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Romantic tenor Sergio Franchi was born in Italy; during a career spanning close to three decades he won acclaim not only as an entertainer but also as a humanitarian, earning the title of «Cavaliery» from the Italian government. Becoming an American citizen in 1972, Franchi issued a series of recordings for RCA before succumbing to cancer on May 1, 1990; in the wake of his death, his widow Eva established the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, annually awarding scholarships to students of vocal studies.
1 Core ‘ngrato 3:15
Written-By – Cordiferro* , Cardillo*
2 Funiculì, Funiculà 2:42
Written-By – Denza* , Turco*
3 ‘O Sole Mio 3:48
Written-By – Di Capua* , Capurro*
4 Mattinata 2:27
Written-By – Leoncavallo*
5 Mamma Mia, Che Vo’ Sapé 3:32
Written-By – Nutile* , Russo*
6 La Vilanella 2:36
Adapted By – Luboff*
Written-By – Franchi*
7 Marechiare 3:04
Written-By – Tosti* , Di Giacomo*
8 ‘A Vucchella 2:37
Written-By – Tosti* , D’Annunzio*
9 Comme Facette Mammeta? 2:10
Written-By – Capaldo* , Gambardela*
10 Fenesta Che Lucive 3:39
Written-By – Genoino* , Paolella*
11 Torna ‘A Surriento 3:00
Written-By – E. De Curtis* , B. G. De Curtis*
12 O Surdato ‘Namorato 2:25
Written-By – Califano* , Cannio*

Arranged By, Conductor [Orchestra And Chorus] – Wally Stott
Engineer [Remaster] – Thomas MacCluskey*
Photography [Photo] – Ron Cohen
Reissue Producer – Nathaniel S. Johnson
Tenor Vocals – Sergio Franchi
Italy’s Brilliant New Tenor
Sergio Franchi: Romantic Italian Songs.

Recorded in 1962 in London
Digitelly remastered in BMG/RCA Studios, New York City.

©1997, 1962 BMG Music. An RCA Victor recording licensed from BMG Music. Sergio Franchi courtesy of BMG Music.
©1998 Musical Heritage Society.
Printed in the USA.

Tracks 2, 9 and 11 with Chorus.

Mario Lanza – Be My Love

01 – Be My Love
02 – Serenade
03 – Temptation
04 – Wanting You
05 – I’ll Be Seeing You
06 – With A Song In My Heart
07 – Without A Song
08 – Danny Boy
09 – My Wild Irish Rose
10 – And This Is My Beloved
11 – Because
12 – Only A Rose3
13 – Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life
14 – Look For The Silver Lining
15 – Memories
16 – The Song Is You
17 – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Mario Lanza by Wiki  

Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson

Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson is a 1959 studio album featuring a jazz trio, led by the Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, with the tenor saxophonist Ben Webster.

Track listing
«The Touch of Your Lips» (Ray Noble) – 6:20
«When Your Lover Has Gone» (Einar Aaron Swan) – 3:59
«Bye Bye Blackbird» (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) – 6:45
«How Deep Is the Ocean?» (Irving Berlin) – 2:36
«In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning» (Bob Hilliard, David Mann) – 3:13
«Sunday» (Chester Conn, Benny Krueger, Ned Miller, Jule Styne) – 3:57
«This Can’t Be Love» (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 9:51

Oscar Peterson – piano
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Ray Brown – double bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

They don’t come much better than Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson. And this CD demonstrates why.

From Webster’s opening on «The Touch of Your Lips» to the final notes of «This Can’t Be Love», these two great artists combined to create one of the best albums in jazz history. Its impossible to listen to this and not find yourself getting carried away. The highlight of the album, though, is Webster’s rendition of «In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning». As the liner notes state, its not surprising that Webster captures this Sinatra classic perfectly given the fact that he’d probably listened to it hundreds of times before this recording was made. All the same, the lush, lyrical, tone he achieves is simply awesome, and it lead me to wonder what a duet between Ben and Frank might’ve sounded like…….

Not only do you need to buy this album right now, when you get it you need to play it as loud as possible with all the windows open. Everyone in the world deserves to hear this one.
By D. Mataconis (Bristow, Virginia) –

Ανάρτηση αφιερωμένη στο φίλο μου Δημήτρη Τσαγανό, που στις αρχές του ’80 μου σύστησε αυτούς τους 2 γίγαντες της μουσικής!

Ella Fitzgerald – Live In San Francisco

01 – Hey Jude – 03:49 (John Lennon, Paul MacCartney)
02 – Sunshine Of Your Love – 03:18 (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton)
03 – This Girl’s In Love With You – 04:25 (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
04 – Watch What Happens – 03:56 (Michel Legrand, Norman Gimbel)
05 – All Right, Ok, You Win – 03:45 (Mayme Watts, Sid Wyche)
06 – Give Me The Simple Life – 02:00 (Herman «Harry» Ruby, Rube Bloom)
07 – Useless Landscape (Inùtil Paisagem) – 05:07 (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ray Gilbert, Aloysio De Oliveira)
08 – Old Devil Moon – 04:17 (Burton Lane, Edgar Yipsel Harburg)
09 – Don’cha Go ‘Way Mad – 03:33 (Jimmy Mundy, Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, Al Stillman)
10 – A House Is Not A Home – 04:10 (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
11 – Trouble Is A Man – 04:10 (Alex Wilder)
12 – Love You Madly – 03:03 (Edward Kennedy «Duke» Ellington)

