Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Louis Armstrong






































Artist:  Louis Armstrong
Born:  August 4, 1901.  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Died:  July 6, 1971 (Aged 69).  Corona, Queens, New York City, USA.
Genre:  Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Traditional Pop
Occupations:  Musician
Instruments:  Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals

Louis Armstrong was an American Jazz Trumpeter and Singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.  Nicknamed Satchmo or Pops.  He was a foundational influence in Jazz and an influential Singer and a great improviser and he was one of the first truly popular African-American's influence extends well beyond Jazz Music.














Title:  Louis And The Good Book/Louis & The Angels  (2011)
Genre:  Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Traditional Pop
Label:  Phoenix Jazz
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen  (3:03)
 2.  Shadrack  (2:47)
 3.  Go Down, Moses  (3:41)
 4.  Rock My Soul  (2:58)
 5.  Ezekiel Saw Da Wheel  (2:34)
 6.  On My Way  (3:06)
 7.  Down By The Riverside  (3:11)
 8.  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  (3:10)
 9.  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child  (3:30)
10. Jonah And The Whale  (2:40)
11. Didn't It Rain  (2:43)
12. This Train  (2:26)

Bonus Tracks:

13. When Did You Leave Heaven?  (3:42)
14. You're A Heavenly Thing  (3:18)
15. I Married An Angel  (3:41)
16. A Sinner Kissed An Angel  (2:43)
17. Angela Mia  (3:22)
18. Angel Child  (3:23)
19. And TheAngels Sing  (2:55)
20. Fools Rush In  (3:32)
21. I'll String Along With You  (3:05)
22. Angel  (3:40)
23. The Prisoner's Song  (3:12)
24. Goodnight, Angel  (2:54)
25. Dear Old Southland  (4:10)

Personnel:

Louis Armstrong:  Trumpet, Vocals

Tracks:   1-12:  Album:  Louis And The Good Book:

Tracks:  1, 7, 10, 12:

Trummy Young:  Trombone
Dave McRae:  Clarinet
Billy Kyle:  Piano
Nick Tragg:  Organ
George Barnes:  Guitar
Mort Herbert:  Bass
Barrett Deems:  Drums

Tracks:  2, 4, 6, 11:

Trummy Young:  Trombone
Edmond Hall:  Clarinet
Billy Kyle:  Piano
Nick Tragg:  Organ
George Barnes:  Guitar
Mort Herbert:  Bass
Barrett Deems:  Drums

Tracks:  3, 5, 8, 9:

Trummy Young:  Trombone
Hank D'Amico:  Clarinet
Billy Kyle:  Piano
Nick Tragg:  Organ
George Barnes:  Guitar
Mort Herbert:  Bass
Barrett Deems:  Drums

Bonus Album:

Tracks:  13-24:   Album:  Louis And The Angels:

Tracks:  13-16, 18, 20:

George Dorsey:  Flute, Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson:  Tenor Saxopone
Dave McRae:  Baritone Saxophone
Billy Kyle:  Piano
Everett Barksdale:  Guitar
Joe Benjamin:  Bass
Rudy Taylor:  Drums 

Tracks:  17, 19, 21-24:

George Dorsey:  Flute, Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson:  Tenor Saxopone
Dave McRae:  Baritone Saxophone
Billy Kyle:  Piano
George Barnes:  Guitar
Joe Benjamin:  Bass
Rudy Taylor:  Drums 

Bonus Track:

Louis Armstrong:  Trumpet
Billy Kyle:  Piano

Louis And The Good Book/Louis & The Angels by Louis Armstrong, was released on May 9, 2011 by Phoenix Jazz, with Bonus Album Louis And The Angels, and one Bonus Track.



Sarah Brightman






































Artist:  Sarah Brightman
Born:  August 14, 1960
Origin:  Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Genre:  Classical, Classical Crossover, Operatic Pop, World Musical Theater, Adult Contemporary, Vocal, Cast Recordings
Occupation:  Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, Musician
Instruments:  Vocals

Sarah Brightman is an English Classical Crossover Soprano, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer and Musician.  She has sung in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Turkish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Catalan.  She began her career as a dancer and released several disco singles as a solo performer.  In 1981, she made her West End Musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she later married, including The Phantom Of The Opera.  Her original London Cast Album was released in CD format in 1987 and sold 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling cast album of all-time.















Title:  Hymn  (2018)
Genre:  Classical, Classical Crossover, Operatic Pop, World Musical Theater, Adult Contemporary, Vocal, Cast Recordings
Label:  Decca Records
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  Hymn Overture   (1:03)
 2.  Hymn  (4:28)
 3.  Sogni  (feat. Vincent Niclo)  (4:18)
 4.  Sky And Sand  (4:12)
 5.  Canto Per Noi  (3:22)
 6.  Fly To Paradise (feat. Eric Whitacre Singers) (5:14)
 7.  Gia Nel Seno (La Storia Di Lucrezia)  (3:10)
 8.  Follow Me  (4:00)
 9.  You  (3:30)
10. Better Is One Day  (3:51)
11. Tu Che M'hai Preso II Cuor  (2:43)
12. Miracle (Sarah's Version) (feat. Yoshiki) (4:53)
13. Time To Say Goodbye  (4:11)

Personnel:

Sarah Brightman:  Vocals

Orchestra:  London Symphony Orchestra
Choir:  Crouch End Festival Choir (London GBR)

