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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge November 28, 2018
On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we chose to celebrate birthdays of just a few of the musicians who were born in the notional month of November.
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1) A medley of “He Aloha No 'O Honolulu (Farewell to Honolulu)” by Lot Kauwe, and “Mauna Loa” by Helen Parker, performed by our Birthday Boy and Slack Key Guitar master George Kuo with Alvin “Barney” Issacs Jr. on Lap Steel Guitar on their 1995 scinitllacious CD: Hawaiian Touch.
2) “Trapped” was recorded by the Ukulele Genius and our Natal Notable Jake Shimabukuro on his copacetic compact disc: Peace Love Ukulele, with Iggy Chang on Violin, Michael Grande on Keyboards; Dean Taba on Electric Bass; and Noel Okimoto on Drums.
3) “Kanaka Wai Wai” was composed by our Birthday Boy John Kameaaloha Almeida and performed by the Slack-Key Guitar and Autoharp wizard Led Ka’apana on his able album: Jus' Cruzin' supported by Shawn Pimental on Bass.
4) “Someday Sweetheart,” the 1919 song by John & Benjamin Franklin “Reb” Spikes, was sung in 1935 by Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats and appears on her timely alcoholic collection: Cocktail Hour Series, ably backed by our Birthday Boys Teddy Wilson on Piano and Bunny Berigan on Trumpet, along with Grachan Moncur on String Bass.
5) “Bean and the Boys” was composed by our Birthday Boy, the Tenor Sax Pioneer Coleman Hawkins, whose nickname was Bean, and who recorded it in 1946 with his orchestra, including Fats Navarro on Trumpet, Milt Jackson on Vibes, J.J. Johnson on Trombone, Porter Kilbert on Alto Sax, Coleman Hawkins on Tenor Sax, Hank Jones on Piano, Curley Russell on Bass and Max Roach on Drums. This comes from the bulging box set: The Fats Navarro Story.
6) “Lullaby in Rhythm” was inked by Clarence Profit and Edgar Sampson and sung by our Natal Notable June Christy With the Kentones in 1945 when she was 20 years old, accompanied by the Stan Kenton Orchestra including Ray Wetzel on Trumpet. This appears on Miss Christy’s righteous retrospective: June Time.
7) “Unison” was composed by our November Birthday Boy Boots Mussulli, who also appears on Alto Sax on this cut with his fellow Birthday Celebrant, the Baritone Sax Master Serge Chaloff on Chaloff’s 1955 LP produced by Stan Kenton titled: Boston Blow-Up, including Herb Pomeroy on Trumpet; Ray Santisi on Piano; Everrett Evans on Bass and Jimmy Zitano on Drums.
8) “How Little it Matters, How Little We Know” was written by Johnny Mercer and our Birthday Boy Hoagy Carmichael and was introduced by Lauren Becall in the 1944 movie she starred in with Humphrey Bogart: To Have and Have Not. This version was laid down in 1959 by Carmen McRae on her auspicious album: Something to Swing About, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins.
9) An especially creative version of the song “In Other Words (Fly Me to the Moon),” written by Bart Howard in 1954, was sung by our Birthday Girl Chris Connor on her 1956 eponymous debut titled: Chris, supported by Ralph Sharon on Piano, Herbie Mann on Flute, Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson on Trombones, Joe Puma on Electric Guitar, Milt Hinton on String Bass and Osie Johnson on Drums.
10) “Feel So Good” was vocalized and pianistically rendered by its composer and our Natal Notable Mose Allison on his 1968 elliptical LP: I’ve Been Doin’ Some Thinkin’ with Red Mitchell on Bass and Bill Goodwin on Drums.
11) “You Stepped Out of a Dream” the 1940 song inked by lyricist our November Birthday Baby Gus Kahn and Herb Nacio Brown was used in the 1940 movie: Ziegfield Girl & the 1971 movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and is sung and played on piano for us by Shirley Horn on her 1991 defiant disc: You Won’t Forget Me, with Charles Ables on Electric Guitar, Buster William on Bass; and Billy Hart on Drums.
12) “My Love, Effendi,” was vocalized by November Birthday Boy Kurt Elling on his 1998 sumptuous CD: This Time It’s Love. He also wrote the lyrics to the tune by McCoy Tyner and is accompanied here by Laurence Hobgood on Piano and Michael Raynor on Percussion and Drums.
13) “Day Dream” was composed by our Birthday Celebrant Billy Strayhorn with Duke Ellington and John La Touche and was found on the 1999 accomplished album: Tony Bennett Sings Ellington -- Hot & Cool when the singer was 73 years old. Backing him up are Ralph Sharon on Piano, Gray Sargent on Electric Guitar, Paul Langosch on Bass and Clayton Cameron on Drums.
14) “I Can't Say” also called “Teaneck,” the composition by our Natal Notable Nat Adderley was sung by Karrin Allyson on her superlatious CD: Footprints, accompanied by Bruce Barth on Piano, Frank Wess on Tenor Sax, Peter Washington on Bass and Todd Strait on Drums.
15) “Conga Potpourri” – The medley of “Mirala que Linda Vine”, “Las Bolleros (Adios Mama),” “Los Danday,” “La Chambelona” and “Una, Dos y Tres” comes from the Cuban Piano Master Bebo Valdes‘ Trio on their admirable album: El Arte del Sabor, with Israel “Cachao” Lopez on Upright Bass and our November Birthday Boy and the inventor of the tuneable Conga Drum, Carlos “Patato” Valdes on Congas and Percussion.