This is the kind of record that a self respecting jazz fan will immediately take out of the CD player and hide if someone comes a visiting. Built around Teddy Phillips sugary sweet alto and surrounded by a bevy of strings, this is easy listening music in the Hugo Winterhalter sense. Phillips will remind some of the great English alto player of the 1940's, Freddie Gardner, although Gardner had a bit more zip. Phillips has built a career on this kind of music as well as replicating the hits of the big bands, both on record and in live performance. He has also been a staff musician on CBS, ABC and NBC networks and started his own band in the early fifties becoming a prominent fixture at ballrooms and dance halls, especially in the Midwest.
This CD is a reissue of an earlier LP and that's the reason for the scant playing time. It's good for reading, working at the computer and for dancing. But have a ready place where you can squirrel it away before jazz visitors see it.
Track Listing: Faithful; Clair de Lune; I Married an Angel; Words of Love; Ramona; Nocturnal Dream; Swan Lake; For Want of a Star; Cloudburst; Tango of Roses; Misirlou; What Happens When Love Dies*
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.