Discographies at bjbear71.com
Die Musik Diskographien bei bjbear71.com
Musiikki Discographies aikaa bjbear71.com
Den Musik Discographies henne ved bjbear71.com
Featuring these included websites and
discographies (click on a link to go directly to that
discography or site):
|The Incredible Kai Winding--His Official Website|
|The Walter Wanderley Pictorial Discography||A Henry Mancini Discography|
|The Work of Claus Ogerman|
|Remembering Antonio Carlos Jobim|
|Jarkko Toivonen's Brazilian Guitar|
|The Association - A Discography|
||A Disney Discography|
|* * *
Writings of José Domingos Raffaelli
||The Career of Arnaldo
These sites began their life on the internet in December 1999 and each one has continued to grow and expand to include more and more material since that time. I have created and personally update and maintain sites on the following musicians: Kai Winding, Claudio Slon, Walter Wanderley, Henry Mancini, João Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Bobby Rosengarden, Claus Ogerman and Jarkko Toivonen. Since these initial ten discographies went online, I have also added discographies on The Association and on The Beach Boys' years with Capitol Records. I also run a site dedicated to the jazz critic writings of music historian José Domingos Raffaelli as well as a site on jazz educator and producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Sites belonging to Kai Winding and Claudio Slon are official sites.
What do these
sites include? All musician/composer sites listed
below include a complete pictorial discography (most albums have front and
backs pictured in a size where detail can be viewed
easily)--along with complete listing information including
any reissues (import and domestic) which have been
available. LP, CS and CD listings with year and
catalog numbers are present. Where information has
been obtained, listings of 7" singles and extended play
records (import and domestic) are also included. An all-recording index - to which a link is supplied on
the first page of all musician/composer sites - allows the
viewer to easily find an album on which they need
information - by clicking on a link which takes them
directly to that album's location on the site. Special
note: AS OF 9/10/06, ALL DISCOGRAPHIES ON
BJBEAR7.COM ARE NOW IN RECORD LABEL ORDER AND HAVE BEEN
COMPLETELY REWORKED TO REFLECT THIS NEW ORDER!
include a biography section as well as a videography section where that
musician/composer has made appearances on VHS, LD and
DVD. Some artist sites also include a video stills section, which features still
photos taken during live concerts or televised
performances. Magazine and newspaper articles written on or about the
musician/composer's career are included on many of the sites
in easy to use portable document (.pdf) format. Interviews conducted personally by this
webmaster with those who knew and/or worked with the
musician/composer featured are an important part of these
sites and new interviews are being added on a continuing
basis as more contacts are made. The interviews are an
exclusive, distinguishing feature for my sites - they have
been an important part of my discographies from the very
beginning - unlike other sites which are just now adding
them. Where the sites listed below are designated
as "official", I have received the permission, assistance,
and cooperation of either the musician who is featured or
their surviving spouse or family members in using that
designation and term.
In addition to
the main features listed above, several sites listed below
include an extensive photo section containing career and personal pictures from the
musician/composer's life - most of which have never before
been seen by the public and which can only be seen here at
The Music Discographies at bjbear71.com. All
music discographies listed below contain NO intrusive
advertising of any kind (no banner ads, no cgi or pop-up
ads, ads running down the sides of the pages, etc.).
By the way, if you are wondering why all my discography pages are full-sized and are unlike most websites which use up only a third of your web browser page, it's because I don't believe in wasting precious internet space and bandwidth! I have an intense pet peeve against any websites that take up only a fraction of the screen you view them on. Blogs started this entire ridiculous notion that people's eyes only wanted to read so many characters per line, so that and that alone determined how much space the site should take up inside your web browser. Now, almost all websites - whether they are blogs or not - are doing this. I say, hogwash!! I've never heard of something so nonsensical in my entire life. There will be no wasted space here. You're going to get nothing but full pages at bjbear71.com, from left to right!
good quality photos and scans comprise most of what you will
see throughout this domain. My sites display well on
any computer platform using the most popular web
browsers. For information and examples of how I
restore album covers for use on my discographies, please see
my section on restoration, here.
"Dear B.J., Congrats on
some fine discography sites! As a friend of Claudio
[Slon], I can really appreciate the labor of love which it
has taken to produce your site dedicated to him! . .
--Frank Colon, Percussionist and recording artist (Technoprimal Productions).
"Dear B.J., as a
Brazilian music journalist and filmmaker I have grown very
frustrated by the lack of recognition that some of our
wonderful artists have experienced, both in Brazil and
abroad. Sadly, Brazilians are not very careful with
their memory. That is what makes your excellent work
very important for Brazilian music's history. I
deeply appreciate your devotion to all these artists and
the accuracy of all the information that you gathered.
