No Moon at All

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No Moon at All (m. David A. Mann, w. Redd Evans)

Nat King Cole Trio – recorded 3 November 1947

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Doris Day – recorded, says the video provider, on 26 November 1947

George Siravo – leader, Anthony ‘Tony’ Mottola – guitar, Robert ‘Bob’ Haggart – bass, Norris ‘Bunny’ Shawker – drums, Robert E. Kitsis – piano, Nuncio ‘Toots’ Mondello – tenor saxophone, Melvin ‘Red’ Solomon – trumpet, Muni Moore – trombone, Arthur Drelinger – clarinet

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Mary Osborne — recorded on 30 December 1947; issued on Coral 60058, b/w “Thank You Mother Nature”

Listen to a copy of the recording in a video at YouTube (embedding disabled):

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Jerry Gray and his Orchestra, vocal: Jo Ann Greer — recorded on 28 November 1952; issued on Decca 28561, c/w “My Heart Belongs to Only You”

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Julie London — with guitar accompaniment only, from her debut album Julie is Her Name, released December 1955

Tracks

1. Cry Me a River
2. I Should Care
3. I’m in the Mood For Love
4. I’m Glad There Is You
5. Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
6. I Love You
7. Say It Isn’t So
8. It Never Entered My Mind
9. Easy Street
10. ‘S Wonderful
11. No Moon At All
12. Laura
13. Gone With the Wind

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Anita O’Day — recorded in Hollywood, California, on 8 December 1955; released on the 1956 album Anita, Verve Records ‎MG V-2000

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George Shearing Quintet with String Choir — from the 1956 album Velvet Carpet, Capitol Records ‎T 720 (Mono), Capital DT-720 (Stereo)

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Brazilian Jazz Quartet – from the album Coffee and Jazz, 1958 — José Ferreira “Casé” Godinho (as), Moacyr Peixoto (p), Luiz Chaves Oliveira Da Paz (b), Rubens “Rubinho” Alberto Barasotti (ds)

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Rita Reys and the Pim Jacobs Trio – from the album Marriage in Modern Jazz, released in 1960

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Fran Jeffries — from the 1961 album Fran Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Warwick W 2020

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Nana Mouskouri — Her first album made in the US, The Girl from Greece Sings, features a recording of “No Moon at All” as the initial track. The album was recorded and released in 1962. In the Netherlands it was released in the same year under the title Nana Mouskouri in New York. Later reissues on vinyl and CD, featuring additional tracks, incorporate both of the aforementioned titles.

From the 1962 album The Girl from Greece Sings, (US) Fontana ‎MGF 27504 (Mono), SRF 67504 (Stereo)

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Lorez Alexandria — from the 1962 LP Deep Roots, Argo Records ‎LP 694

album personnel:
Israel Crosby – bass
Vernel Fournier – drums
George Eskridge – guitar
John Young – guitar
Howard McGhee – trumpet
Lorez Alexandria – vocals

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Nada Knežević – Cover by a “Serbian jazz diva” under the title O kakva noć, 1964 — The singer was an entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1967. However, I’ve yet to find a biography.

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Warren Kime and the Brass Impact Orchestra — from their 1968 album Explosive Brass Impact

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Gil and Cartas — from the 2010 album En Mi Corazon

Gil Gutierrez – guitars
Pedro Cartas – violin
Agustin Bernal – acoustic bass
Ricardo Sebastian – percussion

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Nana Mouskouri-1960-Festival de la Cancion del Mediterraneo

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 08:01:07

    Looking for a accompaniment track for No Moon at All in Key of A. Like Doris Day’s arrangement.

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    • doc
      Jan 20, 2013 @ 22:11:34

      The request is out of my realm, since I’ve no expertise in either instrumental track searches, or identifying keys. I found a couple of tracks for sale, keys unknown, with the Google keyword search “No Moon At All karaoke.”

      Reply

  2. Sam
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 17:33:56

    My dad wrote it, I can send you something in A

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  3. John Bescherer
    Jul 25, 2016 @ 04:12:59

    Can anyone explain how the chords for “No Moon” were taken from the Bach Double Violin Concerto? According to the David Mann wiki, “Jazz musicians love “No Moon At All,” written with lyricist Redd Evans, which follows the baroque chord changes of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. ” What movement? What phrases? I can’t hear it.

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    • doc
      Jul 29, 2016 @ 02:42:22

      John,
      What movement indeed. I don’t hear it either. Probably just another Wikiism.
      doc

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    • doc
      Jul 29, 2016 @ 02:47:04

      Whoever made that claim coaxed at least two of us into listening to that whole piece of music.

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      • John Bescherer
        Aug 01, 2016 @ 13:28:54

        Found a Peter Nero recording which makes it completely obvious- http://tidido.com/a35184373893056/al55d82a9113b521ef22ce2578/t55d82a9113b521ef22ce25aa

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        • doc
          Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:06:45

          Hi John,

          Thanks for contributing that. I see what you mean, and I suspected that I might eat my words on this matter. My first impression on hearing the Nero version is that he incorporated the principle strain of the Bach piece into an arrangement of “No Moon at All,” and that the arrangement demonstrates melodic and rhythmic similarities between the two compositions. But does Nero’s combination show that the two pieces have the same chord changes, or does the combination illustrate a kind of contrapuntal relationship?

        • doc
          Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:11:57

          I’m reminded of George Shearing’s solo piano arrangement of “It Never Entered My Mind,” released on the 1985 album Grand Piano, in which he incorporated Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1,” introducing the arrangement with the opening of the Satie piece.

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