When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thunderball - Jazz All-stars

To cheese or not to cheese... I used to have scads of these type records. Dudes who could actually play some decent jazz but being on the west coast they could find decent bucks in the film studios...who could blame em?

But, but this isn't from some soundtrack. This is some goofy studio set up. Yeah its kinda cool, but really, the harpsichord was just a bad idea.

The real back story on this lp is that it was nabbed by one of my very best friends that visited several years ago. That trip cost him plenty. He had to leave his cache of lps behind while I dubbed them onto disc for him. This one slipped through the cracks and was only discovered during the recent move.

What I really needed was something to lead up to post 200.
This is post 199.

Thunderball and Other Secret Agent Themes
The Jazz All-Stars

1. Thunderball
2. From Russia With Love
3. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
4. Win, Lose Or Spy
5. UnderCover Agent Theme
6. I Spy
7. Iprcress File Theme
8. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
9. The Saboteur
10. Majorca Express

Secret Agents 001 J.J. Johnson
002 Mundell Lowe / 003 Ernie Royal
004 Milt Hinton / 005 Joe Newman
006 Bobby Crowe / 007 Johnny Knapp
008 Sy Saltzberg / 009 Larry Charles

..and while I have heard of most of these folks, I don't recognize them all. But I don't think they are using pseudonyms, but what the hell do I know? All I know is some dude named Johnny Knapp got to smooze chicks with that "007" moniker for a very short time. Right place, right time.

DLP - 206


Baron said...

Thanks HG ... Baron ... I'll be back later once I've listened.

mr phil said...

Funniest post ever. Thanks (I guess.) -- Phil

Baron said...

Enjoyed this one too HG ... details of this session have so far proved elusive ... the US issue was Design 206 ... Baron

moxnix said...

Thank you for this, very enjoyable!

Anonymous said...

Sheila Jordan was on the faculty at my college and one of her first records in the 1960s was with pianist Johnny Knapp and bassist Steve Swallow.

The fine alto player who doubles on flute is Larry Charles, a young Kenton alumnus at the time. Sy Salzberg, unless there's another musician named Sy Saltzberg, is the drummer on the date. I'm not sure who Bobby Crowe is but since we've already got a rhythm section, he might be the harpsichordist.

Obviously this is not "Jazz Suite for Brass," J.J. Johnson's contribution to Outstanding Jazz Compositions of the 20th Century. It's a commercial recording date of the kind we've all had to do in order to eat, pay the gas bill, etc.

Dirk Bill said...

Wow! This is absolutely the kind of "jazz" I dig during a cocktail party. I will go out of my way for albums like these. So, with all due reverence, could you re-up at your earliest? I would appreciate that very much. Thanks again for all the great music.