From the pen of one of our most respected jazz journalists Nat Hentoff:
Tell me that ‘tailor’ isn’t the spittin’ image of Ed Koch.
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Music Tailored to Your Taste …
A CERTIFIED HIGH FIDELITY RECORDING
(EVEREST HI-FI Long Play)
A group of brilliant compositions by Anthony Tamburello performed by the Everest Concert Orchestra under the direction of Derek Boulton
This multi- colored kaleidoscopic series of musical impressions was written- with the exception of Separate Tables- by Anthony Tamburello and recorded in London in the 400- year –old Friends Meeting House.
Anthony Tamburello was born in New York, February 4, 1921. He began playing piano at thirteen, and for several years gained professional experience from night clubs to society parties. For the past ten years, Tamburello has specialized as a vocal coach, and among his pupils have been Tony Bennett, Tommy Leonetti and Marilyn Maxwell. He was also associated with Tom Murray in the formation and direction of Horrible Records, a label devoted to broad musical parody.
Tamburello begins a new career with this album as a composer of instrumental music, music that tells stories and underlines moods. Cross County Tour, as the title indicates, is traveling music and aims at connoting the motions- physical and emotional- of a trip. East of Fifth, is described by the composer as a “kind of sophisticated New York type of melody. “Fifth is Fifth Avenue.”
Valse Viennese is a characteristic Viennese waltz. Imagine a large ballroom; an historical romance; and you’ll have the context intended. Love Story is meant to spin a background to the kind of love dramas you’re apt to hear by radio during the day.
Shopping Spree, notes Tamburello, “ Is the picture of a girl on an afternoon run through the smart stores. She’s very busy, running from one charge account to another.” Lady of Fashion is typical fashion music, the kind of bright texture you’d expect at a fashion show. It can also serve as a background for looking through Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.”
March Forth is a pun of sorts. It is a march, but March fourth is also the birthday of Mrs. Tamburello. Tamburello is fond of marches, partly as a legacy from his father, who was a professional musician (he’s now 73). The elder Tamburello played for opera companies in Italy; came to the United States, and played with the troupe of Buffalo Bill, among other engagements, including opera units. Naughty Nautical is a satirical version of the sailors’ hornpipe.
Roundelay is a “round with the instruments following each other into the play until the whole orchestra is working, and
then they leave the same way- singly.” Fall In is another march, and the full title could be Fall in, Men.
Waltz for Jane is a “romantic waltz that I wrote for my wife when I first met her. Her name isn’t Jane, but that seemed to be the kind of name many listeners could identify with. Goblins’ Gavotte is intended as a “spooky Hallowe’en song for kids. “ It is based on a tune familiar to children. The set of lyrics Anthony remembers from his childhood is:
“Go ask your mother for fifty cents
See the elephants jump the fence
He jumped so high
He reached the sky
And never came down
Until the Fourth of July.”
Mama’s Lullaby was written by Anthony’s mother years ago and has been orchestrated by him. He describes it as a “typical Italian mother’s lullaby. She used to play it on the piano between cooking meals.” It’s All Over and Out is what the ringmaster of a circus used to say to signify the end of the show. You’ll notice the final two notes- at least the notes one would expect to complete the piece- are not sounded. “That’s the kind of guy I am,” explains Tamburello. “ I didn’t drop the shoes.”
As an epilogue, the orchestra plays the title song of Separate Tables, the film version of the successful Broadway play by Terence Rattigan