Posts Tagged ‘Marty Paich’

Ella Fitzgerald – I’ve Got Your Number

We’re a little shocked that it took us this long to feature a tune from the catalog sung by the First Lady of Song, but better late than never as they say.

We continue this week with another gem from the great West Coast arranger Marty Paich and his work with arguably the greatest singer the U.S. has ever produced, Ella Fitzgerald.

A stunning album,Whisper Not, was recorded on July 20, 1966 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood with the great Shelly Manne on drums. It would become Ella’s last studio album for Verve Records and Marty Paich (arranger for Sinatra, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond) delivered a dozen beautifully arranged standards including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “I’ve Got Your Number”.

Originally written for the Broadway musical, Little Me, the song has also been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Jill Sobule.

Notoriously shy, it’s been said that Ella usually kept to herself between gigs and rehearsals. Fitzgerald later explained, “I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do, but I think I do better when I sing”. Yes Ella, you do just fine!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Jimmy Scott – Why Try to Change Me Now

Two weeks ago we lost one of the most admired vocalists in jazz, “Little” Jimmy Scott passed away June 12th in Las Vegas at the age of 88. Scott was a favorite of beboppers like Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker and adored by vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles just to name a few.

“As singers, we all deal in pain,” said Ray Charles. “We’re all trying to push the pain through the music and make it sound pretty. Jimmy Scott has more pain and prettiness in his voice than any singer anywhere”.

Ray loved his singing so much that he signed Scott to his Tangerine label and in 1963 released the brilliant lp, Falling In Love is Wonderful which is now considered one of the best vocal jazz albums of all time.

“Ray advanced me $2,500,” says Jimmy. “which was ten times more that I was getting from Savoy. He hired the best arrangers in Hollywood – Gerald Wilson and Marty Paich – and let me pick out the ten love songs I thought best suited my voice. Ray played piano behind me on every track.”

This week we bring you one of the cuts from the album, Scott’s rendition of the classic Cy Coleman/Joe McCarthy ballad, “Why Try To Change Me Now”. Prettiness through pain indeed, here’s to you Jimmy!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP). Master controlled by Ray Charles Enterprises.

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Jesse Belvin – The Best is Yet to Come

Signed to RCA Records in 1959, R&B singer and pianist, Jesse Belvin had previously co-written the massive crossover hit “Earth Angel” recorded by The Penguins. Jesse also co-wrote and sang “Good Night My Love” (for Modern Records) which became the outro theme for Alan Freed‘s legendary rock and roll radio show.

After years of signing to labels under different names and giving away too much credit for too little in return, he was inspired by his wife and manager Jo Anne to develop his style at RCA. Soon after he had a Top 40 hit with “Guess Who” (written by his wife). His new label began molding him as a potential crossover star, a rival to Capitol Records’ Nat “King” Cole whose style and talent he greatly admired.

Eventually Jesse was paired with the great arranger Marty Paich (Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich) and an orchestra including saxophonist Art Pepper to record soulful covers of standards like this week’s Top Tune, “The Best is Yet to Come” by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh. His nick name, Mr. Easy also became the name of the album. Described as a powerful and charismatic performer, Belvin was believed to be well on his way to becoming a major star. Sadly, on February 6, 1960 Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He never got to hear the finished album which was released later that year.

We hope you enjoy one of the best from an artist of great talent whose career was cut way too short!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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