Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy Primordial







Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy Primordial
Zappa Records BPR 1231 (2018)





Side One:
1. Sink Trap
2. Gum Joy
3. Up & Down
4. Local Butcher


Side Two:
1. Gypsy Airs
2. Hunchy Punchy
3. Foamy Soaky
4. Let's Eat Out
5. Teen-Age Grand Finale







Personnel:
John Guerin, Frankie Capp, Shelly Manne - Drums
Frank Zappa - Producer, Arranger, Conductor
Bob West, Chuck Berghofer, Jimmy Bond, John Balkin, Lyle Ritts - Bass
Arthur Maebe, Richard Parisi, Vincent De Rosa - French Horn
Al Viola, Dennis Budimer, Jim Haynes, Tommy Tedesco, Tony Rizzi - Guitar
The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra - Orchestra
Alan Estes, Emil Richards, Gene Estes, Victor Feldman - Percussion
Lincoln Mayorga, Mike Lang, Paul Smith, Pete Jolly - Piano, Celesta, Harpsichord
Nick Venet - Producer
Alexander Koltun, Arnold Belnick, Bernard Kundell, Harold Ayres, Harold G. Bemko, Harry Hyams, James Getzoff, Jerome A. Kessler, Jerome J. Reisler, Jessa Ehrlich, Joseph DiFiore, Joseph Saxon, Leonard Malarsky, Leonard Selic, Phillip Goldberg, Ralph Schaeffer, Raymond J. Kelly, Tibor Zelig, William Kurasch - Strings
Kenneth Shroyer - Trombone
Jimmy Zito - Trumpet
Bunk Gardner, Don Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, John Rotella, Jules Jacob, Ted Nash - Woodwinds





Turn Of The Century - And I'll Come Back






Turn Of The Century - And I'll Come Back
Ranwood R8086 (1970)





Side One:
1. And I'll Come Back
2. Rose Garden
3. One Teardrop
4. Green, Green Grass Of Home
5. Till Love Touches Your Life
6. Maiden Voyage

Side Two:
1. She Loves
2. A Ray Of Sunshine
3. Alfie
4. (Impressions Of) Throb
5. Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry)






Personnel:
John Guerin, Sharkey Hall - Drums
John Wood - Arranger, Piano, Electric Organ, Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion, Bass, Accordion, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Producer
Gil Askey - Arranger
John Koenig - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Ernie Hughes - Organ
Randy Wood - Producer





Saturday, April 27, 2019

Gil Mellé ‎– The Organization OST






Gil Mellé ‎– The Organization OST
Intrada Special Collection Volume 144 (1971)





Track Listing:
1. The Organization
2. Main Title
3. Virgil's Theme
4. The Whole World
5. Annie Lost
6. Mr. Tibbs
7. Night Danger
8. Subway Chase
9. The Organization (Reprise)








Personnel:
John Guerin, Paul Humphrey, Emil Richards, Mark Stevens, Tommy Vig - drums, percussion
Gil Mellé - conductor
George Berres, Bobby Bruce, Shirley Cornell, Jacques Gasselin, Jimmy Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Marvin Limonick, Ralph Schaeffer - violin
Harold G. Bemko, Ronald Cooper, Jesse Ehrlich, Marie Fera, Anne Goodman, Raphael Kramer, Emmet Sargeant - cello
Chuck Domanico - bass
Gene Cipriano, Robert W. Cooper, Bernie Fleischer, Jules Jacob, John Lowe, Donald J. Menza, Bud Shank - woodwinds
Vincent DeRosa, Bill Hinshaw, Richard L. Mackey, Arthur Maebe, Richard E. Perissi - French horn
Gilbert M. Falco, George M. Roberts, Tommy Shepard, Lloyd Ulyate - trombone
John Audino, Conte Candoli, Jay J. Daversa, James C. Zito - trumpet
Tommy Johnson - tuba
Peter Manning Robinson - keyboards
Brian Moffatt - drums
David P. Pritchard - guitar
Douglass Fake - producer





Basil Poledouris ‎– Cherry 2000/The House Of God OST






Basil Poledouris ‎– Cherry 2000/The House Of God OST
Intrada Special Collection Volume 174 (1980)





Track Listing:
1. Main Title
2. Cherry Shorts Out
3. Movietone
4. Drive To Glory Hole
5. E Flips
6. The Barricades
7. Flashback #2
8. Photo Grab
9. Magneto
10. Pipeline
11. Waterslide
12. Jake’s Jukebox
13. Lights Out
14. Lester Heads South
15. Trashin Sky Ranch
16. Drive / Car Crash
17. Hooded Love
18. Truck Fight
19. Lester Follows
20. Drop ‘Em
21. Randa Mic
22. Jake Shot
23. Plane Flies Into Vegas
24. Cherry Awakens
25. Lights On
26. Lester’s Demise
27. End Title

The Extras
28. Photo Grab (Alternate Mix)
29. Lights On (Alternate Mix)
30. Lester Heads South (Alternate Mix)

The House Of God
31. Corridors
32. Corridors II
33. Angel Of Mercy
34. Chief Resident
35. Medicine / Dr. Leggio
36. Death Of Potts
37. Turf Of Jo
38. Roy & Molly










Personnel:
John Guerin - percussion
Basil Poledouris - conductor, orchestration
Paul Shure, Bonnie Douglas, Marvin Limonick, Murray Adler, Nathan Ross, Stanley Plummer, Polly Sweeney, Oscar Chausow, Alfred Breuning, Endre Granat, Vicky Sylvester, Mary Lundquist, Harry Bluestone, Ilkka Talvi - violin
Pamela Goldsmith, Samuel Boghossian, Janet Lakatos, Gail Earn - viola
Douglas Davis, David Speltz, Nancy Stein-Ross, Paula Hochhalter - cello
Milton Kestenbaum, Meyer Rubin - double bass
Louise DiTullio, Sheridon Stokes - flute
Ted Nash, Gary Foster, Don Ashworth, Terry Harrington - saxophone
John Lowe - baritone saxophone
Dominick Fera, John Neufeld - clarinet
Earl Dumler, Arnold Koblentz - oboe
Norman Herzberg, Patricia Kindel - bassoon
Vincent DeRosa, Richard Perissi, David Duke - French horn
Malcolm McNab, Graham Young - trumpet
Dick Nash, Tommy Shepard - trombone
Tommy Johnson - tuba
Chet Swiatkowski, John Berkman, Don Preston - keyboards
Dennis Budimir, Robert M. Goldstein - guitar
Chuck Berghofer - bass
Ken Watson - drums





Maurice Jarre ‎– Mandingo/Plaza Suite OST






Maurice Jarre ‎– Mandingo/Plaza Suite OST
Intrada Special Collection ISC 299 (1975)






Track Listing:

Mandingo
1. Muddy Waters - Born in This Time
2. The Dinner Table / Pearl's Bath / Reading Lesson
3. Meet Mr. Wallace
4. Ellen's Seduction
5. First Meeting No. 1 / First Meeting No. 2
6. Wedding Day
7. Blanche Comes Home
8. Display of Strength
9. Blanche's Problems
10. Ellen Pleads
11. After Cicero's Hanging / Sickness
12. The Fight
13. The Earrings
14. A Gift for Blanche
15. Muddy Waters - To the Market
16. Prelude to the Love Scene
17. Blanche and Mede
18. Ellen Is Jealous
19. Death Potion
20. Muddy Waters - End Credits
21. Brothel Baby [bonus track]
22. Pearl's Bath (Original Version) [bonus track]
23. Meet Mr. Wallace (Original Version) [bonus track]

Plaza Suite
24. Main Title (Theme From Plaza Suite) 2:31
25. Theme IV (Theme From Plaza Suite) 0:51
26. Exit Sam—Enter Jesse 1:58
27. Exit Jesse—Enter Hubley and Wedding March 2:25
28. Baroque Room Waltz 1:19
29. Finale & Bows (Theme From Plaza Suite) 2:43










