of Brian Reynolds and the late Brian Stringer, who very sadly passed away during the preparatory stages, and it has now been entirely taken over by Brian Reynolds. I believe that there are more issues in the pipeline and I personally hope that they will be as thoroughly enjoyable as this one, which has provided very good entertainment during a couple of long stints cleaning and tidying-up in my workshop. Warmly recommended. TC

[Available from Frank Bristow, 2 Cross Street, Brighton 3186, Victoria Australia ( ) Aust. $22.70 (Paypal). A limited quantity also available from Brian Reynolds (details on inside cover].

HAL MOONEY & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Music In The Mooney Manner’ 48 tracks incl. CD1 ‘Any Time’ (1959): Aries; Taurus; Gemini; Cancer; Leo; Virgo … ‘An Affair To Remember’ (1959): Oh What A Beautiful Morning; Hey There; Anna; I’ll Be Seeing You; Ruby; But Not For Me … CD 2 ‘Woodwinds and Percussion’ (1961): Swampfire; Baby It’s Cold Outside; Lover; Tonight; Old Devil Moon; Bye Bye Blues … ‘Dreamland…USA’ (Stereo Version) (1961): California Here I Come; When It’s Sleepy Time Down South; Beautiful Ohio; Back Home In Indiana; Manhattan; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans …Jasmine JASCD 717 (66:55 & 63:42) This release arrived just before JIM went to press and even on a short acquaintance it has been a very appealing listen. Hal Mooney, Brooklyn NY born in 1911, was a professional pianist as a young man and became an arranger, eventually joining the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. After serving his country during the Second World War he moved to Hollywood as a freelance and began to write for vocalists such as Crosby, Sinatra, Garland, Lee, Starr and Eckstine. In 1956 he was contracted as in-house arranger and A&R Director at Mercury Records, where he remained until the late 1960s. He then joined Universal Studios and became MD on some of the biggest TV shows of the 1970s: ‘Colombo’, Marcus Welby M.D., ‘The Rockford Files’, The Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Bionic Woman’. He died in 1995. Billy May meant it as a compliment when he described him as a "nuts and bolts arranger." Like Ossie Dales in his liner notes I must confess that although I was aware of Mr Mooney I’d never paid him much attention. Strings are to the fore on the dozen tracks, originally known as ‘Music Horoscope’, the first (and possibly best) of the four great sounding original albums here, and were all composed by the man himself. The second album is of film themes with a Billy Mayish up-beat big band tempo to them. The third album, in Mercury’s Perfect Presence Sound series, is much as you would expect from its title with even David Rose’sHoliday for Strings, together with the likes of Morton Gould’s Pavanne and Edward B Claypoole’sRagging the Scale, getting the woodwinds and percussion treatment. On the final album a musical tour of the States ends with the title tune, Dreamland...USA, another Mooney composition. Including some outstanding arrangements, this is a quality release. So I’m with Ossie again when I say "Welcome to my CD collection, Hal Mooney", and I too feel sure he will be as welcome on your shelves. PB

THE SHADOWS (1958-1961) ‘Kon-Tiki’ 47 tracks incl. Feelin’ Fine; Don’t Be A Fool With Love; Chinchilla, Serious Charge; Jet Black; Driftin’(all as The Drifters); Saturday Dance; Lonesome Fella; Bongo Blues; Apache; Quatermassters Stores; Man of Mystery; The Stranger; F.B.I.; Midnight; The Frightened City; Back Home; 36-24-36; The Savage; Peace Pipe / Jet Black (live); Driftin’ (live) Be Bop A Lula (live)(all as The Drifters); Mustang; Theme from Shane; Shotgun; Theme from Giant; Shadoogie; Blue Star; Nivram; Baby My Heart; See You In My Dreams; All My Sorrows; Stand Up And Say That; Gonzales … Jasmine JASCD 205 (50:29 & 63:24) The first time around I listened to this 2-CD set at one sitting and wallowed in nostalgia for nearly two hours. CD 1 opens with Jean Dorothyand Teenage Love, the A and B sides of the first and only single from July 1958 by The Five Chesternuts, forerunners of "The Shads". Two of the five were guitarists Hank B Marvin (Brian Rankin) and Bruce Welch (Bruce Cripps). These then joined The Drifters and in 1959, along with Jet Harris (bass) and Tony Meehan (drums), became The Shadows. In September 1961 the Columbia label released their first LP, ‘The Shadows’ (CD 2, tracks 8-20), which along with the title single (CD 1, track 19) and an EP, ‘Shadows to The Fore’ (CD 2, tracks 4-7) were Number 1 in all three of their respective UK charts at the same time … a first. The in-between years had been melody all the way; their style polished and the guitar-playing expert. Personally I could have passed on the occasional vocal. Highly informative liner notes from producer Groper Odson complete a most entertaining package. PB

BILLY VAUGHN ‘Golden Memories Of Billy Vaughn’ Five Original Albums 61 tracks incl. Song of India; At the Woodchopper’s Ball; The Chipmunk Song; Peter Gunn;; Oh; Topsy II; One O’clock Jump; Hernando’s Hideaway; Summit Ridge Drive; 12th Street Rag; Tequila; Patricia; Sentimental Me; Near You; Tennessee Waltz … True Love; The Sound of Music; The Threepenny Opera; Some Enchanted Evening; All the Way; Sayonara; Look For a Star; Snowfall; Mona Lisa; Paper Roses; Greenfields; Beyond the Sunset; Because They’re Young; He’ll Have to Go; Theme from "The Apartment" … Jasmine JASCD 215 (74:14 & 76:19) Richard "Billy" Vaughn (1919-1991) had more popular hits than any other orchestra leader during the rock and roll era, with a total of 36 albums and 42 singles in the Billboard charts. The two well-filled CDs here feature Vaughn’s signature twin sax sound where he uses an alto sax for the melody, with a second alto sax a third away. Supporting instruments always include four tenor saxes for the body, with a rhythm section usually containing one of two guitars, a piano, drums and a bass. Other instruments are also used and there are a number of splendid tracks with a full orchestra. The five original Dot albums are: Golden Hits’,‘Golden Saxophones’’Theme From A Summer Place’ (this topped the Billboard chart in 1960), ‘Look For A Star’ and ‘Theme From "The Sundowners"’. Although the majority of titles are familiar, Vaughn’s varied arrangements hold the interest throughout the set. These discs will make a welcome addition to any collection. My wife, who does not always share my enthusiasm for our kind of music, thought they "sounded nice" – from her that’s high praise. PB

FRED WARING & HIS PENNSYLVANIANS ‘Say It With Music – The Many Moods Of Fred Waring’ 51 tracks incl. I Hear Music; Greensleeves; Say It With Music; The Rose of Tralee; Din Skol, Min Skol; Sleep; In The Still of The Night; You and I; Dear Hearts and Gentle People; Zorro; Blueberry Hill; Loch Lomond; The Unconstant Lover; Sleigh Ride … Say It With Music; The Loveliest Night of The Year; Outside of Heaven; High Noon; Silk Stockings; On Top of Old Smokey; Tulips and Heather; Lollytoodum; I Have to Tell You; Be Kind to Your Parents; Mame; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Easter Parade … Jasmine JASCD 725 (77:35 & 79:49) Fred Waring, with his orchestra and choir, has been one of the most famous and popular musicians in American musical history … and no wonder! This 2-CD set is a fine follow-up to another Jasmine release (JASCD 149) I made my "Best Buy for Christmas" in December 2010. Apart from the varied tracks listed above and one of the best versions of Seventy-six Trombones I’ve heard, there are a number of patriotic pieces including God Bless AmericaGive Me Your Tired, Your Poor and Battle Hymn of the Republic. A number of sacred songs are also given the Waring treatment like Ezekiel Saw the Wheel; Blessed AssuranceLi’l David Play on Your Harp; I Love to Tell the Story, And Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit. Roy Ringwald’s The Song of Easter, celebrating Holy Week, is narrated by Mr Waring himself and has 14 African-American spirituals interwoven into it. Fred was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his work a year before he died in 1984. This release with its excellent musicianship and joie de vivreis guaranteed to lift your spirits. PB

RICHARD CLAYDERMAN ‘Romantique’ 16 tracks incl. Spartacus: Adagio; Les Misérables – Medley; The Flower Duet; West Side Story – Medley; Schindler’s List; Hallelujah; Le Onde; You Raise Me Up; Nessun Dorma; Lara’s Theme … Decca 3724563 (63:11) Once referred to in a Gramophone magazine review as "a French Liberace, without the candlesticks", this is the internationally acclaimed classically trained pianist’s first new studio album for ten years and is a nice-sounding varied compilation. It includes Ballade Pour Adeline, which he first recorded in 1976 and sold 22 million copies in 38 countries, and Prokoviev’s Montagues and Capulets, the theme from the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’. It was recorded in Sofia last September with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deyan Pavlov. M Clayderman, born Philippe Pagѐs in 1953, has recorded over 1,200 melodies, achieved sales of around 90 million worldwide, and is credited with 267 gold and 70 platinum discs. This full-price release is a good buy but would have been even better had the possibility of another four tracks been pursued. PB

REGINALD DIXON ‘The Very Best Of …’ Favourites Forever; Treasured Moments; Organ Magic! 3 CDs Memory Lane / Yesteryear GLM/Y-38-18. [121:46] It would take more than a page to list all the titles, so please forgive the omission! But titles are not really necessary if you are already an admirer of one of Britain’s top theatre organists of the last century. For many years he was a fixture at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, but he also had many fans around the world who eagerly waited for his latest 78s. This CD covers the period from 1934 to 1938 and most of the tracks are Dixon’s familiar medleys. The nicely illustrated booklet with this 3-CD set contains a biography and a detailed list of all the titles – all that is missing is the original catalogue numbers (this applies to most of the Memory Lane collections reviewed in this issue), but that will not worry organ fans. They will warmly welcome this well restored and expertly compiled collection. DA

BILLY MAYERL ‘Piano Exaggerations’ Christopher Duckett 16 tracks inclJazzaristrix; Sweet William; Song Of The Fir Tree; Bats In The Belfry; Loose Elbows; Cobweb; Antiquary; Evening Primrose; Marigold … Shellwood SWCD42 [46:51] Billy Mayerl was an incredible pianist. His mail order school inspired thousands who wanted to emulate his deceptive easy going style, and we know that a number of light music composers (Cyril Watters once confessed to us!) were influenced by him. As well as his piano pieces, Billy also ventured into light music pastures later in his life, to the benefit of production music publishers. It seems that his early death at the age of 56 was hastened by his liking for whisky and smoking, but his work continues to exert a strong influence even today, more than 50 years after his passing. We are familiar with the definitive performances of Eric Parkin, but Mike Lorenzini at Shellwood Productions has discovered an amazing talent named Christopher Duckett. Although his name may be new to some record collectors (and enthusiasts of the piano), Christopher is already known inside the music profession. He graduated from the Royal College of Music (where he had been award the Prokofiev Prize among other awards) and has a busy professional career as a soloist, accompanist and repetiteur. His concert performances have taken him to many countries in Europe, and his love of the kind of syncopated jazz that became Billy Mayerl’s trademark should result in many more recordings in the future. You can’t help smiling when you sit back, relax and wallow in this kind of music. It’s such a shame that today’s pianists don’t get heard on radio and television as much as they deserve. DA [Shellwood CDs are available for £11.50 inc. postage worldwide].

BILLY MAYERL ‘Piano Music By Billy Mayerl Vol. 1’ Philip Martin (piano) 21 tracks including Aquarium Suite, Puppets Suite, Three Contrasts … SOMMCD 0124 (76:22) Londoner Billy Mayerl (1902-1959) showed a prodigious talent from a very early age. When little more than a child, he studied piano at Trinity College of Music and around the age of 13 he was the soloist in a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Queen's Hall, London. Also about this time, he composed his first piano piece in the syncopated style for which he was to become famous, although it had to wait until 1925 when it was published under the title of ‘The Jazz Master'. He was a regular broadcaster in the early days of BBC Radio from the famous 2LO studio in Savoy Hill, London, and he established a friendship with George Gershwin, who entrusted Mayerl with giving the British premiere of Rhapsody In Blue. He enjoyed a varied and very successful career as a performer, arranger, composer and conductor and his Correspondence School for budding pianists ran for 30 years and became a world-wide phenomenon. I well remember his BBC broadcasts in the early post-WWII years, with his Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble. Over the years, Mayerl's compositions have enjoyed good representation on recordings, and anyone aspiring to emulate his dazzling virtuosity faces a formidable task. The Irish-born pianist Philip Martin certainly fills the bill in this respect, and the result is a very pleasing CD, which is warmly recommended to all those who enjoy this style of music. TC

‘SONG OF PARADISE The Piano Music Of Reginald King’ Mark Bebbington 23 tracks, including Song of Paradise, Three Miniatures, Three Impressions, In the Shade of the Palms, Summer Breezes … SOMMCD 0125 (76:25) This disc also features solo music from the same era as that immediately above. The enterprising SOMM Company has achieved quite a "coup" with the first commercial recordings of the compositions of another Londoner, Reginald King (1904-1991). During his lifetime he was considered a significant figure within the Light Music world. His training at the Royal Academy of Music influenced his composing style and his music is suffused with lyrical warmth and a rather restrained "classical feel". The pieces here include at least three which will be familiar to many in their orchestral guise: Song of Paradise (which was the pianist’s signature tune for many years), In the Shade of the Palms and Summer Breezes. The latter was used as the second tune in the famous 'White Kitten' interlude on early post-WWII BBC Television and it is interesting to compare the two versions. Pianist Mark Bebbington definitely "rises to the occasion" and delivers great performances of these works, a good number of which will be probably receiving their first hearing for very many years. Compared with the music of many of his contemporaries, Reginald King's compositions are much less well-known; this new disc can only help to bring his name to a wider audience. Yet another warm recommendation – congratulations are due to all who have been involved in this productionTC

ROGER WILLIAMS ‘America’s Best Selling Pianist’ Four Original Albums 1957-1961 51 tracks incl. Gigi; O Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Beloved Daddy); An Affair to Remember; Two Different Worlds; Forgotten Dreams; Yellow Bird … Stardust; Stranger in Paradise; Traumerei; Moonlight and Roses; To a Wild Rose; Dark Eyes … Moonglow; Unchained Melody; Tennessee Waltz; Hey There; April in Portugal; My Heart Cries for You … Theme from "The Sundowners"; Theme from "The Apartment"; Temptation; One Finger Symphony; Homesick for New England; La Montana (If She Should Come to You) … Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Sailor; Main Theme from "Exodus" Jasmine JASCD 718 (78:31 & 77:21) I well remember Roger Williams – born Louis Weentz in 1924 – being one of the most popular virtuoso instrumentalists of the mid-20th century, and it is very surprising that so few of his 116 LPs – 18 receiving gold and platinum awards – have been reissued on CD. Those nice people at Jasmine Records have begun to put that right with two of the four albums on this 2-CD set – ‘With These Hands’ (1959, US Album Chart No.8) and ‘Always’(1960, No.25) – appearing in this format for the first time. The other two albums are ‘Songs of the Fabulous Fifties’ (1957, No 6) and ‘Temptation’ (1960, No.5)*. The final three tracks listed above are from ‘Songs of the Soaring 60’s’ (1961, No.35). Roger’s piano playing is stylish and beautifully fresh throughout and his technique befits one who had a classical training. The US Billboard magazine ranks him as the top-selling piano recording artist in history. He was the first pianist to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also known as the "Pianist to the Presidents", playing for Harry S Truman to George H W Bush. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. At that time Autumn Leaves (CD 2, track 12) was the best-selling piano solo record ever and the only one to top the Billboard charts. Roger died on October 8, 2011, one week after his 87th birthday. It is encouraging that these recordings are deservedly back in the lists and as Bob Fisher May writes in his liner notes: "If the arrival of Roger Williams original LPs on CD for the first time prove as popular as we hope there are plenty more where these came from". PB

[‘Temptation’ coupled with ‘Yellowbird’ is also on Sepia 1196, released in July 2012.]

