On March 16, 2004, “Delmark” label released “Up Jumped Spring”, the 23rd Curtis Fuller album. It was recorded August – September 2003, at “Riverside Studio” in Chicago, and was produced by Robert G. Koester and Jacey Falk.
On February 10, 1998, “Blue Note” label released “Standards”, the 24th Lee Morgan album. It was recorded in 1967, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.
On October 24, 2006, “Concord” label released “Givin’ It Up”, an album by Al Jarreau and George Benson. It was recorded in April 2006, at “Henson Recording Studios”, “NRG Studios”, and “Capitol Studios” in Hollywood; “G Studio Digital” in Studio City, CA; “LAFX Studios”, “The Pass”, “Willyworld”, and “Revelation Studios” in Los Angeles; “White Lightning Studios” in Sylmar, CA; “Porcupine Studios” in Chandler, AZ; “The B Hive” in Phoenix, AZ; “East Bay Studios” in Tarrytown, NY, and was produced by John Burk, Michael Broening, Marcus Miller, Patti Austin, Freddie Ravel, Larry Williams and Chris Dunn. In 2007, the album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” (Al Jarreau), and “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” (George Benson).
George Benson – lead and backing vocals, guitar, arrangements
Al Jarreau – lead and backing vocals, vocal percussion, arrangements
Paul McCartney – lead vocals
Ray Fuller – guitar
Dean Parks – guitar, rhythm guitar
Freddie Fox – guitar
Michael O’Neill – rhythm guitar
Michael Thompson – guitar
Larry Williams – keyboards, acoustic piano, arrangements
Michael Broening – keyboards, organ, programming, arrangements, organ
On August 13, 1962, “Columbia” label released “The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin”, the third Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded April 27; May 4–5; May 11, at “Columbia Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Robert Mersey.
Aretha Franklin – vocals, piano
Robert Mersey- personal supervisor, arrangements, conductor
Don Hunstein – cover photography
Don’t Cry, Baby – Saul Bernie, James P. Johnson, Stella Unger
Try a Little Tenderness – James Campbell and Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods
I Apologize – Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, Ed Nelson
Without the One You Love – Aretha Franklin
Look for the Silver Lining – Jerome Kern, B.G. DeSylva
I’m Sitting on Top of the World – Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young
Just for a Thrill – Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye
God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.
I’m Wandering – Berry Gordy, Jr., Tyran Carlo
How Deep Is the Ocean – Irving Berlin
I Don’t Know You Anymore – Gary Geld, Peter Udell
Lover Come Back to Me – Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II
On December 11, 1968, “Columbia” label released self titled second Blood, Sweet & Tears album. It was recorded October 1968, at “CBS Studios” in New York, and was produced by James William Guercio. The album was huge commercial success with over four million copies sold only in the US, and has been certified 4 x Platinum by the RIAA. The album received “Grammy Award” for “Album of the Year” in 1970.
David Clayton-Thomas– lead vocals
Lew Soloff– trumpet, flugelhorn
Bobby Colomby– drums, percussion, vocals
Jim Fielder– bass
Dick Halligan– organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals
Steve Katz– guitar, harmonica, vocals, lead vocals
Fred Lipsius– alto saxophone, piano
Chuck Winfield– trumpet, flugelhorn
Jerry Hyman– trombone, recorder
Arrangers: Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius, Al Kooper
Cover art:Timothy Quay, Bob Cato
Photography: Harrie George
Variations on a theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements)
Adapted from “Trois Gymnopédies”; arr. by Dick Halligan
Smiling Phases – Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood
Sometimes in Winter – Steve Katz
More and More – Vee Pee Smith, Don Juan
And When I Die – Laura Nyro
God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.
Spinning Wheel -David Clayton-Thomas
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson
Blues – Part II – Blood, Sweat & Tears
Interpolating Sunshine of Your Love (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton), Spoonful – Willie Dixon, Somethin’ Goin’ On – Al Kooper
Variations on a theme by Erik Satie” (1st Movement)