Personnel:
John Guerin, Earl Palmer, Emil Richards, Larry Bunker, Victor Feldman, Frank Flynn, Richard A. Lepore, Shelly Manne, Joe Porcaro, Ken Watson, Bob Zimmitti, Dale Anderson, Leo Arnaud - percussion
Maurice Jarre - conductor, producer, arranger
Clare Fischer - piano, keyboards, organ
Tommy Tedesco - guitar
Israel Baker, Harold Ayres, Bonnie Douglas, Louis Kaufman, Alfred Lustgarten, Ralph Silverman, Harry Bluestone, Jimmy Getzoff, Betty Moor, Alex Murray, Marshall Sosson, David Stockhammer, Marcia Van Dyke, Paul Shure, Jacob Krachmalnick, Jack Pepper, Ralph Schaeffer, Anthony Zungolo - violin
David Schwartz, Alan DeVeritch, Albert Falkove, Leon Fleitman, Norman Forrest, Allan Harshman, Jan Hlinka, Myra Kestenbaum, Virginia Majewski, Irving Manning, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich, Harry Rumpler, Barbara Simons, Linn Subotnick - viola
Raphael Kramer, Joseph DiTullio, David Filerman, Mary Lane - cello
Ray Siegel, Edward Gilbert, Richard F. Kelley, Max R. Bennett, Jim Hughart, Meyer Rubin - double bass
Sheridon Stokes - woodwinds, flute
John Ellis, Hugo Raimondi, Arthur Smith - woodwinds
Ernie Watts - woodwinds, saxophone
Mike Altschul, David R. Angel, Jackie Kelso, Anthony Ortega - saxophone
Justin Gordon, Ronnie Lang, Ted Nash - flute
William Criss - oboe
Vincent DeRosa, James Decker, Robert Henderson, William Lane, Richard Perissi - French horn
John R. Coan, Jr., John Audino, Tony Terran, Ray Triscari - trumpet
Dick Noel, Hoyt Bohannon, Tommy Shepard - trombone
Don Waldrop - tuba
Catherine Gotthoffer - harp
Ralph Grierson, Mike Lang, Ray Sherman - keyboards, piano
Michel H. Mention, Neal Brostoff, Caesar Giovannini, Peter Manning Robinson - piano, organ
Allan Reuss, Bobby Gibbons, Dennis Budimir, Mike Deasy - guitar
Philip M. Davis - synthesizer





Les Baxter ‎– The Beast Within OST






Les Baxter ‎– The Beast Within OST
Intrada ‎– Special Collection Volume 132 (1982)





Track Listing:
1. Main Title
2. The Beast
3. Alone In The Forest
4. The Scary Dream
5. Horrifying Discovery
6. Patient Escapes
7. Attack Of The Newspaper Man
8. Skeletons Uncovered
9. Embalmed Alive
10. Crystal Ball
11. He Ain't My Father
12. Attack Of The Doctor
13. Electrocution Of An Indian
14. Bloodthirsty
15. Beastly Convulsions
16. Beastly Transformation
17. Flight Of The Judge
18. Beast Destroyed And End Credits









Personnel:
John Guerin, Larry Bunker - percussion
Les Baxter - conductor
Hall P. Daniels - piano, orchestration
Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, David Newman, Dixie Blackstone, Alfred Lustgarten, William Hybel, Stanley Plummer, Ron Clark, Marcia Van Dyke, Richard S. Greene, Daniel Shindarov, Harold Dicterow, Nathan Ross, Arnold Belnick, Carl LaMagna, Betty LaMagna, Mary Lundquist, Brian Leonard, Marshall Sosson, Davida Johnson, Stuart Canin, Judith Aller, Jimmy Getzoff, Norman Carr - violin
David Schwartz, Carole Mukogawa, Robert Ostrowsky, Pamela Goldsmith, Denyse Buffum, Mark G. Kovacs, Jan Hlinka - viola
Ronald Leonard, Gloria Strassner, Robert L. Adcock, Jerry Kessler, Christine Ermacoff, Delores Bing, Earl Madison - cello
Peter Mercurio, Scott Harper, Milton Kestenbaum, Milton Nadel - double bass
Vincent DeRosa, Richard Perissi, Gale Robinson, Arthur N. Maebe, Henry Sigismonti, David Duke, Richard Klein, Brian O'Connor - French horn
Warren Luening, Malcolm McNab, Uan Rasey, Lloyd Ulyate, Chauncey Welsch, George Roberts - trombone
Tommy Johnson - tuba
Ralph Grierson, Craig Hundley - piano
Bobby Bruce - fiddle
Buell Neidlinger - bass
Paul Leim - drums
Jay Dee Maness, George Doering - guitar





Friday, April 19, 2019

Michael Small ‎– The China Syndrome OST






Michael Small ‎– The China Syndrome OST
Intrada Special Collection Volume 110 (1978)






Track Listing:
1. The Plant
2. News At 6:00
3. Ticking Time Bomb
4. Hot Rods
5. News At 11:00
6. Meltdown!
7. The China Syndrome
8. The Truth And Finale
9. Source Suite #1
10. Source Suite #2








Personnel:
John Guerin, Dale Anderson, Jack Jennings, Joe Porcaro, Ken Watson - drums, percussion
Michael Small - composer, conductor
Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Clebanoff, Glenn Dicterow, Assa Drori, Henry Ferber, Ronald Folsom, David Frisina, Irving Geller, Clayton Haslop, Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Betty LaMagna, Carl LaMagna, Marvin Limonick, Yoko Matsuda, Stanley Plummer, Linda Rose, Nathan Ross, Seymour Rubinstein, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Stepansky, Robert Sushel - violin
Myer Bello, Richard Dickler, Virginia Majewski, David Schwartz - viola
Raphael Kramer, Robert Martin, Daniel Rothmuller, Eleanor Aller, David Speltz - cello
Bob Daugherty, Árni Egilsson, Robert Freedman, Jim Hughart, Buell Neidlinger - double bass
Louise DiTullio, David Shostac, Sheridon Stokes, Jim Walker - flute
Don Ashworth, Dominick Fera, Ralph Garofalo, James Kanter - clarinet
Bob Tricarico - clarinet, French horn
Earl Dumler, John Ellis - oboe
Alan Goodman, Jack Marsh - bassoon
Vincent DeRosa, Arthur Maebe, Richard Perissi - French horn
Malcolm McNab, Uan Rasey, Thomas Stevens, Graham Young, George Roberts, Lloyd Ulyate - trombone
Joe Farrell, Tim May, Tommy Tedesco - guitar
John D. Berkman, Michael Boddicker, John Markman, Ian Underwood - piano, keyboards
Catherine Gotthoffer - harp
Robert Freedman - arranger





Peggy Lee ‎– Then Was Then Now Is Now!