Please keep up the good work!"
--Guto Barra, Journalist
"Thanks to the
extraordinarily exhaustive research of B.J. Major,
admirers of Claus Ogerman's music and arranging skills
have a place to revel. Many recordings of his, as well as
those of Henry Mancini and Sergio Mendes, are in my
collection because I saw or learned of them on her site.
With Ogerman's lengthy career in recording, it cannot be
easy to assemble such a discography, but she has
accomplished the near impossible. And it grows weekly. Any
fans of this genre of music should look no further than
the wonderful webpage of B.J. Major. Hearty
--Peter Bay, Music Director & Conductor, Austin Symphony Orchestra
"Dear B. J., I
visited your [Walter Wanderley] website two years ago and waited for a
good opportunity to write about it. Your work is wonderfully
done. I'll look at Claus Ogerman's discography as well.
I have to thank you for these benefits for Brazilian
music. All the best,"
--Paulo Roberto Pires, Journalist
"Barbara Major has done a
terrific job with her site The Music Discographies at
bjbear71.com. Besides Claus Ogerman, she includes
extensive coverage of artists like Henry Mancini, Kai
Winding, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Walter
Wanderley (among others). It's very informative and highly
--Forrest Patten, Contributor, "Journal Into Melody" publication for The Robert Farnon Society (September 2003).
"With apologies in
disturbing you, please allow me to express that though I
have never had the pleasure & honor in meeting with
you, I must comment that the respect & honor that you
pay to such music masters as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kai
Winding, Frank Sinatra, Walter Wanderley, Henry Mancini,
Sergio Mendes & Joao Donato (among many others) is as
if a permanent & delightful cloud of memory has been
etched upon the hearts of those of us whom enjoy &
celebrate such rich musical geniuses. So many
blessed thanks are due to you for your devotion &
attention to detail. . .Very often I remind my family
& friends that one's love of great music will allow
for the soul to never die, as the privilege in both
hearing & knowing of the gifts of such masters of
music allows all of us to live forever in musical heaven.
. . .
--Joseph Motsch (Great-Great Grand-Nephew of [Composer] Monsieur Erik Satie)
"These few lines are just
to express all my appreciation for your superb Claus
Ogerman homepage, which has been a constant source of
information and help for my research over the last two
years . . .Thanks so much for your invaluable work."
--Massimo Milano - Ethnomusicologist and international music critic; member of the Down Beat Annual Critics Poll International Jury; Italy
"What a great compilation
you have made of the works of Claus Ogerman, a superb,
gifted musician. It is obviously a work of great
affection, respect, and time. It is also full of many
difficult to research details, which show caring and
diligence. I had the pleasure of working with Claus in
1970 when I owned my first small recording studio at 1595
Broadway, NYC, which was a block or two from Claus'
--George Klabin - Recording Engineer, Producer, former owner of SOUND IDEAS Studio, New York City, New York
". . . From time to time
I look at your sites and you're really one of the best in
the business. Everything you do has the stamp of a
masterpiece; you know exactly what you're doing. . .
. In the last three or four years I visited many sites but
none has the same level of information, design and good
taste. You're a natural and inventive site organizer."
--José Domingos Raffaelli - Reporter and International Jazz Critic, formerly with O Globo Newspaper; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hi, B.J., Finally
"discovered" João Donato on your site, as I was told [by]
my son and my wife. It is very nice to have friends like
you. [. . .] Keep in touch and very good luck
to you. Your friend,"
--João Donato, Brazil
"Dear BJ, So good
to hear from you! . . . For the first time yesterday I
found time to visit Sergio's site. It's fantastic!
Congratulations! . . . Guess what I just did,
even before having breakfast? Yeah, I visited your
sites to look at the additions. I love to see the
way you perfect my scans, as you did on the Billy Eckstine
LP!. . ."
--Arnaldo DeSouteiro - International Jazz Critic, educator, and record producer/founder of Jazz Station Records; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
B.J., The João Donato site is wonderful!
