Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Art Hodes: Joy to the Jazz World (1987)

Parkwood Records - PW108

Here's Not on CD's first Christmas music post of 2018. This was a gift from a friend who knows I like Christmas music. It's in great shape. 

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Hodes "is regarded by many critics as the greatest white blues pianist, and he was also a noted jazz writer, historian, and teacher."

Though this is a Christmas record, I think I could listen to it anytime because of what Hodes does with these tunes. Some reviews:

"The best album of its sort I've ever of the Top Ten LPs of the year! --Coda Magazine (1989)

“The Christmas tunes are beautifully executed and jazzed up. Hodes manages to turn 'Silent Night' into a softly swinging quasi-blues, and even “Jingle Bells” works. -- The Penguin Guide to Jazz (1989)

"From the delicate and introspective balladry of "Silent Night" and the bluesy fills of "White Christmas" to the lively, stride-filled accents of "Jingle Bells" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." (Washington Post, 1987)

Grado ZF2/Paratrace > Technics SL-7 > Hagerman Cornet3> harman/kardon CDR2

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rosana Maria Martins: Mozart Sonata In A Major K.331, Sonata In F Major K.332

Connoisseur Society CS-2018 

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in excellent condition inside and out (and still in the shrink wrap). I always pick up records on the Connoisseur Society label, as the recordings are uniformly excellent. 

A google book search reveals that this was a Stereo Review "RECORDING OF SPECIAL MERIT"; they gave the performance a "superb" rating. The New York Times wrote "there is a youthful dash and brio to her performance...Miss Martins's fingerwork is pristine, her style is properly gatant*, and her melodic sense lets the music flow like brook water. The record marks the pianist's debut on disks, and it is a promising one." 

Martins never recorded again (yet!).

*this doesn't appear to be a word; these old NY Times articles are likely scanned to text, then (presumably) reviewed by a human, but mistakes often persist.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bill Crofut, Kenneth Cooper: Folk And Baroque (1975)

WC 1001

This was a thrift shop find ($2), in good but not great shape, signed by Crofut and Cooper on the back. 

The baroque tracks may be of more interest than the folk tracks (recorded live) on side 2. 

Bill Crofut passed away in 1999. 

Grado ZF2/Paratrace > Technics SL-7 > Project Phono Box S > harman/kardon CDR2

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mel Tillis: I Believe in You (1978)


Just returned from a trip to Toronto, where I picked up ten records at the Kop's Records sale, during which the records in the dollar bin were 15 cents (!). All the records were in good to excellent shape, and this one was sealed.

The title track from this album appears on the CD Country Love Songs. The two songs below (and probably the rest of the album) are not on CD.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Robert Rheims Choraliers: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Sunset Records ST 7708
This is a thrift shop find, a reissue of the original LP, in great shape. This recording doesn't appear to ever have been issued digitally, although unscrupulous LP digitizing sites will sell you a CD of it for $20. 

It has been posted on youtube.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sam Hinton: 'Tis the Season (1991)

SH Enterprises Tape No. G-2

Continuing with the Christmas theme...

The great Sam Hinton recorded his last album for Folkways in 1972 and didn't record for a label again until Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica in 2005. But during the 1980s and 1990s, he recorded three albums of music and sold them through his website – From an East Texas Childhood (1986), Of Frogs and Dogs and Such (1991), and 'Tis the Season (1991). They are still available at his website. So they are available on CD, you just have to know where to look.

All three are excellent albums, and musts for Sam Hinton fans. Below is an excerpt from 'Tis the Season, which I purchased on cassette from Hinton in the 1990s. It arrived in an envelope which Mr. Hinton had addressed in his lovely calligraphy.

Yamaha KX-400U, Macbook Pro, Audacity

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Christmas Eve With Walt Harper (1974)

Open Pantry ‎– OP-LP 100

I'm a big fan of Christmas music, and I recently got away with a small haul of Xmas LPs from the thrift shop – it looked like someone had donated a collection. This LP was in (dare I say it?) mint condition, opened but still in the shrink wrap. $1.99.

Despite being Open Pantry Food Marts' only known LP release, the recording and pressing quality are both very good. Pittsburgh jazz pianist Walt Harper plays and sometimes sings some of his own arrangements of classic Xmas tunes. It's a great record.

Harper's daughter Sharynn has created a website where you can purchase a CD transfer of this LP, so I won't be posting samples, however, I will link you to the samples at the website.

Purchase a CD transfer here

Jingle Bells
The Christmas Song

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Music Of India (1965)

Nonesuch ‎– HS-72003

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in excellent shape. It was originally released as part of the Nonesuch International Series, which was a series of recordings of traditional music from around the world. It later morphed into the Nonesuch Explorer Series. Some albums from the series are on CD, but this one is not.