NEIL DIAMOND ‘The Very Best Of : Original Studio Recordings’ Forever in Blue Jeans; Beautiful Noise; Love on the Rocks; Cherry, Cherry; I Am…I Said; Sweet Caroline; Cracklin’ Rosie; Play Me; I’m a Believer; Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon; Holly Holy; Solitary Man; Song Sung Blue; You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (with Barbra Streisand); Hello Again; Red, Red Wine; If You Know What I Mean; Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show; Pretty Amazing Grace; Kentucky Woman; Shilo; America; Hell Yeah Sony 8876405882 (78:46) You get exactly what it says on the box here. The album stands out, however, from other similar compilations in that Neil has persuaded Sony to include, along with the US Columbia (CBS) recordings, tracks he made prior to joining them in 1973 for Bang Records (mid-‘60s) and Uni/MCA (1968-1972), and for Capitol Records (‘The Jazz Singer’ in 1980). Born in 1941, in his five decades on disc Neil has sold 160 million albums worldwide, with 16 Top 10 albums and 37 Top 10 singles – including that with Barbra Streisand. He possesses probably one of the most distinctive voices in the business, and is second to none in putting a song across. He is also an immensely inventive songwriter. The Monkees recorded his I’m a Believer in 1966 and sold six million copies. Other songs have been covered by the Hollies, Lulu (The Boat that I Row), Elvis Presley, UB4 (UK no.1 with Red Red Wine), and many others. All 23 tracks on this album are self-penned, only four of them being with other artistes. The compilation is further enhanced by four pages of fascinating notes written by Neil himself called "Recollections". Also included in the box are five postcard pictures of the singer. I do hope that if you are not in the habit of buying popular vocal albums you will give this one a listen. PB

SACHA DISTEL ‘From Sacha With Love’ 29 tracks incl. All of Me; Let’s Do It; S’Wonderful; Sans Toi; Scoubidou … Jasmine JASCD 244 (77:11) If French is the language of romance, then surely nobody employed it to greater effect than Sacha Distel. A trained jazz guitarist, he had a musician's respect for the lyrics, and his warm, rich voice was just as seductive when his sang in his accented English. This compilation offers the best of both worlds; the first dozen tracks are from the RCA LP‘From Paris with Love’, which was arranged and conducted by Ray Ellis, the remaining 17 are sung in his native tongue. Sound quality is excellent, but tracklist information is minimal. BMC

GORDON MACRAE ‘High On A Windy Hill’ 56 tracks incl. Cara Mia; It’s Magic; Younger Than Springtime; Summertime; Jim Bowie; Little Brown Church; I Believe; Rock of Ages Jasmine JASCD 723 (78:44 & 79:58) An exemplary compilation of songs, some in stereo, by this exceptional singer. He had a glorious voice, which he used to great effect on screen, most memorably in ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Carousel’, from which Oh, What a Beautiful Morning and Soliloquy respectively are featured. Many other songs from stage and screen are included, together with sacred songs, Christmas tunes and some singles, and Van Alexander, Frank de Vol and Paul Weston number among the accompanists.BMC


THE MILITARY WIVES ‘Stronger Together’ Presented by Gareth Malone OBE Rule the World; Right Here Waiting; Stronger Together; When Will I See You Again; In the Bleak Midwinter; Annie’s Song; Get Here; One Voice; Long and Winding Road; Songs That Won the War – Medley; Meet You at The Moon; Counting Time; Sing; In My Dreams featuring Jon-Joseph Kerr (Remembrance Version)Decca 3710695 (49:06) A follow-up to the earlier chart-topping ‘In My Dreams’ reviewed in JIM 192. This time the choirs are from Lympstone, Plymouth, Dishforth, Catterick, Portsmouth, Chivenor (the original choir), Warminster, Middle Wallop, Defence Academy, Abingdon, Salisbury Plain, Wattisham, and Marham. The CD is as heart-warming and enjoyable as its predecessor, particularly in the crystal-clear diction of the choirs. Gareth co-wrote the title song with Eliot Kennedy. Sing, of course, was the Diamond Jubilee anthem. Although all of ten minutes longer than the first album it is still short measure from Decca, and I found the small white print on a blue background for the liner notes difficult to read. But proceeds from the sales of the album (a minimum of £1 per unit sold at full price) will again support the Military Wives Choir Foundation to carry on what Gareth Malone has so commendably begun. PB

JANE MORGAN ‘At The Cocoanut Grove’ & ‘What Now My Love?’ Fascination/Love Makes the World Go Round/You and The Night and The Music; Paris Medley; The Second Time Around; The Day the Rains Came; Lillian Russell Medley; It Takes Time/Fascination (Reprise): Guess I’ll Have to Hang My Tears Out to Dry; Black Coffee; The End of the Love Affair; I’m a Fool To Want You; What Now My Love; Goodbye; It Never Entered My Mind; Love Look Away; Here’s That Rainy Day; Waiting for Charley to Come Home; Bonus Tracks: Fly Me to the Moon; Count Every Star Sepia 1215 (74:51) Always welcome to these pages, these are the last two new albums, released in 1962, of the 17 the lovely Jane made for Kapp Records, to whom we should forever be grateful for first recording her in 1956 (‘Jane Morgan – An American Songbird In Paris’ Sepia 1098). The Paris Medley, which Richard Schoener describes in his illuminating booklet notes as "a nostalgic nod to her early days as an American chanteuse in the night clubs of Paris", has Ms Morgan singing three of the five numbers in French: Mon Coeur est un Violon (My Heart is a Violin)La Petite Waltz and La Seine. Lillian Russell was one of the most famous American actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies. Among her numbers here are Oh those Hips, Oh those LipsDon’t Throw Stones at Mother,Moonlight Bay, Daisy Bell and Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet. Throughout the first album the orchestra is under the direction of Dick Hazard. On the second album the MDs are Peter Matz and Burt Bacharach, who also produced the record. A standout track is the title song where Bacharach – like Nelson Riddle for Shirley Bassey (both released in 1962; I wonder who thought of it first?) – uses the theme from Ravel’s Bolero as the music’s framework. The final two items listed above are "Bonus Tracks" with Jack Elliott wielding the baton. Let us hope that sales will justify the continuation of more marvellous Morgan re-issues. PB

PATTI PAGE ‘The Collection’ 18 tracks incl. With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming; Would I Love You (Love You, Love You); Mockin’ Bird Hill; Mister and Mississippi; Detour; Come What May; You Belong to Me; Why Don’t You Believe Me; Changing Partners; Cross Over the Bridge; Let Me Go Lover!; Allegheny Moon; Old Cape Cod; Left Right Out of Your Heart Spectrum 5443222 (50:52) Born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927, Miss Page died on the first day of January this year. With her distinctive vocal colour and good diction she was rated alongside Jo Stafford, Kay Starr and Rosemary Clooney and became the biggest selling female singer of the 1950s. Bigger in the US than in the UK, 111 of her singles (mainly on the Mercury label), spanning from 1948 to 1982, were in the Top 100 Billboard Chart – almost without interruption. Tennessee Waltz spent 13 weeks at the top of the chart in 1950 and went on to sell a reported 10 million copies in the States. There were three more No.1 hit singles between 1950 and 1953 (also included on this disc): All My Love (Bolero)I Went to Your Wedding, and (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window. The last-named made the UK Singles Chart at No.9. Many of Patti’s hits had her double-tracked in duets with herself, and later releases became increasingly country flavoured. If you are without a Patti Page album on your shelves, this inexpensive digitally remastered compilation from 2001 is well worth acquiring. PB


Andy Williams 47 tracks incl. Misty; Danny Boy; Tonight; Tammy; The Heather on the Hill … Delta 38359 (73:38 & 73:27)
Tony Bennett 48 tracks incl. Blue Velvet; Chicago; Smile; April in Paris; Jeepers Creepers …. Delta 38360 (73:25 & 72:37)
Bobby Darin 50 tracks incl. Lazy River; Things; Skylark; Caravan; Some of these Days … Delta 38361 (69:45 & 72:47)
Ray Charles 45 tracks incl. Georgia on My Mind; My Bonnie; Side by Side; Yes Indeed … Delta 38365 (72:52 & 72:14)
Johnny Mathis 50 tracks incl. Misty; Easy to Love; Stranger in Paradise; My Romance … Delta 38366 (73:57 & 73:08)

These five budget-priced 2-CD sets share the generic title and in a contest the prize would surely go to Bobby Darin. That compilation includes three Atlantic albums, namely ‘That’s All’ and ‘This is Darin’, both arranged and conducted by Richard Wess, and ‘Love Swings’ with Torrie Zito, plus eight tracks from ‘Two of a Kind’, his 1961 collaboration with Johnny Mercer, in which Billy May did the honours. Tony Bennett’s approach to the standards was more cavalier, as evidenced by Love for Saleand Crazy Rhythm, both from his 1957 album ‘The Beat of My Heart’. But his liberties pale in comparison to those of Ray Charles, whose mannerisms are most charitably described as wayward. Both Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis were great ballad singers, and both albums are weighted in favour of that aspect of their art. The songs are for the most part closely associated with the golden age of musicals, both stage and screen and the selections should commend themselves to lovers of the genre. There is a but, which is that it’s not unreasonable to expect the original play or film to be identified, but such information is lacking, as are also any details of the accompaniments. BMC

DAVID WHITFIELD ‘Cara Mia’ Cara Mia; My Son John; When You Lose The One You Love; I’ll Find You; On The Street Where You Live; Song Of The Vagabonds; Climb Ev’ry Mountain; Trees; You Are Too Beautiful; Hear My Song Violetta; Look For The Silver Lining … 66 tracks 3 CDs [178:48]Memory Lane GLM/Y-52 This collection by one of Britain’s most popular singers of the 1950s is divided into three sections: ‘Showcase’, ‘Treasured Moments From Stage And Screen’ and ‘Favourites Through The Years’. The brief track details above include pieces from each of them, so you’ll know what to expect. David Whitfield almost exploded onto the popular music scene in 1954 with Cara Mia, in which he was accompanied by none other than Mantovani (who also co-composed the song). It sold over a million copies in the USA, but the excellent booklet notes by Martin Moritz remind us that it was not actually David’s first taste of chart success. His first Decca singles were released a year before Cara Mia, and his version of Answer Me (the original melody was written by the famous German light music composer Gerhard Winkler) reached the charts accompanied by Stanley Black. Numerous singles followed, in which David was given backings by the top arrangers and conductors on Decca – Roland Shaw, Stanley Black, Cyril Stapleton and, of course, Mantovani. Although he continued working into the 1970s it was the pre-Beatles era of the 1950s that witnessed David Whitfield’s phenomenal success. This is admirably captured in this great souvenir of a very good singer. DA

The following eight reviews are all by Paul Clatworthy

‘THE PHILADELPHIA STORY’ 1940 DSOY 909 (72:07) 17 tracks

‘THE MALTESE FALCON’ 1941 DSOY 902 (73:36) 17 tracks

‘THE PALEFACE’ 1948 DSOY 898 (77:36) 20 tracks

Three more in this series that recreated radio versions of the films, augmented with popular songs of the year. Each sleeve note is a history lesson in miniature, and the tunes are carefully picked and well performed by various bands and singers. PC

LOU STERN and his Jazz Sextet ‘That Was Yesterday’ DSOY 908 (54:07). 20 tracks featuring Billy Butterfield, Peanuts Hucko, Tony Mottola, Bob Carter and Cliff Leeman. PC

JOHNNY MERCER’S ‘Music Shop III’ DSOY 900 (70:49) 28 tracks featuring Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers with June Hutton, Paul Weston and his orchestra, Wendel Myles, Roberta Lee, Beaulah and Arthur Treacher. PC

JOHNNY MERCER’S ‘Music Shop IV’ DSOY 906 (73:39) 32 tracks featuring Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers with June Hutton, Paul Weston and his orchestra, guests Roy Rogers and Diana Lynn. PC

PERRY COMO ‘At The Supper Club Part IV’ DSOY 897 (76:10) Twenty eight tracks featuring The Satisfiers, The Modernaires, The Fontane sisters, The Starlighters and guests Connie Haynes, Vivian Blane, Spike Jones, Jerry Colonna and Charles Boyer. PC

BING CROSBY ‘Love Is’ DSOY 903 (72:42) 26 tracks with the Orchestras of VIC Shoen, John Scott Trotter, Victor Young, Joseph Lilley, Morris Stoloff and Lyn Murray. Featured: The Andrews Sisters, The Rhythmaires, Ken Derby Choir, Burl Ives, Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Diana Shore, Peggy Lee and Evelyn Knight. PC

DUKE ELLINGTON ‘Black, Brown & Beige’ Sal Andolina (alto sax) Tony DiLorenzo (trumpet) Amy Licata (violin) Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Harlem; Black, Brown, & Beige Suite; Three Black Kings (King of the Magi, King Solomon, Martin Luther King); The River Suite (The Spring, The Meander, The Giggling Rapids, The Lake, The River); Take the A-Train Naxos American Classics 8.559737 (78.30) The best description for this unusual CD is "Symphonic Jazz" with tones of Ferde Grofe discernible, yet all the tracks are quite different. The River in particular is almost straight symphonic music while Harlem is more mainstream jazz. If you like a broad interpretation of a theme with clarinet, alto sax and trumpet solos weaving their melodies backed by a fine brassy orchestra then you will certainly enjoy this. EW

TED HEATH AND HIS BAND ‘Listen To My Music’ 3 CDs 69 tracks. [187:13] Memory Lane GLM/Y-56 Many of us already have Ted Heath’s records in our collections, but the joy of new compilations is that you get the chance to hear the music in a different sequence which – depending upon the expertise of the compiler – can sometimes be a revelation. The first of these 3 CDs is entitled ‘Showcase’, and features well-known Heath favourites such as Dragnet, Take the ‘A’ Train, Hot Toddy, The Faithful Hussar, Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Tom Hark, Bakerloo Non-Stop etc. On CD 2 we are offered ‘The Pleasure Of Their Company’ in which the Band accompanies the great singers in Heath’s stable, including Lita Roza (Blacksmith Blues, Allentown Jail); Dennis Lotis (Hit And Run Affair, Sam’s Song); Dickie Valentine (You Belong To Me, Mona Lisa); Joan Regan (Heartaches); Paul Carpenter (Try A Little Tenderness); Anne Shelton (Wonderful One); and even Mel Tormé (Walkin’ Shoes). It’s back to the great familiar Heath repertoire for ‘All-Time Favourites’ featuring Tuxedo Junction, Cherokee, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, etc. Great sound, great booklet, great collection! DA