Peggy Lee ‎– Then Was Then Now Is Now!
Capitol Records ‎T 2388 (1965)





Side One::
1. Trapped (In the Web of Love)
2. Losers Weepers
3. Free Spirits
4. I Go to Sleep
5. Leave It to Love
6. Love Theme From "The Sandpiper"


Side Two:
1. They Say
2. Seventh Son
3. Then Was Then (And Now Is Now)
4. Ev'rybody Has the Right to Be Wrong (At Least Once)
5. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over








Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Peggy Lee - vocals
Sid Feller - musical director, arranger, conductor
David Cavanaugh - producer
Barney Kessel - guitar
Bob Bain - guitar
John Collins - guitar
Lou Levy - piano
Max Bennett - bass
Victor Feldman - drums
Victor Arno - violin
Edward Bergman - violin
Harry Bluestone - violin
Jacques Gasselin - violin
Benny Gill - violin
Dan Lube - violin
Erno Neufeld - violin
Lou Raderman - violin
Nathan Ross - violin
Marshall Sosson - violin
Alvin Dinkin - viola
Paul Robyn - viola
Joseph Saxon - cello
Eleanor Aller - cello
Ted Nash - woodwinds
Billy May - arranger, conductor
Cy Coleman - arranger, conductor





Johnny Mandel - Escape To Witch Mountain OST






Johnny Mandel - Escape To Witch Mountain OST
Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 309 (1975)






Track Listing:
1. Main Title
2. Flashback No. 1
3. The Dogs
4. Close Shave And Uncle Lucas
5. The Magic Pen And Flashback No. 2
6. The Mansion
7. Utopia
8. Thunderhead
9. Skipping Along
10. Flashback No. 3
11. Escape From Xanthus
12. Flashback No. 4
13. Runaway Motorcycle
14. Flashback No. 5
15. Flashback No. 6
16. Jason
17. Spotted And Look, No Hands
18. Welcome To Longview
19. Flashbacks No. 7 And No. 8
20. Spooking The Sheriff And Broom Sequence
21. The Bear
22. Hiram’s House
23. Flour Power
24. The Flying Camper
25. Goodbye, Jason
26. End Title
27. Thunderhead
28. Escape From Xanthus
29. Runaway Motorcycle
30. Spotted And Look, No Hands
31. Spooking The Sheriff And Broom Sequence
32. Hiram’s House
33. Flour Power
34. Flashback (Long)
35. Tony (Stinger)
36. Harmonica (Virtuoso Ad Lib)










Personnel:
John Guerin, Louis Singer, Victor Feldman, Frank Flynn, Solomon R. Gubin - drums, percussion
Johnny Mandel - composer, conductor
Edward M. Karam - conductor
Marshall Sosson , H. Arthur Brown, Herman Clebanoff, Bonnie Douglas, Assa Drori, David Frisina, Debbie Grossman, Anatol Kaminsky, Betty LaMagna, Carl LaMagna, Leonard Malarsky, Emanuel Moss, Alexander Murray, Jack Pepper, Paul Shure, Spiro Stamos, Joseph Stepansky, Robert Sushel, Gerald Vinci, Dorothy Wade - violin
Sven Reher, Samuel Boghossian, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Myra Kestenbaum, Virginia Majewski, Alexander Neiman, Joseph Reilich, David Schwartz, Linn Subotnick - viola
Raphael Kramer, Douglas Davis, Christine Ermacoff, Anne Goodman, Raymond Kelley, Frederick Seykora - cello
Joe Mondragon, Charles Domanico, Milton Kestenbaum, Robert Stone - double bass
Norman Benno, Jules Jacob, Harry Klee, Jack Nimitz, William Perkins, Hugo Raimondi, Clifford E. "Bud" Shank - flute, oboe, clarinet
Vincent De Rosa, Arthur Briegleb, James Decker, George Hyde, Sinclair Lott, Richard Perissi, Gale Robinson - French horn
Marion E. "Buddy" Childers, Joe E. Burnett, Jack Laubach, James Salko - trumpet
Richard Nash, Francis "Joe" Howard, Charles Loper, George Roberts, Phillip A. Teele - trombone
Catherine Gotthoffer - harp
Clare Fischer, Artie Kane, Mike Lang - piano, organ, keyboard
Paul Beaver - synthesizer
Dennis Budimir, Mike Anthony - guitar
Carl Fortina - accordion
Tommy Morgan - harmonica
Douglass Fake - producer





Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tom Scott - Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes OST






Tom Scott - Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes OST
Silver Age Classics FSM Vol. 4 No. 1 (1972)





Track Listing:
1. Main Title
2. Ape Servitude
3. 1991 Restaurant
4. Caeser Sneaks Off
5. Caeser's Plan
6. Subjugation Soul
7. Simian Servant School
8. Ape Auction / Armando Dies
9. Civil Disobedience
10. Caeser Speaks
11. Electrocution
12. The King Is Dead
13. Ape Revolt Begins
14. Revolution







Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Tom Scott - Saxophone, Arranger
Chuck Domanico - Bass
Mike Wofford - piano
Lukas Kendall - Producer





Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Monk Higgins - Extra Soul Perception






Monk Higgins - Extra Soul Perception
Solid State Records SS-18046 (1968)




Side One:
1. Extra Soul Perception
2. The Look Of Slim
3. A Good Thing
4. Watermelon Man
5. Straight Ahead
6. Canadian Sunset



Side Two:
1. Collision In Black
2. Just Around The Corner
3. Little Green Apples
4. Poker Chips
5. Sittin' Duck
6. Doing It To Deff






Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Monk Higgins - Producer, Arranger, Tenor Saxophone, Organ
Bob West, Ron Brown - Bass
Jerry Williams - Congas
Jim Horn - Flute
David A. Duke - French Horn
Al Vescovo, Arthur Adams, Freddy Robinson - Guitar
Miles Grayson - Piano, Percussion
Dee Ervin - Producer, Percussion, Organ
Thomas Scott - Trumpet
William Peterson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Estes - Vibraphone, Percussion





Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Julie London ‎– Yummy, Yummy, Yummy






Julie London ‎– Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Liberty Records LST 7609 (1969)





Side One:
1. Stoned Soul Picnic
2. Like To Get To Know You
3. Light My Fire
4. It's Nice To Be With You
5. Sunday Mornin'
6. Hushabye Mountain


Side Two:
1. Mighty Quinn
2. Come To Me Slowly
3. And I Love Him
4. Without Him
5. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
6. Louie Louie






Personnel:
John Guerin, Hal Blaine - drums
Julie London - vocals
Bob Knight - trombone
Bill Perkins, Jim Horn - saxophone
Michel Rubini - piano
Al Casey, Neil Levang, Mike Deasy, Lou Morell - guitar
Lyle Ritz – bass 
Gary Coleman, Dale Anderson - percussion
Tommy Oliver – producer, arranger





Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Unbelievable True Story of the Wrecking Crew’s Max Bennett




In the category of minimalist torch—if there is such a category—“Fever” by Peggy Lee has to be the assumed pinnacle of the form. Ms. Lee’s voice, accompanied by little more than a creeping bass line and snapping fingers, captures not only a genre of music, but a specific milieu in a specific era in American life, where cocktail glasses clink, eyebrows raise, and pent-up prosperity percolates insistently in the body politic. The song is feral, assertive, and unrelenting, and an unequivocal classic.

“Fever” was suggested to Peggy Lee by jazz bassist Max Bennett, a veteran of the Chicago, New York, and West Coast jazz scenes, and Ms. Lee’s close personal friend. It boasts a bass line for the ages.

“One day she said to me, ‘Oh by the way, I’m looking for a torch song,’ ” remembers Bennett, now 88 and alive and well in San Clemente, Calif. “ ‘If you hear anything like that, give me a ring.’ So I was working on Western Avenue, not the nicest area of L.A., with, like, a jazz trio. And a young kid walked in and said ‘Can I sit in?’ and we said, ‘Sure why not, what do you want to sing?’ He said, ‘I want to sing a song called ‘Fever.’ I’d never heard of it. But it has like two chords. We played it, and I thought, perfect for Peggy. So I called her up and told her about the tune, and the rest is history.”

It must have been a heady moment for a young man who, not that many years earlier, had left the unjazz capital of the world—Oskaloosa, Iowa—with just the clothes on his back, to seek his unfortunes in the music business. Now here he was, laying down one of the iconic bass lines in the American music canon with one of the most eye-popping and ear-caressing vocalists of the era.

“Oh, I didn’t record it. Peggy wasn’t working, so I was out with Ella Fitzgerald. So she recorded it with a friend of mind named Joe Mondragon. Howard Roberts, who was a great guitarist, was going to play but he didn’t. All he did was snap his fingers.”

