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"Wentworth Park" composed by Jimmy Miller & Cy Green
Sung by: Chicago's own JOANIE PALLATTO
If Stan Getz or Frank Sinatra recorded one of his songs, it would have been enough for him to quit writing, it wasn't to be.
They were 'snubbed' by music publishers 20 years ago.
Because their tunes were too diverse.
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In most cases, great music is collective. Just because someone has written a 'decent song' does not mean it's going to make a great recording. It takes WORK & THOUGHT with the right creative people to accomplish this.
Hey Frank ... "LET'S TRY THIS!"
SINATRA/RIDDLE TWO MASTERS in the studio ...
Nelson's work made every great singer even better.
THIS IS WHEN THE MAGIC HAPPENS!
We are firm believers that songs do not become famous without a lot of thought and a GREAT arrangement.
I consider NELSON RIDDLE & PAUL RISER (Motown),
as the two greatest Arrangers in AMERICAN POP MUSIC.
Their common ground was both played TROMBONE.
The struggle to rise above mediocrity and connect.
Everybody writes today ....
Including VOCALISTS! The world is saturated with music. It seems to me that things were much better when COLE PORTER wrote and FRANK SINATRA sang.
MOST JAZZ TUNES DO NOT NEED WORDS!
(Meaning when written YEARS later.)
Of all the Jazz HEADS where words were added
later, only FIVE ring true with me, and that's
CHARLIE PARKER'S "PARKER'S MOOD"
King Pleasure added Words
MILES DAVIS'S "FOUR" (1959)
Words by Jon Hendricks
PAUL DESMOND'S "Take Five" (1959)
Dave Brubeck and his wife, Iola added words in 1961.
DUKE PEARSON'S "Jeannine" (1960)
Words by Oscar Brown Jr.
CHARLES MINGUS "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"(1979)
Lyric by Joni Mitchell
Take movies - all those great lines you've heard thru the years were not created by GABLE, DEAN, BRANDO, NICHOLSON, DI NIRO, PACINO, DENZIL etc, but WRITERS!
PERFORMERS for the most part, get far too much credit, because most are just average people without those GREAT lines.
The non performing songwriter:
THE MOST UNDER-APPRECIATED PERSON IN MUSIC, AND IN TODAY'S WORLD - THE POOREST.
A great melody is important and foremost. But there are quite a few songs with average
MELODIES, 'til words were added or CHANGED, which put the song over the top and made it
) Johnny Mercer
"The words are the hardest part to get right ."
This man was the most prolific Lyricist in American SONG.
As great as HAROLD ARLEN'S melodies are - would his tunes be as famous without the great Lyricists he worked with?
Take heed of words that stay in the brain!
"BLUE MOON" - Rogers & Hart (1933) had different Titles and Words and was re-written lyrically several times until Lorenz Hart came up with this Title.
The Irving Gordon Standard "UNFORGETTABLE" was originally called UNCOMPARABLE. The publisher asked Irving to change this to what it became. One word made all the difference.
"MACK THE KNIFE" - Kurt Weill 1928, laid pretty much in obscurity for 28 years! Several translations were done on the LYRIC. But it wasn't 'til MARC BLITZEIN'S words nailed it in 1954. And in 1956 Louie Armstrong recorded it this way. The rest is history.
JOHNNY MERCER solidifies "AUTUMN LEAVES" with a new English lyric.
JOHNNY MERCER rewrites a German Lyric and we have " THE SUMMER WIND."
PEGGY LEE alters lines to "FEVOR" that stayed - with her getting credit.
HUGH MARTIN changes some lines to "HAVE YOUSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS."This was a request from SINATRA. Frank re-records it in 1957. It is now a Christmas STANDARD.
SMOKEY ROBINSON"S first submission of "MY GIRL" was turned down! He alters a few notes and the structure of the LYRIC - it's accepted.
PAUL McCARTNEY had 'Scrambled Eggs' as the original title to "YESTERDAY."
(It would have never been a HIT with that title.)
This became the most recorded song of all-time.
PAUL ANKA buys an existing French song and changes the LYRIC - "MY WAY" was born.
NONE of these songs would be so popular
without the CHANGING of the words!