PAUL ASARO & THE FAT BABIES ‘What A Heavenly Dream’ 14 tracks incl. Truckin'; Your Feet's Too Big; I Wish I Were Twins; Sweet and Slow; I'll Dance at Your Wedding; Blue, Turning Grey Over You; Don't Let It Bother You … Rivermont BSW-2222 (54:28) Fats Waller & his Rhythm was a small swing group whose recordings have added greatly to the gaiety of the human race. Fats himself was a sensational pianist with a great sense of fun and an enormous personality, and anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps faces a daunting task. Hats off then to Paul Asaro, whose group the Fat Babies has succeeded spectacularly in capturing the essence of Fats’ playing and singing. Paul’s liner note sets out the approach they adopted, which aimed to recapture the spirit of Fats’ recordings whilst deliberately avoiding a note-for-note approach. Recording quality is exemplary, and I recommend this CD unreservedly. BMC

‘COME DANCING’ …’In the 1930s’ 22 tracks incl. The Continental (Lew Stone); Pick Yourself Up(Harry Roy); It’s Just The Time For Dancing (Henry Hall); South Of The Border (Joe Loss) … ‘In the 1940s’ 22 tracks incl. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (Glenn Miller); Yes My Darling Daughter(Geraldo); Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree (The Andrews Sisters); Stardust (Tommy Dorsey) …’In the 1950s’ 22 tracks incl. La Ronde (Mantovani); Blue Tango (Ray Martin); Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (Eddie Calvert); The Creep (Ken Mackintosh); The Wedding Samba (Edmundo Ros) 3 CDs [194:51] Memory Lane/ Yesteryear GLM/Y-28. When I first picked up this collection and saw the cover I expected to be in for a non-stop session of Victor Silvester. How wrong I was! Much as I admire Silvester, over 60 tracks of his music might be just a shade too much (he appears on just two). What we have here is an inspired compilation of popular recordings that are also admirably suited to dancing. Each of the decades featured was notable for some great popular records, and you’ll discover many familiar friends, plus a few pleasant surprises. The tracks have been well remastered, and nicely sequenced. Simply 3 CDs of some of the most enjoyable popular music of many of our lifetimes … what more could you ask? DA

HARRY GOLD AND HIS PIECES OF EIGHT ‘Parade of the Pieces’ 28 tracks incl.   The Darktown Strutters Ball; An Eight - Piece Band (on a Nine Day Cruise); Blue Ribbon Gal; Long John Stomp; Tin Pan Alley Rag; Ory's Creole Trombone; Rhythm Rag; There'll be Some Changes Made; Davenport Blues; Dixie; Black and Blue; Clarinet Blues …. Dutton Vocalion CDEA 6210  (76.39) Harry Gold formed his band in the late 1940's and modelled his outfit on Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven and Bob Crosby's Bobcats but his style was very much his own built around Harry fronting on bass-sax and his brother Laurie on tenor-sax. They enjoyed about 50 years  of playing with regular billing on radio and TV and overcoming the trauma of Rock ‘n' Roll in the mid 1950's – even appearing on the teenage show ‘Six-five Special’ on BBC-TV Saturday nights … remember? The album concentrates on the early days of the band, 1949-52, when the band also included the exciting sounds of Cyril Ellis on trumpet supported by the Norrie Paramor on piano, Bert Weedon on guitar and Geoff Love on trombone before they became national "musical treasures". The material recorded was a mixture of jazz standards and original compositions by Harry, Norrie and Geoff. My personal favourites instrumentally are a rollicking performance of the jazzed-up rendition of National Emblemand Geoff Love's Parade of the Pieces. What makes the CD special are some of the vocal contributions. Before the days of "Manuel" Geoff Love was no mean trad-jazz singer as witnessed onI Love a MysteryDid You Ever Try Frying Snowballs and The Ghost of Old Man Mose (a Love/Paramor original) with his characteristic rolling "r"s. Harry & Laurie bring their vocals to the fore in an hilarious performance of Old MacDonald resplendent with farmyard noises. In what must be her recording debut, mention must be made of Georgia Brown with her two numbers Sweet Georgia Brown and Don't Bring Me Posies, long before she graced the West End stage as the original Nancy in Lionel Bart's ‘Oliver’. The last nine tracks are from a series of Jazz Club releases which, apart from Harry, Laurie and Geoff, have Sid Phillips, Jack Jackson, Freddy Gardner and Max Abrams in the line-up – bonus treasures indeed. The presentation is first class, with a personal liner note from Harry's son Dave accompanied by photographs from the Gold archive. In the re-mastering department Mike Dutton has again performed miracles. Overall a fabulous album … buy it … enjoy it. BMC

CARROLL GIBBONS & HIS BOYFRIENDS Volume 4 ‘Living In Dreams’ 25 tracks incl. Cabin the Cotton; Give Me a Ring (selection); Tony’s Wife; Ain’t She Dainty; Who do You Think You Are?; Not Bad … Vocalion CDEA 6204 (72:40)

Volume 5 ‘Wake Up And Live’ 24 tracks incl. He’s not Dressing (sel); Sing Baby sing (sel); I Double Dare You; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (selection) … Vocalion CDEA 6209 (73:32)

HENRY HALL & THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA Volume 4 ‘What A Perfect Combination’ 26 tracks incl. Balloons; In the Moonlight; Moonstruck; Experiment; After You, Who?; I Don’t Want to go to Bed … Vocalion CDEA 6207 (78:13)

JACK PAYNE & HIS ORCHESTRA Volume 7 ‘Coffee In The Morning’ 24 tracks incl. Over on the Sunny Side; Moon Country; Ill Wind; Who Made Little Boy Blue?; The Moon was Yellow; I Think I Can … Vocalion CDEA 6208 (74:41)

Volume 4 of The Boyfriends spans mid-1932 to mid-1934, three early tracks feature both the American violinist Matt Malneck and vocals by Cecile Petrie, and the selection from Give Me a Ring is a piano solo by Carroll. Fourteen of the tracks include Johnny Green, and the two pianists use On the Air and Not Bad as an opportunity to trade friendly insults. Apart from two May 1934 sides, Volume 5 covers the period from spring 1936 to late 1938, and presents fifteen selections (against the earlier compilation’s four) plus two medleys, so it covers a lot of tunes.

Henry Hall was recruited by the BBC in January 1932, not 1928, as shown in the liner note (mea culpa!) and this compilation covers a year from November 1932. The band was in superlative form, as witness the bouncing rhythm of Balloons, or the drive of What a Perfect Combination, both sung by Les Allen. He provides all but three of the vocals; Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen duet onDreaming, and Phyllis Robins does the honours on Snowball.

The CD of Henry’s predecessor Jack Payne also offers a 12-month selection, beginning in February 1934, when his recordings began to be issued on the Rex label. He shares vocal honours with Billy Scott-Comber, and Ronnie Genarder gets a look in with True. The band had a very full punchy sound, which could be throttled back for ballads, or let rip on hotter numbers.

All of these compilations offer a great selection of songs, for many of which this is the first reissue, and Mike Dutton’s remastering leaves nothing to be desired. Liner notes are by yours truly. BMC

THE SAVOY ORPHEANS, SAVOY HAVANA BAND & THE SYLVIANS 1923-1927 ’Everybody Stomp’ 24 tracks inclRaggedy Ann; Everybody Loves My Baby; When My Sugar Walks Down the Street: Stomp Off, Let’s Go; Static Strut; Mississippi Mud ... Retrieval RTR 79070 (73:43) The previous compilation of the early Savoy bands was the World Record Club double-LP, and it's hardly surprising that a dozen of the titles from that selection reappear here. The earliest, Sister Kate, dates from April 1923, and Nick Dellow's liner note refers to its Dixieland feel, although its rhythmic impulse carries strong ragtime echoes. There's a novelty element about this side, most obviously in Bert Ralton's ragged clarinet solo, and this aspect also infuses the next two numbers; the muted trumpet sounding tearful on Farewell Blues, and clucking on Henpecked Blues (not forgetting the Swanee whistle on Any Way the Wind Blows). Initially this may distract from appreciation of the solid musicianship involved, but as the CD progresses the high calibre of sidemen chosen for these recording sessions becomes increasingly evident. Outstanding amongst the early acoustic tracks is a bouncing version of Eccentric that bears comparison with the classic New Orleans Rhythm Kings version, and a Copenhagen which is notable for a doubling-up of the rhythm for the ride-out. Some of the arrangements involve tricky syncopated rhythms, which is where the rock-steady rhythm section pays dividends. Whether playing popular songs of the day, or outright jazz, the various personnel acquit themselves with distinction, and no serious collector of the golden age of British dance bands – or those interested in the development of hot dance music outside of the USA – should be without this splendid reissue, lovingly restored from the original 78s, half of which were recorded acoustically. BMC

‘THEN...THE ROARING TWENTIES’ 80 tracks incl. Gene Austin My Blue Heaven; Fletcher Henderson St. Louis Shuffle; Cliff Edwards Singing in the Rain; Lee Morse Moanin’ Low; Jack HyltonMaybe it’s Me … AUPCD123 (63:05, 61:53, 62:30, 64:41)

‘THEN…THE SWINGING THIRTIES’ 80 tracks incl. Chick Webb Heebie Jeebies; Libby Holman Love for Sale; Douglas Byng Miss Otis Regrets; Andre Kostelanetz Chant of the Weed; Lale Anderson Lilli Marlene; Fats Waller Sextette from Lucia di Lammemoor … AUPCD126 (75:48, 79:44, 78:48, 77:32)

AP Music has produced a series of decade-based 4-CD sets, of which I’ve chosen the first two. They present a cornucopia of jazz, dance bands and personalities from stage, and later screen, drawn mainly from the USA. The net has been cast wider than usual to include some less obvious choices. Sound quality is variable but generally acceptable, and the tracklists are minimal, but at around £7 per set this has to be a gift horse. BMC

AL BOWLLY ‘…. Remembers’ 24 tracks inclHappy Go Lucky You; Night and Day; Fancy Our Meeting; The Little Dutch Mill; Isle of Capri; Judy; If I had a Million Dollars; Goodnight Angel …Vocalion CDEA 6203 (75:31) Most of Al Bowlly’s recordings have been reissued on CD, and in this case, both Volumes 1 & 2 of the Memory Lane series "Al Bowlly in his Own Right", together with Sunflower and Rex have covered much the same ground. That said, this is a winning selection in which, as Ray Pallett points out in his excellent liner note, Al also sings the verse on the majority of titles, and is featured in a more intimate setting than usual. My favourite track is the very first, which combines a superior reprise of Al’s 1933 recording of Lover Come Back to Me with the evocativeDancing in the Dark. BMC

SOUSA ‘Music For Wind Band • 11’ The Royal Swedish Navy Band / Keith Brion 14 tracks incl. Keeping Step With the Union March; Wolverine March; Globe and Eagle March; On Parade March; Tally Ho Overture; We Are Coming March; National Fencibles March; Guide Right March; You’re the Flower of My Heart – Sweet Adeline Fantasy Naxos 8.559690 (68:06) With the latest instalment in this long running series comes another change of band with Naxos swapping one Scandinavian navy band for another having crossed the frontier between Norway and Sweden to engage the services of The Royal Swedish Navy Band which, according to the informative booklet note, has been going continuously since the 1680’s and comprises 30 full-time professional musicians. Furthermore it is Sweden’s only professional military band and has played a key role in the development of the country’s wind band music. Even for a seasoned Sousa enthusiast most if not all the titles included on this CD will be largely unfamiliar. But fear not, gentle reader, since many of the tunes here will be familiar to you. As an opener the Mother Hubbard March makes effective use of no less than seven nursery tunes, whilst the 18-minute In Parlour and Street Fantasy makes use of popular melodies from the world of opera and operetta including the famous Anvil Chorus. Another Fantasy, In Pulpit and Pew, features well-known hymn tunes commencing with Onward Christian Soldiers and proceeding via others such as Abide With Me to conclude with Adeste Fideles. The final march deploys to good effect what Sousa considered the most beautiful of all folk songs – Annie Laurie. Another march worthy of note is the 1917 Liberty Loan, which commemorates US government bonds sold in support of WW1, with chimes simulating the celebrated Liberty Bell. Production standards are very high indeed with both recording and performances by this superlative band in the demonstration class. So do get on board before you have too big a back log to catch up with! RH 

‘THE ROAD TO HONG KONG’ & ‘SAY ONE FOR ME’ 28 tracks incl. The Road To Hong Kong’ Overture*; Let’s Not Be Sensible; Moon Over Hong Kong**; Team Work; The Only Way To Travel*; The Chase**; The Road To Hong Kong; Let’s Not Be Sensible Blues*; Reluctant Astronauts**; Warmer Than A Whisper; Lamasery Chant** / Say One For Me; You Can’t Love ‘Em All; The Girl Most Likely To Succeed; The Night That Rock And Roll Died (Almost\); I Couldn’t Care Less; Chico’s Choo-Choo; The Secret Of Christmas (* Robert Farnon & Orchestra; ** composed by Robert Farnon)Sepia 1216 (75:23) These two Bing Crosby original soundtrack albums appear on CD for the first time so are quite historical aural documents. This was the seventh "Road" movie, words by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, filmed in 1962 at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, England starring Bing, Bob Hope, Joan Collins and Dorothy Lamour. But the main interest to JIM readers will probably be that Robert Farnon was the musical director and wrote four of the seven non-singing tracks played by his orchestra. ‘Say One For Me’ is a 20th Century-Fox film from four years earlier and starred Bing, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds and Ray Walston. Words and music are again by Cahn and Van Heusen, conducted this time by Academy Award winner Lionel Newman, who was an Oscar nominee for this score but lost out to André Previn and Ken Darby’s ‘Porgy and Bess’. Pianist Buddy Cole accompanies Bing on I couldn’t care, and Judy Harriett’s voice on The Night Rock and Roll is dubbed by Rosemary June. The CD is completed by three bonus tracks of what are called "Pop Versions" of three Crosby numbers from the film: two with Frank De Vol and his Orchestra, and one with the Percy Faith Orchestra (a track originally rejected!) reminding us that "The Secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmastime but the Christmas things you do all year through." The fine sound restoration by Robin Cherry and Malcolm Macfarlane’s mine of information booklet notes are what we have come to expect from this label. I enjoyed it a lot. RP

RICHARD ARNELL ‘The Unnumbered Symphonies’ Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Martin Yates Overture ‘1940’; Sinfonia; Dagenham Symphony - Suite from the film ‘Opus 65’; Landscapes and Figures Dutton Epoch CDLX 7299 (78:20) Richard Arnell died a forlorn figure in 2009 and could not bear to look at his vast repertoire of unplayed and unrecorded music. In 1939 he found himself trapped in America with no return passage so stayed put and made a name there instead. He later returned home and was championed by a number of people including Sir Thomas Beecham. He also composed several film scores, including some for Alfred Hitchcock in Hollywood. The Sinfonia has unmistakable tones of Sibelius with a dash of Walton while the Dagenham Symphony was composed for a Ford car making documentary with the film shot to fit the music!Overture ‘1940’ and Landscapes and Figures are well worth hearing, the latter consisting of eight contrasting pieces. These world premiere recordings would have put a smile on the face of a composer who thought he had been forgotten … not any more! EW