Playing Time: 00:46:00

Notes & Personnel:

Recorded at Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, 1968
Tracks 1-6 Ernie Hecksher’s Big Band
Track 7-12 Tommy Flanagan Trio

Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals
Tommy Flanagan – Piano
Frank DeLaRosa – Bass
Ed Thigpen – Drums
Frank DeVol – Arranger, Conductor.
Ernie Heckscher – Arranger, Conductor.
Wally Heider – Engineer

Notes: Sunshine of Your Love is a live 1969 (see 1969 in music) album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with a Big Band arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol and Ernie Heckscher. This album is another keystone in Ella’s many recorded attempts at more ‘contemporary’ material. Many discs that she cut from her Pre-Verve years were throwaway novelty singles, and her Verve years spent helping others acknowledge the Great American Songbook as a leading musical art form, but this album, recorded at the end of her tenure with Verve, represents the desire that Ella felt to still remain ‘hip’, in an ever changing musical landscape, ableit one in which she had always had a place.

Product Description: Live In San Francisco — Jazz Club (aka Sunshine Of Your Love). Very cool, very groovy, and one of Ella Fitzgerald’s hippest albums of the 60s! The set was recorded in San Francisco in the late 60s, but was issued by MPS in Germany as proof that the label always had an ear for bringing something different out of a mainstream artist. And although live, the album’s got a romping, hard grooving style that’s filled with plenty of soul — arranged surprisingly by Tommy Flanagan, with a bouncing, bottom-end groove that even gets a bit funky at times! The centerpiece of the album is Ella’s funky cover of the title cut — Cream’s big hit «Sunshine Of Your Love» — proof that even an old gal can get funky with the right material! Other tracks include «This Girl’s In Love With You», «Watch What Happens», «House Is Not A Home», and «Hey Jude».

Review: One side of this album is devoted to the permanent trio, led by Tommy Flanagan, that accompanies Ella on her forays throughout the world. Flanagan is not only the best pianist around for accompanying singers, but is in his own right a great soloist, certainly among the top half-dozen jazz pianists. This, I might add, is not only my opinion, but also the judgment of musicians who have worked with him. The rest of the trio consists of Ed Thigpen on drums, who for years was with the Oscar Peterson Trio, and a very promising newcomer from the West Coast, Frank de la Rosa, on bass. The big band charts have Ella accompanied by a band, the nucleus of which is the Ernie Heckscher Band, and Heckscher, who is a fixture at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room is just about the best orchestra of that genre around. The orchestra was augmented by a fabulous lead trumpet player, Allen Smith, and the rhythm section remained the Tommy Flanagan Trio.

Cassandra Wilson-Silver Pony

BBC Review

Wilson’s vein of excellent form continues with this fine live set.

Vocalist Cassandra Wilson long ago attained the happy position where it was unnecessary to tell her followers that a new album was good. The fact it is a Cassandra Wilson album is recommendation enough. Since her Blue Note debut in 1993, she has been in a rich vein of form – and now Silver Pony continues that run.

The album’s special feature is that it contains live material, the first from Wilson since her 1991 Live album. Recordings from a European tour are seamlessly blended with recordings made at Piety Street Studios, New Orleans – the applause is all that helps tell them apart. Silver Pony includes live versions of three tracks featured on Wilson’s 2008 Grammy-winning album, Loverly.

The choice of material is typically eclectic, including original compositions, old blues songs, standards and pop songs. Who else could sandwich Stevie Wonder’s romantic If It’s Magic between blues classics associated with Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters, and make it sound like an obvious, natural sequence?

As ever, whatever the material, Wilson’s smooth but husky-toned vocals are highly distinctive, especially when combined with a delivery that savours every word while remaining loose and languid. Her reading of St James Infirmary is textbook jazz singing, as she plays with the rhythm, stretching some lines and foreshortening others.

Such prowess has sometimes meant Wilson’s musicians have been rather overshadowed. Silver Pony remedies that situation, allowing them at least as much room as the vocalist. Guitarist Marvin Sewell, pianist Jonathan Batiste, bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Lekan Babalola demonstrate that they are a tight, funky band able to adapt to the breadth of styles required of them. Led by Sewell’s slide guitar, they transform Patton’s Saddle Up My Pony/Pony Blues into a rhythmic groove full of attention-grabbing instrumental details.

A Night in Seville is a straight instrumental, with Wilson herself playing synthesiser. It segues into the band composition Silver Moon, which has an atmospheric saxophone solo from guest Ravi Coltrane. Sunrise includes another guest, John Legend, in a touching duet with Wilson. It suggests a duo album would make a successful future project.
1  Lover Come Back to Me
2  St James Infirmary
3  A Night in Seville
4  Silver Moon 

5  Saddle Up My Pony
6  If It’s Magic

7  Forty Days and Forty Nights
8  Silver Pony 

9  A Day in the Life of a Fool 
10 Blackbird 
11 Sunrise