Friday, February 17, 2017

Al Caiola - High Strung & Cleopatra and All That Jazz

Al Caiola’s mastery of the guitar was always abundantly clear, both in his recordings as a studio musician and in his stage performances, and it is just as self-evident in these two albums and in his relationship with the two solid jazz groups that accompany him on them. High Strung was recorded in 1959, and without climbing way out on a limb, Al and his supporting cast of guitars — George Barnes, Al Cassamenti, Don Arnone, John Pizzarelli, and Billy Bauer — set new ideas to a solid swinging beat in “electrifying” up-tempo evergreens and a couple of his own compositions, backed by an excellent rhythm section.
As for Cleopatra and All That Jazz, Al Caiola and his Nile River Boys introduced two fine renditions from the Alex North film score, plus nine standards and an original by Caiola. This septet, featuring such top soloists as Dick Hyman, Clark Terry, Phil Bodner, and Barry Galbraith, performed the leader’s arrangements — ranging from the humorous to the wistful. Each man is consistently brilliant and together they run the gamut of popular jazz forms, from swing to bossa nova.

Source :

Al Caiola
High Strung
Cleopatra & All That Jazz


1 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)  2:30
2 Dipsy Doodle (Clinton)  2:39
3 It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie (Mayhew)  1:51
4 Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Nolan)  1:59
5 Strait Ahead (Caiola)  2:08
6 Cherry (Redman, Gilbert)  2:22
7 Hindustan (Wallace, Weeks)  2:04
8 Sandy (Caiola)  2:24
9 Idaho (Stone)  2:24
10 I Love You (Thompson, Archer)  2:15
11 Rosetta (Hines, Woods)  2:18
12 Undecided (Shavers, Robin)  2:08
13 Antony and Cleopatra Theme (North)  2:50
14 Temptation (Freed, Brown)  2:56
15 Love for Sale (Porter)  3:14
16 Mad About the Boy (Coward)  2:21
17 Body and Soul (Green, Eyton, Sour, Heyman)  2:57
18 Cleo Baby (Caiola)  2:59
19 Caesar and Cleopatra Theme (North)  2:40
20 Lover Man (Sherman, Davis, Ramírez)  2:38
21 I Can’t Give You Anything but Love Baby (McHugh, Fields)  3:24
22 Under a Blanket of Blue (Simmons, Marks)  3:05
23 All of Me (Simmons, Marks)  2:37
24 Be Mine Tonight (Lara, Skylar)  2:06


[# 1-12] from the LP “High Strung” (RCA Victor LSP-2031)
Al Caiola - g solo
George Barnes, Al Cassamenti, Don Arnone, John Pizzarelli & Billy Bauer - g
Sandy Block - b
Phil Kraus or Eddie Costa - vb
Don Lamond - dr
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, New York City ; August 12, 20 & 22, 1957
[# 13-24] from the LP “Cleopatra and All That Jazz” (United Artists UAS 6299)
Al Caiola - g & arr.
Clark Terry - tp & flhg
Tony Studd - b tb
Phil Bodner - as, bs & fl
Dick Hyman - p & hrpsch
Barry Galbraith - g
George Duvivier - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded at Mayfair Studios, New York City ; 1962 & 1963


Melanchthon said...

Chesco said...

Thank you very much again. Masterpiece. The cover is pretty and endearing.

Cheers from Spain. Chesco

deGallo said...

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Kovina Kris said...

Didn't have High Strung. Thank you!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

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rowgatien said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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inamist said...

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Blue Eyes said...

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adakun said...

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bhowani bhowani said...

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ProfessorCalculus said...

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Jazz Padd said...

Thanks for the great and rare guitar records. Much obliged!

Anonymous said...

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