Through the twists and turns of being a gigging jazzer and go-to session guy living in L.A.—he was a member of the mythical “Wrecking Crew”—Max Bennett would, however, leave his low-end imprint on many other important performances and recordings across several decades. Following the dissolution of his original Mothers of Invention, none other than Frank Zappa would tap Bennett as something of a de facto new Mother. That’s Max all over arguably Zappa’s meisterwerk Hot Rats, featuring the gorgeous and much beloved, “Little Umbrellas.” That’s Max on the sublime “Twenty Small Cigars” on Chunga’s Revenge. And those are just a couple of the Zappa albums on Max’s CV. It must have been a very special and inspiring period to be working with Zappa at the height of his powers.

“I was not familiar with Zappa’s music. Our paths never crossed. I was never a big fan of avant garde music in that sense. It was while I was working in the studio, what was it, 1967, I think? And I got a call from John Guerin. He said, ‘Get your stuff over to TTG’—that was in Hollywood—‘I got a double session for you with Frank Zappa.’ So we get there and we worked two double sessions for two nights. And that was the album, that was Hot Rats.”

“I was talking to someone about that, and they were telling me that that particular album got the best write-ups of any of the stuff he ever did. What’s interesting, I was on the computer the other day, and I’m seeing I’m on these other tunes. As it turns out—we would play the same chord changes for forever, you know, after we got through, just keep going and going—Frank took those takes and made other songs out of them. All of a sudden I realize I’m not just on Hot Rats, I did five Zappa albums! That was cool. I don’t mind.”

It’s easy for him to shrug off these stops along the way. Max Bennett is a jazz guy. His jazz life is what looms largest in his memory.

“When I started in Oskaloosa, I was a jazz musician from Day One. I just wasn’t a very good one. I was never interested in anything else. I didn’t play on any pop music—literally none. I never did any casuals, I didn’t play any commercial music till much later. I got started in Chicago, the late-’40s, used to go to Clark Street, there were a whole bunch of strip joints, and they used to hire groups from the South Side. They were good players—but the strip clubs wouldn’t hire bass players, so those guys were glad to see me. I would sit in with them. I was just getting started, so I learned quite a bit from them. From there I went to New York and hung out there for a little while and then joined Georgie Auld’s band and we went on the road.”

Great things would follow. “My jazz influences are essentially, like, Chicago and New York. But I was fortunate, even after I moved out to L.A., I went on tour with Ella Fitzgerald, and when we got finished with the tour, she and Oscar went home—Oscar Peterson was the headliner—so when we got back from France, we went out with Jazz At The Philharmonic. That had Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and Roy Eldridge, Big Joe Turner, Sonny Stitt—I don’t know if you know who that is—all those guys…”

Eventually, West Coast jazz and points further afield were in the mix too, with Max joining Stan Kenton’s band, and at some point doing a stint with a more Middle America jazz head. “Believe it or not I was working with Roger Miller, the country guy? All the guys he was playing with were jazz guys. He loved jazz music, he just couldn’t, you know, play it. And he didn’t like most country music. He was unique. He was very hip. He didn’t want to be characterized with, between you and me, ‘those goddamn hat singers.’ He was a great guy to work for. I went on a couple tours with him.”

His journey would eventually have him cross paths with saxophonist Tom Scott, and the two would embark on a fruitful and influential collaboration in the mid-’70s.



“The L.A. Express—that was actually all my idea. Tom Scott and I worked in the studios together—for a long, long time doing movies and TV and that whole thing that studio players do. But he had a quartet, it was a bebop quartet. He was working at the famous club in Hermosa Beach, The Lighthouse. On Sunday afternoons—he had a really great bass player, stand-up player, Chuck Demonico. He couldn’t make it one Sunday, called me and asked me if I could come down and sub for him. I said sure, and I took my Fender bass, and I played that. And we played the first tune I ever wrote, a tune in E, called ‘TCB in E.’ We played that and…something, just, happened.”

“We would play the same chord changes for forever—Frank [Zappa] took those takes and made other songs out of them. All of a sudden I realize I’m not just on ‘Hot Rats,’ I did five Zappa albums! That was cool. I don’t mind.”

“Joe Sample was down there playing with him—Tom probably called him for this job, because Joe was pretty busy with the Crusaders—and I think the drummer was Ed Greene at the time. And something just clicked. So Tom said, ‘Well let’s do it again next Sunday.’ And I brought some tunes and he brought some tunes, and he changed all the tunes he brought so they kind of fit that format that I already started. And I kept writing. So that kind of started it, and we were working at The Baked Potato in North Hollywood—well actually Studio City—and we were doing it every Tuesday night, late, because that was the only time we could make it. And the crowd just got bigger and bigger and bigger.”

“That was the quartet, we didn’t have a guitar yet. I began thinking about ‘Boy, the group sounds good, like it’s real powerful’…so I got this name ‘Express’—I didn’t know what to put in front of it. I had a concert one night with Lalo Schifrin downtown at Dorothy Chandler, I think. So backstage I was waiting to go on, I was talking to this buddy of ours, Louie Shelton, and told him…and he said, ‘Well, how about L.A. Express?’ And that was it.”

One of those in attendance at The Baked Potato was John Guerin’s girlfriend, a famous folk singer by the name of Joni Mitchell. “She flipped for the band,” remembers Bennett. They would go on to work together on four of the strongest albums in Mitchell’s career, among the strongest by anyone in the ’70s. One can imagine that it must have been rewarding and a little surreal for a contemporary jazz combo to ascend to working on the likes of Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira and Miles of Aisles.


“We ran into the studio—I honestly didn’t think much about it. I didn’t even know who she was! We were buried in the studio. Her kinda music just didn’t get to me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it—I didn’t know anything about it! Tom knew a little bit because he did some soprano sax on either For The Roses or Blue. Joni was great to work for. She really was. She had really good time, and she gave us carte blanche pretty much. I talked to her some time ago, and she had written something about how impressed she was with the band because if—she’d drop notes, she dropped time, stuff like that, which was her format, you know—we didn’t mind that at all, she’d worked with people before that were kinda perplexed about it. But it wasn’t real straight-like. So she really liked the band and it worked.”

“She was intrigued by jazz. Once she got playing with it, she was really stoked about it, she kind of developed a real affinity for it. Like I did that one song with her on Court and Spark, ‘Twisted’—Annie Ross did it first. There was actually a blues to it. But it was just John Guerin, and me, and her. It turned out nice, on the record. It’s wonderful.”

Max Bennett—in the neighborhood, and often right in the house, while music history was being made. Gigs with Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin loom larger in his story, and sessions with Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson and Mel Torme are just the tip of that iceberg—a mountain of music considering those menager beginnings.

“I told you about when I was in Chicago, starving? We used to go to the High Note and have a jam session every night. 450 North Clark. They had headliners there, but they closed the doors at 2, but they left the back door open, and we’d have jam sessions from 2 till 6. All the strippers and hookers and musicians would come in the back door, because they’d serve alcohol but with the front door closed.”

“So I’m sleeping in my car one night in front of a hotel, and there’s a knock knock knock, and it’s these two hookers that I knew that were real nice gals. Took me to breakfast, and, uh, then I moved in with them. They said if they had a run, rather than take a cab—I had a little Chevy convertible, so I could get them to their job, that way I could stay at their place for nothing. And, ah, I won’t tell you the rest of it. It’ll be in my book.”


Rest In Peace Mr. Bennett.





