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    Doing It Better: CCM as Bond

    Written by Marc Myers

    Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:46

    0071239_nobody-does-it-better-ccm-jazz-orch-as-james_550The reason most jazz orchestras steer clear of the James Bond catalog is fear of ridicule. Bond music is deceptively difficult. To be convincing, the feel has to be sultry while the attack must be elephantine and brassy.

    Warne Marsh: Dec. 1975

    Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 8.45.34 PMWhenever I put on a Warne Marsh recording, I don't think of him as a jazz musician.

    Tony Bennett: Pennies in '58

    Written by Marc Myers

    Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:35

    Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 7.12.22 PMOn Sunday, June 29, 1958, Tony Bennett appeared on NBC's Steve Allen Show to sing two songs. The first, Young and Warm and Wonderful, had been released weeks earlier by Tony on Columbia and reached #23 on the Billboard pop chart.

    Dennis Coffey: In the D

    Written by Marc Myers

    Monday, 23 January 2017 10:51

    Dennis-coffeyIn 1972, guitarist Dennis Coffey had a hit with the funk-soul instrumental Scorpio, which reached #6 on the Billboard pop chart.

    Boy! What a Girl!: 1947

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    By 1946, African-American casts were making musical films geared for theater distribution nationwide, not just movie houses in African-American communities.

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