Monday, April 29, 2013

Nancy Wilson, Connie Francis, Duke Ellington recordings, The Maryville College Jazz Band performed "Sunny" on April 25, 2013 at Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

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YourNews: Maryville College Jazz Band will present spring concert Directed by composer, educator and pianist Dr. Bill Swann, who is also chair of the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts, the band will perform “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver; “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb; “Philadelphia Mambo” by Tito Puente; “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock; “Milestones” by Miles Davis; “Cariba” by Wes Montgomery; “Back at the Chicken Shack” by Jimmy Smith; and “Straight Life” by Freddie Hubbard.

Thank you, Dr. Swann

Dr. William SwannDr. William Swann
Associate Professor of Music, Chair, Division of Fine Arts
Education: B.M., M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; D.A., University of Mississippi
Clayton Center for the Arts, Main Building 303/305 
ALBUM: Lush Life
Side 2, Track #4
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
Produced by David Cavanaugh
Capitol Records, #ST-2757 

Liner notes

This is an album of songs that Nancy wanted to sing...this is an album of songs that had to be sung by Nancy. Theya re outstanding creations, some familiar, some new, by a roster of the very finest songwriters of our day...written to tell the stories of the alone and lonely. 

There are perhaps no other songs as beautiful as these are when they're sung by one of the very few people who can sing them superbly.  When they're sung by Nancy.  As Nancy sings them here...simply...with flawless artistry...backed by rich string orchestras conducted by Billy May, Oliver Nelson, and Sid Feller. An album to be listened to and treasured now...and today...and tomorrow...and forever.


Listen here:

Picked up a copy of Nancy Wilson's LUSH LIFE (which includes "Sunny", of course, arranged and conducted by Billy May) yesterday at a yard sale in Medford with thousands of vinyl discs.  Also picked up the Frank Sinatra version of "Sunny" on the Francis A and Edward K (Frank and the Duke) LP - arranged by Billy May and produced by Sonny Burke!

Vinyl appears to be back!

Reprise FS 1024
Produced by Sonny Burke
Arranged by Billy May
Engineer Lee Herschberg
Liner Notes by Stan Cornyn
"Sunny"  4:00  Written by Bobby Hebb

Francis Albert Sinatra

conjoins with
Edward Kennedy Ellington
  the best moments on the album fulfill all of the duo's promise. All eight songs are slow numbers, which brings out Sinatra's romantic side. "Indian Summer" is a particular standout, with a sensual vocal and a breathtaking solo from saxophonist Johnny Hodges.

Francis A. & Edward K. is a 1968 studio album by Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington and his big band.
This was the first time that Sinatra had worked with Ellington and the sessions were finished on Sinatra's fifty second birthday.

We'll look into the new reissue

KEY FACT: BILLY MAY arranged both the Nancy Wilson and the Sinatra/Duke versions of "Sunny".

  • Michael Cuscuna - Reissue Producer

    LUSH LIFEMP3 and/or Windows Media sample(s) available

    BLUE NOTE 32745
    1. Free Again
    2. You've Changed
    3. Only the Young
    4. Lush Life
    5. Do You Know Why [#]
    6. Midnight Sun
    7. When the World Was Young
    8. River Shallow
    9. (I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair
    10. Sunny (Bobby Hebb)
    11. The Right to Love (Reflections)
    12. Over the Weekend

  • Abe Most - Clarinet, Flute, Flute (Alto), Flute (Bass)
  • Alfred Lustgarten - Violin
  • Anatol Kaminsky - Violin
  • Ann Mason Stockton - Harp
  • Armand Kaproff - Cello, Violin
  • Betty Marks - Violin
  • Billy May - Arranger
  • Bob Hardaway - Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Flute (Alto), French Horn
  • Buster Williams - Bass
  • Carl LaMagna - Violin
  • Catherine Gotthoffer - Harp
  • Dan Luse - Violin
  • David Cavanaugh - Producer
  • Donn Trenner - Piano
  • Edward Bergman - Violin
  • Emil Briano - Violin
  • Erno Neufeld - Violin
  • Frederick Seykora - Cello
  • Gerald Vinci - Violin
  • Harry Bluestone - Violin
  • Harry Klee - Flute, Flute (Alto), Flute (Bass)
  • Henry Sigismonti - French Horn
  • Jacques Gasselin - Violin
  • James Gavin - Liner Notes
  • James Getzoff - Violin
  • James M. McGee - French Horn
  • Jeff Rach - Remixing
  • John Collins - Guitar
  • John DeVoogdt - Violin
  • Justin DiTullio - Cello
  • Justin Gordon - Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Flute (Alto), Flute (Bass)
  • Larry Bunker - Mallets, Percussion, Tympani [Timpani]
  • Louis Kaufman - Violin
  • Marshall Sosson - Violin
  • Michael Cuscuna - Reissue Producer
  • Mischa Russell - Violin
  • Nancy Wilson - Vocals
  • Nathan Gershman - Cello
  • Nathan Kaproff - Violin
  • Oliver Nelson - Arranger
  • Patrick Roques - Reissue Design
  • Phil Teele - Trombone
  • Raphael Kramer - Cello
  • Robert Knight - Trombone
  • Shelly Manne - Drums
  • Sid Feller - Arranger
  • Ted Nash - Clarinet, Flute
  • Victor Arno - Violin
  • Victor Feldman - Mallets, Percussion
  • Vincent DeRosa - French Horn
  • William Hinshaw - French Horn

    Nancy Wilson was one of the few jazz-based pop singers of the 1960s who was able to navigate that decade's rock & roll-crazed waters and stay on top of the single and album charts. While her natural physical beauty certainly didn't hurt her career, it was probably her honest feel for soul and the blues, as well as jazz, that had her riding high during a time when so many of her peers were being dropped by the major labels or moving to Europe. Lush Life follows Wilson's winning formula of combining jazz and adult pop

    Our Top Ten for April 29, 2013

    Connie Francis Found!

    Thanks to Roger Turner who sent us an entire list of Connie's appearances on Ed Sullivan from 1967.

    Roger writes: " The reason that all of Connie's tracks are off YOUTUBE is that she is going to compile a DVD of ALL her appearances on Ed Sullivan." 

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