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Jill Kotchon wrote:

My father is looking for an album that has Skylark performed by Stan Getz with Bob Brookmeyer. He doesn't know the name of the album, just that Skylark was one of the tracks. I checked on Amazon.com, and all I found was the Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer album, but it didn't have Skylark. I also found a recording on WinMX that was Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, supposedly from an album called All That Jazz- It's So Cool. I checked on the Internet, and found no mention of this album. I also found Skylark by Stan Getz on a Japanese site that had it as being on an album called Columbia Jazz - Penguin Guide Hits, but also found no other mention of this album anywhere. Help? Do you know what album this recording is from? He's pretty sure it's Stan Getz and Bob Brookmeyer. Thanks!


This particular song comes from a Bob Brookmeyer LP issued by Columbia, though it has not yet appeared on CD. It’s called Bob Brookmeyer & Friends.

Lee Baumgarten from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I recorded a rendition of "Idaho" off a Royal Stokes jazz radio program in 1976. I recall him stating that it was performed live at Montreux Jazz Festival in (I believe) 1973, although it might have been another year. (Like a real genius, I stopped the tape prior to Mr. Stokes stating who the musicians were).

It was definitely a quintet — sax, trumpet, drums, bass & piano, and the arrangement was "cookin'". I've tried "Googling" many combinations to no avail, and I was never able to determine either the label or the musicians. Now, years later, I'd like to know who the band was, and if I could get a copy of the album/CD if one is available.

Thanks for any help you could provide in solving the mystery for me.


There's no guarantee that this is the right answer, but Black Lion released an LP from the 1973 festival called 'Mainstream at Montreux," which featured trumpeter Bill Coleman and tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte. The rhythm section includes pianist Marc Hemmeler, bassist Jack Sewing and drummer Daniel Humair. It was reissued on CD, but Black Lion is no more.

Try www.cadencebuilding.com, www.euclidrecords.com, and half.com. Cadence has a Black Lion CD in stock titled 'Live at Montreux' by Coleman which is likely the same release (with two bonus tracks) as the original LP.

Marie Shay from Redford, MI wrote:

I am trying to locate a specific song. It was performed by Benny Goodman and Mildred Bailey (or so I've been told). The name of the song is "Manhattan." I have a 91 year old uncle who has asked me to try to locate this song, but have been unsuccessful. If you are in any way able to help me, I would greatly appreciate it, and so would my uncle. Thank you.


I'm sorry to disappoint you and your uncle, but the only time Benny Goodman is listed as playing "Manhattan" is during a 1972 appearance on 'The Dick Cavett Show,' while Mildred Bailey died in 1951. This television broadcast has not been commercially released. Tom Lord’s Jazz Discography doesn’t list a recording of the song by Bailey.

Goodman and Bailey recorded together and appeared on numerous live radio broadcasts as well between 1934 and 1945.

Ray Roewert from Clearwater Fl wrote:

Some time ago I heard a wonderful recording of "Harlem Nocturne" by Illinois Jacquet. I believe it was released on his album titled "Swing's The Thing." Has this ever been released on CD? If this album has not been released has Jacquet's "Harlem Nocturne" ever been released on a compilation recording?


Illinois Jacquet's version of "Harlem Nocturne" hasn't been reissued since its initial appearance on the 1956 Verve LP 'Swing's the Thing." Several tracks from this session appeared on a Verve CD compilation, but not the one you're seeking. So it looks like you'll have to find the LP, and Verve records from this era in excellent condition tend to be a little pricey, depending upon your budget.

Mike Searcy from Dandridge, TN wrote:

During the early 70's I moved from Chattanooga to NYC (my dad was a sports writer and got a chance to work at the Times.) Loved WRVR a DJ named Van J. He had a tune called Hallelujah Time he used to start the show. Big band tune. Never been able to find it. Do you have a clue?


Although I wasn't living in Chattanooga in the 1970s, the answer came about pretty easy. Woody Herman recorded "Hallelujah Time" several times, with the best version likely being the one heard on the recent Verve reissue 'Woody Herman & His Herd: Live at Carnegie Hall '46.' It is relatively easy to find through various CD web sites.

