Posts Tagged ‘Count Basie’

Bill Henderson – My How The Time Goes By

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In the should-have-been-a-household-name department, near the top of the list for our money is Chicago-born jazz/swing/soul singer Bill Henderson. The slight, bespectacled vocalist had his first hit on “Senor Blues” with Horace Silver before relocating to NYC and signing with the Vee-Jay label in 1959. Henderson went on to record with a “who’s who” list of jazz luminaries including the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Count Basie Band, Yusef Lateef, Nat Adderley, Elvin Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Dizzie Gillespie to name a few.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up a perfectly constructed sentence”. Deliberate and thoughtful, natural and smooth all the way through.

Bill’s 1963 recording Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio remains a classic and he remained a fixture on the Playboy circuit throughout the 70′s including many appearances at Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and Litchfield Festivals.

This week’s bluesy gem was recorded in Chicago on December 20, 1960 with Count Basie’s band arranged by Thad Jones. Please enjoy!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth/
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Published by Edwin H. Morris Co. ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by MPL Communications Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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The Best Is Yet To Come in Fox’s Empire

empire extras2 The Best Is Yet To Come in Foxs EmpireTune in to the Season 3 Premiere of Fox’s hit show Empire & hear Cy Coleman‘s classic “The Best is Yet To Come” courtesy of Frank Sinatra & Count Basie! Click HERE to watch.

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Sylvia Syms – On Second Thought

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Frank Sinatra loved saloon singers. In fact, it’s all he said that he wanted to be. One he loved most of all was the singer of this week’s top tune, Sylvia Syms. Syms sang tough, sentimental songs in joints in Harlem and on New York’s 52nd Street for years and as a teenager received informal training from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Sinatra became such huge fan that he later personally conducted one of her albums.

“On Second Thought” is a heartbreaker of a tune written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh & was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun for Atlantic Records in 1976. Judy Garland once made Sylvia sing it 16 times at a New Year’s Eve party but would never record it because she insisted Sylvia was the only singer in the world who could sing it properly. It’s a perfect example of a great saloon song sung by one of the best in the business.

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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc/Sony ATV Music Publishing.
Original Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

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Fiona Apple – Why Try To Change Me Now

Happy New Year and welcome to a special Wednesday edition of Notable’s Top Tune of the Week…

We are very exited to let you know that we have just re-released our 2009 tribute album to Cy Coleman digitally through the good people at IODA. So, as of today, you should find the album available wherever fine digital music is sold (iTunes, Amazon, etc). “The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Coleman” features performances by a variety of today’s most compelling female vocalists, including Patty Griffin, Sam Phillips, Nikka Costa, Jill Sobule, Madeleine Peyroux, Missy Higgins and more – lovingly produced by the talented Dave Palmer.

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was Cy Coleman’s first major cut and hit… recorded by some crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse luminaries as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Brook Benton, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic song. Fiona’s recent reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for the tribute project.

Check out Fiona’s incredible live reading of the song, filmed at Los Angeles’ famed Largo at the Coronet, HERE
Read about the project HERE

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) admin. by BMG Rights Management and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) / contact:

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