Friday, July 24, 2015

The Distinctive Style of Bobby Troup

Bobby's second album, and his first for Bethlehem Records, was a tribute to the songwritring skills of Johnny Mercer (See — and hear ! — WESA 854). For his follow-up, Bobby homed in mainly on the array of melodic gold dust assembled by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz 'Larry' Hart, two of the most innovative writers of the late '20s and '30s. A lyricist of considerable ability himself, Troup must have loved getting to grips with Hart's often- ingenious chunks of worplay. If Rodgers and Hart had only penned their material for their two editions of the Garrick Gaieties in 1925 and 1926, then that alone would surely have been enough to ensure god-like status. Bobby Troup could hardly have disagreed with such a statement. For he elected to include two songs from those poductions, Manhattan and Mountain Greenery, on this recording. Manhattan, a kind of aural map of New York that lirically traverses such places as Mott Street, Delancey Street and even Yonkers (beyond the city limits, but Hart needed a rhyme to it first surfaced as early as 1921, fashioned for a musical titled Winkle Town that never made it to any theatre, major or otherwise. Mountain Greenery, a more rural creation, has long since achieved distinction due to Hart's predilection for interior rhymes — "Beans could get no kener re-/Ception in a beanery" etc. Troup predictably has fun with his interpretation, beginning a la rumbato before depressing the high-speed button. Little Girl Blue, performed here in wistful mode, stems from the Billy Rose-produced show Jumbo. One of Rodgers and Hart's most delicate creations, for a lengthy period it remained unheard outside of the show because Rose refused to allow any of Jumbo's songs to be played on radio. You are too Beautiful, another dispended in relaxed four-in-the-morning manner, first emerged in an Al Jolson film ; Hallelujah I'm a Bum, a unique production boasting dialogue written entierly in rhyming couplets and one which Richard Rodgers once hailed as "the first and probably the last musical ever made in Hollywood that concerned itself almost entirely with the problem of the Depression."
Fred Dellar, "Mojo" magazine, May 2000 (booklet)

Bobby Troup
The Distinctive Style of Bobby Troup

Tracks

1 Mountain Greenery (Hart, Rodgers)  2:20
2 I Still Suits Me (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:32
3 Little Girl Blue (Hart, Rodgers)  4:03
4 Manhattan (Hart, Rodgers)  2:45
5 You Are Too Beautiful (Hart, Rodgers)  3:16
6 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:06
7 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin)  2:42
8 Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  2:43
9 The Boy Next Door (Blane, Martin)  3:34
10 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:28
11 Have You Met Miss Jones (Hart, Rodgers)  2:30
12 The Lady Is a Tramp (Hart, Rodgers)  3:46

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Personnel
Bobby Troup - p & voc
Howard Roberts - g
Bob Enevoldsen - b
Don Heath - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August, 1955

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/bethlehem-records/discography-1955/

10 comments:

Pippo said...

extremely cool ! Thank you Melanchthon

itr said...

Excellent share, bravo Mel!

justjack said...

Thank you VERY much, Mel. I know it's quite a while since you posted it, but I only now downloaded it. I have always loved Bobby Troup for his role as a jazz impressario, for his lightly humorous acting chops, for his his writing of Route 66, and especially have I idolized him for having nailed Julie London. But I have never heard him as a performer before. This is a revelation.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias .

danair said...

Thanks for this Mel.

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carlo87 said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

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