Kathy from Florence, SC":

What is the name of artist for the song "Darlin, Darlin Daby," the Ojay's old hit? I know the artist first name is "Brian," Torkin maybe. Thanks.


You got pretty close to the name you were looking for. The smooth jazz guitarist you're seeking is Brian Tarquin, and the name of his CD with the song "Darlin', Darln' Baby" is 'Soft Touch.' It is available through many major web sites selling CDs.

Keith Horner of Melboure, Victoria, Australia wrote:

I recall a vinyl boxed set of Ellington, Torme, The Australian Jazz Quintet, etc in a recording of Porgy and Bess. I think Frank Rosolino was Sportin' Life. I think it was on Bethlehem Records back in the late 50's. Is this available anywhere as a reissue?


This set was reissued in full by Avenue Jazz in 1999, though this label seems to have ceased operations. I haven't found a copy on the net after a brief search, but you're bound to find this 2 CD set before too long.

Ginger Figel wrote:

I recently found a record collection called 'The Jazz Scene' by Norman Granz on Mercury Records. Could you tell me anything about this album and the artist and what it may be worth. Thanks.


The Jazz Scene was a special limited edition compilation produced by Norman Granz, who was the founder of the Clef/Norgran/Verve family of labels. The original release consisted of just 5000 sets of 78 rpm records, and they were numbered and signed by Granz. I'm not aware of an LP version but that sounds like what you may have. If it is in excellent (near mint) shape, it could go for a tidy sum at auction, though I don't have a way of predicting what it should bring.

This music was reissued in full, with additional tracks, by Verve in a 2 CD set in 1994, complete with liner notes and a fascimile of the original packaging.

Eddie Dunn from Springfield, IL wrote:

Is ragtime music considered Classical music? I believe it falls under the category of Jazz, but my co-worker says it falls under the category of Classical. Thanks for the answer.


This argument tends to go in circles, but I vote for jazz. Ragtime greats like Eubie Blake improvised upon their rags, and Scott Joplin was known to improvise in cutting contests, though he wanted his scores played exactly as published. Since classical music has generally shunned improvisation since the era of Beethoven and Mozart, ragtime fits better with jazz. My opinion...

Ken Hohman wrote:

I've been fortunate to obtain quite a few first pressings of Argo jazz artists from the late 50s and early 60s. Artists like Ahmad Jamal, Art Farmer, James Moody, Ramsey Lewis and the like. Do you know if there are any plans hatched to release these on CD? I actually hope not because the rarity of a record like Art Farmer's "Art" makes me appreciate it all the more.


A number of Argo titles were reissued in part, usually combining 2-3 records on one CD, when GRP had control of the masters. Needless to say, that doesn't satisfy a lot of us. I guess those masters are now in the hands of the Verve Music Group, though I don't know of any specific plans for Argo titles to be reissued in full in the near future.

Art Farmer's Art has been reissued in Japan, with the usual high price tag. Try www.redtrumpet.com.

Ken Redwood from Melbourne, Australia wrote:

I am trying to purchase the following CD sets The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury - Volumes 3 & 4. Can you asssist? Regards.


Half.com dealers have each of these titles in stock, but they are expensive and can only be shipped to customers in the U.S. and Canada.

You may end up having to search auction sites, since these two multiple CD sets are in demand.

John Healey from Northampton England wrote:

In the mid 1950's I had a Clef LP taken from the JATP series which featured a Jam Session playing "Cottontail" on half of the first side. The remainder of the first side and the whole of the second side was taken up by the Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Barney Kessel and Ray Brown. The numbers played included "Cheek to Cheek," "Seven Come Eleven," "C Jam Blues" and THE version of "Tenderly." My question is has the LP ever been issued on CD. Thank you for your attention.


The jam session of "Cotton Tail" comes from a Sept. 13, 1952 JATP concert at Carnegie Hall, including Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young and Flip Phillips, along with Oscar Peterson. To my knowledge it has not been reissued on CD.

The same Carnegie Hall concert included a trio set by the Oscar Peterson, which has been reissued a number of times on various Verve LPs in several countries, but sadly not on CD. The U.S. version was last available as 'Jazz at the Philharmonic: Oscar Peterson-The Trio Set.'

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