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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Lullaby of Grainger Street

I was truckin' on down the avenue - actually walking down Grainger Street - when I had a sudden whim to call into 'Old Hitz Records'. Old Hitz is an emporium that sells second hand discs - mainly vinyl - and has a jazz section which I duly browsed.
Nothing under a fiver so I didn't bite.
However, another section caught my eye - Sale LPs £1 each or 6 for £5.
I dived in and emerged £10 lighter!
Amongst the goodies was an LP by Susannah McCorkle. In fact it was her very first LP The Music of Harry Warren. Now anyone who visits this site will know that this tragic lady is just about my favourite female singer (along with Becky Kilgore and Daryl Sherman) and this selection is comparable with anything else I've heard from her.
Recorded in London in 1976 with Keith Ingham on piano - they were an item at the time and the empathy shows - Bruce Turner blowing alto and clarinet whilst Len Skeat plays bass and Johnny Richardson's on drums.
Lullaby of Broadway, About a Quarter to Nine, Forty-Second Street, Chattanooga Choo Choo, I Only Have Eyes For You just some of the better known ones. Not so well known is The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish but nevertheless it exudes Harry Warren class.
Some days you hit lucky, I only went to Newcastle to pick up a pair of trousers that were being altered - Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long (old Streisand number) - and I found the end of the rainbow.
Correction - I went beyond the rainbow with Tormé and the Buddy Rich Band + Phil Woods on alto. Together Again For The First Time.
I'll tell you about the other 10 LPs later!
Lance.
PS: If you're into vinyl it's worth a look in (I did leave a few!)
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