John Williams: Before Star Wars
The personnel on the instrumental album features the cream of the West Coast studios, including Pete Candoli, Dick Nash, Ted Nash, Joe Mondragon, Larry Bunker and Shelly Manne.
The second album also features engaging arrangements by Williams and Bill Holman behind a warm-voiced swinging Desmond, who was probably best known as the vocalist in Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band. He also had a #3 hit with The Yellow Rose of Texas in 1955. Here, he has a smooth baritone, and his band experience gave him solid power in the note-holding department.
The musicians on this date included Don Fagerquist, Bob Enevoldsen, George Roberts, Bill Holman, Buddy Clark and Frank Capp.
John Towner Williams, 83, is still hard at work today in Hollywood.
JazzWax tracks: You'll find both Rhythm in Motion and So Nice! (Fresh Sound) here . The album comes with three wonderful bonus tracks: Tuesday's Theme (from Williams' score for the film Bachelor Flat) ; The Black Knight (from his score for the early '60s Checkmate TV series) and Augie's Great Piano (a 1963 showcase for Williams' piano playing).
JazzWax clips: Here are two clips from Rhythm in Motion and one from So
Nice! with Johnny Desmond:
Weekend Wax Bits
Bird and Prez. Next Thursday begins WKCR's consecutive birthday broadcast tributes to Charlie Parker and Lester Young. The around-the-clock three-day show will begin at midnight on Wednesday and continue until midnight on Saturday. You can tune in from anywhere in the world on your computer by going here .
Paul Marinaro sings Sinatra. Paul is a singer who was a protegee of the late, great Frank D'Rone and has Frank Sinatra down cold. Dig this video of I've Got You Under My Skin. (go here) . For more on Paul, go here . To sample Paul's latest album, go here .
Don Messina & Co. If you're near Beacon, N.Y. on Sunday, catch the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet. The group features Kazzrie Jaxen on piano and vocals, Charley Krachy on tenor saxophone, Don Messina on bass and Bill Chattin on drums. They'll be playing at the Howland Cultural Center at 3 p.m. For more information, call (845) 831-4988. Here's the quartet playing Lennie's Pennies in 2013.
Cocktail time. This week, I'm going to leave you on the porch at dusk with guitarist Tony Mattola playing Tenderly from 1963. Love those chords!