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Oliver Nelson: The Sound of Feeling

In November 1968, “Verve” label released “The Sound of Feeling” (Leonard Feather Presents the Sound of Feeling and The Sound of Oliver Nelson), the 19th Oliver Nelson album.It was recorded in November 1967, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs and in Los Angeles, and was produced by Creed Taylor and Jesse Kaye.


The Sound of Feeling(tracks 1-5)

  • Oliver Nelson – soprano saxophone
  • Alyce Andrece, Rhae Andrece – vocals
  • Gary David – vocals, piano, marxophone, arranger
  • Chuck Domanico, Ray Neapolitan – bass
  • Dick Wilson – drums

The Oliver Nelson Orchestra (tracks 6-9)

  • Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
  • Al Dailey, Hank Jones – piano
  • Eric Gale – guitar
  • Ron Carter – bass
  • Grady Tate – drums
  • Phil Kraus, Bobby Rosengarden – mallets, additional percussion
  • Jerome Richardson – soprano saxophone
  • Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods – clarinets, alto saxophones
  • Jerome Richardson, Zoot Sims – tenor saxophones
  • Danny Bank – baritone saxophone
  • Burt Collins, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young, Nat Adderley – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Nat Adderley – cornet
  • Jimmy Cleveland, J. J. Johnson – additional trombones
  • Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
  • Tony Studd – bass trombone
  • Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson – flutes

Track listing:

  1. My Favorite Things – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  2. Waltz Without Words – Gary David
  3. Who Knows What Love Is? – Gary David
  4. Phrases – Alyce Andrece, Rhae Andrece
  5. Circe Revisited – Gary David, Bob Fylling
  6. Ricardo’s Dilemma – Roy Ayers
  7. Patterns for Orchestra – Oliver Nelson
  8. The Sidewalks of New York – Charles B. Lawlor, James W. Blake
  9. Greensleeves – traditional

Michael Lang

On August 5, 2022, Michael Anthony Lang died aged 80. He was musician (piano, keyboards, organ, synthesizer) and composer, recorded more than 2500 film scores, and worked with some of the biggest names of modern music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Vince Gill, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Josh Groban, Frank Zappa, Lee Ritenour, Oliver Nelson, Bud Shank, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Solomon Burke, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee, Vanessa Williams, Jose Feliciano, Bette Midler, Russell Watson, Michael Bolton, Don Ellis, Robbie Williams, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Dusty Springfield, Melissa Manchester, Neil Diamond, Shelly Manne and Stan Kenton.  

The Wombats: Glitterbug

On April 13, 2015, “14th Floor” label released “Glitterbug”, the third Wombats (The) studio album. It was recorded 2014 – 2015, and was produced by Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis, Tord Øverland Knudsen, Mark Crew and Eric Valentine.


  • Matthew Murphy – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Dan Haggis – drums, percussion, keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
  • Tord Øverland Knudsen – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mark Crew – recording
  • Eric Valentine – recording
  • Oliver Nelson – additional production
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Conor O’ Mahony – coordination
  • Storm Yeechong – coordination
  • Samuel Burgess-Johnson – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by Matthew Murphy.

  1. Emotions
  2. Give Ne a Try
  3. Greek Tragedy
  4. Be Your Shadow
  5. Headspace
  6. This Is Not a Party
  7. Isabel
  8. Your Body Is a Weapon
  9. The English Summer
  10. Pink Lemonade
  11. Curveballs

Kenny Barron: Super Standard

On December 22, 2004, “Venus” label released “Super Standard”, the 41st Kenny Barron album. It was recorded in September 2004, at “Avatar Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Tetsuo Hara and Todd Barkan.


  • Kenny Barron – piano
  • Jay Leonhart – bass
  • Al Foster – drums

Track listing:

  1. All of Me – Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
  2. Bye Bye Blackbird – Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon
  3. Cherokee – Ray Noble
  4. Cleopatra’s Dream – Bud Powell
  5. Doxy – Sonny Rollins
  6. Misty – Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke
  7. Stolen Moments – Oliver Nelson
  8. Summer Night – Harry Warren, Al Dubin
  9. Sunset and the Mockingbird – Duke Ellington
  10. Sweet and Lovely – Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, Jules Lemare
  11. Willow Weep for Me – Ann Ronell
  12. Yesterdays – Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach

Jimmy Smith: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith

In May 1962, “Verve” label released “Bashin’: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith”, the 20th Jimmy Smith album. It was recorded in March 1962, at “Van Gelder Studios” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Cred Taylor.