Monday, August 20, 2018

Quincy Jones And Bill Cosby ‎– The Original Jam Sessions 1969






Quincy Jones And Bill Cosby ‎– The Original Jam Sessions 1969
Concord Records CCD-2257-2 (1969)





Track Listing:
1. Hikky-Burr
2. Groovy Gravy
3. Oh Happy Day
4. Jimmy Cookin' On Top (Interlude)
5. Toe Jam
6. Jive Den
7. Eubie Walkin'
8. Monty, Is That You
9. The Drawing Room (Interlude)
10. Hikky-Burr








Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Quincy Jones - Composer, musical director
Bill Cosby - Vocals
Arthur Adams - Guitar
Eddie Harris - Tenor saxophone
Ernie Watts - Tenor saxophone
Clare Fischer - Piano
Les McCann - Piano
Monty Alexander - Piano
Joe Sample - Fender Rhodes piano
Jimmy Smith - Hammond B-3 organ
Milt Jackson - Vibraphone
Victor Feldman - Vibraphone
Ray Brown - Bass
Carol Kaye - Bass
Paul Humphrey - Drums
Jimmy Cleveland - Trombone
Marvin Stamm - Trumpet





Friday, August 17, 2018

Merv Griffin ‎– Escape






Merv Griffin ‎– Escape
TAV DK-4004 (1984)




Side One:
1. Changing Keys
2. Escape
3. Nightwalk
4. I Just Can’t Say Goodbye
5. Blue Eyes


Side Two:
1. Merv’s Theme
2. Struttin’ On Sunset
3. I Can’t Believe That I’m In Love
4. Jeopardy Theme
5. Bossa Man





Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Merv Griffin - Piano
Pias Johnson - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Klein, Bob Cranshaw - Bass
Pat Kelley, Mundell Lowe - Guitar
Chris Rhyne, Bobby Martin - Keyboards
Mort Lindsey - Keyboards, Music Director
Judy Chilnick - Percussion
Merv Griffin - Piano
Steve Lindsey - Producer
Jack Sheldon - Trumpet





Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Elmer Bernstein ‎- Cahill/United States Marshal OST







Elmer Bernstein ‎- Cahill/United States Marshal OST
Intrada Special Collection Volume 229  (1973)




Track Listing:
1. Cahill: US Marshal (Main Title)
2. Train
3. Billy Joe
4. Thickening Plot
5. Killers
6. Venture
7. Apology
8. Smoke
9. New Money
10. Surrounded
11. Necktie Party
12. Oath
13. Born to Hang
14. A Man Gets to Thinkin' (Instrumental)
15. A Man Gets to Thinkin' (Vocal)
16. Cemetery
17. Lightfoot
18. Danny - Billy Joe
19. Various Troubles
20. Finale
21. A Man Gets to Thinkin' (End Cast) 1:05 






Personnel:
John Guerin, Lou Singer, Shelly Manne, Joe Porcaro, Tom Raney - percussion
Elmer Bernstein - composer, conductor
Nathan Kaproff, Israel Baker, Virginia Barthold, Alex Beller, Clebanoff, Sam Cytron, Baldassare Ferlazzo, David Frisina, Jimmy Getzoff, Howard Griffin, Davida Jackson, Anatol Kaminsky, Kathleen Lenski, Joe Livoti, Erno Neufeld, Jerome Reisler, Linda Rose, Sam Ross, Gerald Vinci, Tibor Zelig, Sherry Zippert - violin
Virginia Majewski, Milton Thomas, Eliyth Belofsky, Rollice Dale, Myra Kestenbaum, Robert Ostrowsky, Joseph Reilich, David Schwartz - viola
Kurt Reher, Justin DiTullio, Dennis Karmazyn, Tibor Kertez, Jeff Solow - cello
Milton Kestenbaum, Abe Luboff, Peter Mercurio - double bass
Sylvia Ruderman, Burnett Atkinson, Carole Levine - flute
Arnold Koblentz - Earl Dumler - oboe
Dominick Fera , James Kanter, John Neufeld - clarinet
Jack Marsh, Norman Herzberg - bassoon
Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Arthur Maebe, Richard Perissi, Alan Robinson - French horn
Robert DiVall, Robert Fowler, Manny Stevens - trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate, Milton Bernhard, Barrett O'Hara - trombone
Sam Rice - tuba
Dorothy Remsen, Gale Laughton - harp
Pete Jolly, Artie Kane - piano
Bob Bain, Dennis Budimir, Al Hendrickson, Tommy Tedesco - guitar
Bill Pitman, Peter Bernstein - bass





Frank Sinatra ‎- My Way






Frank Sinatra ‎- My Way
Reprise Records FS 1029 (1969)





Side One:
1. Watch What Happens
2. Didn't We
3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
4. Yesterday
5. All My Tomorrows


Side Two:
1. My Way
2. A Day in the Life of a Fool
3. For Once in My Life
4. If You Go Away
5. Mrs. Robinson 2:55 









Personnel:
John Guerin, Irv Cottler, Alvin Stoller - drums
Frank Sinatra - vocals
Don Costa - producer, arranger, conductor
Sonny Burke - producer
Lou Levy, Bill Miller - piano, celeste, harpsichord
Bobby Gibbons, Bill Pitman, Al Viola, Joe Pass - guitar
Joe Mondragon, Chuck Berghofer, Monty Budwig - bass
Alan Estes, Wallace Snow, Emil Richards - percussion
Ann Mason Stockton, Kathryn Julye - harp
Hubert Anderson - vibraphone
Mischa Russell, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman, Joe Stepansky, William Kurasch, David Frisina, Erno Neufeld, Maurice Dicterow, Sam Freed Jr., Thelma Beach, Arnold Belnick, Nathan Ross, Israel Baker, Marshall Sosson, Ralph Schaeffer, Gerald Vinci, Bonnie Douglas, Jacques Gasselin, Paul Shure, Harold Dicterow, Harry Bluestone - violin
Barbara Simons, Alvin Dinkin, Alexander Neiman, Paul Robyn, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Cecil Figelski - viola
Nino Rosso, Joseph Saxon, Lester Harris, Irving Lipschultz, Justin DiTullio, Edgar Lustgarten, Armand Kaproff, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Kurt Reher - cello
Conte Candoli, Shorty Sherock, Bud Brisbois, Ray Triscari, Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist - trumpet
Milt Bernhart, Lou Blackburn, Tommy Pederson, Lew McCreary, Dick Noel - trombone
Ernie Tack, Kenny Shroyer - bass trombone
Arthur Frantz, James McGee, George Price, Richard Perissi, John Cave, Vincent DeRosa - French horn
Buddy Collette, Ethmer Roten, Justin Gordon, Chuck Gentry, Ted Nash, Gene Cipriano, Lloyd Hildebrand, Ronnie Lang, Bud Shank, Don Lodice, Paul Horn, Bob Hardaway, Nino Tempo - saxophone, woodwinds





Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kenny Rogers ‎- Timepiece






Kenny Rogers ‎- Timepiece
Atlantic Records 7567-82698-2 (1994)





Track Listing:
1. I Remember You
2. But Beautiful
3. When I Fall In Love
4. Love Is Here To Stay
5. The Nearness Of You
6. My Funny Valentine
7. Love Is Just Around The Corner
8. Where Or When
9. My Romance
10. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
11. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
12. You Are So Beautiful








