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Concord Records Update

Concord Records’ big move from No. Cal. to So. Cal. hasn’t slowed down the label. Here’s a roundup of nuggets from the Beverly Hills-based record company.

–With her new album, In Blue, riding high for five weeks straight, Karrin Allyson (pictured) now holds the record for the most consecutive weeks that a jazz vocalist has held the number one spot in jazz radio.

–Keely Smith’s new CD, Keely Swings Basie-Style With Strings, sends out props to her old buddy the Count with her dancing versions of classics such as “April in Paris,” “Mood Indigo” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe.”

Michael Feinstein Sings the Songs of Livingston and Evans is the debut release on Feinery, the new Concord-affiliated boutique label for the cabaret crooner. Feinstein’s CD, out October 8, explores tunes by the Oscar-winning songwriting duo of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, including “Que Sera Sera,” “Silver Bells,” and “Mona Lisa.”

–Rosemary Clooney’s last concert, which she recorded in December 2001 in Hawaii, with the Big Kahuna conducting the Honolulu Symphony Pops, will be released November 22.

Here’s a complete Concord release schedule for October and November:
October 8
Michael Feinstein Sings the Songs of Livingston and Evans
Mel Torme: Live at the Playboy Festival
October 22
Keely Swings Basie-Style With Strings

Hank Jones The Touch (2 CDs of previously released material)

Louie Bellson Big Band Inferno! (2 CDs of previously released material)
November 5

Monica Mancini Cinema Paradiso

Mel Torme / George Shearing The Complete Concord Recordings (7-CD box set)

Poncho Sanchez The Ultimate Latin Dance Party
November 22

Ray Brown Best of the Concord Years

Rosemary Clooney The Last Concert

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