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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge: November 29, 2017
On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we once again celebrated the birthdays of a notable nodule of musical artists who were born in the nonpareil month of November.
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1) “Mwanza Market Place” comes from our Birthday Boy Tak Shindo’s 1958 debut album: Mganga! He was Nisei, or second-generation Japanese American, and was interned and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A musicologist who studied Japanese music, he was the musical technical advisor for the 1957 Marlon Brando movie: Sayonara, served as the musical director for the television series Gunsmoke, and composed theme music for episodes of other TV shows, including Studio One, Suspense, The Ed Sullivan Show and Wagon Train. Leonard Feather named him as "Giant of Jazz." He was the arranger and director for the grand opening of the Japanese Pavilion at EPCOT Disney in 1979.
2) “Moana Chimes,” written by M.K. Moke, was performed by our Natal Notable George Kuo on Slack Key Guitar in a duet with Alvin “Barney” Issacs Jr. on Lap Steel Guitar, appearing on their tactile CD: Hawaiian Touch.
3) “Sugar Foot Strut,” referring to a contemporary dance craze, was composed by Henry Myers, Billie Pierce and Charles Schwab, and performed in 1928 by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five, with Mr. Armstrong on Trumpet and Vocal, our Birthday Boy Earl “Fatha” Hines on Piano, Fred Robinson on Trombone, Jimmy Strong on Clarinet and Zutty Singleton on Drums and percussion.
4) “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)” was inked in 1931 by Harry Barris, Ted Koehler and Billy Moll, and found on our Birthday Girl June Christy’s recording made in the mid-1940s when she was barely past her 20th year, supported by Stan Kenton’s Orchestra and the Kentones and found on her fond look back, titled: June Time, featuring Ray Wetzel on Trumpet, Eddie Safranski on Bass and her fellow November Birthday Celebrant Boots Mussuli on Alto Sax.
5) “Relaxin'” was written and pianistically rendered by our Natal Notable, Willie “The Lion” Smith, whose real name was William Henry Joseph Berthol Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith. This 1958 recording was included on the ambidextrous dual anthology: Luckey Roberts & Willie “The Lion” Smith – Luckey & The Lion: Harlem Piano.
6) “You Belong to Me” was composed in 1952 by Pee Wee King, Ms. Chilton Price and Redd Stewart. This version, sung by our Birthday Girl Jo Stafford, was the most popular recording of this song and appears on the sisterly CD: Sweet and Lovely – Capitol’s Great Ladies of Song.
7) “Jackie,” was written and played on the Piano by our November Birthday Boy Hampton Hawes, recorded in 1952 with 21-year-old Art Farmer on Trumpet, Wardell Gray on Tenor Sax, Harper Cosby on Bass, Lawrence Marable on Drums and Robert Collier on Congas and is dangerously derived from the bulging Box Set: The Wardell Gray Story.
8) “Boomareemaroja” was composed by Birthday Celebrant Boots Mussulli, who also appears on Alto Sax, with Herb Pomeroy on Trumpet, Ray Santisi on Piano, Everrett Evans on Bass and Jimmy Zitano on Drums, included on fellow Birthday Celebrant and Baritone Sax Master Serge Chaloff’s 1955 localized LP: Boston Blow-Up.
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9) “Get Out of Town” was written by Cole Porter for the 1938 Broadway musical: Leave It to Me! and is sung by our Birthday Girl Chris Connor on her self-titled 1956 LP, featuring Nick Travis on Trumpet; Zoot Sims, Al Young, Sam Markowitz, Ray Beckenstein and Danny Bank on Reeds; Moe Wechsler on Piano; Barry Galbraith on Guitar; Milt Hinton on Bass and Osie Johnson on Drums.
10) “El Tiradito” extraneously extracted from the 2009 recording: Lua-O-Milo – The Exotic Sounds of Skip Heller, spotlighting our Natal Notable Robert Drasnin on Bass Clarinet, with Marc Sherman on Alto Flute, Keith Barry on Viola, DJ Bonebrake on Vibes, Michael Dubin on Bongos; and the aforementioned Mr. Heller on Keyboards.
11) “No Matter” was by our Birthday Boy Mose Allison on Vocal and Piano for his 1976 pumping production: Your Mind Is on Vacation, supported by Jack Hannah on Bass and Jerry Granelli on Drums.
12) “Just Give Me Time” was composed by our November Celebrant, the Belgian Pianist and Bandleader Francy Boland, with Jimmy Woode Jr. for the 1965 album Calypso Blues that was waxed by The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Sextet, including Kenny Clarke on Drums, Sahib Shihab on Flute, Fats Sadi on Marimba, Jimmy Woode Jr. on Bass and Vocal and Joe Harris on Percussion.
13) “The Shadow of Your Smile” was composed by our Birthday Boy Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster for the 1965 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton movie: The Sandpiper, and was sung in 1966 by Tony Bennett on his cinematic spectacular: The Movie Song Album, for which Mr. Mandel was the musical director, as well as arranger and conductor on this track.
14) “Is It True What They Say About Dixie?” was written by Irving Caesar, Sammy Lerner and Gerald Marks, performed by Tenor Sax master Bennie Wallace on his 1985 dusky disc: Twilight Time, featuring our Birthday Boy Eddie Gomez on String Bass, with John Scofield on Guitar, Dr. John on Keyboards, Ray Anderson on Trombone and Jack DeJohnette on Drums.
15) Stevie Wonder’s song “Golden Lady” sung by our November Birthday Boy Kurt Elling on his superlatatious CD: The Gate, with John Patitucci on Bass, Laurence Hobgood on Piano, Bob Mintzer on Tenor Sax, John McLean on Electric Guitar, and Terreon Gulley on Drums and Percussion. I would like to dedicate this to my canonical wife, Elinor, in salutary celebration of our upcoming 14th anniversary of nuptial bliss.