Personnel:
John Guerin, Jeff Hamilton - Drums
Kenny Rogers - Vocals
Buell Neidlingel, Chris Kollgaard, Chuck Domanico, Don Ferrone, Ed Meares, Frances Lui, John Patittuci, Margaret Storer, Richard Feves - Bass
Ann Karam, Armen Ksajikian, Christina Soule, Christine Ermacoff, Dane Little, Dan Rothmuller, Dan Smith, David Low, David Shamban, Ernie Ehrhardt, Fred Seykora, Jodi Burnett, Larry Corbett, Marie Fera, Miguel Martinez, Paula Hochhalter, Ray Kelley, Rowena Hamil, Steve Erdody, Steve Richards, Suzie Katayama, Todd Hemmenway, Vage Ayrikyan - Cello
Jeremy Lubbock - Co-producer, Arranger, Conductor
Johnny Mandel - Co-producer, Arranger
Edward Karam - Conductor
Brad Warnaar, David Duke, Diane Muller, Joe Meyer, Marni Johnson, Rick Todd - French Horn
John Chiodini, Jon Pisano - Guitar
Amy Shulman, Gayle Levant - Harp
Don Williams, Larry Bunker - Percussion
Mike Melvoin, Terry Trotter - Piano
Randy Waldman - Piano, Synthesizer
David Foster - Producer
Claude Gaudette - Synthesizer, Drum Programming
Dick Hyde, Dick Nash, George Bohanon, Randy Aldcroft - Trombone
Frank Szabo, Oscar Brashear, Rick Baptist, Ron King - Trumpet
Andrew Picken, Brian Dembow, Carrie Holzman-Little, Dan Neufeld, David Stenske, Dimitri Bovaird, Evan Wilson, Harry Shirinian, Hershel Wise, Jimbo Ross, Jody Rubin, John Scanlon, Karie Prescott, Kazi Pitelka, Ken Burward-Hoy, Margot Maclaine, Marilyn Baker, Mike Nowak, Mihail Zinovyev, Pamela Goldsmith, Bob Becker, Roland Kato, Rollice Dale, Sam Boghossian, Steve Gordon - Viola
Alan Grunfeld, Arnold Belnick, Assa Drori, Barbra Porter, Bob Sanov, Brian Leonard, Bruce Dukov, Clayton Haslop, Diana Halprin, Dixie Blackstone, Don Palmer, Dorothy Wade, Elizabeth Wilson, Jerry Vinci, Gil Romero, Gordon Marron, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Horia Moroaica, Irma Neuman, Isabelle Daskoff, Israel Baker, Jay Rosen, Jayme Miller, Joel Derouin, Joe Goodman, Juliann French, Julie Gigante, Karen Jones, Leslie Katz, Marc Sazar, Margaret Wooten, Mari Tsumura, Mike Ferril, Miran Kojian, Miwako Watanabe, Pat Johnson, Polly Sweeney, Rafael Rishik, Razdan Kuyumjian, Richard Altenbach, Bob Sushel, Robin Olson, Ron Clark, Russ Cantor, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov, Spiro Stamos, Stan Plummer, Yoko Matsuda - Violin
Bob Tricarico, Dan Higgins, Dominic Fera, Earle Dumler, Gary Foster, Jack Nimitz, Jim Walker, Joel Peskin, Jon Clarke, Louise DiTullio, Marshall Royal, Pete Christleib, Rickey Woodard, Sheridon Stokes, Susan Greenberg - Woodwind





Ron Grainer ‎- The Omega Man OST






Ron Grainer ‎- The Omega Man OST
Silva Screen Records Ltd. SILLP1561 (1971)




Side One:
1. A Summer Place
2. The Omega Man
3. Surprise Party
4. Needling Neville
5. Swinging at Neville's
6. The Spirits Still Linger


Side Two:
1. Where Did Lisa Go
2. 'Round Midnight
3. Jumped By The Family
4. On The Tumbril


Side Three:
1. Bad Medicine For Richie
2. All Through The Night
3. Zachary Makes His Move
4. Hope Springs Eternal


Side Four:
1. Richie On The Roof
2. Neville Crashes Through
3. Matthias The Victor
4. Dutch Takes Over






Personnel:
John P. Guerin, Kenneth E. Watson, Louis Singer, Milton Holland, Victor Feldman - Percussion, Drums
Abraham Luboff, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, George "Red" Callender - Bass
Dominick Fera - Bass Clarinet
Edgar Lustgarten, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora, Gloria Strassner, Irving Lipschultz, Jesse Ehrlich, John Ryan Selberg, Joseph DiTullio, Joseph Saxon, Justin DiTullio, Kurt Reher, Marie Fera - Cello
Ron Grainer - Conductor
William Pitman - Bass
Robert F. Bain - Guitar
Arthur Gleghorn, Harry Klee, Leonard V. Posella, Louise M. DiTullio Dissman - Flute
Alan I. Robinson, George W. Hyde, Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw - French Horn
Denzil (Gail) Laughton - Harp
Douglas Clare Fischer, Clark Spangler - Organ
Paul T. Smith, Raymond Turner - Piano
Lukas Kendall, Jeff Bond - Producer
Plas Johnson - Saxophone
Barrett O'Hara, George M. Roberts, Hoyt Bohannon, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Karl Dekarske, Milton Bernhart, Terry C. Woodson, Thomas Shepard - Trombone
Allan Harshman, Cecil Figelski, Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Joseph DiFiore, Joseph Reilich, Maurice Keltz, Milton Thomas, Myra Kestenbaum, Robert Ostrowsky, Rollice Dale, Virginia Majewski, Yukiko Kurakata Kamei - Viola
Alex L. Beller, Baldassare Ferlazzo, Bernard Kundell, David Berman, Debbie Sue Grossman, Erno Neufeld, George Kast, Gerald Vinci, Harry Zagon, Henry Arthur Brown, Herman Clebanoff, Howard W. Griffin, Israel Baker, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Samuel Cytron - Violin




Milt Jackson ‎- Big Mouth






Milt Jackson ‎- Big Mouth
Pablo Records 2310-867 (1981)





Side One:
1. Bags' Groove
2. The Look Of Love
3. Big Mouth
4. I Love You


Side Two:
1. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
2. Yusef
3. The Days Of Wine And Roses
4. I Owes Ya






Personnel:
John Guerin, Nick Ceroli, Carlos Vega - Drums
Milt Jackson - Vibraphone
Abraham Laboriel - Bass
Dennis Budimir, Ron Eschete, Oscar Castro-Neves - Guitar
Michael Lang, Don Grusin - Keyboards
Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro, Paulinho Da Costa, Roger Bethelmy - Percussion
Ray Brown - Bass, Producer
Jackie Ward, Edie Lehmann, Marti McCall, Linda Harmon - Vocals





Justin Morell ‎- Septet






Justin Morell ‎- Septet
Sonic Frenzy CD1100 (2000)




Track Listing:
1. Jungle Book   
2. Whirfy Bird   
3. Seventy Three Falling   
4. You Might Be Mistaken   
5. Rumble   
6. Dog Years   
7. Occam's Razor   
8. Fine Art in the Eye of a Beast   
9. Evil Twins   
10. Passers By   







Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Todd Sickafoose - Bass
Bob Carr - Bass Clarinet
Justin Morell - Guitar, Arranger
Tom Peterson - Tenor Saxophone
Alan Ferber - Trombone
John Daversa - Trumpet






American Spring ‎- American Spring






American Spring ‎- American Spring
United Artists Records UAS 29 363 (1972)




Side One:
1. Tennessee Waltz
2. Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby
3. Mama Said
4. Superstar
5. Awake
6. Sweet Mountain


Side Two:
1. Everybody
2. This Whole World
3. Forever
4. Good Time
5. Now That Everything's Been Said
6. Down Home







Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Diane Rovell, Marilyn Wilson - vocals
Keith Ellison, Ray Pohlman - bass
Igor Horoshefsky - cello
Carl Wilson, David Cohen, Larry Carlton - guitar
Alan Beutler - horns
David Sandler, Lincoln Mayorga - piano
Brian Wilson - producer





Tina & David Meltzer ‎- Green Morning






Tina & David Meltzer ‎- Green Morning
RD Records RD 5 (1969)




Side One:
1. Heavenly City    
2. Let The Door Stay Open    
3. Hungry    
4. Luna Tune #1    
5. Green Morning    
6. Shara    
7. Keep On Lovin'


Side Two:    
1. The Garden    
2. Child Ballad    
3. Luna Tune #2    
4. The Angel    
5. Let The Light In    
6. Do You Think Your God    
7. It's Simple






Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums
Tina Meltzer - Vocals
David Meltzer - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Lyle Ritz - Bass
David Lindley - Violin
Michael Rubini - Piano
Scott Hambly - Mandolin





Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Beach Boys ‎– Sunflower






The Beach Boys ‎– Sunflower
Reprise Records RS 6382 (1970)






Side One:
1. Slip On Through
2. This Whole World
3. Add Some Music To Your Day
4. Got To Know The Woman
5. Deirdre
6. It's About Time


