This 2013 release “The Mystery Of You” is just another example of the fabulous composing and lyrical works of this artist. With sensual smooth baritone crooning vocals for me he is the best thing that has come onto the jazz scene in several decades.
This whole concept album contains variations of taste to the ballads, latin jazz and pop with each telling a story.
But as I said on another blog written on Spencer after his first major release in 2009 “Till You Come To Me” I have no idea why this man hasn’t caught fire and became a household name.
Unbelievable stylistic phrasing and very creative writing skills.
He’s completely in tune with his inner musical soul and it comes out in the best of ways. His whole approach to a song comes from out of the depths.
He doesn’t perform attempting to try to emulate anyone else other than himself and that is true and defining talent.
This will always be the first song I remember hearing from Sonny & Cher and it’s still my favorite.
The memories from it….. forever young.
Finally in the 90s in Detroit. Summer in the city I love it, especially the hot summer nights.
The song aka “Lujon” was composed by her Dad, Henry and as you can see the fruit here didn’t fall far from the Mancini tree of talent. Monica’s pours out of this as natural as breathing.
Starting out as a part of the Henry Mancini chorus singers she turned into one of the finest singers around today. Doing it in the first class style of the era her Dad came from. I still miss that genius and to me movie scores have never been the same since he left us.
Thank God he left us with his children. I only wish she would make more albums.
This was the 6th album in 4 years for this gigantic vocalizing quintet. And yes the group of session musicians is the same crew that created Phil Spector’s Wall of sound and my God what a sound.
The arrangement of this song was about as precise as they came. Marilyn McCoo’s vocals flowing in and out of the chord changes made it an exciting tantalizing exotica. Turning this piece into part Pop, Soul, Blues and all of its harmonies from the rest of the group blending to a mix of pure perfection.
1971 itself showed many sides of the musical spectrum still letting us forage on the 60s but serving up new flavors we hadn’t yet experienced. The 5th Dimension grew, provided and closed some of the wide gap between generations. Their music soothing and savored by both.
How sweet of a time it was, like desert for all.
The music business referred this group as one hit wonders when they were anything but. Their first song was their biggest hit at #1 “Our Day Will Come” but it shouldn’t have ended there.
My Summer Love” had reached #16 on the Hot 100 their third release, the original version of “Hey There Lonely Boy” went to #27.
Songs like Baby Come Home, When You’re Young and in Love, By The Way and certainly this 1965 release of the one you are hearing should have topped the charts.
Nash had a beautiful voice and the group sounded beyond good enough to have stayed on the top. In reality Allen Stanton of the label they were signed to Knap didn’t even want them to record “Our Day Will Come” and later cut another fabulous song Moonlight and Music out of an album. So you tell me.
Another Masterpiece from the Genius of Mancini.
Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Creator of some of the most beautifully orchestrated music this earth will ever see.
It’s hard to believe out of all the hits that this duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield had only two singles reached #1 just twice on the US billboard 100 and once in the UK. The 1964 hit “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” is still the most played record in radio history. And crossing over to the #2 spot on the R&B charts set them in stone as the kings of Blue Eyed Soul.
You can never get enough of the genius of Mancini.
This song was composed for the TV series Mr. Lucky in 1959 and was also known as “Slow Hot Wind”. Named after an African percussion instrument (constructed by pianist John Lewis) played by Shelly Mann on the track. To me it was just another Masterpiece by Mancini.
The Motor City Always Had It!!!
Red Wings now have 22 consecutive wins on home ice. And as in our past with “Mr. Excitement” we keep going higher and higher.
Enjoy The Ride…….
It doesn’t get any better than this.
Sarah Vaughan will always be my Idol. There was nobody that had a set of pipes like hers. Nobody
Written by Burton Cummings of ” The Guess Who ” Released in 1976 as a Solo Artist.