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Hot stuff...lovely compilation...
on 1 March 2012
This new compilation with liner notes by Mick St Michael and produced by Tony Watts comes on the back of 2 earlier excellent sets from the same label and which you might like to note: Very Best of Burlesque, NOT2CD369 and Sex Symbols NOT2CD403. These are all various artists' collections and so the theme is what matters. Yes, with some you get into early rock n roll but the big band and mainstream remain a great influence.
On this new set you will find a huge span of musical delights such as performances by Sonny Lester and his orchestra. Sonny Lester was born in 1924 and went on to become a Grammy-award winning music producer. He started his career as a musician in a big band jazz ensemble before being drafted into the army where he earned a Purple Heart and worked under Henry Kissinger at one time. He plays the opening track on CD and it dates from 1961. Creed Taylor was in 1929 in Virginia and went on to become a well known record producer working for many major labels. He was responsible for bringing major bossa nova talent from Brazil (Antonio Carlos Jobim, João and Astrud Gilberto, among others) to record in the U.S. in the 1960s. Our offering from him on CD1 is The Nervous Beat and the track dates from 1960. Earl Palmer 1924-2008 was well known as a rock & roll and rhythm and blues drummer and became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He plays Honky Tonk on CD1 and the track dates from 1961. Earl Bostic 1913-1965 can be heard on a number of tracks. He was a well respected jazz and rhythm and blues alto saxophonist, and a pioneer of the post-war American Rhythm and Blues style. He had a number of popular hits such as "Flamingo", "Harlem Nocturne", "Temptation", "Sleep", "Special Delivery Stomp" and "Where or When", which showed off his characteristic musical growl. He was said to have been a major influence on John Coltrane. Italian Ralph Marterie 1914-1978 was a big-band leader born in Acerra (near Naples), Italy and who was active from the age of 14. His recording of "Caravan" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It can be heard on CD1 at track 18 and dates from 1953. Cozy Cole 1909-1981) was the jazz drummer who scored a number one Cashbox magazine hit with the record "Topsy Part 2". "Topsy" peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100, and at number one on the R&B chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The track peaked at number 29 in the UK Singles Chart in 1958. It can be heard on CD2 at track 16. Track 24 features Buddy Johnson 1915- 1977) the jazz and New York blues pianist and bandleader who was active from the 1930s until the 1960s. Here he performs Dr Jive Jives dating from 1949. The set closes with our own Johnny Dankworth dating from 1960 and giving a great performance of Sack O'Woe. The sound transfers are excellent and the material comes from the 1940s to early 1960s. As always these sets look good and with such a wide range of material and happy price this has got to be the real temptation. CD1 has a running time of approx 70 minutes and CD2 approx 74 minutes.