Monday, June 22, 2009

FIELD TRIP!

FIELD TRIP!

BISH'S BEAT IS GOING TO BE QUIET THIS WEEK. I'M UP TO MY EARS WITH MEETINGS ON A NEW TELEVISION PITCH PROJECT, TOO MANY BAD GUYS WAITING TO BE ARREST ON MY DAY JOB, AND TRYING TO GET AWAY FOR A FEW DAYS OF WELL DESERVED R & R. HARD TO FIT IT ALL IN.

BE BACK NEXT WEEK ~ SAME BISH'S BEAT TIME, SAME BISH'S BEAT CHANNEL!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

FEELING GOOD ~ JULIE LONDON & THE GERALD WILSON BIG BAND!

FEELING GOOD ~ JULIE LONDON & THE GERALD WILSON BIG BAND!

Any time Julie London finds herself in the company of an arranger like Gerald Wilson and a set of songs with attractive melodies and meaningful lyrics, she is as likely as not to take on a radiant air and sing, as she looks, like a living doll. Julie is one of those much too rare performers who, one can sense, sings not for the fast buck but for esthetic reward. Her musical taste is impeccable.

Nor should her taste in husbands be faulted when she can pick a man who, like Bobby Troup, writes such songs as "Won't Someone Please Belong To Me" or the lyrics to Neal Hefti's "Girl Talk" theme from the "Harlow" film. Mrs Troup's other agenda include the album's title song, which originated in "The Roar of the Greasepaint" [a Broadway show]; a theme from "The Yellow Rolls Royce" [MGM film] called "She's Just a Quiet Girl (Mae)"; the song aboutbruising, assembled by a promising young composer named Fred Manley, and "Hello Dolly," which she takes at a tempo better suited to her temperment than Satchmo's upper pace. .

Gerald Wilson was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He settled in Los Angeles in 1942 after three years on the road with the great Jimmie Lunceford Band. In addition to recording his superb band in a series of instrumental albums for Pacific Jazz, he has accompanied an impressive list of singers whose yen for first-class arrangements led them to him: Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Al Hibbler, Nancy Wilson, for instance. Gerald's featured soloist is Jack Wilson (no relation to Gerald or Nancy), a 29-year-old Chicagoan active as pianist, composer and combo leader around Los Angeles. Such tracks as "She's Just a Quiet Girl" indicate that he has a fruitful new career ahead of him as an organist. Also present are men like saxist Teddy Edwards, guitarist John Gray, bassist Jimmy Bond, drummer Earl Palmer and a dozen other members of the West Coast elite.

As Gerald Wilson said after this album was completed: "Julie is beautiful, but it's been clear ever
since 'Cry Me a River' that she didn't rely on her looks. She really knows how to interpret a lyric; she has a lovely sound; and she's a wonderful person to work with".

The team of London and Wilson is guaranteed to leave you unbruised and in a mood very adequately expressed in the album's title song. And who, as Gershwin once said, could ask for anything more?


~ Liner notes written by Leonard Feather

TRACKS:

01) My Kind Of Town
02) Girl Talk
03) King Of The Road
04) I Bruise Easily
05) Feeling Good
06) Watermelon Man
07) She's Just A Quiet Girl [Mae]
08) Summertime
09) Hello Dolly
10) Won't Someone Please Belong To Me

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THANKS FOR THE RIP TO KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNZ

BTAP #29!

BTAP #29!

Y NOT BY TRAVIS ERWIN


THE WORD FROM BEAT TO A PULP EDITOR DAVID CRANMER . . .


It was nearly a year ago that I happened upon Travis Erwin’s blog, following a link he had to Patrick Hemingway. Turns out, like me, he's a big Ernesto aficionado and we both devoured Patrick's reminiscence on his legendary father. I’ve been going back to One Word, One Rung, One Day ever since. Now, Travis kindly delivers Y Not to BTAP. I can’t help thinking Papa would enjoy this little slice of life with its colorful characters.

TO READ Y NOT CLICK HERE

Next week: Jack Martin's The Devil’s Right Hand

Coming soon: Keith Rawson with Marmalade

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

LOCKED & LOADED!

LOCKED & LOADED!

WHY JUST SQUEEZE KETCHUP OR MUSTARD ON YOUR FOOD WHEN YOU CAN SHOOT IT? THE CONDIMENT GUN LOOKS LIKE A CARTOON SIX-SHOOTER, AND WILL AIM YOUR KETCHUP RIGHT WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO, ON YOUR FRIES OR YOUR OPPONENT IN A FOOD FIGHT.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

COLIN JAMES & THE LITTLE BIG BAND!

COLIN JAMES & THE LITTLE BIG BAND!

While a handful of young crooners have achieved fast fame in recent years by covering big band classics, Colin James's lifelong study of the blues has manifested into Colin James & the Little Big Band, a genuine backwoods-juke-joint-meets-Stax-recording-session - swing merging seamlessly with the blues - composite guaranteed to make even the most sedentary person swing. While James's endeavour to crack the pop charts over the years has resulted in a number of mediocre releases, his powerful bluesy-swing performances on the Little Big Band series clearly show off all his strengths.

The songs are primarily revered soul and blues numbers, and while many singers don't have the power to aptly cover such classics, the richness and control in James's voice makes him more than capable of handling their depth.

Much credit should also go to his spectacular bandmates – including legendary brass players from Roomful of Blues and the Memphis Horns – who ensure the beat continuously cooks from top to bottom with the driving sound of a full band, horns-ablazing.

COCKTAIL NATION #79 ~ KOOPER IN JAPAN!

COCKTAIL NATION #79 ~ KOOPER IN JAPAN!

Coming up on this week’s show, we speak to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark, who gives you the chance to win his latest artwork!

Thanks to the Tikishark.com, it's Koop Kooper broadcasting tonight from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. I'm here to film a commercial for a new cola drink playing the role of a game show host, I'll play a bit of it a little later in the show.


Tonight, we'll catch up for a chat with Brad Parker from Tiki Shark, take a look at the world of swank, plus have a listen to the very best classic and neo lounge on the planet.

PLAYLIST:

Lushy ~ Bella Beretta

The SG Sound ~ Satellite Feeding

Clouseaux ~ Shrunken Heads

Waitiki ~ Ruby

Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ SingaporeSwing

Dinah Washington ~ Drinking Again

Frank Sinatra ~ It's nice to go travelling

Sammy Davis Jr ~ Love me or leave me

Jimmy Vargas ~ Torchin The EL Rocco

Hugo Montenegro ~ Solo Busanova

Perez Prado ~ Gurare Bossa Nova

Blue Zombies ~ Fever

Jo Stafford ~ The Gentleman Is A Dope

Chet Baker ~ That Old Feeling

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MICHAEL BUBLÉ MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!

MICHAEL BUBLÉ MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!

Following his first #1 Pop album and his third platinum-plus disc, 2007's Grammy® winning Call Me Irresponsible, singing sensation Michael Bublé returns to the stage with the live CD+DVD package Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden. Featuring powerful performances of his hits 'Everything,' 'Home' and 'Feeling Good,' he brings the December 5, 2008 concert at one of the most famous venues in entertainment history home to fans with Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.

TRACK LISTINGS

DISC 1

1. I'm Your Man
2. Me and Mrs. Jones
3. Call Me Irresponsible
4. I've got the World On A String
5. Lost
6. Feeling Good
7. Home
8. Everything
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10. Song For You

DISC 2

1. DVD of 60 minute concert, plus 2 bonus songs (Stardust and You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You)