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Song Dive: "Two Different Worlds"

Song Dive: "Two Different Worlds"

Sid Wayne and Al Frisch wrote and published Two Different Worlds in 1956. Don Rondo, a pop vocalist with an operatic style, was first to record the song, which reached No. 11 on Billboard's singles chart in the fall of that year. Here's Rondo's single... Here's Rondo on To Tell the Truth in February 1957 at ...

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Stan Kenton: The Opus Story

Stan Kenton: The Opus Story

After Stan Kenton wrote and arranged Opus in Pastels in 1940, the song was regularly performed by his band and became a hit in 1946 after it was recorded at Capitol. With the arrival of the 12-inch album format in 1955,  the song was so pouplar that Kenton commissioned arranger Gene Roland to write a series ...

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Oscar Pettiford: Gentle Art of Love

Oscar Pettiford: Gentle Art of Love

Oscar Pettiford was one of jazz's most lyrical bassists and an exceptional composer. Among his finest pieces was The Gentle Art of Love, first recorded in June 1956. To give you a sense of how widely Pettiford was admired, here are the New York all-stars who was in his band for the session: Ernie Royal and ...

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Bobby Cole: A Point of View

Bobby Cole: A Point of View

Like Bobby Troup and Bobby Scott, Bobby Cole was a songwriter, arranger and lounge pianist-singer. But unlike the other two Bobbys, Bobby Cole is virtually unknown today. That's largely due to the year Cole came up, in 1960, and his decision to pass on recording opportunities with major labels because of the junk they wanted him ...

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Six Bands That Swing Hard

Six Bands That Swing Hard

Once upon a time in America, big bands could swing their tails off. Count Basie was the gold standard, but there were many lesser-known bands in the 1950s that could rock the house. In some cases, they were studio bands assembled just to record one album. In other cases, they were touring working bands making a ...

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YouTubers Dig Eumir Deodato

YouTubers Dig Eumir Deodato

Eumir Deodato remains one of the most successful and prolific Brazilian arranger-composers of the post-bossa era. He came to the U.S. in late 1960s to arrange several of Astrud Gilberto's post-Stan Getz bossa nova albums. Deodato has arranged more than 500 records, a portion under his own name and numerous albums and songs for American singers ...

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Art Taylor: Two Hours at the Village Vanguard

Art Taylor: Two Hours at the Village Vanguard

Art Taylor was a jazz drummer whose name, sadly, rarely comes up these days. But starting in 1951, Art was in huge demand as a sideman and recording artist. Over the course of his career, according to the Jazz Discography, he recorded on 323 sessions, a sizable number. Nicknamed A.T., or, to those in the know, ...

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10 Tracks by Jimmy Forrest

10 Tracks by Jimmy Forrest

Jimmy Forrest remains one of the most exquisite and assertive swing tenor saxophonists of the post-war years. His driving solos and sense of time were always fluid and seamless, and he had an extraordinary grasp of how to maximize the impact of a song, especially a blues. Born in 1920 (the same year as Charlie Parker), ...

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Jimin Park Plays Giant Steps—8 Ways

Jimin Park Plays Giant Steps—8 Ways

Jimin Park is a South Korean jazz pianist, composer and educator who received a full scholarship to Boston's Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2017. That year, she won second prize in the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing contest and has won several awards in classical competitions. Recently, Bill Pauluh turned me on to this clip ...

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Live Nancy Wilson Clips in the '60s

Live Nancy Wilson Clips in the '60s

Want to hear something freaky? Last night I had a sudden urge to watch newly uploaded videos of Nancy Wilson and share them with you today. When I went onto her Wikipedia page after writing my post, I realized she had died on December 13 three years ago to the date. Why I had the urge ...


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