‘BALLROOM CLASSICS’ Waltzes, Polkas & Galops by The Strauss Family • Lanner • Lehȧr • Suppé • Waldteufel • Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra / Willi Boskovsky EMI 5099995657127 This jumbo sized 11|CD box set usefully collects together virtually all the recordings of the above repertoire that the inimitable Willi Boskovsky made for EMI throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He did not normally step outside the Viennese dance tradition but what considerably makes this release the more attractive is the inclusion for the first time complete on CD of the two LP recordings (originally on the HMV Greensleeve label) that he made in the 1970s, with the Monte Carlo Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, of an excellent selection of waltzes and polkas by the Parisian "waltz king" Emile Waldteuful. Good though the Marco Polo series devoted to this composer was, I think Boskovsky brings just a little extra sparkle to this music. The box can be acquired for less than £2 a disc. Given generous playing time, consistently good sound and thoroughly idiomatic playing, anyone interested in the dance music of this period should lose no time in grabbing this treasure trove while they can. RH

‘BRITISH OPERA OVERTURES’ Victorian Opera Orchestra / Richard Bonynge 10 tracks containing music by Benedict, Barnett, Balfe, Loder, Wallace, Macfarren, & Goring Thomas SOMMCD 0123 (74:36)

In the latter years of the 19th century it became somewhat fashionable for some of our European cousins to label the British Isles "The Land Without Music". This was not only unfair, it was decidedly untrue. We had music colleges, concert halls, orchestras, conductors and composers aplenty! This new release from SOMM is collaboration with Victorian Opera Northwestwhose Musical Director is the internationally renowned conductor Richard Bonynge. VON was established to promote the many excellent, but largely forgotten, operas of the era by British and Irish composers, whose work used to be extremely popular but has been unjustly neglected in more recent times. The names of the operas, and indeed the composers, will be largely unfamiliar. The only two of the latter which immediately spring to my mind are Julius Benedict (whose Piano Concerto is presently enjoying a bit of a revival, thanks to Classic fM) and Michael William Balfe, whose opera ‘The Bohemian Girl’ (not represented here) includes the well-known aria I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls. The tracks on this release feature overtures from ten operas by seven composers, the productions spanning the years between 1834 and 1893. The well-illustrated booklet features comprehensive notes describing the works and the composers, and also about the English Opera movement, all of which helps to place the music in context. Whilst none of this will be at all familiar to most listeners, it is very accessible and enjoyable, and much credit is due to SOMM and VON for their initiative in producing this CD, which I’m sure will appeal to those who are on the lookout for something a "bit out of the ordinary".TC

ELGAR ‘The Longed-For Light – Elgar’s Music In Wartime’ BBC Concert Orchestra / John Wilson • Simon Callow (speaker) • Susan Gritton (soprano) Tracks incl. Carillon; Sospiri; Carissima; Le Drapeau Belge; Rosemary; Sursum Corda SOMMCD 247 (75:10) The incredibly versatile BBC house band fronted by our starriest younger conductor in his debut on this label brings us an interesting compilation of music from arguably our foremost composer. Apart from the last item listed above –composed in 1894 – the works here were written from shortly before the beginning of the Great War in 1914 until 1917 and are expressions of Elgar’s patriotism and his sorrowfulness at the events unfolding in Europe. The three longest works (none more than 18 minutes) are Polonia, written for the Polish Victims’ Relief Fund Concert in July 1915; Une Voix dans le Désert featuring both speaker (also heard on Carillon and Le Drapeau) and soloist; and The Sanguine Fan, a single-act ballet written as another of the pieces composed to raise money for wartime charities. Neil Varley produced the recording at Watford Colosseum in February 2012. There is a 30-page booklet of background information in English and French. Probably this album is not normal KT fare although, being Elgar, there are some good tunes. So, if the programme appeals, with these artistes and SOMM’s production values a highly satisfying listen is assured. ET 

ELGAR ‘Starlight Express’ Simon Callow (narrator) • Roderick Williams (baritone) • Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) • Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos CHSA 5111/2 (138.08) A wonderful complete version of this lovely fairy tale set to the background of Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suites in a totally different guise. In addition there are three extra songs and a lengthy suite arranged by Andrew Davis himself. Highly recommended for the music alone but you are sure to enjoy the story too. PW

RICHARD EILENBERG ‘Waltzes Marches & Polkas’ Cologne WDR Radio Orchestra / Christian Simonis CPO 77734212 15 tracks (68:52) The German born Gottlob Richard Eilenberg (1848-1927)) was nothing if not prolific with his opus numbers extending to around 350, encompassing marches, dances, salon music, chamber pieces, a ballet and several operettas. His two most popular works St Petersburg Sleigh Ride and The Mill in the Black Forest are both included on this enterprising new release, the latter a charming piece with simulated bird trills. There are too many delights on this disc to cover all of them in detail, so suffice to say you will discover an archetypal salon piece to enchant the ear, described as a "Love idyll", The Hearts First Beat, a lovely spacious waltz Under Italy’s Blue Sky that would not disgrace any member of the Strauss family, aMandolin Serenade in which the plucked strings of the violin imitate the sound of the aforesaid instrument, and the attractive character study In the Smithy in the Woods – apparently a favourite of Kaiser William! For a composer with such a generous melodic facility his neglect for many years is baffling, as is his continued absence from the New Year’s Day concerts in Vienna. Hopefully this disc will help to make some amends and stimulate an increasing interest in his music. Both recording and performances by one of Germany’s fine radio orchestras are uniformly fine, and this fascinating and appealing disc can be heartily recommended – in fact it was a real tonic to play for the first time on a grey, dismal day. Now let’s hope that CPO get round to producing a CD of the dance music of the Hungarian Joseph Gung’l whose waltzes in particular were regularly played by many light music ensembles during the golden days of BBC radio. RH

RODERICK ELMS ‘Moody Moves’ The Aurora Ensemble Moody Moves - Sextet for Piano and Winds; Il Cygnet; Cygnopations; Twelve Astrological Preludes; Fandango Frivolo; Carillon Festiva; Fandango Fantastico; Carillon da Festa Herald HAVPCD 320 (75:43) We are all familiar with the name of Roderick Elms through his work as a distinguished pianist and organist on many recordings and of course appearances over the years on the BBC paricularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra on programmes such as "Friday Night is Music Night". His music covers many styles and ranges in diversity from solo instrumental to symphonic compositions. I am always reluctant to categorise music but would say his music sits very happily in the company of Richard Rodney Bennett or Philip Lane, his light music is just that: light with a bit extra! Readers will no doubt have heard his very entertaining Christmas disc entitled ‘Festive Frolic’ with the RPO on the Naxos label, or ‘A Little Fall-ish’, recordings of some of his instrumental music from the Dutton stable. It is Roderick Elms’ instrumental music we are concerned with here with this latest disc from the enterprising Herald label. Moody Moves, the title piece, is a six-movement sextet for piano and winds and is for me an enchanting work with such titles as Amorous Antiphon, Retro Romance, Funky Fugato, and the piece ends with a Saucy Saltarello. Think of Britten’s Simple Symphony and you will get the idea. The pianist is Joanna Smith, with the excellent Aurora Ensemble, a young, gifted group formed in 1996, whom our local music society had the pleasure of hearing a couple of years ago. The distinguished saxophonist Kyle Horch appears in two pieces for saxophone and piano again with Joanna Smith, these being originally written for cor anglais but translate superbly to the sax as transcribed by Kyle. Roderick Elms himself appears at the piano for the other main work on the CD here appearing complete for the first time – Twelve Astrological Preludes for piano. Interestingly the work started life as just one short piece Aquarius, but at the suggestion of a BBC producer Roderick wrote the other eleven to create a suite albeit over a period of two years! The character and style of each prelude alludes to certain traits of its birth sign and even more interesting is that the composer adopts an Elgarian mode by adding to that sign the initials of a friend born under the same. This must lead to interesting discussions within the Elms household. There are as you might expect works for organ on the record played on the organ of Brentwood Cathedral by Stuart Nicholson, what you would not expect is that Iwo of the pieces also feature the guitar, played by Victoria Green. Such an unlikely combination you might think – a large organ and guitar? Yet such is the skill of the writing and performing they are quite simply amazing, delightful music; Fandango Frivolo and Fandango Fantastico are the pieces and the solo organ pieces are Carillon de Festa and Carillon Festivo. It is a long time since I heard such an entertaining and varied programme with many pleasant surprises along the way. Warmly recommended. DD

HOWARD GOODALL ‘Inspired’ The Essential Collection Laura Wright (soprano) • Noah Stewart (tenor) • Enchanted Voices • Craig Ogden • Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra ClassicfM CFMD28 19 tracks (77:25) At the time of writing the personable Mr Goodall is almost as ubiquitous on radio and TV as Clare Balding. His album released earlier this year is a toothsome mix of new and re-arranged works. The title track is one of the former featuring both the renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and the solo violin of the 31-piece orchestra leader John Mills. Listeners will recognize the themes from Mr Bean (Ecco Homo) and The Vicar of Dibley (Psalm 23). The composer is the solo pianist on Piano Fantasy: Tongue-Tied (from Red Dwarf)Shackleton’s CrossNocturnes(from the musical Love Story) and Blackadder Went Forth. Laura Wright sings Agnes Dei (fromEternal Light: A Requiem) and Pro Alios Curantibus (For Those Who Care for Others). The major work is a new 10-part oratorio Every Purpose Under the Heaven inspired by the beautiful poetry of the King James Bible to celebrate its 400th anniversary. As well as the noted soloists the 22 Enchanted Voices are joined here by the 25-strong Chamber Choir of Lincoln Minster School. Not perhaps "a modern-day ‘Messiah’" (as I read somewhere) but 46 minutes of music to warm the heart. PB

MICHAEL HURD ‘Orchestral Music & Pop Cantatas’ New London Orchestra & New London Children’s Choir / Ronald Corp Orchestral Music - Overture To An Unwritten Comedy; Sinfonia Concertante; Dance Diversions; Concerto da Camera; Little Suite; Plaine and Fancie; Harlequin Suite. Pop Cantatas - Charms and Ceremonies; Hip Hip Horatio; Nine Of Anon; A New Nowell 2 CDs Dutton Epoch CDLX7297 (135:01) The Michael Hurd Estate has generously provided support for this latest CD of his works, which will help to make his music available to a wide audience. Many of the recordings are world premieres, and it seems such a pity that Hurd (he died in 2006 aged 77) did not live to hear his music performed by such talented musicians. I wonder if he ever came into contact with Sir Vivian Dunn, because the booklet notes tell us that Michael Hurd spent six years on the staff of the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal. Before that he had studied composition with Lennox Berkeley and read music at Pembroke College, Oxford. He has written extensively about music, and today is chiefly known for his vocal and choral works, often with an appeal for young people. The first CD is devoted to orchestral music, and it is all new to me. My main impression is that it is tuneful and accessible, and I will certainly enjoy getting to know it better. The second CD comprising ‘Pop Cantatas’ also has some delightful moments, and the enthusiasm of the soloists and choir is beyond question. If, like me, you are unfamiliar with the music of Michael Hurd, then my advice would be to give strong consideration to adding this collection to your music library. These days it is possible to hear snippets of CD tracks on various internet music sites, and I would recommend that you make use of this helpful facility. Dutton/Epoch are offering these 2 CDs at the usual price for just one, so this is a bargain. It is worth quoting from Epoch’s own publicity: "In this attractive programme, issued as a 2-CD set, Dutton Epoch presents two sides of English composer Michael Hurd's (1928-2006) musical persona. The first disc is devoted to various charming orchestral compositions spanning the late 1960s to the early 1990s, and is effectively another entry in Dutton Epoch's British Light Music series. Lorraine McAslan is the persuasive soloist in Hurd's Sinfonia Concertante, one of Hurd's first substantial orchestral works. Oboist Nicholas Daniel is featured in the Concerto da Camera. Dating from the late 1970s, the composer remarked that it formed a ‘tribute to the genius of Francis Poulenc, and like his work seeks simply to ‘give delight and hurt not' in a world where obfuscation and gloom are too often the order of the day." Over on disc two we have four compositions for large children's choir with orchestral accompaniment and, in some cases, more modest forces. With flair and panache, Ronald Corp leads the New London Orchestra and New London Children's Choir, aided and abetted by various soloists, through this delightful programme, giving us a valuable insight into the colourful musical world of Michael Hurd. DA

MENDELSSOHN ‘Violin Concertos’ Tianwa Yang Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväsklä / Patrick Gallois Naxos 8.55937 (66:41) Those who responded to the review of Tianwa Yang’s Sarasate album in JIM 193 will need no further recommendation to buy her latest release. The 26-year-old Chinese violinist resident in Germany has been called "an unquestionable master of the violin" who "rises above her competition". Here the very popular E Minor Concerto is coupled, not as it invariably is with the Tchaikovsky or Bruch concerti, but with an attractive much lesser known Concerto in DMinor written when Mendelssohn was only 14-years-old. The album is completed by the Violin Sonata in F Minor, another fresh sounding early work, where Miss Yang is accompanied by pianist Romain Descharmes. With outstanding playing throughout, this release is very hard to resist however many other versions of the E minor one already has. ET

‘NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2013’ Vienna Philharmonic / Franz Welser-Mӧst 2-CDs Sony 88765411632 Alongside the customary pieces by the Strauss Family et al, this world-famous event from Vienna included works by Suppé, Verdi and Wagner. It was a first performance at one of these concerts for 11 of the 20 tracks. No further recommendation needed! PB

PARRY ‘Works For Chorus and Orchestra’ Amanda Roocroft (soprano) BBC National Chorus of Wales BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Neeme Järvi Chandos CHAN 10740(75:15) This is a very desirable release of melodic music from the somewhat neglected English composer Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918). Four of the six pieces are premiere recordings: the opening Te Deum, written for the coronation of King George V in 1911, the 19-minute suite The Birds of Aristophanes, James Shirley’s funeral ode The Glories of Our Blood and State, andMagnificat, first performed at the 1897 Hereford Three Choirs Festival. England is a musical setting of Shakespeare’s famous speech from Richard II, "This royal throne of Kings, this sceptered island, this earth of majesty, this seat of Mars." Jerusalem is in the original version with the soprano singing the first verse. All those taking part in the recording are on top form, none more so than the Estonian conductor. Jeremy Dibble’s booklet notes are enhanced by an introduction from that champion of Parry’s music HRH The Prince of Wales. Wholeheartedly recommended. ET

‘SOUND THE TRUMPET – Royal Music of Purcell & Handel’

Alison Balsom (natural trumpets) The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock (director, harpsichord and organ) 26 tracks EMI 4403292 (66:19) The booklet notes tell us that "trumpeters were the true heroes of the Baroque: the best-paid musicians of their day and the stars that the courts of Europe fought over." For this album the UK’s lovely leading exponent of the instrument switches to the glorious sounding valve-less baroque version to bring us nine works including duets on Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine and Purcell’s title piece with countertenor Iestyn Davies; and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen – The Plaint with soprano Lucy Crowe. Here we are transported to another Age, and jolly good it sounds too. ET

LEOPOLD STOKOWSI ‘The Columbia Stereo Recordings’ 10 CDs Sony 88691971152 An outstanding box set from the musical magician of Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ fame with many approachable items including Beethoven’s "Emperor" Piano Concerto (with Glenn Gould); Bizet’s Carmen andL’Arlésienne Suites Nos 1 & 2Flight of the Bumble Bee, Clair de lune, Perpetuum mobile,Humoresque and six other Stokowski transcriptions; Tchaikovsky’s Aurora’s Wedding (music fromThe Sleeping Beauty); and Bizet’s youthful Symphony in C – this being "Stoky’s" very last recording made shortly before his death, aged 95, in 1977. The first four albums from the 1960s are with the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra (Stokowski was conductor from 1912 to 1938, making it into the world’s plushiest symphony orchestra) and the rest from the late 1970s – four made in West Ham Central Mission, two at the EMI Studios – with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, a specially made up ensemble of top British musicians engaged for recording sessions. Each CD is a miniature copy of the original LP even down to the grooves. You will need a magnifying glass to read the sleeve notes although not for Edward Johnson’s booklet notes. With good sound, this is fantastic value at over eight hours of music for under £16 on the net. ET

