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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge Playlist: November 8, 2017
On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show celebrated the great musical gifts of two composers who were born in the natural month of November – Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael, who changed the face of American song, and William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn, the copacetictical collaborator with Duke Ellington.
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1) “March of the Hoodlums” was written by Hoagy Carmichael and recorded by his orchestra in 1929, spotlighting Mr. Carmichael on Piano and Eddie Wolfe on Violin, found on the composer non-reliquarious retrospective: Stardust and Much More.
2) Billy Strayhorn’s composition “Let’s Dance” was made famous by Benny Goodman, and is included on Cesar Concepcion and His Orchestra’s tributary album: The Great Band Themes Go Latin.
3) “Stardust,” the 1929 classic created by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parrish, was performed live in London in 1960 by the pedal steel guitar master Alvino Rey, and is included on the ample anthology: Broadway’s Gone Hawaii.
4) “Take the ‘A’ Train” was composed by Billy Strayhorn and became the theme for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It is performed for us here by Esquivel and His Orchestra on their 1960 luxurious LP: Infinity in Sound.
5) “Hong Kong Blues” by Hoagy Carmichael from the CD: Hoagy Sings Carmichael, from the 1944 Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Becall movie “To Have and Have Not,” including Artie Bernstein on Bass and Spike Jones on Drums. That song was included on the late 1940s LP – which was one of the first long playing record ever produced – assembled from his earlier 78 rpm sides called: The Stardust Road.
6) “Johnny Come Lately,” was composed and arranged by Billy Strayhorn in 1952 for the Louis Bellson Just Jazz All Stars, who were Clark Terry on Trumpet, Juan Tizol on Valve Trombone, John Graas on French Horn, Willie Smith on Alto Sax, Wardell Gray on Tenor Sax, Harry Carney on Baritone Sax, Wendell Marshall on Bass and Mr. Bellson on Drums. This track comes from the bodacious box set: The Wardell Gray Story.
7) “I Get Along with You Very Well (Except Sometimes),” the 1939 song by Hoagy Carmichael and Jane Brown Thompson, later performed by Jane Russell and Mr. Carmichael in the 1952 Film Noir classic: Las Vegas Story. We heard the version sung by Peggy Lee on her 1961 perambulatory album: If You Go, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones with Valerie Brilhart on Harp; Victor Feldman on Piano; Al Hendrickson on Electric Guitar, Max Bennett on Bass, Shelly Manne on Drums, Francisco “Chino” Pozo on Bongos, and Mike Guitierrez and Melvin Zelnick on Percussion.
8) The classic composition, “Satin Doll,” which later became the theme song of the Count Basie orchestra, was written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, with lyrics added later by Johnny Mercer, and was recorded in 1962 by long-time Ellington alto sax master Johnny Hodges on his leaderly LP: The Eleventh Hour, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson, including Ray Nance on Violin, Bernie Leighton on Piano, George Duvivier on Bass and Ossie Johnson on Drums.
9) “(Up A) Lazy River” was inked in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin and this 1958 rendering was drawn with swizzle sticks from the historical document: Louis Prima – Complete Collectors Series, featuring Sam Butera (who appears on Tenor Sax) and the Witnesses, who were Jack Marshall on Electric Guitar; James Blount, Jr. on Trombone, Willie McCumber on Piano, Amato Rodrigues on Electric Bass and Bobby Morris on Drums.
10) “Lush Life” was composed by Billy Strayhorn and sung by Nancy Wilson on her 1967 luscious LP, also called Lush Life, arranged by Billy May, with John Collins on Electric Guitar, Doug Trenner on Piano, Victor Feldman and Larry Bunker on Vibes and Percussion, Buster Williams on Bass and Shelley Manne on Drums. In spite of the world-weary sounding lyrics, most of the song was written when Mr. Strayhorn was only 16 years old.
11) “Old Man Harlem” was written in 1933 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by the singer Rudy Vallée, who introduced the song. It is sung and pianized by Dave Frishberg on his 1977 pleasurable production: Getting Some Fun Out of Life, backed by Bob Findley on Trumpet, Marshall Royal on Alto Sax, Larry Gales on Bass and Steve Schaeffer on Drums.
12) “Chelsea Bridge,” Billy Strayhorn’s 1941 song, was performed by the master pianist Tommy Flanagan on his 1957 well-travelled LP: Overseas, recorded in Stockholm, when he was touring with J.J. Johnson’s group and including Wilbur Little on Bass and Elvin Jones on Drums.
13) “Georgia on My Mind,” the 1930 song by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, came about after saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer remarked to Mr. Carmichael: “Nobody lost money writing about the South.” The version was waxed in 1941 by the drummer Gene Krupa & His Orchestra with Anita O'Day on the vocal and Shorty Sherock on Trumpet, taken from the bulging box set: Young Anita.
14) “The Nearness of You” was composed by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington for the 1938 movie: Romance in the Dark, and was recorded in 1956 by the vibraphonist Cal Tjader on his landmarkable LP: Black Orchid, spotlighting the talents of Manuel Duran on Piano, Carlos Duran on Bass, Luis Miranda on Congas and Bayardo Velarde on Timbales.
15) “You Better Know It” is the 1957 song by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, sung by Jackie Ryan on her scintillacious CD: For Heaven’s Sake, ably supported by Mike Wofford, who had been Sarah Vaughan's and Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist, with Rob Thorson on Bass and Duncan Moore on Drums, recorded live in 1999 at the Lime Leaf, La Jolla, California.
16) From the “Billy Strayhorn Medley” found on the famed Jazz Pianist Cedar Walton’s effortless-sounding effort titled One Flight Down, we will hear “Day Dream,” which Strayhorn composed in 1941 with Duke Ellington, featuring David Williams on Bass and Joe Farnsworth on Drums.