Where are the NEW Jazz Standards with Lyrics?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Some World Contributions written long after Tin Pan Alley ended and ROCK began by composers not known as musicians or performers. They are the HIDDEN HEROES of music.
These songs came along after Rock 'n Roll began.
JIMMY VAN HEUSEN & SAMMY CAHN top the list with 5 entries.
JOHHNY MANDELL has 4 entries.
Only ONE was written after 1980!
A Time For Love (Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster)
Ain't That a Kick In The Head (Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn)
All The Way (Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn )
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Jimmy Webb)
Cavatina (((Stanley Meyers & Cleo Laine)) 'DEER HUNTER' Theme
Close Enough For Love (Johnny Mandel & Paul Williams)
Come Fly With Me (Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn)
Compared To What (Gene McDaniels)
Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer)
DeJa Vu (Isaac Hayes & Adrienne Anderson)
Ebb Tide (Carl Sigman & Robert Maxwell)
Estate (Bruno Brighetti & Bruno Martino)
Fevor (Otis Blackwell & Eddie Cooley) ... and PEGGY LEE
Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard)
For Once In My Life (Ron Miller & Orlando Murden)
Godfather Theme (Nino Rota & Larry Kusik) "SPEAK SOFTLY LOVE"
Gonna' Fly Now (Bill Conti, Carol Connors & Ayn Robbins)"ROCKY'S" Theme
Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen)
Here's To Life (Artie Butler & Phyllis Molinary) Written after 1980
(SINATRA had this song, but did nothing with it!)
Hello Dolly (Jerry Herman)
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (George Cory & Doug Cross)
Is That All There Is (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller)
It Was A Very Good Year (Irvin Drake)
Just A Little Lovin' (Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill)
Killing Me Softly (With His Song) (Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
Love Theme from SPARTACUS (Alex North & Terry Callier)
Mac Arthur Park (Jimmy Webb)
Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
Moon River (Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer)
My Favorite Things 1959 (Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein)
(How did JOHN COLTRANE hit on this song so quickly?)
My Kind Of Town ( Chicago) (Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn)
My One And Only Love (Guy Wood & Robert Mellin)
New York, New York (John Kander & Fred Ebb)
Satisfy Me One More Time ( Floyd Huddleston)
Send In The Clowns (Stephen Sounheim)
Strangers In The Night (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder)
Sunny (Bobby Hebb)
That's All (Alan Brandt & Bob Haynes) Dick's Brother
The Best Is Yet To Come (Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh)
The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster)
The Summer Wind (Hans Bradtke & Johnny Mercer)
The Way We Were (Marvin Hamlish, Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
Theme from SPATUCUS (Alex North & Terry Callier)
Suicide Is Painless (Johnny Mandel & Mike Altman) THEME FROM 'MASH'
Unchained Melody (Alex North & Hy Zaret)
Unforgettable (Irving Gordon)
What A Wonderful World (Bob Thiele & George David Weiss)
When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fischer & Jack Segal)
Where Do I Begin Theme From LOVE STORY (Francis Lai & Carl Sigman)
WitchCraft (Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh)
Yesterday When I Was Young (Charles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer)
You'll See (Carroll Coates)
Please Note: Alan & Marilyn Bergman never worked with a non-performing composer.
Also, MICHEL LEGRAND, CARLOS JOBIM & BURT BACHARACH all performed in public.
.... and BILLY STRAYHORN was an accomplished pianist.
Today's odds for unknown writers who do not perform,
on getting on a recording, are about a gazillion to 1.
When any artist goes into a studio to record, they have
the whole music world at their fingertips. All the existing
material he's ever heard, dances in his head. The record
company is telling him what they want to hear. He has to
do something he's written, plus there are always band
members with something they wrote.
It's a CATCH 22 situation
Unknown writers have no reputation, because their work has not been heard, and you can't get heard, because you have no reputation.
Most established artists will not accept unsolicited material.
I have personally never even heard of a company who just
publishes new Jazz. Is this the reason there has only been
about a DOZEN songs written after 1970 that jazz
has accepted as NEW Standards?
We can't blame Rock 'n Roll for everything - Why did it stop?
THE LOST RECORDING ...
