Dan Colman of Open Culture came across this video featuring an hour of excellent music from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.
Ray Ellis had a six-decade career as a producer, arranger, and jazz composer. And while he’s best known for arranging music for Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin (1958), he also enjoyed a long career orchestrating music for television. Working under a pseudonym “Yvette Blais” (his wife’s name), Ellis composed background music for the cartoon studio Filmation between 1968 and 1982. And, during the late 60s, he notably created the background and incidental music for the original Spider-Man cartoons.
It reminds me a bit of Jack Nitzsche's great score for the 1965 dud, Village of the Giants:
David Dockery performed a drum solo of the climactic scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Then Dan Felix upped the game with a saxophone accompaniment to the original.
Brother Groove’s wonderful cover of Herbie Hancock’s classic Cantaloupe Island. The original has forever been rendered too-slow-for-me by US3’s version.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record ever released, or rather “jass” record. In a New York City recording studio, five white musicians called the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded the “Livery Stable Blues” backed by the “Dixie Jass One-Step” on a 78 RPM disc. Of course, jazz music was actually […]
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