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Al Caiola • High Strung + Cleopatra & 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.

01. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 2:30
02. Dipsy Doodle (Larry Clinton) 2:39
03. It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie (Billy Mayhew) 1:51
04. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Bob Nolan) 1:59
05. Strait Ahead (Al Caiola) 2:08
06. Cherry (Redman-Gilbert) 2:22
07. Hindustan (Wallace-Weeks) 2:04
08. Sandy (Al Caiola) 2:24
09. Idaho (Jesse 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 (Alex North) 2:50
14. Temptation (Freed-Brown) 2:56
15. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 3:14
16. Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) 2:21
17. Body and Soul (Green-Eyton-Sour-Heyman) 2:57
18. Cleo Baby (Al Caiola) 2:59
19. Caesar and Cleopatra Theme (Alex 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

Tracks #1-12, from the LP “High Strung” (RCA Victor LSP-2031)
Tracks #13-24, from the LP “Cleopatra and All That Jazz” (United Artists UAS 6299)

Personnel on "High Strung":
Al Caiola (solo guitar), George Barnes, Al Cassamenti, Don Arnone, John Pizzarelli, Billy Bauer (guitars), Sandy Block (bass), Phil Kraus, Eddie Costa (vibes), Don Lamond (drums).
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, August 12, 20 & 22, 1957

Personnel on "Cleopatra and All That Jazz":
Al Caiola (guitar, lead, arrangements), Clark Terry (trumpet & flugelhorn), Tony Studd (bass trombone), Phil Bodner (alto & baritone sax, flute), Dick Hyman (piano & harpsichord), Barry Galbraith (rhythm guitar), George Duvivier (bass), Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded at Mayfair Studios, New York City, 1962-1963

Release Date: August 26, 2016
Genre: Jazz

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