SIGMUND GROVEN (harmonica) with Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) ‘Classical Harmonica’The Sally Gardens (Trad. Arr. Britten); Clair De Lune (Debussy); Fjellvind (E. Groven); Broomy Hill (James Moody); Capricious (Tommy Reilly); Der Var Ein Gong (Sigmund Groven); Bavarian Woodpecker (Tommy Reilly/James Moody) etc… 33 tracks (Norway) Grappa GRCD4393. [75:19] Our good friend (and RFS member) Sigmund Groven continues to produce impressive collections featuring his chosen instrument. For many years he worked closely with Tommy Reilly, so it is hardly surprising that he has become one of the foremost players of the harmonica. As the booklet notes remind us, Sir George Martin has described him as follows: "In the right hands the harmonica can be an instrument of great beauty and sophistication. Sigmund Groven, like Tommy Reilly and Larry Adler before him, makes full use of the wide range and tonal expressions that the harmonica is capable of. His musicianship is superb, and he now unquestionably reigns supreme as one of the finest exponents of the harmonica in the world." Sigmund’s notes in the booklet are in English as well as Norwegian. Collectors who avidly purchase all the CDs featuring Sigmund will already have more than 20 on their shelves. They should not hesitate to add this latest one as well. DA 

‘ORGAN SPECTACULAR’ featuring famous organists such as Reginald Dixon, Sidney Torch, Bobby Pagan, Ken Griffin, Ethel Smith, Robin Richmond, Klaus Wunderlich, George Wright, Jesse Crawford, Quentin Maclean, Sandy MacPherson, Lloyd Thomas … 3 CDsMemory Lane/ Yesterday GLM/Y-30. [196:29] Here’s another treat for organ fans, although this differs from the Reginald Dixon collection mentioned above because there is only one medley. The first two CDs contain what can be described as the "usual" theatre organ repertoire. But the third CD is certainly different, and most welcome! All of the 16 pieces on this are classical works, starting with the famous Toccata from Widor’s Symphony No. 5 (played by Virgil Fox), and ending with the Finale from Saint-Saens’Symphony No. 3 played by Marcel Dupré with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Paray. Other featured organists playing the classics include Karl Richter, Eric Chadwick and Reginald Foort. As usual with releases from this company the CD booklet is well researched and informative.DA

RICHARD TAUBER ‘The Golden Voice’ You Are My Heart’s Delight; Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss; Vienna City Of My Dreams; My Heart And I; Lover Come Back To Me; etc – 3-CDs 66 tracks [208:31] Memory Lane GLM/Y-57 There’s no need for a long list of the contents of this collection, because admirers of this hugely popular tenor will know exactly what to expect. He made an astounding number of records, as anyone with an old Parlophone catalogue will readily confirm. He was forced to leave his native Austria in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, and settled in England, where he eventually gained British nationality. Austria’s loss was certainly Britain’s gain, because he became a much-loved entertainer, and this is a wonderful souvenir to remind us all of his great talent. The booklet (with informative notes by Martin Moritz) also lists all the tracks, with full information regarding the recording date, matrix number and the catalogue number. Unfortunately the orchestras do not get a mention, but well done Memory Lane! DA

More recent releases recommended by Wilfred Askew

LES BAXTER "The Comedy of Terrors" Original Film Soundtrack (1966) Intrada Special Collection : Vol. 218 (41:53)

CHARLIE BYRD ‘Brazilian Byrd’ / ‘Hollywood Byrd’ 22 tracks incl. Corcovado; Jazz ‘’N’ Samba; The Girl From Ipanema; Dindi; A Time For Love; Georgy Girl; Alfie; Born Free; Any Wednesday; Moment to Moment BGOCD 1059 (62:48) Original CBS albums from 1966/67.

DAVID CARROLL & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Percussion Orientale’/ ‘Percussion Parisienne’ 26 tracks incl. In a Persian Market; Ballet Egyptian; Twilight In Turkey; Shish-Kebab; Mimi; Alouette; My Uncle; Valentine; The Petite Waltz; Dites-Moi SEPIA 1204 (70:43) Original Mercury recordings from 1960/61.

MATT DENNIS ‘Welcome Matt’ Four complete albums: ‘Plays & Sings’; ‘Songs Of Rodgers & Hart’; ‘Dennis, Anyone?; ‘Welcome Matt Dennis’ 48 tracks Junior & Julie; Angel Eyes; That Tired Old Routine; Mimi; Blue Moon; Mountain Greenery; Where Do We Go From Here?; Old Uncle Fud; Enchanted Memory; Show Me the Way to Go Home; By the Fireside; My Blue Heaven JASMINE JASCD 697 – 2-CD set (143:23)

HUGO FRIEDHOFER "The Rains Of Ranchipur"; "Seven Cities Of Gold"; "The Blue Angel" Kritzerland KR 20024-1 – 2-CD set (139:22)

BERT KAEMPFERT & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Let’s Go Bowling’ (1964) 14 tracks incl. Holiday For Bells; Holiday in Scotland; Toy Parade; The Bass Walks; Sunday in Madrid; Love After Midnight; Danke Schoen Polydor 278648-2 (37:24)

CARMEN McRAE ‘The Complete Kapp Recordings’ 3 LPs on 2 CDs

‘Book of Ballads’ arr./cond. by Frank Hunter 12 tracks incl. By Myself; My Romance; Isn’t it Romantic; Please be Kind; ‘When You’re Away’ arr./cond. by Frank Hunter* & Luther Henderson 12 tracks incl. The More I See You; Willingly*; I’ll Be Seeing You; I Concentrate on You; ‘Something To Swing About’ arr./cond. Ernie Wilkins 12 tracks incl. Three Little Words; That’s For Me; A Sleepin’ Bee; Alone Together Fresh Sound FSR-CD 677 (11:05)

DAVID RASKIN "What’s The Matter with Helen?" Original Film Soundtrack (1971) Quartet Records SCE 049 (31:34)

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Song Of The Pearlfisher’ The cascading strings of Werner Műller 50 tracks from 1954-59 on 2 CDs incl. Ole Guapa; La Cumparsita; Tango Americano; Armen’s Theme; Guagliione; Adios Pampa Mia; Serenata; O Sole Mio; Elephant’s Tango; La Seine; Buona Sera; Donkey Serenade Koch 8061981 (141:01)

LEITH STEVENS "The War Of The Worlds" (1953) 2-CD set Intrada Special Collection : Vol. 202 (64:12 & 77:48)

FRANZ WAXMAN "Career" Music from the 1959 Motion Picture Kritzerland KR 20024-5 (49:33)

VICTOR YOUNG "Shane" Music from the 1952 Motion Picture La-La Land LLLCD 1224 (66:03)

"Run Of The Arrow" (1957) & "The Brave One" (1956) OSTs originally issued on LP by US DeccaDisques Cinémusique DCM 136 (73:31)

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Reviewers in this issue: David Ades, Peter Burt, Paul Clatworthy, Mike Crowther, Roger Hyslop, Barry McCanna, Edward Trub, Edmund Whitehouse, Anthony Wills, and Peter Worsley

The KT Editor’s Choice for this issue

NIGEL HESS ‘New London Pictures’ The Central Band of The Royal Air Force / Nigel Hess Chandos CHAN 10767 (63:30) A new release from our fellow RFS member and friend is always welcome and this is a terrific album. Nigel is the composer of many TV scores such as award-winning themes for ‘Testament’, ‘Summer’s Lease’ and ’Hetty Wainthrop Investigates’ Here there are two premiere recordings: the title piece is a descriptive three-movement work (Millennium Bridge,London Eye and Congestion Charge), and The Lochnagar Suite, also in three movements, takes its inspiration from The Old Man of Lochnagar, a children’s book written for his two younger brothers by HRH The Prince of Wales. Then there are three premiere recordings in new arrangements: the lovelyLadies in Lavender theme from the film, Shakespeare Pictures (portraying ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘The Winter’s Tale’: The Statue and ‘Julius Caesar: The Entry to the Senate’) and A Christmas Overture, which always gets a lot of airplay on Classic FM. The album is completed by the oldest piece, the evocative Monck’s March, a concert overture commissioned by the Band of the Coldstream Guards in 2002, telling the story of General Monck’s historic journey in 1660 from Coldstream on the Scottish border to London with a force of 5,000 foot and 2,000 horse. There is not a dull moment on this disc, with the playing of the 50-strong band – the first outside the USA to receive the John Philip Sousa Citation for Musical Excellence – and the recording both outstanding. PB 

A descendant of the late Dame Myra Hess, Nigel Hess has much to be pleased about as a composer of accessible and tuneful music. New London Pictures was commissioned in 2003 and begins with a walk on the new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames near the Tate Modern, then enjoys a bird’s eye view over London from the nearby giant ferris wheel and ends with a London traffic jam with undertones of Gershwin’s An American in Paris. While the delightful Pictures will appeal to everyone, even if they don’t care for the bard. A Christmas Overture deserves to be heard every time the Christian festive season comes round. An excellent CD. PW 

LEROY HOLMES ‘The Sophisticated Strings and Arrangements of …’ 2-CD set: 60 tracks incl. There’s a Small Hotel; At Last; The Hour of Prayer; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; Humoresque; Sophisticated Lady; Lamento (Song of the Wind); Andalucia (The Breeze and I); Dolce Far Niente; Dansera; The Rain in Spain; Vaya Con Dios; Flying Home; Ciribiribin; Cherokee; Let’s Dance; Take the "A" Train; I’m Getting Sentimental Over You; Lucy’s Theme from "Parrish"; Where the Boys Are; The Parent Trap; April Love; Theme from "A Summer Place"; (Love is) The Tender Trap; Unchain My Heart; Hit the Road Jack; Hallelujah, I Love Her So; Georgia on My Mind; Just For a Thrill; RubyJasmine JASCD 734 (78:53 & 79:33) Once again this label has a winning compilation with this exceptionally well-filled release from another lesser known light music conductor and his orchestra. Named Alvin at birth, Holmes (1913-1986) was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor who studied, among other places, at the famous Juilliard School in New York. He worked for a number of bandleaders during the 1930s and early ‘40s, including Ernest Toch, Vincent Lopez and Harry James. After serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy during WWII he moved to Hollywood, where he was hired by MGM Music Studios as a house arranger and conductor, before moving to United Artists. During his time at MGM he backed numerous vocalists including Judy Garland, and in 1954 made arguably the best-known recording of the theme to the film "The High and the Mighty"with its distinctive whistling. The tracks here are taken from five varied original stereo LPs featuring lush ballads, a Spanish selection, big band and movie themes, and a tribute to Ray Charles. I find it hard to understand how Holmes did not become a much bigger name in our kind of music. You get what it says on the tin, not all the arrangements involving strings, and this will make a most worthwhile addition to any CD collection. PB 

MICHEL LEGRAND / JACQUES DEMY The Complete Edition Universal France 534 215 9 The French composer Michel Legrand’s output is prodigious: music has poured out of him for the last 60 years. This 11-CD box set (issued to coincide with a retrospective running at the Cinematheque in Paris until 4th August) is devoted to the nine movies he made with cult director Jacques Demy, beginning with Lola in 1960 and ending with Trois Places Pour Le 26 in 1988. Of particular interest are the ground-breaking "sung-through" films The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls Of Rochefort (1968), both starring Catherine Deneuve, whose singing voice was dubbed by various artists. Umbrellas is an intimate romantic drama very much of its time whereas Rochefort is Demy’s big budget homage to the Hollywood musical (Gene Kelly makes a cameo appearance). Their soundtracks have been digitally restored and are presented here in their entirety with, in the case ofRochefort, a never before released English language version featuring skilfully translated lyrics by Julian More. In addition there are the orchestral backings on their own, giving us an opportunity to appreciate Legrand’s dazzling arranging skills on, for example, The Girl I’ve Never Met. A further bonus comes in the shape of transcribed cassette tapes featuring Legrand working on ideas at the keyboard with Jacques Demy. As a welcome addition there are symphonic suites of the scores and a CD devoted to interpretations of their most famous songs by the likes of Tony Bennett, Astrud Gilberto, Stephane Grappelli, Sergio Mendes and Bill Evans. The accompanying booklet includes some Sixties studio and location shots and a lengthy interview with Michel Legrand, helpfully translated into English. For lovers of Legrand’s work and French cinema this collection is an absolute must. AW

GEOFF LOVE & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Waltzes With Love’ & ‘More Waltzes With Love’ Falling in Love with Love; Ramona; Anniversary Song; Always; Beautiful Dreamer; I’ll See You Again; Fascination; Wonderful One; Charmaine; Love’s Last Word is Spoken; The Last Waltz; Now is the Hour; Love’s Roundabout; The Desert Song; Around the World; When I Grow Too Old to Dream; Vaya con Dios; One Night of Love; Lover; Edelweiss; The Song from "Moulin Rouge"Try to Remember; Ask Me Why I Love You; Waltz of My Heart Vocalion CDLK 4493 (60:15) After his venture into disco/funk reviewed in our last issue, Geoff returns to the music we know and love for this release of two more albums from the extensive number he made for EMI’s Music for Pleasure label, this time from 1975 and 1979. Here we can wallow in 23 of the 20th century’s best waltzes, plus the 19th century’s Stephen Foster title, played in stylish arrangements with no gimmicks. In his original sleeve note for the first album the noted Gramophone magazine critic, W A Chislett, refers to Geoff’s "sensitive and expert treatment and handling" of the music. So just sit back, listen and enjoy; or maybe roll back the carpet and dance! PB 

MANTOVANI & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Favourite Melodies From The Operas’ 12 tracks incl. Celeste Aida; One Fine Day; Caro Nome; Softly Awakes My Heart; M’appari; Musetta’s Waltz Song; O My Beloved Father … ‘The Immortal Classics’ 12 tracks incl. Prelude in C sharp major(Rachmaninov); Minuet from Divertimento in D (Mozart); Romance (Rubenstein); Simple Aveu(Thomé); On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn); Largo (Handel); Barcarolle (Offenbach) … Vocalion CDLK 4500 (40:17 & 43.30) Many light orchestral music lovers around the world would consider that the Venice born maestro and his orchestra were (are) incomparable. There have been imitators but no-one has matched, let alone surpassed, the unique and very special Mantovani sound. From the mid-Fifties to the mid-Seventies this inimitable quality made him a global household name. The unmistakeable hallmarks: the overall radiance, the shimmering and cascading strings (albeit used sparingly here), the skilfully orchestrated woodwind and brass – in short, all the original sounds so characteristic of Monty and Monty alone – are evident on these two mono albums from 1956 and 1954. All the arrangements are by Mantovani except for five on the first disc by Cecil Milner. I wonder how many people, like me, cut their classical music teeth on the original LPs alongside ‘An Album of Strauss Waltzes’ and ‘An Album of Ballet Memories’PB 

