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Tells Fairy Tales for Hip Kids Import

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Repressing. Al 'Jazzbo' Collins defined a whole new way of presenting a music radio show. His specialty was cool and sophisticated Jazz and he was one of the very first DJs to adopt an intimate, conversational approach peppered with hipster slang and outrageous verbal improvisation. in 1953, comedian Steve Allen wrote a piece for Down Beat in which he retold the story of Red Riding Hood in the hip argot of Jazz, just as Lord Buckley funked up Shakespeare and the Bible. When Jazzbo read it out over the air in his best hipsterish storytelling tones the response from the public was fantastic and a hit single was inevitable. on this collection, hear that hip tale and many more. El Records.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Red Riding Hood
  2. Three Little Pigs
  3. Jack And The Beanstalk
  4. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
  5. The Invention Of The Airplane
  6. The Discovery Of America
  7. Pee Little Thrigs
  8. Little Hood Riding Red
  9. Sam
  10. Max
  11. Jazzbo's Theory
  12. Larry Sonn And His All-Star Band - Zanzy
  13. Larry Sonn And His All-Star Band - Ida Bridges Falling Down
  14. Gene Quill And His Quintet - Flying Down To Rio
  15. Gene Quill And His Quintet - The Things We Did Last Summer
  16. Gene Quill And His Quintet - Darn That Dream
  17. Don Elliot And His Quintet - Impressions
  18. Coleman Hawkins And His Quintet - Foolin' Around
  19. Coleman Hawkins And His Quintet - The Man I Love
  20. Tony Fruscella's Quartet - Tony's Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: El [Cherry Red]
  • ASIN: B001IF25JU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Finally!!!!! Él records gets a million purple mushrooms for releasing this fabulous stuff from my late friend, alberto-reeneemo. I must also give the folks at Él, high marks for such clean transfers. I was lucky enough for Al to have given me some of the original 78's, and as most anyone would know, there is more than enough work to do in order to clean them up. This material is quite rare, and is just the thing to massage anyone's lobes. Again, kudos to the cats at Él.
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This is one of the final cd acquisitions before my wife put the hammer down;"You will never live to listen to all your vinyl, and now cd replacements". A valid point, but how neat it was to get this cd of some of Al "Jazzbo" Collins signature hip fairy tales. Jazzbo takes us back to that wonderful jazz era of the 50's. There is also a collection of straight ahead jazz from the era, including a riff on jazz vibes styles, and a number by the great Coleman Hawkins. Buy it for yourself, not the kids. They won't enjoy it; how hip can a kid get?but you will. Put it in the car stereo and I predict you will get to work with a smile on your face. Wifey wants me to start selling my collection on Amazon. This will be among the last to go. (Plus, you can and should get it new.) I only wish that Doctor Jazz or its assignee would reissue on cd the 1983 vinyl: "Al Jazzbeau Collins & Slim Gaillard..Steve Allen's Hip fables"..really hard to play that record in the car, no matter how hip I feel. These are the essence of jazz humor, elegance and understatement, right up there with Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough, and Mose Alison, whose paths I am sure have crossed.
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When I heard Larry Sonn's Orchestra on MUSIC CHOICE on TV It reminded me of Jazbeaux,(which I recorded his show's off the radio many times.)
I had his Jazz concert album year's ago. Sonn's Orchestra does a great job. The Gene Quill (Check out 'Phil( Woods) & Quill' CD's) His solo is excellent on "The Things We Did Last Summer". Hawk was terrific! "Foolin' Around' As a 20 year old this was the first time I ever heard a saxophone played acapella. He also played,"The Man I Love" which might be the highlight of the show. To finish up the concert,a rare performance
by trumpet man,Tony Frucella. A record/musical instrument's store owner told me Frucella told him,"I taught Chetty Baker everything!" Don Elliot is very funny doing impressions on the vibes,Norvo,Milt,Hamp &Gibbs.

The Hip Fairy Tales are lot's of fun with Al and the pianist. 79: (Thats what my Player showed.) P.S. I'm glad I got that Concert back in my collection.
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In the days of 78 rpm discs, I owned these hip fairy tales on two crisp black records. One day a friend got a Werlitzer juke box which played 78's and convinced me that these records belonged in his machine. I agreed and gave them to him. He got transfered and had to move. My fairy tales left with him in his bubbling machine. They were no longer available. New formats came in and they were not re-issued. I searched off and on for years to find copies but met only dead ends and reluctantly gave up. Five years ago (I was 65) I got my first PC. Searching for a jazz cd's several weeks ago I inadvertently came up with...."Jazzbeau"... and the search was alive again!!! I had no luck until I tried Amazon.com. BINGO..There it was. First hit! In cd format. Ordering was simple, payment a snap and delivery swift. I opened the cd and and just seeing the cover put me in the "land of oo-bla-dee". 78's had no covers! But here was a picture of Al 'jazzbo" Collins. I sat back and listened for the first time in over 35 years....Once upon a time.......!!!What a gas. And there was more...which were totally new....and some great jazz groups AND!!!!! Can you Imagine this??? Coleman Hawkins...speaking!! and then warming up and THEN playing The man I Love!!!I was truly impressed with this album. The only thing missing was the hiss, crackle and pop of the original 78's
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This is a treasure and my copy has just been updated with The Ultimate Collection, which contains every track that is on this album plus ten more.

Both versions are a stroke of genius because impressionable young minds are hooked by the hip fairy tales, then treated to some outstanding jazz. Jazzbo also slipped in a little teaching on this album by enticing Coleman Hawkins to demonstrate his sax with no other accompaniment on the track titled "Foolin' Around". The learning objective is for the audience of adults and kids to understand the importance of tone. I also loved "Impressions" where Don Elliot mimics some of jazz's best vibraphonists, lampooning Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and Terry Gibbs.

And, of course, the hip stuff is in the telling of the fairy tales, which I am not convinced was aimed at real children in the first place. Neither were some of the songs. "Bridal Chorus" is such a fast tempo piece based on the bridal march that it sounds like something one would play at a shotgun wedding ... which is pretty hip in itself.

This is a wonderful album that evokes nostalgia for folks my age (I was born in 1948), but is hip (and clean) enough to play for children who I think will be amused if nothing else, and is sophisticated enough for adults. How many albums can claim that?
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