I met João many years ago and even recorded with him one
track playing flute on a Nana Caymmi album recorded in
Buenos Aires. . . .I will put a link to your site on my
--Fernando Gelbard - Former Argentinian ambassador to France, businessman, jazz enthusiast and record producer; Beverly Hills, California
"B.J. - Just wondered how
everything was going for you. Sure have enjoyed your
website - it's a cornerstone of knowledge. . . .I
appreciate all of your hard work increasing awareness and
information of Brazilian music. . . .your website is
becoming more & more amazing in scope and
--Vohn Regensburger - Composer/arranger, producer, guitarist, recording artist; Denver, Colorado
". . . I will do all I
can to inform others and have your work show up as source
material for all future studies for scholars to find of
great value, not just for teachers but for all
--David H. Sheetz - Trumpet player, music educator & Pivot System specialist; Airstream Dynamics
"Hi BJ, If I could
ever dream of a perfect Mancini website, yours would be
it! What a terrific job you are doing. . . .Just wanted
you to know how much I appreciate all the work you have
done on your marvelous Mancini site. I check it daily."
--Dan Miles - (former) RCA Victor Records Sales Rep, Denver, CO
"Your work is an
incredible labor of love! . . ."
--Rodney Schmidt - Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Technology, School of Music, East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina
"Thank you for
everything, B.J. You're a great webmaster!"
--Claudio Slon - (former) Recording/Touring Jazz and Brazilian music drummer and percussionist; Denver, Colorado
Hi! I'm Daniel Slon and first of all, I would like
to congratulate you for my brother's site! It's
wonderful! Specially now that he's left us, many
fans can remember Claudio through the beautiful site
you've created! . . . You created the most beautiful site
that an artist can have!!! He was also my "hero"!
Since I was a kid, I followed step by step his
recordings, concerts, gigs and interviews! He really
was 'one of a kind'. Yours sincerely,"
--Daniel Slon (brother of Claudio Slon); São Paulo, Brazil
"Hi B.J. I read your
reply to my mother and I just wanted to thank you
personally for all that you have done and continue to do
to honor my father. I can't thank you enough. I too
thought that he was amazing. If you ever need anything
please don't hesitate to let me know via email. By the
way, my father always spoke very highly of you and always
was very appreciative of all of your efforts on his
behalf. I wish he could see the site now too. Please take
care and keep in touch. Love,"
--Patricia [Kleiman] (daughter of Claudio Slon); Los Angeles, California
"Hello BJ, . . .Arnaldo
[DeSouteiro] has showed me your sites. I was really very
touched. . .You are doing a beautiful job for these
Brazilian artists, to honor their lives. . ."
--Dom Um Romão - (former) Recording/Touring Jazz and Brazilian music drummer/percussionist; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Dear Webmaster (of
Slon-Wanderley-Mendes, etc.), Your work is fantastic, you
are doing a great contribution to music. I'm really glad
I'm able to get all this information about those
musicians.. . ."
--All the best, Alex Sanguinetti - Jazz drummer, instructor, clinician; Munich, Germany
"When I visited B.J.´s site for the first
time in 2000, I found a lot of extremely fine artists
there whom I have admired for years. It was
easy to find out that the person hosting the pages is a
real expert on Brazilian music. Moreover, the
site is very fine and professional. So also is the
site B.J. made on me. I'm happy to be online
there and proud to be in the group of artists whom I have
admired for years. Congratulations!"
--Jarkko Toivonen - Recording/Touring Brazilian music acoustic guitarist; Finland
"I just came across the
wonderful Kai Winding web site. My name is Eschwan,
Mrs. Kai Winding - his third and last wife. . . . Thank
you for your efforts. . . . Congratulations on the
feedback on your site. With your talent and
determination I believe that you will be able to do what
you love for a living."
Another big thanks to you for all your unceasing work on
the site. Every time I check out Kai's 'Official site' I
learn more about his work. I am so happy to see the
photos of the Giants of Jazz. Somewhere in the States I
have a small album of casual photos of the group on the
road. When I visit my family in May, I will have to look
for it. All the best,"
I've just spent a couple of hours perusing the updated
site you have created and maintained so beautifully. I
must say I have tears in my eyes because I miss Kai, but
I have great appreciation that his talent and dedication
to jazz is recognized and honored. A few
days before he died he asked me, "What did I do to
deserve all this?", indicating the loving support of
other musicians and fans that helped sustain us during
his illness. Now, your web site clearly shows all
he did. Thank you. Your work and dedication
means a great deal to me."
--Ezshwan Winding (Ezshwan Winding is a professional artist and sculptor.)
"The Incredible Kai
Winding, His Official Site" was chosen as 'Site of the
Month' by the International
Trombone Association in November 2001.
mention of The Music Discographies at bjbear71.com in a column
for the June 2003 issue of this magazine for the Robert
A-vorta-do-Warter.pdf - Article published on 9/18/03 at a Brazilian
music information/review website, written by Paulo Roberto
Pires - which mentions bjbear71.com's Walter Wanderley
Pictorial Discography. [IN PORTUGUESE]
Joseph Campbell, 1987