Side Two:
1. Tears In The Morning
2. All I Wanna Do
3. Forever
4. Our Sweet Love
5. At My Window
6. Cool, Cool Water









Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Brian Wilson - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, piano, bass, keyboard, writer, producer
Carl Wilson - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Alan Jardine - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, writer
Bruce Johnston - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, bass, piano, writer
Mike Love - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, percussion, writer
Dennis Wilson - vocals, harmony vocals, backing vocals, drums, tambourine, writer
Ed Carter - guitar
Al Casey - guitar
David Cohen - guitar
Jerry Cole - guitar
John Conrad - guitar
Daryl Dragon - piano
Larry Knechtel  piano
John Audino - trumpet
Tony Terran - trumpet
Gene Estes - chimes, bells, percussion
James Bond - string bass
Joe Osborn - bass
Ray Pohlman - bass
Frank Capp - percussion
Dennis Dragon - drums
Earl Palmer - drums
Michel Colombier - arranger, string arrangements





Saturday, April 28, 2018

Peggy Lee ‎– Make It With You






Peggy Lee ‎– Make It With You
Capitol Records ST-622 (1970)




Side One:
1. One More Ride On The Merry-G-Round
2. The Long And Winding Road
3. That's What Living's About
4. The No-Color Time OF Day
5. Let's Get Lost In Now

Side Two:
1. Make It With You
2. Passenger Of The Rain
3. I've Never Been So Happy In My Life
4. You'll Remember Me
5. Good-Bye







Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Peggy Lee - vocals
Benny Golson - arranger, conductor
Mike Melvoin - arranger, conductor
Phil Wright - producer
Gene L. "Gino" Bozzacco, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Emmanuel "Manny" Klein - trumpet
Robert "Bob" Ascher, George Bohannon - trombone
David Allan Duke, Alan Robinson - french horn
Donald Waldrop - tuba
Dennis Budimir, Peter Woodford - guitar
Max K. Bennett - bass
Lou Levy, James "Jimmy" Rowles - piano
Carl Fortina - accordeon
Jules Greenberg, Emil Radocchia, aka Richards - percussion
Israel Baker, Erno Neufeld, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross - violin
Gene Cipriano, Mel Tax - woodwinds






Peggy Lee ‎– Somethin' Groovy






Peggy Lee ‎– Somethin' Groovy
Capitol Records ‎ST 2781 (1967)



Side One:
1. Somethin' Stupid
2. Makin' Whoopee!
3. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
4. I Can Hear The Music
5. It Might As Well Be Spring
6. Two For The Road

Side Two:
1. Release Me
2. Sing A Rainbow
3. No Fool Like An Old Fool
4. Love Is Here To Stay
5. I'm Gonna Get It









Personnel:
John Guerin - drums, percussion
Peggy Lee - vocals
Dave Cavanaugh - producer
Lou Levy - piano, conductor
Dennis Budimir, Mundell Lowe - guitar
Toots Thielemans - guitar, harmonica, whistle
Max K. Bennett - bass





Peggy Lee ‎– Guitars A La Lee






Peggy Lee ‎– Guitars A La Lee
Capitol Records T 2469 (1966)



Track Listing:
1. Nice 'n' Easy
2. Strangers In The Night
3. Mohair Sam
4. Goodbye My Love
5 Think Beautiful
6. An Empty Glass
7. Good Times
8. Sweet Happy Life (Samba De Orfeu)
9. Touch The Earth
10. Beautiful Beautiful World
11. My Guitar
12. Call Me








Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Peggy Lee - vocals
Dave Cavanaugh - producer
Dave Grusin - conductor, arranger
Richard Hazard - arranger
Billy May - arranger
Bob Bain - guitar, arranger
Laurindo Almeida - guitar
Dennis Budimir - guitar
Al Hendrickson - guitar
John Collins - guitar
Herb Ellis - guitar
Louis Morell - guitar
Lou Levy - piano
Max Bennett - bass
Francisco Aguabella - percussion
Larry Bunker - percussion




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Helen Reddy ‎– Play Me Out






Helen Reddy ‎– Play Me Out
MCA Records MCA-5202 (1981)





Side One:
1. Optimism Blues
2. Do It Like You Done It When You Meant It
3. I Can't Say Goodbye To You
4. Save Me
5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me


Side Two:
1. The Stars Fell On California
2. I Don't Know Why (I Love That Guy)
3. When I Dream
4. Let's Just Stay Home Tonight
5. Play Me Out







Personnel:
John Guerin - drums, hand claps
Helen Reddy - vocals, tamburine, hand claps
John Barnes, Ron Fever - keyboards
Gary Coleman - percussion, hand claps
Robben Ford, Thom Rotella, Robert Waddy Wachtel, Timothy May - guitar
Larry Klein - bass, hand claps
Eddie Bongo Brown - bongos, congas, hand claps
Jim Horn - saxophone
Ernie Watta - saxophone
Rick Baptist - trumpet
Denise Maynell, Marti McCall, Myrna Matthews, Julia Waters Tillman, Maxine Waters Willard, Clydene Jackson, Oren Waters, Luther Waters - background vocals
Joel Diamond - producer, arranger
Artie Butler, Charles Calello, Gene Page - arranger, conductor




 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Richie Cole, Oscar Brashear, Mike Wofford, Tony Dumas And John Guerin ‎– Tribute To Charlie "The Bird" Parker







Richie Cole, Oscar Brashear, Mike Wofford, Tony Dumas And John Guerin ‎– Tribute To Charlie "The Bird" Parker
Hibrite Inc. PCB-6 (1989)




Track Listing:
1. Walkin'
2. April In Paris
3. My Little Suede Shoes
4. If I Should Lose You
5. How High The Moon / Orinithology
6. Lover Man
7. Melancholy Baby
8. Bird Medley (Now's The Time - Au Privave- Chi-Chi)








Personnel:
John Guerin - drums
Richie Cole - alto saxophone
Oscar Brashear - trumpet
Mike Wofford - piano
Tony Dumas - bass





The Animals ‎– Animalism







The Animals ‎– Animalism
MGM Records E-4414 (1966)





Side One:
1. All Night Long
2. Shake
3. The Other Side Of This Life
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Lucille
6. Smoke Stack Lightning



Side Two:
1. Hey Gyp
2. Hit The Road, Jack
3. Outcast
4. Louisiana Blues
5. That's All I Am To You
6. Going Down Slow







Personnel:
John Guerin - Drums (A1,A3)
Eric Burdon - Vocals
Chas Chandler - Bass Guitar
Dave Rowberry - Keyboards
Hilton Valentine - Guitar
Barry Jenkins - Drums
John Steel - Drums
Frank Zappa -  Guitar, Bass, Arranger
William Roberts - Harmonica, Guitar
Larry Knechtel - Organ
Don Randi - Piano
Carol Kaye - Bass, Guitar
Tom Wilson - Producer





Monday, May 22, 2017

V/A - Wonder Woman OST







V/A - Wonder Woman OST
La-La Land Records LLLCD1398 (2017)





Track Listing:
Disc One:

The New, Original Wonder Woman
Charles Fox

1. The Wonder Woman (Season 1 Main Title)
2. Newsreel
3. German Headquarters / Carrier Pigeons / I Will Not Fail
4. Up to Me
5. It Could Be Anyone / Good Luck and a Good Plane
6. Paradise Island
7. It's a Man
8. Steve Trevor Dies in Plane Crash / Diana Returns to Steve's Hospital Room / The Harp
9. Tournament
10. Bullets and Bracelets / Second Contestant
11. I Love My Mother
12. Invisible Screen / Personal Nurse
13. He's Alive / Starburst I / No Money - No Dress
14. Starburst II / You're Dreaming / Playon
15. May I Shake Your Hand?
16. I Tried to Stop Him / We Must Have a Bad Connection / Starburst III / Can You Go Faster?
17. Pirouette / Opening the Safe
18. Fight
19. They Will Pay With Their Lives
20. Wonder Woman / Crash / Fight
21. Keep Walking Out of My Life / Diana Prince / We Will Get Along Fine

