Friday, 27 July 2018

Dinah Shore ‎– The Dinah Shore Collection: Columbia and RCA Recordings 1942-1948 (1999)

Style: Vocal
Format: CD
Label: Vocalion

1-01.   On A Bicycle Built For Two
1-02.   Manhattan Serenade
1-03.   You And I
1-04.   Mad About Him
1-05.   You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
1-06.   Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
1-07.   Coax Me A Little Bit
1-08.   Two Silhouettes
1-09.   The Gypsy
1-10.   Laughing On The Outside
1-11.   I Got Lost In His Arms
1-12.   That Little Dream Got Nowhere
1-13.   All That Glitters Is Not Gold
1-14.   Come Rain Or Come Shine
1-15.   Doin' What Comes Naturally
1-16.   You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
1-17.   I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)
1-18.   You, So It's You!
1-19.   Who'll Buy My Violets?
1-20.   A Rainy Night In Rio
1-21.   You'll Always Be The One I Love
1-22.   Through A Thousand Dreams
1-23.   (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
1-24.   The Kerry Dance
1-25.   Dixie
2-01.   The Thrill Is Gone
2-02.   There'll Be Some Changes Made
2-03.   Georgia On My Mind
2-04.   What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
2-05.   Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
2-06.   They Didn't Believe Me
2-07.   Mama, Do I Gotta?
2-08.   When Am I Gonna Kiss You Good Morning?
2-09.   Ask Anyone Who Knows
2-10.   Poppa Don't Preach To Me
2-11.   Tallahassee
2-12.   Natch!
2-13.   Tea For Two
2-14.   My Romance
2-15.   It's Delovely
2-16.   I'm Yours
2-17.   When A Woman Loves A Man
2-18.   Bill
2-19.   Crying For Joy
2-20.   In A Little Bookshop
2-21.   Love That Boy
2-22.   This Is The Moment
2-23.   Buttons And Bows
2-24.   Little White Lies
2-25.   Always True To You In My Fashion

There were many great female singers around in the 1940's but Dinah Shore was certainly one of the best as well as one of the most successful. This particular compilation begins with five early recordings from 1941 and 1942. The two 1941 tracks mean that the 1942 in the title is incorrect. The remainder of the songs were all recorded in 1946 or 1947 except the final track, which is from 1948.
The music here is of an extremely high quality and the re-mastering does justice to it. One other thing to note is that this is not a greatest hits package. Some hits are included, but if you want to collect Dinah's hits, you can find more of the Columbia hits on 16 most requested songs and its companion 16 most requested songs Encore. As I write this, the best RCA hits collection is the Taragon compilation Essential RCA recordings. I've already reviewed all three of those collections.
Among the Columbia hits included here are Buttons and bows, Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy, The gypsy, Doin' what comes naturally, Laughing on the outside, You keep coming back like a song and I love you for sentimental reasons. The Columbia hits omitted from this collection include Dear hearts and gentle people, Baby it's cold outside, Anniversary song, You do and I wish I didn't love you so. All these were huge American hits and it seems odd that they were omitted, but the quality of the other songs here is such that their omission doesn't really matter.
Outstanding performances of classic songs were a trademark of Dinah Shore - just listen to her singing Come rain or come shine, Georgia on my mind, Tea for two, My romance and the closing Always true to you in my fashion. Many of the recordings here are not available anywhere else. In the case of those that are, the standard of re-mastering on this collection makes it particularly desirable. Despite the absence of so many big hits, this collection provides a great introduction to the music of Dinah Shore.
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Hadley Caliman ‎– Hadley Caliman (1971)

Style: Contemporary Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Modal
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Mainstream Records

A1.   Cigar Eddie
A2.   Comencio
A3.   Little One
B1.   Blues For L.L.
B2.   Kicking On The Inside
B3.   Longing

Bass – Bill Douglas
Drums – Clarence Becton
Guitar – John White Jr.
Piano – Larry Vuckovich
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Hadley Caliman
Producer – Bobby Shad
Liner Notes – Leonard Feather

Santana sideman, saxophonist/flautist Hadley Caliman is one of the great players of West Coast jazz, despite being a relative unknown. A contemporary of Harold Land and Art Farmer, a denizen of the 1950s Central Avenue scene, he didn't make his debut as a leader until this beautiful album from 1971 was issued. 
At this point Caliman had lost a decade to drugs but rediscovered his muse while he was a member of Gerald Wilson's big band in the latter 60s. He then became an in-demand session player, appearing on recordings by Bobby Hutcherson, Julian Priester and most famously on Santana's hit album Caravanserai.  
His debut LP includes the regular group with whom he played live dates in San Francisco. It features six distinctive and reflective numbers which are the very height of early 70s acoustic jazz. Caliman did not record often but when he did he made it count. This is one of the lost gems!