‘An Album of Ballet Melodies’ 10 tracks incl. Valse des Fleurs (Tchaikovsky); Invitation to the Waltz (Weber); Pas de Deux from "Giselle" (Adam); Le Cygne (The Swan) (Saint-Saëns); Dance of the Comedians (Smetana) … ‘The World’s Favourite Love Songs’ 14 tracks incl. And this is My Beloved; At Dawning; Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes; I Give My Heart; Night and Day; Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You); Parlez-moi d’Amour (Speak to Me of Love) … Vocalion CDLK 4503 No sooner had the above been written and along comes more of the same as this 2-CD set was announced for release shortly before we went to print. Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours - Finale is in a Ronald Binge arrangement. My Old Dutch is a quirky choice for the second album. The original Decca mono LPs are from 1956 and 1957 respectively. We may well return to these albums in our final issue. PB 

MANUEL & THE MUSIC OF THE MOUNTAINS ‘Viva Manuel!’ Viva!; Chiquitita; Tijuana Taxi; On the Night of a Thousand Stars; Cumana; Los Hombres; Mambo Jambo; Copacabana (At the Copa); Mexican Magic; One Note Samba; Can You Read My Mind?; Mambo No.5; Chante; Zorba’s DanceThe Music of Manuel’ Princess Leia’’s Theme (from Star Wars); Il Cielo in Una Stanza; When I Need You; My Thanks to You; The Ways of Love; Noche de Ronda; Scheherazade; Mi Sono Innamorato de Te; Poldark (theme from the TV series); You Light Up My Life; Fantasy; Cuanto le Gusta Vocalion CDLK 4499 (42:49 & 43:15) Manuel is, of course, Geoff Love’s alter ego and you get the same quality music-making as you do from the albums made under his own name. EMI started issuing this series of albums in the early 1960s and these two are from the late 1970s. The Studio 2 Stereo recordings offer a wide soundstage with a rich string sound, Latin influenced orchestrations and the very occasional use of a wordless chorus. The opening track is a Love original composition. An all-round enjoyable listen. PB

BERNARD MONSHIN & HIS RIO TANGO BAND 32 tracks incl. Crepuscule; Mexican Carnival; Under the Bridges of Paris; Tango Caballero; Windows of Paris; Alcantara; Mountain Carnival; Lady of Spain; Red Sombrero; Lavoona.... Cottage Industry Records FBCD 364 (79.21) Brian Reynolds tells us in his superbly knowledgeable liner note that Bernard Monshin formed his original band in the 1930s but during the 1950s he was a regular broadcaster on the BBC Light Programme featuring on ‘Music While You Work’ 146 times together with his own programmes notably ‘Tango Time’. BM has already been featured in Guild's Golden Age of Light Music series but this is the first CD devoted to his music with recordings taken from three editions of ‘MWYW’ from Brian's library lovingly restored by Alan Bunting. The album includes a variety of Latin-American Rhythms such as the tango, rumba, beguine, paso doble and samba, etc. However many of the pieces are home grown: El Novillero(Edward Rubach),  Josita (Philip Green), Tiptoe Tango (Eric Jupp); not forgetting Louis Voss (composing as Stefan Rogez) and Gerald Crossman, who both played in the band and contributeMasquerade in Madrid, Antonella and Poverino Mio. Our European friends are not forgotten either: the Dutch tango king Malando provides Primero and Helmut Zacharias Spanish Violins. We must remind ourselves that Maestro Monshin composed a wealth of Latin-American compositions and his joropo Caracas (composing as Antonio Alma) and Fascinatin' Tango are also included. My personal favourites are the lovely beguine treatment of I Talk to the Trees (from ‘Paint Your Wagon’), the Italian melody Luna Rosa (played as a tango) and George Scott-Wood's superb tango Revenge. The presentation is first class with photographs of many of the composers featured on the CD – an original touch together with photographs of the band taken from Brian's book Music While You Work - An Era in Broadcasting and a British Pathé short taken in the 1930's (including singer Monte Rey – that’s nostalgia for you). To quote from Brian's liner note this CD will bring back happy memories to people of a certain age but hopefully will introduce this fine orchestra to younger listeners. I played this album all the way through – that’s recommendation enough. MC

[Available from Frank Bristow, 2 Cross Street, Brighton 3186, Victoria Australia (price via Paypal Aust $26.35/ UK £16.00. A limited quantity also available from Brian Reynolds (contact details on inside cover) @ £12 including p&p]. 

HUGO MONTENEGRO & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Loves Of My Life’ & ‘Ellington Fantasy’ 24 tracks incl. Girl of My Dreams; The Lady is a Tramp; Little Girl Blue; Jeannie I Dream of Lilac Time; Sophisticated Lady; My Old Flame … Black and Tan Fantasy; Sophisticated Lady (Alt Version); Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me; Solitude; Azure; Mood Indigo … Jasmine JASCD 217 (66:04) Montenegro (1925-81) was staff manager to Andre Kostelanetz at Columbia in his home city of New York, most notably conducting/arranging for Harry Belafonte, before fronting his own orchestra. Later on in his career, in the 1960s, he was primarily known for his movie work, largely of the Spaghetti Western variety. In 1968 he had a big hit with the single The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, reaching No.1 in the UK for four weeks, No.2 in the US, No.3 in Canada and selling more than 1,250,000 copies worldwide. He was also known for his work with electronic music. The two attractive mono albums on this release are from 1957. Using an orchestra of approximately 32 musicians and including a two-octave portable electric organ, the first dozen tracks focus on the ladies, including three superior tracks from the pen of Richard Rodgers. The accent is on sweeping strings with four sax and three flute solos. In his original sleeve notes Sam Hick calls Montenegro’s arrangements "deft and ingenious scores". The last dozen tracks are in tribute to probably the greatest jazz band leader ever. All are Ellington compositions and, again, are given the full-bodied string sound but this time with jazz-tinged solos from violin, trombone (Urbie Green), alto and tenor sax, and French horn (Caravan being a standout track). I feel sure "The Duke" would have approved. PB

REG OWEN & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Obsession’ 28 tracks incl. ‘Coffee Break’ (1958) Oh But I Do; Ask Anyone Who Knows; Was That the Human Thing to Do; Every Day; Please Don’t Talk About Me; Twenty Four Hours of Sunshine … ‘Cuddle Up a Little Closer’ (1959) Title tune; What is This Thing Called Love; You Oughta Be in Pictures; It’s Only a Paper Moon; Pretty Baby; Thou Swell … ’Bonus Hits’ Manhattan Spiritual; Ritual Blues; Down By the Riverside; Obsession Jasmine JASCD 263(77:03) After playing saxophone in the RAF’s Bomber Command Band during World War II, on demob George Owen Smith arranged for Ted Heath and Cyril Stapleton. He changed his name to Reginald Owen in 1954, and began writing film scores in 1957. He became well-known two years later when he had a No.10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a No.20 in the UK Singles Chart withManhattan Spiritual. The single after which this album is named reached No.43 in the UK in 1960. Both are included on this release of two stereo albums originally recorded for RCA Victor, which make for good listening with some attention-catching arrangements. Moving to Brussels in 1971, Reg continued to work as composer, conductor and arranger (remember the Knightsbridge Strings?) but sadly died in 1978 at the early age of 57. PB

IAIN SUTHERLAND CONCERT ORCHESTRA    ‘Manhattan Playboys – American Light Classics’ 20 tracks incl.  I'm a Brass Band; Folks Who Live on the Hill; Marching Thro' Georgia (arr. Hope); Walking the Dog; Tiny Ballerina; Kentucky Love Song (arr. Hope); March of the Toys; On Golden Pond ... alto ALC 1206  (77: 30)   Iain Sutherland's latest album takes us across the Atlantic for an attractive selection that includes light music specials along with music from the movies, Broadway and the Great American Songbook written by either American born composers or by composers who worked extensively in the States.  The performances are excellent with lovely warm string playing blending with beautiful sounds from woodwind and brass. The album commences in stirring fashion with the Overture from Erich Korngold's score to Captain Blood evoking swashbuckling memories of Errol Flynn. It's followed by delightful performances of Robert Farnon'sManhattan Playboy and later on in the album his nocturne How Beautiful is Night in Bob's own original score. A selection of American music couldn’t be without the music of Leroy Anderson or Morton Gould and superb performances of the former's Forgotten Dreams and Trumpeter's Lullaby – admirable solo work in both pieces – with the latter's Pavanne and his raucious confection American Salute included. Richard Rodgers comes to the fore with his Song of the High Seas from his score of the NBC-TV series ‘Victory at Sea’ and we arrive on Broadway with the Carousel Waltz.  Outstanding among the American standards featured is an especially lovely arrangement of Cole Porter's Night & Day by Reg Tilsley.  We remain on Broadway when the album concludes in exciting style with Maurice Peress' concert arrangement of the Overture to Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.  However my personal favourite is the exhilarating performance of Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel Overture – this is Maestro Sutherland on particularly superb form with memories of the "silent screen" and also reminding us of a wonderful Broadway show. At bargain price this album is a "must".  MC 

It is beginning to seem like Iain Sutherland has an almost endless supply of excellent recordings of Light Music, waiting to be packaged and offered to his many fans in attractive collections such as this one. What is particularly clever is that there are some unexpected – and very welcome – surprises among the familiar titles that you would expect to find when you see the name of the CD. As the above tracklisting shows, the British composer Peter Hope is represented by two of his memorable arrangements of American folk melodies. Reg Tilsley was a talented, yet often unfairly neglected, British musician. The "American" theme is, perhaps, stretched to the limit with the two Farnon pieces (!), although Manhattan Playboy is certainly firmly rooted in the New York of the immediate post-war years. It’s a great CD, with some outstanding performances from a conductor whose passion lies firmly in Light Music fields. Paul Arden-Taylor (Dinmore Records) has produced the fine restorations from these recordings dating from 1983-8, and the booklet notes by Iain himself are the icing on the cake. DA 

BALALAIKA FAVOURITES! Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra / Vitaly Gnutov & The Russian Balalaika Orchestra At Sunrise; The Linden Tree; Kamarinskaya; Midnight in Moscow; Snow Maiden; Evening Bells; Waltz of the Faun … Stepdastep: Steppe All Around; Semyonovna; Kalinka & more … alto Take:2 ALN 1936 (75:53) This is an album of mainly classsic Russian folk tunes that is a joy from start to finish. The first 14 tracks are a reissue of an historic album I’ve long prized, it being among the first recordings ever made in the old Soviet Union (Moscow, 13th and 16thJune 1962) by American technical and musical staff and equipment. It was put onto 35mm magnetic film for Mercury Living Presence and was a best-seller, especially with stereophiles, on vinyl, The principal instrument in the Osipov orchestra is the domra, a small stringed instrument with a rounded soundboard with a sound not unlike that of a mandolin. Among other instruments used are the balalaika (no surprise there!), Vladimir shepherd’s horns and goosli. I particularly enjoyed Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Buffoons and the final track is a brilliant 1’11" version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee, but every piece is a winner. Equally delightful are the eight tracks that complete the album. Very informative liner notes by James Murray give added value. Production and mastering of the CD was in the capable hands of Paul Arden-Taylor. A more entertaining release it would be difficult to find. PB 

EDDIE HEYWOOD ‘The Magic Touch of …..’ 2-CD set 47 tracks incl. Summertime; Cherry; The Man I Love; I Cover the Waterfront; Sitting on a Moonbeam*; All of You … Lies*; I’m Saving Myself for You*; Subway Serenade*; Rendezvous for Two*; Blues in a Happy Mood*; Heywood’s Beguine* … Winds in Autumn*; With the Wind and Rain in Your Hair; The Breeze and I; Whispering Wind*; Begin the Beguine; High on a Windy Hill … St Louis Blues; Hurricane*; Witchcraft; Virgin Isle Vamp*; All the Way; Rendezvous … Jasmine JASCD 736 (70:00 & 61.12) Eddie Heywood Jr (1915-89) was a pianist, arranger and composer. In the Thirties he worked with the orchestras of Wayne Carver, Clarence Love and Benny Carter before striking out on his own in 1940. Partial paralysis of his hands caused him to twice quit playing. Here are four of his stereo albums made after his first comeback:‘The Touch Of Eddie Heywood’ (RCA 1957), ‘Canadian Sunset’ (RCA 1958), ‘Breezin’ Along With The Breeze’ (Mercury 1959) and The Keys And I’ (RCA 1958). On the first he is joined by Al Lucas (bass) and Bobby Donaldson (drums), on the second possibly by the above for half the tracks with orchestral accompaniment conducted by Sid Ramin on the remainder, on the third by Al and Bobby with orchestra conducted by Frank Hunter and on the last with Joe Reisman and his Orchestra. All the tracks asterisked above are Heywood compositions. Another is the well-known title track, one of a dozen such on the second album. On album four there are a couple of particularly "play it again" arrangements of pieces called Caravan in the Night and Madeira. Although you’ll probably find this release listed under "Jazz" it is, unlike Eddie’s earlier albums, more leaning towards light music – that’s why it is reviewed here and not further on. Definitely well worth a hearing. PB 

EDDIE LAYTON ‘Great Organ Hits From …’ 2-CD set 48 tracks incl. Pretty as the Moon; All of Me; I Love Paris; Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider); Vienna, My City of Dreams; Nola; Winter Wonderland; Summertime; Over the Waves; Bright Lights of Brussels; Tenderly; Hawaiian War Chant (Ta Hu Wa Hu Wa!) … The Happy Organ; My Lucky; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Tico Tico; You Can’t be True Dear; Granada; Patricia; Twilight Time; The Dipsy Doodle; The Perfect Song; When The Organ Played at Twilight; By the Waters of the Minnetonka … Jasmine JASCD 737 (60:31 & 65:19) Edward M. Layton (1925–2004) played the organ at Yankee Stadium for 31 seasons, earning him membership in the New York Sports Hall of Fame. He was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and graduated majoring in meteorology with a minor in music. He began playing the organ when he was 12-years-old. While serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he learned to play the Hammond organ. After the war, he began a career as a professional organist writing scores for soap operas on CBS. In the liner notes absence of any such information, I think that the four original stereo albums here were probably recorded in the early Sixties on the Mercury label. Recommended as a nice memento of a very gifted musician whose work may be unfamiliar to JIM readers. PB 

DIAHANN CARROLL ‘Easy to Love’ 46 tracks incl. I May be Wrong; You’re an Old Smoothie; Goody Goody; Heat Wave; But Not for Me; I Should Care; Runnin’ Wild; The Boys in the Back Room … Jasmine JASCD 720 (68:40 & 64:13) This reissue of four of Diahann’s first six LPs charts her early career as a singer. ‘Best Foot Forward’ was recorded in 1958 with orchestras conducted by Sid Bass, Marion Evans, and George Siravo, who take four tracks apiece. These are punchy big band arrangements, which Diahann clearly relishes, and the result is a great fusion. ‘The Persian Room Presents’ was recorded in 1960 with accompaniment provided by Peter Matz, and has the spontaneity and excitement of a live recording. The third album, with the Andre Previn Trio, dates from 1960; Diahann throttled back to produce a more subtle and distinctive vocal sound. Finally, it’s a return to the big band accompaniment of Peter Matz for the 1961 Atlantic album ‘Fun Life’. Sound quality is excellent throughout, and although not specified I think all but the first album are stereo. BMC 