  • Jimmy Smith – organ
  • Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
  • Phil Woods, Jerry Dodgion – alto saxophone
  • Bob Ashton, Babe Clarke – tenor saxophone
  • George Barrow – baritone saxophone
  • Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Joe Wilder – trumpet
  • Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Tom Mitchell – bass trombone
  • Barry Galbraith – guitar
  • Quentin Warren – guitar
  • George Duvivier – bass
  • Ed Shaughnessy – drums
  • Donald Bailey – drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Walk on the Wild Side – Elmer Bernstein, Mack David
  2. Ol’ Man River – Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern
  3. In a Mellow Tone – Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler
  4. Step Right Up – Oliver Nelson
  5. Beggar for the Blues – Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne
  6. Bashin’ – Jimmy Smith
  7. I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) – Johnny Mercer

In December 1960.

In December 1960, “Candid” label released “Big Brass”, the second Benny Bailey album. It was recorded in November 1960, at “Nola Penthouse Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Nat Hentoff.


  • Benny Bailey – trumpet
  • Julius Watkins – French horn 
  • Phil Woods – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Les Spann – guitar, flute
  • Tommy Flanagan – piano
  • Buddy Catlett – bass
  • Art Taylor – drums

Track listing:

  1. Hard Sock Dance – Quincy Jones
  2. Alison – Hale Smith
  3. Tipsy – Oliver Nelson
  4. Please Say Yes – Tom McIntosh
  5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
  6. Maud’s Mood – Benny Bailey

Stanley Cowell

On December 17, 2020, Stanley Cowell died aged 79. He was musician (piano), co-founder of the “Strata-East Records” label, and professor at the “Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers”, the “State University of New Jersey”. He recorded with many famous jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, The Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Owens, Art Pepper, Buddy Terry, Charles Sullivan, Charles Toliver, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Harold Land, and Max Roach. As leader Cowell released 34 albums.

Richie Cole

On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford,  Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.

On April 26, 1993.

On April 26, 1993, “ECM” label released “Bye Bye Blackbird”, the 56th Keith Jarrett album. It was recorded in October 1991, at “Power Station” in New York City, and was produced by Manfred Eicher. The album was tribute to Miles Davis.


  • Keith Jarrett- piano
  • Gary Peacock- double bass
  • Jack DeJohnette- drums

Track listing:

  1. Bye Bye Blackbird – Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon
  2. You Won’t Forget Me – Kermit Goell, Fred Spielman
  3. Butch and Butch – Oliver Nelson
  4. Summer Night – Al Dubin, Harry Warren
  5. For Miles – Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
  6. Straight No Chaser – Thelonious Monk
  7. I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer
  8. Blackbird, Bye Bye – Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette


The Temptations: In a Mellow Mood

On November 27, 1967, “Motown” label released “The Temptations in a Mellow Mood”, the sixth Temptations studio album. It was recorded 1966 – 1967, and was produced by Frank Wilson and Jeffrey Bowen.


  • David Ruffin– vocals
  • Eddie Kendricks– vocals
  • Paul Williams– vocals
  • Melvin Franklin– vocals
  • Otis Williams– vocals
  • B. Barnum– arrangements
  • Oliver Nelson– arrangements
  • Don Costa– arrangements
  • Frank Wilson– executive producer

Track listing:

  1. Hello Young Lovers – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  2. A Taste of Honey – Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott
  3. For Once in My Life – Ron Miller, Orlando Murden
  4. Somewhere – Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
  5. Ol’ Man River – Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
  6. I’m Ready for Love – Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland
  7. Try to Remember – Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt
  8. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) – Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
  9. What Now My Love? – Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman
  10. That’s Life – Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
  11. With These Hands – Benny Davis, Abner Silver
  12. The Impossible Dream – Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh