From ‘Too Close For Comfort’ to ‘Everything’s Movin’ Too Fast’ , we have mixed 19 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Complaints‘. It has The Mar-Keys, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Four Knights, Patti Jo and many more.
Perfect Sound Forever: Henry Threadgill is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century- a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music. Threadgill, a multi instrumentalist whose principle axes include alto sax and flute, emerged from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra : Russ Morgan’s success in the music world, lead to his being offered the post of Musical Director for Detroit Radio Station WXYZ. His show, “Music in the Morgan Manner” became so popular that, at one time, he was directing nine commercial programs.
Singers.com : During the mid-‘50s the reigning king op Capitol’s roster, Nat King Cole, ran into the Four Knights and liked their style; he asked Capitol to have the Knights back him on some recordings. Their first collaboration, in early 1955, was titled “A Blossom Fell.” Though it didn’t chart, Nat and the Knights tried agin in January 1956, and by September their ”That’s All There Is to That” was number 16 on the pop char and number 14 R&B, the first time the Knights had ever appeared on the black charts.
The History of Rock-and-Roll : The Mar-Keys was composed of white teenagers, whose musical culture was a fertile mixture of traditional music- rock and roll (white), blues, gospel and R&B (black). It is partly this co-mingling of culture which will make the magic of the productions of Stax or FAME, where the black artists were often accompanied by mainly white musicians. A beautiful lesson for the South segregationist of the time.
Duke University Libraries : The Les Brown Scores Collection chiefly contains manuscripts of 329 jazz big band charts composed and/or arranged for Brown’s band, the majority of which are undated, but with some dated between 1944 and 1953.
Concord Music Group : “How many ways can you say ‘I love you’? It’s been said a million ways before. You have to find a way that’s unique.” Truth Records artist Frederick Knight was talking about his songs, and he has spent his career singing and writing songs that say “I love you” in unique and memorable ways.
Answers.com : Best remembered for the 1960 novelty smash “You Talk Too Much,” New Orleans R&B singer Joe Jones later forged a career in production and publishing before becoming a galvanizing force in the battle for artists’ rights.
soulwalking : Signing to Motown Records in 1966, Gladys Knight & the Pips’ first album, ‘Everybody Needs Love’ was released in 1967, and included the single ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’. The record sold 2.5 million copies, and at the time was Motown’s best-selling single ever.