MITCH MARCUS Quintet
"Plays The Music of JIMMY MILLER & CY GREEN (Jimmy Scalise)"
Sylvain Carton, Alto
Mike Abraham, Guitar
David Ewell, Bass
Sameer Gupta, Drums
Always on the cutting edge with avant garde or free sounding fusion groups,
Mitch leads a STRAIGHT-AHEAD QUINTET on this recording. This has a nice mix of tunes with some great solo work.
Mitch Marcus & Sylvain Carton
Two Fantastic Saxophonists!
This CD has the tribute to Clifford Brown tune: "CLIFFORD'S CHANT"
(Our Vocal Version will be a tour de force omen to this great trumpeter.)
The MITCH MARCUS Band was voted
Best Jazz Group in the S.F. Bay area in 2007
RADIO DJ's Please contact us for a copy!
We've always believed that there are several
tunes HERE that could become JAZZ STANDARDS ,
but nobody of any importance has really heard them!
Track listing All Instrumentals
The Time Is Now ........ 4:15
Clifford's Chant .......... 7:20
Blues For Nasstaja .... 5:30
The Music Of Love ................ 6:16
Portrait Of Dagney ..... 9:06
Night Cabbie .............. 10:02
Sweet Miss Beyette ... 6:25
My Jo Anne ............ 6:10
Wentworth Park ......... 4:30
Things Ever Splendid .. 3:55
All compositions by JIM MILLER & CY GREEN
Recorded May 3 & 4, 2005 San Francisco
E-MAIL jimmy miller to get a copy. $12
Not released to the public. Available only from:
690 Chesnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
It's too bad Cy & Jim missed out on the Male dominated song era. This is where they fit.
A special note of gratitude to piano extraordinaire, PAUL COSCINO who has played many of our tunes in their infancy.
And ... these Chicago area people.
Marie Alexandre, Vocalist
Shirley Ammons, Vocalist
Bill Conant, Bassist
Denise Davis, Vocalist
Dawn Geraci, Vocalist
Chante Hamilton, Drummer
Donald Jackson, Bassist
Bob Kupfer, Piano Vocalist
Oscar Lindsay, Vocalist
Pennington McGee, Vocalist
Penny Pendleton, Bassist
Lee Roland, Band Leader
Jerry 'Doc Smith, Piano Vocalist
Bryant Taylor, Drummer
Carole Lynn Taylor, Vocalist
Roy Thatcher, Guitarist
John Whitfield, Bassist
Jim Widlowski, Drummer
Norvelle Wilson - (Mrs. Lee Roland), Vocalist
Our early Demo work was recorded @
JAZZ VOCALISTS: "Any woman I loved mentally and emotionally has eluded me. If a song I wrote is about positive love - it was pure imagination. Being a firm believer for most of my life that anything outside of being in love, or the pursuit of that feeling, is absolutely secondary to everything else in life."
He's somewhere between Irving Berlin & Mose Allison .
(A master of the unrequited love song)
Using the word "love" in a song has been passe for quite sometime. Not with Cy - it's back! A man who has lost at it and is not afraid to use it. He has a soul bearing directness with words that cut to the core. He can also spin off politically incorrect lyrics without batting an eye, and the very next lyric can be written directly to GOD. Choosing the wrong singer for a 'Cy Green Lyric' is like asking Bruce Springsteen to do
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During the years 1979 and 1980, Mr. Scalise (Cy Green) was busy writing lyrics for existing melodies from his personal JAZZ collection.
These included: 'LONELY DREAMS' by Terry Gibbs
'THEME FROM 13' by Gary McFarland
'SECRETS' by Frank Wess
THEME IN SEARCH OF A MOVIE" by Charles Stepney
"WINTER MEETING" by Charles Stepney (Both recorded by Eddie Harris)
"HIGH TOWERS" by Henri Woode
(Recorded by Clark Terry and Ben Webster)
This was at the height of DISCO!
Publishers of this material had little or no interest in his solicitations, NOT even letting him submit and therefore heard nothing.
He also worked on the lyrics to the tune "FRED" written by Neal Hefti. Upon writing Mr. Hefti for permission to send the lyrics to him, he received a gracious note from Neal saying "With all respect to you and Sammy Cahn, I cannot listen to your lyrics." Sammy had also written words to the tune and was at first turned down, but he eventually did get lyric credit.
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