Low Probabilities

From ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ to ‘If You See My Rooster’ , we have mixed 20 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Things That (Almost) Never Happen‘. It has Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Billie Holiday, William Shatner, The Barry Sisters and many more.

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Horace Silver : “When Horace once wrote out his rules for musical composition (in the liner notes to the 1968 record, Serenade to a Soul Sister), he expounded on the importance of “meaningful simplicity.” The pianist could have just as easily been describing his own life.

The Barry Sisters on Wikipedia : As Claire and Myrna Barry they were popular Yiddish jazz singers made popular in the 1940s-1960s on the New York Radio Show “Yiddish Melodies in Swing”, where they would sing jazz recordings in Yiddish. They also would record popular tunes in Yiddish, such as “Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head.” During the height of their popularity, they even made appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar shows and were one of the few American acts to tour the Soviet Union in 1959.

Steve Tyrell : Although Steve tours mainly with his band, he also enjoys playing with big orchestras and has appeared with the Boston Pops, Nashville Symphony, and Houston Symphony on several occasions. At the request of the Sinatra family and Quincy Jones, Steve was the featured performer with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at their season opening concert in which Frank Sinatra was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

Jazz at Pitt : So impressed was Creed Taylor, Hammond’s producer and head of CTI, that he signed Grover to a contract as a leader. When his debut as a leader, Inner City Blues was released in 1971, Grover was still working at a Philadelphia record wholesaler, “I was unloading boxes of records with my own name on them,” Grover recalls with a hint of irony.

VentnorBlog : Robert’s had a big hand to play in the development of jazz in the UK, back in the days of Quite Sane, Panacea…a very important influential musician, a massively popular record, and a great live performer whose gone from strength to strength. A great composer he’s also made the connection with a lot of new listeners by choices of covers, like Massive Attack, Radiohead, 4Hero.Read more: http://ventnorblog.com/2009/10/15/robert-mitchell-trio/#ixzz0ipU9gsKr

Blisslife Records : An urban chanteuse by birth, the bi-coastal Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village “artists building” in New York, her parents exposing her early to bohemian characters and experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities.

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers : This sultry chanteuse evokes a sensuous era of Jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist. No wonder Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of the sexiest people around! Lavay began attracting crowds right from the start thanks to her big, bluesy voice, exciting stage personality, and glamorous approach.

Lyrics Vault : But in late 1949 Eileen Barton cut an uptempo novelty tune introduced on the “Breakfast Club” radio show at that time, with an undercurrent of R & B called “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake” on National #9103. The record was an instant sensation.

PLAYLIST : Grover Washington, Jr. – The Best is Yet to Come (5.59) . The Barry Sisters – If I Were a Rich Man (4.17) . Fats Waller – I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (3.28) . Amel Larrieux – If I were a bell (3.20) . Alton Ellis – If I Could Rule This World (2.12) . Steve Tyrell – Tomorrow May Never Come (4.05) . Eileen Barton – If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked A Cake (2.36) . Robert Mitchell s Panacea – If These Walls Could Speak (7.27) . Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder – If The River Was Whiskey (2.42) . William Shatner – It Was A Very Good Year (3.57) . Benny Goodman – If Dreams Come True (3.12) . Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine (2.48) . The Righteous Brothers – If I Ruled The World (2.48) . Billie Holiday – If My Heart Could Only Talk (3.05) . Harry Belafonte – If I were a carpenter (3.36) . The Horace Silver Quintet – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (8.59) . Leonard Nimoy – If I Had A Hammer (2.09) . Memphis Minnie – If You See My Rooster (3.14) . Count Basie – London Bridge is Falling Down (2.57) . Nat King Cole – If I Were You, Baby, I’d Love Me (3.09) .


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