Satoshi Ashikawa ‎– Still Way (Wave Notation 2) (1982)

Style: New Age, Contemporary, Minimal, Ambient
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Crescent

A1.   Prelude
A2.   Landscape Of Wheels
A3.   Still Park - Ensemble
B1.   Still Park - Piano Solo
B2.   Still Sky
B3.   Image Under The Tree

Composed By – Satoshi Ashikawa
Engineer – Michinori Yamazaki

From the liner notes written by Ashikawa himself: 
“Sound design” doesn’t just mean simply decorating with sounds. The creation of non-sound, in other words silence, as in a design, if possible, would be wonderful. There’s no question that our age — in which we are inundated with sound – is historically unprecedented. The Canadian sound environmentalist and researcher Murray Schafer warns of this state of affairs in the following: “The ear, unlike some other sense organs, is exposed and vulnerable. The eye can be closed at will; the ear is always open. The eye can be focused and pointed at will; the ear picks up all sound right back to the acoustic horizon in all directions. Its only protection is an elaborate psychological system of filtering out undesirable sounds in order to concentrate on what is desirable. The eye points outward; the ear draws inward. It would seem reasonable to suppose that as sound sources in the acoustic environment multiply – and they are certainty multiplying today —the ear will become blunted to them and will fail to exercise its individualistic right to demand that insouciant and distracting sounds should be stopped in order that it may concentrate totally on those which truly matter.” 
We should have a more conscious attitude toward the sounds – other than music —that we listen to. Presently, the levels of sound and music in the environment have clearly exceeded man’s capacity to assimilate them, and the audio ecosystem is beginning to fall apart. Background music, which is supposed to create “atmosphere,” is far too excessive. In our present condition, we find that within certain areas and spaces, aspects of visual design are well attended to, but sound design is completely ignored. It is necessary to treat sound and music with the same level of daily need as we treat architecture, interior design, food, or the air we breathe. In any case, the Wave Notation series has begun. I hope it will be used and judged for what I had in mind as “sound design,” but of course the listener is free to use it in any way. However, I would hope this music does not become a partner in crime to the flood of sounds and music which inundate us at present.
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VA ‎– Between Or Beyond The Iron Curtain (2001)

Style: Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Fusion
Format: CD, Vinyl
Lavel: Crippled Dick Hot Wax!

01.   Wojciech Karolak - A Day In The City
02.   Gustav Brom And His Orchestra - Bounty
03.   Adam Makowicz - Drinking Song
04.   Mahagon - Divka's Jablky [Dívka S Jablky]
05.   Novi Singers - Tanczace Orzechy / Dancing Nuts
06.   Jazz Celula - Probuzeni [Probuzení]
07.   Big Band Katowice - Sorcery
08.   Martin Kratochvil's Jazz Q - A Dance [Tanec]
09.   Zbigniew Namyslowski Quartet - Mango Boogie
10.   Grupa Organowa Krzysztofa Sadowskiego - Alfa Centaura
11.   Karel Velebný And His SHQ - The Newcomer [Nový Muž]
12.   Impuls - Sextant
13.   Mahagon - Pisecne Presypy [Písečné Přesypy]
14.   Prague Big Band - Helemese / Gee Whiz [Heleme Se]
15.   Laboratorium - Funki Dla Franki
16.   Hubert Katzenbeier Quintett - Quartet

Compiled By [Final Track Selection] – Crippled Dick Hot Wax!, Tøni Schifer
Liner Notes [& Introduction] – Daniel Sprenger
Liner Notes [Translated By] – John C. Constable
Mastered By – Bo Kondren, H. P.
Producer – Crippled Dick Hot Wax!, Daniel Sprenger, Tøni Schifer
Producer [Assistant] – Stephan Steigleder