The Return of Wonder Woman
Artie Kane

22. The Wonder Woman (Season 2 Vocal Main Title)
23. Steve's Plane / Dr. Solano / Landing at Paradise Island
24. Welcome to Pax / Is That You, Steve? / Never, Never
25. Bullets and Bracelets Contest / Acceptance
26. Thank You, Doctor / New Spin / Wait and Worry
27. Diana as Pilot / Argentina Airport
28. Nasty Solano
29. Capitol Building / Computer / Got Her
30. Diana, Meet Gloria
31. To the Base
32. Getting to Know You / She's Dangerous
33. F.D.R. and W.W. / Solano and Robot / Gloria Is Not a Him
34. Double Steve
35. Phony Steve / Night Flight
36. No Scar
37. Saved Again
38. Duel It
39. Eggshell One Out / Count on It
40. The Wonder Woman (Season 2 End Title)

Alternate And Source Cues

41. He's Alive (no Starburst)
42. Starburst II (episode combo)
43. Presenting Wonder Woman / On With the Show
44. You Are Too Beautiful
45. Society
46. Hypnotic Stuff
47. The Wonder Woman (Season 1 Doubled-Vocal Main Title)



Disc Two:
1. The Wonder Woman (Season 2 Synthesizer Main Title)

Anschluss '77
Artie Kane

2. Cover Story / To the Monitor
3. Welcome Committee
4. Nobody Home
5. Lizard Lost
6. Blow Up Diana
7. Drop in Nazi Camp
8. Two Good Legs
9. Der Empty Suit
10. Security Leak
11. Dr. Stern / Peasant Under Glass
12. IADC / Count on It

The Bermuda Triangle Crisi
Artie Kane

13. Good Morning
14. Ruby Red / All Clear in End / Manta's Headquarters
15. Losing Control
16. Dangling Chutes
17. Lion's Den / Munitions
18. Follow That Jeep
19. Stingray / Aqua-Woman
20. Row, Row, Row / Under the Waves
21. After You / Find a Way

Knockout
Artie Kane

22. Diana's Place
23. Airport Cab / L.A. Your Home? / Car Following Us
24. Carolyn's Apartment / Sleep Tight
25. Wonder Woman Meets Angel
26. Cheeseburgers / Fell in Love / Steve Is Gone
27. Ted Speaks
28. Wonder Woman and the Radicals / Sign the Voucher

The Deadly Toys
Robert Prince

29. Aerielle / XYZ Nightmare
30. Aerielle 2 / A Plastic Man
31. Safe House / A Plane Affair
32. Diana Doll / Butterfly Waltz
33. Breaking Out
34. Season Two Bumper #1

I Do, I Do
Artie Kane

35. Golden Gate / Recess
36. Car Trunk
37. Hacienda Health Spa / Play for Ploy
38. Magic Button / Special Steam
39. Dolly's Demand / Saddle Satan
40. Golf Talk / Runaway Cart
41. Wonder Woman Stops Cart / Dolly's Ride / The End
42. Season Two Bumper #2




Disc Three:
1. The Wonder Woman (Season 3 Main Title)

The Deadly Sting
Johnny Harris

2. Diana Meets Bill / Mr. Beamer Bows Out
3. Goodbye Louis
4. The Big Fight
5. Bill Freaks Out
6. Peeping at Brubaker
7. The End of Cap / The Last Mosquito Bite

Hot Wheels
Robert O. Ragland

8. The Crane
9. Dock Meet
10. Better Merchandise
11. Roof Fight
12. Somebody Help / Discovering Diana's Dilemma
13. Secret Garage
14. Weirdo
15. Horse Collars / The Best
16. Season Three Bumper

Skateboard Wiz
Johnny Harris

17. Goodbye Car / Hot Spot
18. Diana Takes a Dip / Mr. Ketchum Has a Visitor
19. The Missing Pinball
20. Skateboard Chase

Going, Going, Gone
Angela Morley

21. Flying Saucer
22. Karate Fight
23. Zukov's Gun
24. In the Warehouse / This Is Not Mrs. Fox
25. Diana Is Fired / Sharpshooter

Spaced Out
Robert Prince

26. Lots of Night Music
27. Jogging Down
28. Remember Sly
29. Catching Plants
30. Nauseation Alley / A Bit Phazed
31. The Last Spin
32. Wonder Womanish / Goin' Out Good

The Man Who Could Not Die
Richard LaSalle

33. California Beach
34. The Chimp / Chimp Chase
35. Man Who Couldn't Die / Bryce Recovers / T. Burton Phipps III
36. The Burning Room
37. Thru the Plate Glass Window
38. Dog Attack
39. Reichman Throws the Bomb
40. All Together
41. The Wonder Woman (Season 3 End Title)






Personnel:
John Guerin, Larry Bunker, Chuck Flores, Deane Hagen, Paul Liem, Shelly Manne, Harvey Mason - drums
Charles Fox, Johnny Harris, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Angela Morley, Robert Prince, Robert O. Ragland - conductors
Gary Coleman, Alan Estes, Gene Estes, Victor Feldman, Frank Flynn, Joe Porcaro, Kenneth Watson, Jerry Williams, Bob Zimmitt - percussion
John Berkman, Ralph Grierson, Pete Jolly, Artie Kane, Mike Long, Bill Mays, Mike Melvoin, Pete Robinson, Clark Spangler, Ian Underwood, Dan Wyman - keyboards, piano, synth
Mike Anthony, Ben Benay, Dennis Budimir, Joe DiBiasi, Danny Ferguson, Mitch Holder, Tim May, John Morell, Greg Poree, Lee Ritenour, Tommy Tedesco - guitar
Don Bagley, Max Bennett, Ray Brown, Chuck Domanico, Jim Hughart, Ken Wild - bass
John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Ronald Hicklin, Marnel McCall, Myrna Matthews, Sherlie Matthews, Lisa Roberts, Julie Tillman - vocals
Stella Casellucci, Gayle Levant, Dorothy Remsen - harp
Dick Hyde, J.J. Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Charles Loper, Dick Nash, Dick Noel, Bill Reichenbach, Jim Self, Phil Teele, Lloyd Ulyate, Don Waldrop - trombone, bass trombone, tuba
John Audino, Oscar Brashear, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, Bud Childers, Richard Cooper, Jay Daversa, Gary Grant, Warren Luening, Malcom McNab, Bob O'Donnell, Bill Peterson, John Rinald, Tony Terran, Graham Young - trumpet
Jim Decker, Vince DeRosa, Dave A. Duke, Bob Henderson, George Hyde, Art Maebe, Richard Perissi. Marni Robinson, Gene Sherry, Henry Sigismonti - french horn
Bill Calkins, Gene Cipriani, Dominick Fera, Gary Foster, Justin Gordon, Bill Green, Jules Jacob, Plas Johnson, Ron Langinger, John Lowe, Ted Nash, Jack Nimitz, Jerome Richardson, Shelly Russell, C.E. "Bud" Shank - woodwinds
Armanda Kaproff, Ed Lusgarten, Eleanor Slatkin, Doug Davis, Marie Fera, Anne Goodman, Selen Hurford-Depuy, Ray Kramer, Harry Schultz, Frad Seykora - cello
David Schwartz, Yokiki Kamel, Milton Thomas - viola
Israel Baker, Stan Plummer, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson, Thelma Beach, Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, Herman Clebanoff, Isabelle Daskoff, Bonnie Douglas, Henry ferber, Ron Folsom, Jimmy Getzoff, Harris Goldman, Anatol Kaminsky, Bernard Kundell, Norma leonard, Nat Ross, Haim Shtrum, Barry Socher, Joe Stepansky, Bob Sushel, Ilka Talvi, Dorothy Wade, Tibor Zelig - violin