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Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: With Plenty of Money and You; Liza; There's No Anesthetic for Love; Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q; Honey; Two Against One; Black Spider Stomp; Sweet Lorraine; Off the Beam; Early Morning Blues; Gone with the Draft; What'cha Know Joe; Blue Lou; Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home; Rosetta; Hit that Jive, Jack; I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town; Hip Hip Hooray; Slender, Tender, and Tall; Straighten Up and Fly Right; This Side Up.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Andy Bey

Read "Meet Andy Bey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 2000. Listening for the first time to Andy Bey is like stepping into a quiet, still lake. Your foot first parts a surface that's smooth and tranquil, but you can't really tell from that surface how deeply your foot must ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nat King Cole: Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) (Resonance Records, 2019) is a treasury of Nat “King" Cole's earliest recorded work, documenting his mastery of jazz piano and vocals long before he became a popular singing star. But at seven CDs or 10 LPs, it's a lot of music, perhaps too much for a casual or curious ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tierney Sutton At The Jazz Corner

Read "Tierney Sutton At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Tierney Sutton The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC February 8, 2020 When a lady has chosen nine new outfits, attended nine nerve wracking awards dinners and been nominated for nine Grammys since 2006, it would simply be impolite not to vote for her to win next time. Tierney Sutton certainly ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40's, 50's and 60's, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. Cole has a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capitol Records, he turned out hit after amazing hit - nearly 700 songs - all the while managing to remain a gentle, tolerant and gracious human being. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim: A Musical Love Story and a Timeless Recording

Read "Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim: A Musical Love Story and a Timeless Recording" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

One of my all-time favorite albums and desert island picks is Elis and Tom (Phillips, 1974), featuring duets by the legendary Antonio Carlos “Tom" Jobim and Elis Regina, an iconic Brazilian singer lesser known in the U.S. who a few years later died of a drug overdose at the age of 36. I'm writing about it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires November 14-18, 2019 As the days flew by this past October, it was still impossible to pin down specifics for the upcoming annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. The dates of the event, which has historically taken place in mid-November, remained elusive. The ...

Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: DISC 1: Honey Hush; Stompin' at the Panama; Bedtime; Thunder; Mutiny in the Nursery; F.D.R. Jones; The Sheik of Araby; The Blue Danube; Button Button, Jingle Bells; Swanee River; With Plenty of Money and You; Don't Blame Me; Lullaby in Rhythm; Dark Rapture; The Wiggly Walk; Flea Hop; Chopsticks; Patty Cake, Patty Cake; Blue Skies; Liza; Three Blind Mice; Caravan; There's No Anesthetic for Love; Dixie Jamboree; Ta-De-Ah; Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q; Harlem Swing; I Lost Control of Myself.


DISC 2: The Land of Make Believe; That Please-Be-Mine-Able Feeling; Dancing in the Street; You're So Different; I Wouldn't Have Known It; Let's Get Happy; Undecided; 'Taint What You Do; Do You Wanna Jump, Children?; Riffin' in F Minor; Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead; Blue Lou; Honey; Russian Lullaby; Georgie Porgie; The Limp; Snug as a Bug in a Rug; Liebestraum; Fidgety Joe; Two Against One; Some Like it Hot; Crazy Rhythm; Moonglow; Don't Let That Moon Get Away; My Blue Heaven; I Was Doing Alright; I Can't Get Started; Old Man Moon; Carry Me Back to Old Virginny;
DISC 3: Moon Song; Baby, Won't You Please Come Home; Rosetta; Trompin'; You're My Life; Hoy Soy; Take 'Em; Scategoria; Rhythm Serenade; Rib Town Shuffle; Music'll Chase Your Blues Away; I'll Gather Up My Memories; A Fool's Affair; Jump, Jack, Jump; I Knew a Time; Mine You'll Always Be; Doin' the Bow Wow; Lilla Mae; I Like to Riff; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Black Spider Stomp; By the River St. Marie; Slew Foot Joe; Crazy 'Bout Rhythm; Off the Beam; King Cole Blues; Jivin' with the Notes; Never Mind, Baby.
DISC 4: I'm a Perfect Fool Over You; Lovely Little Person; Love Me Sooner; Sentimental Blue; Goin' to Town with Honey; Syncopated Lullaby; Falling in and Out of Love; Let's Do Things; Jumpy Jitters; Nothing Ever Happens; What'cha Doin' to My Heart; Bedtime; Honey Hush; French Toast; Vine Street Jump; B Flat; You Send Me; Love Is My Alibi; Pogo Stick Bounce; Whatcha' Know, Joe?; Sweet Lorraine; Honeysuckle Rose; Gone with the Draft; This Side Up; Jumpin' with the Mop; Jam Man; Let's Try Again; Fudge Wudge; Smokey Joe; Windy City Boogie Woogie; Ode to a Wild Clam.
DISC 5: Let’s Try Again; Whatcha' Know, Joe?; Lazy River; Georgia on My Mind; Rockin' Chair; A Little Jive Is Good for You; You've Changed; Babs; Scotchin' with the Soda; Slow Down; Early Morning Blues; The Romany Room Is Jumpin'; This Will Make You Laugh; Stop! The Red Light's On; Hit the Ramp; I Like to Riff; Call the Police; Are You Fer It?; That Ain't Right; Hit That Jive, Jack; Indiana; I Can't Get Started.
DISC 6: Tea for Two; Body and Soul; Vom, Vim, Veedle; All for You; Hip Hip Hooray; I Know That You Know; I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town; Pitchin' Up a Boogie; I'm Lost; Beautiful Moons Ago; Let's Spring One; Slender, Tender, and Tall; I've Found a New Baby; Rosetta; Sweet Lorraine; I Blowed and Gone; Solid Potato Salad; F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty); Got a Penny; Let's Pretend; My Lips Remember Your Kisses; I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm;. Straighten Up and Fly Right.
DISC 7: Honey Hush; By the River St. Marie; I Like to Riff; Black Spider Stomp; Sweet Lorraine; Early Morning Blues; Gone with the Draft; Trompin'; Sweet Lorraine; Gone with the Draft; Scotchin' with the Soda; Gone with the Draft;The Romany Room Is Jumpin' ; Hit That Jive, Jack; Beautiful Moons Ago; Honeysuckle Rose; I Know That You Know; Solid Potato Salad; My Lips Remember Your Kisses; Straighten Up and Fly Right.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nat King Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner--his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)--he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...


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