Billy May and His Orchestra, Sorta-May [EP] (1955)
One of a small handful of (small) records that I inherited from my pop – my dad’s dad. His music taste was so foreign to me when I was a kid, the cheesiest of country’n’western, opera, classical, some quite obscene folk music and then these weird albums of world music – and some of that stuff I love now. But as a little kid his tapes and record were very weird to me. He was private with music too, mostly. He played it on his own. He loved it. He couldn’t handle anything resembling pop music, my Pop. No way. No chance. He hated rock’n’roll. The way he figured it, it turned his sons against him. (It didn’t). But he was deeply religious and oddly unsentimental and a bit of a conundrum. I held on to the records I got when he died as merely keepsakes. I’m still discovering them in a way, still finding I have them and finding the time to play them. Billy May was a legendary composer and arranger. He worked across the board – jazz, pop, classical – big names, little names, no names; he composed for film and TV and was a bandleader at huge concert halls. Here’s some great standards in that lite-jazz style. I really like this. I also dig his passing resemblance to Tony Soprano on the cover.
Sample Track: You Go To Me Head
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