LENA HORNE ‘Unforgettable’ 44 tracks incl. Summertime; I’ll be Around; Mood Indigo; New Fangled Tango; The Man I Love; Some People; Don’t Commit the Crime; I Concentrate on You; I Want to be Happy … Jasmine JASCD 249 (73:58 & 77:22) This contains four RCA Victor albums, namely ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘LH at the Waldorf Astoria’ (both 1957), ‘Lena at The Sands’ (1961 stereo) and ‘Lena Lovely and Alive’ (1962). On the first she was accompanied by a studio orchestra that included a number of famous jazzmen, including Charlie Shavers, Doc Severinsen and Shorty Baker on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, George Duvivier on bass and Shelley Manne on drums. All four albums present standards from the Great American Songbook, including Cole Porter, Jules Styne, Rodgers, and Hammerstein and Yip Harburg medleys. As with the two live albums, her husband Lennie Hayton conducted the orchestra. At the Waldorf Astoria she was accompanied by Nat Brandwynne’s Orchestra, and the resident orchestra of Anthony Morrelli provided the accompaniment at The Sands. The final album was arranged and conducted by Marty Paich, earned a Grammy nomination, and is noteworthy for the fact that all the songs begin with the personal pronoun. This is an exemplary reissue of one of the great female singers, but its appeal may be diminished somewhat if you bought the 2010 Avid set, which included the first two albums. BMC

AL MARTINO ‘Take My Heart’ 58 tracks incl. I’m Shooting High; I Still Believe; Close to Me; They Didn’t Believe Me; Three Little Words; Makin’ Whoopee … Jasmine JASCD 730 (78:15 & 79:52) Al Martino had a powerful tenor voice, and could belt a song with the best of them, but he could also throttle back for a tender ballad, and this mono compilation displays ample evidence of both approaches. It’s made up of singles recorded between 1952 and 1960, a significant number of which charted on both sides of the Atlantic, augmented by an early studio album, the 1960 ‘Swing Along’, arranged and conducted by Stanley Appelbaum. BMC 

THE MODERNAIRES ‘So it Goes!’ 58 tracks incl. Only You; The Dipsy Doodle; Put Some Money in the Juke Box; The Great Pretender; Alice in Wonderland; Alright, Okay, You Win; As Long as I Have You; East of the Sun…. Jasmine JASCD 727 (79:03 & 78:02) This is sub-titled ‘Singles of the ‘50s’, a time when the group was recording for Coral Records. Having come into being in the early Thirties, their style was ideally suited to the big band sound, which led via recordings with Charlie Barnet and Paul Whiteman to their best-known association, with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The group we hear on this compilation was a quintet, made up of Hal Dickinson, Ralph Brewster, Fran Scott, Johnny Drake and Paula Kelly. They are accompanied variously by the orchestras of George Cates, Neal Hefti, Alan Freed & his Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, Fran Scott, Les Brown & his Band of Renown, Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats, Sonny Burke, Charles Bud Dant, and Milton DeLugg. Four tracks include Georgie Auld on tenor sax, and on two the group is joined by Martha Tilton. The second CD includes a Let’s DanceMedley, a Salute to Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. This delightful compilation showcases The Modernaires’ versatility and embraces swing, Dixieland, ballads, rock ‘n’ roll, and popular songs. Sound quality is excellent, and this should appeal across the board. BMC

FRANK SINATRA ‘Swings the Great American Songbook’ 48 tracks incl. A Foggy Day; Stardust; In the Still of the Night; Without a Song; Misty; A Fine Romance; All or Nothing at All; Prisoner of Love; Learnin’ the Blues … Delta 38364 (73:46 & 73:27) The latest in this series is culled from his early Sixties recordings with Capitol Records. Not every song is a swinger, but every one merits its inclusion. Frank’s wayward approach to the song as written tended to mar his later renditions, but at this stage such lapses were relatively minor. Accompaniments are unspecified, but both Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins would have featured large. If I had to pick out one song which encapsulated Sinatra’s talent it would be The Tender Trap, the title song of the 1955 film in which Frank starred opposite Debbie Reynolds. The compilation also includes the theme tune of Frank’s former boss Tommy Dorsey. There’s no background information on the songs, but sound quality is excellent, and this is a superb salute not only to a great vocalist, but also to some of the greatest songwriters. BMC


The Cosmic Eye Suite; Urbanissimo; Voyage To Next; Harlem Wednesday; People People, People; Adventures Of An *; Of Men And Demons Lightyear Entertainment 54168-2 (52:04) Few members of our Society are out and out jazz fans but they should not let this gem of intriguing film music pass them by. Segments of scores written by Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones from four animated cartoons have been carefully collated into a package to please most music lovers. To get your taste buds working I’ll mention some of the veritable Who’s Who of the music scene involved, such as Toni Scott, Pete Chrislieb, Ernie Watts, Lew Solon, Frank Wess, Maynard Ferguson, Dee Dee Bridgwater, Hank Jones and Lawrence Brown. Recorded between 1956 and 1985 this selection deserves a wide audience. PC 

MARK de CLIVE-LOWE & THE ROTTERDAM JAZZ ORCHESTRA ‘Take the Space Trane’Relax..Unwind; Blues For Six; Filthy Fingers; Caravan; Money (Don’t Let It Catch Ya) El Dia Perfecto; Heaven; Take The Space Trane Tru-Thoughts TRU267 (47:34) Mark’s usual output is fusion jazz, here he delves into the big band sound on some tracks without straying too far from his usual territory. Caravan has been covered by so many it took a brave arranger to write a new setting. John Plomp gives it a shot but listeners used to the Duke Ellington version will probably steer clear – very discordant ending. Blues for Six is closer to what big band devotees expect; Filthy Fingers is a little wild. El Dia Perlecto is a climatic wall of sound written by Mark with his keyboard fleshing out an intriguing tune. Standout track for me is Heaven; the trumpet solo by Rik Mol is endlessly rich, a ballad sound to revel in. PC 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG ‘Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography’ 100 tracks (alternate speech) incl. High Society; Cornet Chop Suey; Hotter Than That; When You’re Smiling; Body and Soul; That’s My Home … plus ‘Satchmo Plays King Oliver’ 18 tracks (6 alt. takes) incl. Dr. Jazz; Panama; Chimes Blues … plus ‘Louis and The Good Book’ 12 tracks incl. Go Down, Moses; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Jonah and the Whale … Avid AMSC 1082 & 1083 (78:44: 77:34: 79:03 & 79:26) This project may have been inspired by Bing Crosby’s earlier ‘Musical Autobiography’, but it’s closer in spirit to Jelly Roll Morton’s Library of Congress recordings. It was an opportunity for Louis to revisit his formative years and he grasped it with both hands. His enjoyment is palpable, in both his spoken introductions and the zest with which he tore into numbers he’d participated in (as a member of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, the Red Onion Jazz Babies, and Clarence Williams Blue Five), acted as accompanist (most famously with Bessie Smith, whose vocals were taken by Velma Middleton) or fronted as soloist. He was supported by his All Stars line-up of the time, augmented as required, mainly by saxes and guitar. They laid down a total of 43 new performances, and five earlier recordings were interpolated. The result is a triumph, with Louis in his mid-fifties proving that he was playing and singing with as much conviction as ever. There are relatively few tracks that fail to hit the spot, and they’re mainly confined to the twenties material. Velma Middleton’s vocals suffer from lack of a blues flavour, and the rendition of Potato Head Blues fails to capture the majesty of the original. The one surprising omission is West End Blues which recording is regarded as Louis’ crowning achievement. That said, what’s here is an unmitigated delight, and the two additional albums serve as the icing on the cake. BMC

ACKER BILK ‘Mr Acker Bilk Requests’ 2-CD set 50 tacks incl. Travelling Blues; Delia Gone; Gladiola Rag; Willy the Weeper; Dardanella; Franklin Street Blues; Easter Parade; Marching Through Georgia; In a Persian Market; I’m Going Home; Ory’s Creole Trombone; Let the Light From the Lighthouse Shine … Stranger On the Shore; Lullaby; Mean To Me; Grreensleeves; Take My Lips; Sentimental Journey; Nobody Knows; Is This The Blues?; Cielto Lindo; Deep Purple; I Can’t Get Started; Carolina Moon … Jasmine JASCD 739 (78:56 & 75:15) Somerset-born clarinettist, vocalist and bandleader, Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk, MBE, MA, began his jazz career working with Ken Colyer. He formed his own band in the mid-1950s and was highly successful in the trad boom years playing what has been described as "a polished sort of Dixieland shuffle-beat jazz featuring his skilful and individual playing." Acker, who is still performing in his 85th year, has been called "Great Master of the Clarinet" and spoken of in the same breath as Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. The tracks here are from 1958 and 1959 (Disc 1) and 1961 (Disc 2). On the first 12 toothsome tracks of Disc 2 (all listed above) Acker is accompanied by the Leon Young String Chorale. His two biggest hits, which he co-wrote, are here: Summer Set reached No.5 in the British chart, the first of 11 top 50 singles;Stranger on the Shore stayed on the UK charts for 55 weeks, peaking at No.2, and was the UK’s top-selling single of 1962 – the biggest selling instrumental single of all time – and has sold 1.16 million copies as of November 2012.   With this piece Acker became the first British artist to have a single at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This set is a lively listen and Mr Bilk’s idiosyncratic singing on a number of tracks has not spoiled my enjoyment. PB 

TAL FARLOW ‘Three Classic Albums Plus’ Avid AMSC 1086 (80.00 & 78.22)  presents four Verve albums of this guitarist in small-group settings, namely ‘Autumn in New York’ (1954), ‘The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow’ (1956), ‘This is Tal Farlow’ (1958) and ‘Music of Harold Arlen’ (1959). Tal Farlow deserves to be better-known, and this reissue of four of his best albums should help win a new legion of admirers.  BMC 

AL HIRT ‘Swinging Dixie’ 2-CD set: ‘Swingin’ Dixie!’ (1958) 12 tracks incl. Caravan; Tiger Rag; And the Angels Sing; Fidgety Feet; Tailgate Ramble; Hindustan … ‘Swingin’ Dixie! Vol.2’ (1959) 12 tracks incl. Darktown Strutters Ball; Wabash Blues; Stumblin’; Feet Draggin’ Blues; Wang, Wang Blues; Battle Hymn of the Republic … ‘Swingin’ Dixie! Vol.3’ (1960) 12 tracks incl. Dixieland One Step; Bill Bailey; When My Sugar Walks Down the Street; High Society; Sweet Georgia Brown Up a Lazy River … Jasmine JASCD 728 (74:55 & 64:59) One of the 20th century’s top popular music trumpeters, Alois Maxwell Hirt saw the light of day in Louisiana in 1922 and started playing the instrument when he was aged six. He studied classical trumpet and was influenced by Harry James’ playing. He was a bugler with several Army bands during WWII and afterwards free-lanced in swing bands including those of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ray McKinley and Benny Goodman. In 1950 he returned to New Orleans and formed his own group. These are three early albums made for Audio Fidelity Records with Hirt being joined by clarinet, double bass, drums, piano and trombone. The recordings are reckoned to be among the most rewarding of his career. It certainly sounds that a good time was had by all; and no lover of Dixieland need hesitate in acquiring this release. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music opines that "Hirt’s combo tantalised music lovers because they were obviously capable of more but he settled for a comfortable niche and made plenty of fans happy." He went on to have 22 albums on the Billboard charts in the 1950s and 1960s. ‘Honey in the Horn’ and ‘Cotton Candy’ were both in the Top 10 best sellers for 1964, the same year he scored a hit single with his cover of Allen Toussaint’s tune Java (Billboard No. 4), and later won a Grammy Award for the same recording. Both ‘Honey in the Horn’ and Java sold over one million copies, and were awarded Gold Discs. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame ten years after his death in 1999. If this release proves popular, maybe Jasmine will re-issue some of his later work. PB 

DAVE PELL ‘Four Classic Albums’ Avid AMSC 1084 (76:23 & 74.25) is the second Avid reissue of his Octet, which was drawn initially from the ranks of the Les Brown band. The first CD features two early albums, featuring compositions by Rodgers & Hart (1953) and Irving Berlin (1954). The second CD features two Capitol albums, both from 1961. ‘The Old South Wails’ presents numbers from the Dixieland repertoire, and ‘I Remember John Kirby’ (which includes Benny Carter on alto sax) is a fitting tribute to what used to be called "The Biggest Little Band in the Land", and rounds off an exemplary reissue.  BMC 

CHARLIE SHAVERS ‘Four Classic Albums Plus featuring Maxine Saunders’ Avid AMSC 1085(76:28 & 789.49) is something of a mixed bag.  ‘Horn o’ Plenty’ (1954) comprises just four tracks, the longest being Story of the Jazz Trumpet, in which Shavers produced impressions of other trumpeters. It’s something of a tour de force, but the vocal interjections detract from the music. ‘The Most Intimate Charlie Shavers’ (1955) features songs written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Green, backed by a string orchestra. ’Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm’ (?1959) features Maxine Sullivan accompanied by former members of the John Kirby band. In August 1956 she recorded ’Tribute to Andy Razaf’, with Charlie Shavers leading a very similar studio group. ‘Blue Stompin’ (1959) features Charlie Shavers with tenor saxophonist Hal Singer.  BMC 

JACK PAYNE Vol.8 The Rex Recordings ‘Lazy Rhythm’ 24 tracks incl. Maybe I’m Wrong Again; My Heart is an Open Book; East of the Sun; The Rose in Her Hair; Lazy Rhythm … Vocalion CDEA 6212 (73:50)

JACK HARRIS At Grosvenor House ‘The Free and Easy’ 24 tracks incl. The Free and Easy; You are My Heart’s Delight; The Flat Foot Floogie; Jeepers Creepers; Swing Band; Little Drummer Boy …Vocalion CDEA 6213 (71:36)

ROY FOX Vol.10 At the Café Anglais ‘Roy Fox Chooses …’ 24 tracks incl. We’re a Couple of Soldiers, My Baby and Me; Big Ben’s Saying Goodnight; Sweet and Hot; A Million Dreams; Isn’t it Romantic? … Vocalion CDEA 6214 (74:30)

JACK HYLTON Vol.11 The Decca Years ‘This Is The Rhythm For Me’ 24 tracks incl. Can’t We Meet Again?; Moon Song; Little Miss Muffett; Hylton Stomp; The Clouds Will Soon Roll By … Vocalion 6216 (74:10) I need to declare an interest, having written the liner notes. That said, I rate all four very highly as prime examples of music from the thirties. Jack Hylton’s recordings date mainly from 1933 and Pat O’Malley took the lion’s share of the vocals; most of Jack Payne’s come from 1935 with Ronnie Scott Coomber sharing vocal hours with Ronnie Genarder and others. Both led show bands that could fill large venues with both capacity audiences and popular music. In contrast, the dance bands led by Fox and Harris played in more intimate settings, and their arrangements were more transparent. The Roy Fox CD covers the last three months of 1932, which he spent at the Café Anglais, with vocalist Jack Plant. Jack Harris spent the early Thirties at the Grosvenor House Hotel, and five previously unissued recordings are included; the remaining seventeen tracks come from the late Thirties, most but not all recorded while the band was playing at Ciro’s Club. Needless to say, the audio restoration is uniformly excellent. BMC

THE ANDREWS SISTERS ‘The Best of … Featuring Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ 25 tracks incl. Pennsylvania 6-5000; Rum & Coca Cola; Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar); One Meat Ball; Strip Polka; Yes, My Darling Daughter … Delta 26700 (71:45) This features their Decca records, mainly from the early 1940s. The earliest is Bei Mir Bist du Schoen which dates from 1937 and their third recording session, and the latest is I Can Dream, Can’t I? from 1949, but the first track is Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from the 1941 film ‘Buck Privates’ which became their signature song. There are a couple of gender-benders, namely Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and I’ll be with You in Apple Blossom Time, and the lyrics of the calypso-based Rum and Coca Cola do not stand up to close scrutiny, but that did not prevent them from being hits. Their close harmonies were well supported by the accompaniments, most if not all of which were supplied by Vic Schoen & his Orchestra. The sound is clear and bright, and although the tracklist lacks detail this is an excellent reissue. BMC

