Posts Tagged ‘Concord Records’

Tift Merritt – Feel of the World

This week’s Top Tune is a sweet & soulful track from Tift Merritt‘s 2010 album, See You On The Moon on Fantasy Records. We love this song. That’s Jim James from My Morning Jacket on harmony vocals. Speaking of harmony, Tift has teamed up with the great Andrew Bird on many occasions during her incredibly busy and fruitful year. Always a thing of beauty, you can hear them here or live and in person coming up on Andrew’s Gezelligheid Winter 2013 tour (dates below) as well as this coming Friday in-store at Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY.

Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, R.E.M., Neko Case, Spoon) produced ‘Moon’ as well as this past year’s critically acclaimed Merritt gem, Traveling Alone. The deluxe edition on Yep Roc Records could make the perfect gift this Holiday Season, we’re just saying. Hope to see you at one of these shows, you won’t regret it!

Tift Merritt Tour dates w/Andrew Bird:

Dec 6 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
Dec 9 - Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 11 – Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 12 - Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 16 – Congregation Sherith Israel – San Francisco, CA
Dec 17 – Congregation Sherith Israel – San Francisco, CA
Dec 19 – Immanuel Presbyterian – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 20 - Immanuel Presbyterian – Los Angeles, CA

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Contact & Licensing:
“Feel of the World” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI) administered by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / Master controlled by Fantasy Records c/o Concord Music Group.

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Poncho Sanchez – Playboy’s Theme

This week’s Top Tune is a theme song written by Cy Coleman at the behest of Hugh Hefner for his new television show, Playboy’s Penthouse. The show was recorded at Chicago station WBKB-TV and set up to look like Hefner’s apartment complete with Playboy Playmate’s, bunnies, musicians, authors, singers, comedians, actors, and plenty of booze. The first episode aired in October of 1959 and ran for two seasons in Chicago including such guests as Cy Coleman, Ella Fitzgerald, Lenny Bruce, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., and Anita O’Day. In 1969 the show moved to Los Angeles along with Playboy Enterprises and ran for a few more seasons under the title Playboy After Dark.

Cy’s original version was released by the L.A. based Pacific Jazz label distributed by EMI and was modest hit on jazz radio. Many others have recorded the tune including Lionel Hampton, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle. Cy Coleman’s version was featured on many of Capitol Records popular Ultra-Lounge series beginning in 1996 during the swing revival.

The hugely influential conga player, Latin Jazz band leader, salsa singer and percussionist, Poncho Sanchez lays down our favorite version featured here from his 1998 album Afro-Cuban Fantasy, (his 18th for Concord Records). Pasarlo bien!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Original Master controlled by Concord Records. “Playboy’s Theme” written by Cy Coleman, Published by Notable Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth Administered by BMG Chrysalis / contact:

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