Peter Weihe:  Guitars
Rene Laack:  Additonal Guitars, Keyboards
Rainer "Kallas" Hubert:  Drums
Alex Grube:  Bass
Nick Beggs:  Additional Bass
Pete Murray:  Piano, Harpsichord
Mathias Meissner:  Organ
Elb Tonal:  Percussion
Miklos Lukacs:  Cinbalom
Billy King:  Backing Vocals
Anja Bublitz:  Backing Vocals
Madeleine Lang:  Backing Vocals
Narcis:  Backing Vocals
Melody Myers:  Backing Vocals
Amelia Brightman:  Backing Vocals
Gunther Laudahn:  Backing Vocals
Rene Laack:  Programming
Buzz T. Isles:  Programming
Alex Pfeffer:  Programming
Frank Peterson:  Programming

Hymn is the twelfth studio album by Sarah Brightman, released on November 9, 2018 by Decca Records, first album since 2013.  The album reached No. 1 on UD Top Classical Albums (Billboard) Chart.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Simply Red



























Artist:  Simply Red
Origin:  Manchester, England
Genre:  Pop, Soul, Sophisti Pop, Dance Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Contemporary Pop, Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, R&B

Original line-up:

Mick Hucknall:  Vocals
Fritz McIntyre:  Keyboards
Tim Kellett:  Brass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Bass
Tony Bowers:  Bass
David Fryman:  Guitar
Chris Joyce:  Drums

Simply Red are an English Soul Pop Band from Manchester, led by the vocalist Mick Hucknall.  Their style influences ranging from Blue-Eyed Soul, New Romantic and Rock to Reggae and Jazz.  They sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career.  They received the awards for Best British Group of Brit Awards in 1992 and 1993. 















Title:  Symphonica In Rosso - Live At Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (2018)
Genre:  Pop, Soul, Sophisti Pop, Dance Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Contemporary Pop, Adult Contemporary, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, R&B
Label:  BMG Rights Management
Rating:  ****

Tracks:

Disc1:  CD:

 1.  All Or Nothing At All  (4:24)
 2.  For Your Babies  (5:01)
 3.  So Beautiful  (5:02)
 4.  Say You Love Me  (4:07)
 5.  Home  (3:39)
 6.  Picture Book  (6:25)
 7.  Holding Back The Years  (4:48)
 8.  Stars  (4:11)
 9.  A New Flame  (3:55)
10. It's Only Love  (4:34)
11. Sunrise  (3:37 )
12. Something Got Me Started  (4:06)
13. Fairground  (6:17)
14. My Way  (4:53)
15. If You Don't Know Me By Now  (6:04)

Disc 2:  DVD:

 1.  All Or Nothing At All  (4:24)
 2.  For Your Babies  (5:01)
 3.  So Beautiful  (5:02)
 4.  Say You Love Me  (4:07)
 5.  Home  (3:39)
 6.  Picture Book  (6:25)
 7.  Holding Back The Years  (4:48)
 8.  Stars  (4:11)
 9.  A New Flame  (3:55)
10. It's Only Love  (4:34)
11. Sunrise  (3:37 )
12. Something Got Me Started  (4:06)
13. Fairground  (6:17)
14. My Way  (4:53)
15. If You Don't Know Me By Now  (6:04)

Personnel:

Mick Hucknall:  Leading  Vocals
Ian Kirkham:   Saxophone, Keyboards
Steve Lewinson:  Bass, Backing Vocals
Kenji Suzuki:  Guitars, Backing Vocals
Dave Clayton:  Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Roman Roth:  Drums, Backing Vocals
Kevin Robinson:  Trumpet, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Symphonica In Rosso - Live At Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam is a live album by Simply Red, released on November 23, 2018 by BMG Rights Management, recorded live at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam in October 2017.




Saturday, December 15, 2018

Mariah Carey
















Artist:  Mariah Carey
Born:  March 27, 1970.  Huntington, New York, USA
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Soul, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop
Occupation:  Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer
Instruments:  Vocals

Mariah Carey is an American Singer and Songwriter.  She is the best-selling female performer of all time.  She has easily moved from glossy Ballads to Hip Hop-inspired Dance Pop throughout her career, she earned early comparisons to Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.  Her debut album, Mariah Carey (1990) topped the Billboard Hot 100, all four singles off her multi-platinum, beginning with "Vision Of Love", which also led to Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.  Her most successful singles including "Hero", "Without You", "All I Want For Christmas Is You", and "One Sweet Day", the latter became the longest-running U.S. No. 1 Single in History, with a total of 16 weeks.  Billboard named her the most successful artist of the 1990's in the United States while the World Music Awards honored her as the World's Best-Selling Recording Artist of the 1990s.















Title:  Caution  (2018)
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Soul, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop
Label:  Epic Records
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  GTFO   (3:27)
 2.  With You  (3:48)
 3.  Caution  (3;16)
 4.  A No No  (3:08)
 5.  The Distance (feat. Ty Dolla Sign)  (3:28)
 6.  Giving Me Life (feat. Slick Rick & Blood Orange)  (6:08)
 7.  One Mo' Gen  (3:25)
 8.  8th Grade  (4:48)
 9.  Stay Long Love You (feat. Gunna)  (3:02)
10. Portrait  (4:01)

Personnel:

Mariah Carey:  Vocals

Special Guests:

Ty Dolla Sign:  Vocals on Track 5
Slick Rick & Blood Orange:  Vocals on Track 6
Gunna:  Vocals on Track 9

Caution is the fifteenth studio album by Mariah Carey, released on November 16, 2018 by Epic Records.  The lead single "With You", as well as "GTFO", "The Distance", and "A No No".  The album reached No. 1 on US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart (Billboard) and UK R&B Albums Chart.