LYLE RITZ - AND HIS JAZZ UKULELE - 50TH STATE JAZZ
Label: VERVE RECORDS
Format: 33 rpm 12" LP mono
Country: United States
Year Released: 1959
Catalog #: MG V 8333
Original first press
Vinyl Condition: VG+ light marks ( listen)
Cover Condition: VG split all the way top of cover bottom has edgewear, back cover has two inbch mark and top right has 3 inch marker wear
1. Leis Of Jazz
2. Rose Room
3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
4. Blue Hawaii
5. Clean From Porterville
6. Song Is You
8. Hana Maui
9. Blue Lou
11. On The Beach At Waikiki
This is a jazz-exotica release featuring ukulele player Lyle Ritz, originally released to celebrate the addition of Hawaii as the 50th state in the union in 1959
LYLE RITZ also had two careers. As a highly regarded studio bassist in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, Ritz was part of the legendary "Wrecking Crew" of the Hollywood studio scene, the legendary group of session men and women who played on many of the 1960s greatest hits. He became one of the most sought-after studio bass players in Los Angeles, hired for over 5,000 individual recording sessions, including sessions with Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Herb Alpert, The Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, and Johnny Mathis. In later years, he played the ukulele sound behind Steve Martin's rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me" in "The Jerk".
Undisputedly the world's most revered jazz ukulele player, his recordings shaped the musical conception of the instrument for an entire generation of highly influential performers and teachers in Hawaii. Lyle's induction into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2007 coincided with the 50th anniversary of his first ukulele album.
Ritz will always be known as the brilliant pioneer in the area of ukulele jazz. His recordings are legendary and have inspired countless players both in Hawaii and on the mainland. Jethro holds a place in the mandolin world that is revered by those influenced by his playing, and his admirers continue to find inspiration in his technique and style.
Lyle Ritz - Polka Dots and Moonbeams