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA ‘Music For Wind Band, Vol. 12’ Royal Swedish Navy Band / Keith Brion 17 tracks incl. Transit of Venus March; Marquette University March; Right Forward March; Right-Left March … Naxos 8.559691 (56:06) This long established series goes as far back as the beginning of 2001. The latest is the second to employ the services of the highly accomplished RSNB. Again, with the possible exception of the 1885 Sound Off March, all may be considered rarities and there is added interest here since this compilation includes some of the American March King’s earliest contributions to the genre. Two of them date from 1876 when Sousa was a mere stripling of 22: The Honored Dead was subsequently performed nine years later at the funeral of President Ulysses S Grant whilst the Revival March embraces the popular hymn tune "In the Sweet By and By." Of the others there is an effective treatment of the popular 1865 Civil War song Marching Through Georgia, and the Mikado March manages to incorporate virtually all the popular tunes from the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta during its brief span of under two-and-a-half minutes. We find Sousa in relaxed, carefree mood penning the attractive concert suites Maidens Three and Leaves from My Notebook but with the operetta Chris and the Wonderful Lamp, of which the Overture is included here, commercial success eluded him and it achieved only a short run in 1899. Sousa resourceful as ever wasn’t going to let good material go to waste and simply redeployed some of the music in other scores. Always keeping a keen and alert eye on changing musical fashions prompted him into producing in 1924 his charming Peaches and Cream foxtrot apparently after watching his granddaughter at a dance. So music to both gladden and stir the heart and, since both performances and sound quality are both in the premier league, this disc earns an automatic commendation. In a word simply unmissable! RH

‘AMERICAN BRASS!’ London Symphony Brass / Crees Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man;El Salón Mexico; Ceremonial Fanfare; Bernstein: Suite from "West Side Story"; Prelude Fugue & Riffs;Cowell: Fanfare for the Latin American Allies; Barber: Mutations from Bach; Ives: Variations on "America" alto ALC 1209 (63:37) "The very best in brass playing, brass-arranging, and brass-recording", wrote the Gramophone reviewer on the original release of this Collins full-price label album made at the Barbican in 1991. The London Symphony Brass comprises 29 of Britain’s finest brass and percussion players with clarinet, piano and double bass, all from the ranks of the London Symphony Orchestra. The works are well suited to arrangements for brass, five of which are by the conductor. Although I have most of the pieces in full orchestral form on individual CDs it is good to have them together on a single disc, especially one of this quality. Buy with confidence. ET

ATTERBERG Orchestral Works, Vol.1 Sara Trobӧback Hesselink (violin); Per Hӧgbeg (viola); Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Järvi Chandos CHSA 5116 (70:14) Having brought us from Norway two highly acclaimed recorded series of works by Halvorsen and Svendsen, Chandos now turn to Sweden and Kurt Attterberg (1887-1974), conductor and music critic, and one of his country’s leading 20th century composers. We are promised music that is "tuneful, accessible and charmingly folkoristic, even impressionistic in nature" – and so it is. This time the Estonian maestro conducts "The National Orchestra of Sweden" of which, after being in charge from 1982 to 2004, he is now Principal Conductor Emeritus. The story behind the opening and longest work, Symphony No.6 "Dollar Symphony", is a fascinating one. In 1928 it was the winner in a competition – attracting 500 entries from 26 countries – to mark the centenary of the death of Schubert that called for "original symphonic works in one of more movements presented as an apotheosis of the lyrical genius of Schubert and dedicated to his memory on the occasion of the centennial." The prize was $10,000 (a fortune back then), hence the nickname. Atterberg promptly bought a new Ford Model A! The great Sir Thomas Beecham was allowed by Columbia to record the symphony – the first work ever to be recorded before it had received a public performance. It is joined on this disc by Symphony No.4 "Sinfonia piccolo"En värmlandsrapsodi and Suite No.3, which only received its world premiѐre recording release in 2012. All are superbly played and recorded, and there are highly informative booklet notes by Stig Jacobsson to complement an engaging release of works by a composer who deserves to be better known. ET

HAVERGAL BRIAN New Russia State Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Walker English Suite No. 1; Symphonies 22, 23 and 24 Naxos 8.572833 (65:27) Three symphonies on one CD? Yes, but their average length is only around 12 minutes, thus leaving room for the splendidly atmospheric six movement English Suite No. 1 based on the Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside. Brian wrote 32 symphonies, most of which defy categorisation, and almost all composed late in life. These three date from the 1960s and are similar in sound to dramatic film music of the time. EW

CHABRIER Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Neeme Järvi Joyeuse marche; Overture to "Gwendoline"; Habanera; España; Lamento; Bourrée fantasque; Suite pastorale & more … Chandos CHSA 5122 (78:42) In JIM 193 I recommended a mono compilation of Emmanuel Chabrier’s works. Here we have nine compositions, with some duplication, but in digital state-of-the-art sound. The Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland is in fine form under the baton of its indefatigable artistic and musical director – Maestro Järvi certainly gets around. In 1879, after hearing a Wagner opera, Chabrier (1841-94) resigned his desk job at the French Ministry of the Interior to become a full-time composer. The spectacular success of España proved him to be a master orchestrator. As well as orchestral works, songs and piano works he composed two successful comic operas, L’etoile (‘The Star’) and Le roi malgré lui (‘King in Spite of Himself’), both represented on this disc. All Chabrier’s music has great melodic allure and relish and, as with the earlier disc, there’s a lot of joie de vivrehere. ET

ELGAR London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti ‘Symphony No.1; In the South ("Alassio")’ Decca Virtuoso 4785155 (68:36) A wonderful re-issue from 1980 considered by many to be the best recording of the symphony extant and likened to that of the composer’s own. Whatever other versions you may have, don’t miss out on this one. ET

MOZART European Union Chamber Orchestra / Hans-Peter Hofmann (Director) Symphony No.29; Kassation K.63; Divertimento K.251 Barn Cottage Records bcro11 (79:02) Of Mozart’s 41 symphonies the last four are undoubtedly his finest but I have a soft spot for the earlier No. 29, as it was the first work by the composer that I came to know and love. This is Mozart at his happiest and is often regarded as his first really great work. It is very well-played here by the 18 musicians directed by Herr Hofmann on violin. The release comes from a relatively new small independent label based in Surrey, founded by the harpsichordist Robin Bigwood, which deserves our support as it is responsible for a gem of a disc. PB

RESPIGHI Philharmonia Orchestra / Geoffrey Simon & Jan Pascal Tortelier Church Windows; Brazilian Impressions; Belkis, Queen of Sheba; Metamorphosen; Pines of Rome; Fountains of Rome; Festivals of Rome Chandos CHAN 241 & 245 (77:12 & 80:14) Respighi was an unusual composer who managed to dovetail ancient airs with contemporary sound pictures of Rome which are truly superb. These LP transfers are most welcome and if you don’t know the composer’s music you should indulge yourself. Buy this double CD and you will be transported into a new world of colourful sound. Great value! EW

‘LATIN AMERICAN CLASSICS’ Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela / Theodore KucharHuapango; Danzón No.2; Tocata Bachiana y Pajarillo Aldermaroso; Janitzio; Four Dances from Estancia: Los Trabajadores agricolas, Danza del trigo, Los peoness de hacienda, Danza final (malambo); Kanaima; Batuque Brilliant Classics 9762 (55:43) This is a humdinger of a disc featuring works by Moncayo, Márquez, Romero, Revueltas, Ginastera, Hung and Fernández. The oldest musical ensemble in Latin America, founded in 1930, under the baton of its American conductor, who has appeared on over 100 CDs, is more than a match for the famous Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. The playing is spirited, the conducting idiomatical, the recording good, and the price low (under £5 online). It is such an exciting release, a pity there’s not more of it. PB

JOHN IRELAND ‘Church Music’ Lincoln Cathedral Choir • Charles Harrison (Organ) / Aric Prentice Te Deum in F; Benedictus; Communion Service in C; My Song is Love Unknown; Elegiac Romance, Capriccio (Organ Solos); Evening Service in C; Christ The Lord is Risen Today; Four Unaccompanied Carols; Greater Love Hath No Man; I Am Trusting; Ex Ore Innocentium; Island Praise; Evening Service in F Naxos 8.573014 (77:05) If you are at all interested in church music and/or choral singing, and want a "taster" CD of the genre, look no further than this value-for-money release, well recorded in the cathedral last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the English composer’s death. ET

More recent releases recommended by Wilfred Askew

DEE BARTON ‘High Plains Drifter’ (1973) 27 tracks Intrada Special Collection, vol.217(54:27)

LES BAXTER ‘Jewels Of The Sea’ 12 tracks incl. Sunken City; Sea Nymph; Singing the Shells; The Enchanted Sea; Coral Castle; Dancing Diamonds; plus selections from: ‘The Sacred Idol’ (7 tracks);‘Ports of Pleasure’ (3); and ‘Tamboo’(3)

Cherry Red ACMEM 232 CD (79:25). Original Capitol album (1960)

TOMMY EDWARDS ‘The Hits and More’ For Young Lovers’‘You Started Me Dreaming’& ‘Step Out Singing’ 53 tracks incl. It’s All in the Game; Please, Mr Sun; Morning Side of the Mountain; My Melancholy Baby; Always; You’re a Sweetheart … Jasmine JASCD 196 2-CD set (136:36). Three original M-G-M albums (1959/60)

RUSS GARCIA AND HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Play the Music of Johnny Green’ 16 tracks incl. Body and Soul; Living in Dreams; Out of Nowhere; Easy Come, Easy Go; I Cover the Waterfront; Coquette; There’s a Ring Around the Moon; I’m Yours … Montpellier MONTCD084 (48:02)

BEVERLY KENNY ‘Complete Decca (US) Recordings’ ‘Sings for Playboys’ (1958) acc. by Ellis Larking & Joe Benjamin 16 tracks incl. It’s Magic; Time Was; Sing a Rainbow; Brooklyn Love Story … ‘Born to Be Blue’ (1958) w. Hal Mooney/Charlie Albertine cond. 13 tracks incl. Again; Beyond the Next Hill; You Couldn’t be Cuter; Somewhere Along the Way … ‘Like Yesterday’ (1959) arr./cond. Stan Freeman 12 tracks incl. Undecided; A Sunday Kind of Love; Tampico; Any Old Time … plusDecca single Your Love is My Love; ‘The Sesac Sessions’ (10 tracks); ‘Playboy’s Penthouse TV Show’ (6 tracks) Fresh Sound FSR-CD 721 2-CD set (154:41)

HENRY MANCINI ‘Condorman’ 28 tracks Intrada Special Collection, vol. 219 (60:28) Original Film Soundtrack (1981)

‘MOON RIVER AND ME’ Including More Music from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ 29 tracks: Soundtrack (17*), Barney Kessel (5); Eddie Harris (3); Moon River by Danny Williams, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Jerry Butler, Al Caiola, and *Audrey Hepburn Cherry Red ACMEM227CD (79:56)

LALO SCHIFRIN ‘Coogan’s Bluff’ 24 tracks plus 8 extras Intrada Special Collection, vol. 223(56:48) Original Film Soundtrack (1968)

ZOOT SIMS ‘ New Beat Bossa Nova, vols 1 & 2’ Original Coxpix recordings (1962) arr. Manny Albam and Al Cohn 23 tracks incl. Recardo Bossa Nova; Cano Canoe; Tickle toe; Lonesome Road; They Call the Wind Maria … American Jazz Classics AJC 99063 (78:01)

BILLY VAUGHAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA ‘’Chapel By The Sea’ (1962) & ‘Greatest String Band Hits’ (1961) Original DOT recordings 24 tracks incl. Petite Fleur; Exodus; Mon River; Midnight in Moscow; Route 66; Bonanza; Wonderland by Night; Carolina in the Morning; Japanese Sandman; Smiles; Baby Face; Happy Days Are Here Again; I’m Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover; In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town; plus 4 bonus tracks: Blues Stay Away From Me; All Nite Long; Whispering & Goodnight Sweetheart Sepia 1206 (64:51)

LAWRENCE WELK AND HIS ORCHESTRA ‘ Baby Elephant Walk’ & ‘Young World’ Original DOT recordings (1962) 24 tracks incl. Are You Lonesome Tonight?; Love Me Tender; Gigi; It’s All in the Game; The Brothers Grimm – Theme; Three Coins in the Fountain; Mona Lisa; Vaya Con Dios … Love Letters; Secret Love; April Love; Young at Heart; Young Love; Good Luck Charm; Too Young; plus 4 bonus tracks: Theme from My Three Sons; Out of a Clear Blue Sky; Night Theme; Zero-Zero Sepia 1207 (67:14)

BERT KAEMPFERT & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Let’s Go Bowling’ (1964) 14 tracks incl. Holiday For Bells; Holiday in Scotland; Toy Parade; The Bass Walks; Sunday in Madrid; Love After Midnight; Danke Schoen Polydor 278648-2 (37:24) 

CARMEN McRAE ‘The Complete Kapp Recordings’ 3 LPs on 2 CDs

‘Book of Ballads’ arr./cond. by Frank Hunter 12 tracks incl. By Myself; My Romance; Isn’t it Romantic; Please be Kind; ‘When You’re Away’ arr./cond. by Frank Hunter* & Luther Henderson 12 tracks incl. The More I See You; Willingly*; I’ll Be Seeing You; I Concentrate on You; ‘Something To Swing About’ arr./cond. Ernie Wilkins 12 tracks incl. Three Little Words; That’s For Me; A Sleepin’ Bee; Alone Together Fresh Sound FSR-CD 677 (11:05) 

DAVID RASKIN "What’s The Matter with Helen?" Original Film Soundtrack (1971) Quartet Records SCE 049 (31:34) 

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA ‘Song Of The Pearlfisher’ The cascading strings of Werner Műller 50 tracks from 1954-59 on 2 CDs incl. Ole Guapa; La Cumparsita; Tango Americano; Armen’s Theme; Guagliione; Adios Pampa Mia; Serenata; O Sole Mio; Elephant’s Tango; La Seine; Buona Sera; Donkey Serenade Koch 8061981 (141:01) 

LEITH STEVENS "The War Of The Worlds" (1953) 2-CD set Intrada Special Collection : Vol. 202 (64:12 & 77:48)

FRANZ WAXMAN "Career" Music from the 1959 Motion Picture Kritzerland KR 20024-5 (49:33) 

VICTOR YOUNG "Shane" Music from the 1952 Motion Picture La-La Land LLLCD 1224 (66:03) 

"Run Of The Arrow" (1957) & "The Brave One" (1956) OSTs originally issued on LP by US DeccaDisques Cinémusique DCM 136 (73:31) 

Corrections to KT in our last issue

HARRY GOLD ‘Parade of the Pieces’ My apologies for wrongly crediting Mike Crowther’s review to Barry McCanna, and for omitting him from the list of contributors. - KT Ed.

ANDRE KOSTELANETZ The correct details for this review are: ‘Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra On The Air with Perry Como and Gladys Swartholt’ DSOY 904

‘The Very Best of NEIL DIAMOND’ catalogue number is 8765405872

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