Monday, May 13, 2019

Art Hodes: Someone To Watch Over Me "Live At Hanratty's" (1981)

Muse Records MR 5252 

I picked this up used on discogs for $2.25 after hearing Hodes' wonderful 1987 Christmas album, Joy to the Jazz World (also not on CD). It's a winner, too.

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."

The LP has been posted in youtube:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Alexis Weissenberg: Schumann Album for the Young, Kinderscenen

Connoisseur Society CS2-2110

This was part of a small haul of classical LPs at a Salvation Army for 99¢ each. This is the second time I've been to this store, and both times I've walked away with about ten titles, around a third of them Connoisseur Society records.

I am always surprised when I see classical music unavailable digitally – it seems anyone with an interest in classical music has to have a turntable to hear many classical recordings. Or hope someone has put the LP on YouTube.

This is a 2-LP American release of Pathe Marconi recordings. The sample on Youtube doesn't contain the wonderful Opus 15 "Kinderszenen" from Side 4.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Concert  5-71-004

This was a charity shop find ($1), in near mint condition. I hadn't heard of Charles Albertine when I saw this; I initially bought this for the McDonnell Douglas advertising on the back. Also, the cover had a Windham Hill vibe that made me curious (see cover photo below).

Albertine, I discovered, was an important composer/arranger in something the wikipedians call "space-age pop," and he worked with many notable musicians. This was his last and only solo album. It's a quite nice New-Agey set with a Classical flavor, a very pleasant listen. It has been digitized and posted on youtube:

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.