Claus Ogerman - PolyGram:

Lesley Gore, "The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore", PolyGram #810370-2M-1 (1987).[CD]

The CD Reissue contains 8 bonus tracks; a total of 14 arrangements by Claus Ogerman are included on the CD compilation.  As with other Mercury albums, the original issued LP contain 12 tracks and budget reissues contain 10 tracks.

Tracklist for CD Reissue:

It's My Party (arr./cond. Ogerman) [Charted #1 on Billboard]

Judy's Turn To Cry (arr./cond. Ogerman) [Charted #5 on Billboard]

Just Let Me Cry (arr./cond. Ogerman)

She's A Fool (arr./cond. Ogerman) [Charted #5 on Billboard]

The Old Crowd (arr./cond. Ogerman) [BONUS TRACK]

You Don't Own Me (arr./cond. Ogerman) [Charted #2 on Billboard] [BONUS TRACK]

That's The Way The Boys Are (arr./cond. Ogerman)

I Don't Wanna Be A Loser (arr./cond. Ogerman) [BONUS TRACK]

Maybe I Know (arr./cond. Ogerman)

Wonder Boy (arr./cond. Ogerman) [BONUS TRACK]

Hey Now (arr./cond. Ogerman)

Look Of Love (arr./cond. Ogerman)

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (arr./cond. Ogerman)

My Town, My Guy And Me [BONUS TRACK]

You Didn't Look 'Round (arr./cond. Ogerman) [BONUS TRACK]

What Am I Gonna Do With You [BONUS TRACK]

Off And Running [BONUS TRACK]

California Nights [BONUS TRACK]

Original LP musician personnel: Quincy Jones--Producer; Lesley Gore--Vocals; Claus Ogerman--arranger/conductor.
CD Reissue musician personnel: Quincy Jones--Producer; Bob Crewe--Producer; Lesley Gore--Vocals; Claus Ogerman, Don Costa and Jack Nitsche, arrangers and conductors.

LP produced by Quincy Jones; CD Reissue produced by Quincy Jones & Bob Crewe.

CD Reissue LINER NOTES by Kenneth Kendall:


CD Compilation by Tim Rogers.

Special Note:  Lesley Gore credited Claus Ogerman directly for his work with her in an interview with Gary James when he asked the following question:

Q - I loved the sound of your records. Is that all Quincy Jones, or did you have a big input into that?

A - I think it was really a triumvirate of creative people...Quincy being kind of the head guy, the guy at the top of the pyramid. Then, perhaps myself down at the lower left corner, and there was a third guy who was very, very prominent in helping us get that sound and he was the arranger, Klaus Ogerman. So, the way we worked it, Klaus and I spent a lot of time together going through material. We would take what we thought was the best of the crop and kind of put it into my range and do a kind of piano / voice arrangement. Then, we would bring Quincy in and go over it again and see how we felt about those tunes. So, Klaus did a lot of arranging because of my voice and because of where the range was. So, it really was a melding of 3 creative people.

[Full interview can be read at:]


Oscar Peterson, "Three Originals", PolyGram #21059 (1993).[2 CD set]
This 2 CD set contains all of the "Motions and Emotions" LP which was arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman.

Bill Evans, "Symbiosis", PolyGram #5233 (1995).[CD]
Other issues of this album are listed separately under their respective record labels.

A jazz concerto entirely composed, arranged, and conducted by Claus Ogerman.


1st Movement (A) (Moderato, Various Tempi)

1st Movement (B)

1st Movement (C)

2nd Movement (A) (Largo, Andante, Maestoso, Largo)

2nd Movement (B)


* * *

"'Symbiosis' is a vastly overlooked album in Evans' prolific canon, yet one that needs to be seriously reckoned with. Ogerman, who had worked with Bill on two previous albums in 1963 and in 1965 (With Symphony Orchestra), composed an adventurous and often hauntingly beautiful work in two parts. In the third section of the first movement, working over a slow and gentle jazzy swing, Bill plays long and fast-moving lines on electric piano that catch your ear with their shimmering beauty and complexity. Ogerman writes lush but never maudlin strings (and a few flutes) here in dense, often whole-tone and poly-chordal fashion underneath -- creating a perfect cushion for the pianist's swirling right-hand lines. The Rhodes fits in well here, as it does sparingly in and out through Symbiosis' framework. It is often used as punctuation at the end of a written ensemble phrase, or as an ensemble texture. Evans' choices as to when to use the Rhodes or the Steinway are wise indeed, and not without great sensitivity, integrating seamlessly within the composition. Claus Ogerman as composer-arranger succeeds marvelously here with a work of great harmonic expression and rhythmic interest that showcases Evans' lyrical expression and his obviously inherent classical strengths, yet within a composition that represents much of what jazz is about. (Ogerman would later do the same for tenor sax virtuoso Michael Brecker for his Cityscape album.) If we consider the aural comparisons to the other albums Bill did with orchestral accompaniment, it is far and away the most superior achievement, and may represent his best use of the electric keyboard in context. "Symbiosis" is far too important to be neglected as often as it has when jazz writers discuss Bill Evans albums. As biographer Keith Shadwick noted: 'Evans brings to the work the consummate artistry and sensitivity that occurs when he is stretched and stimulated. His rubato playing in the opening and second movement sometimes alone, sometimes in unison with the strings, is both moving and immensely accomplished in a way that few jazz or classical pianists could have countenanced.'"
--Excerpted from the article "Rhodes Less Travelled" by Jan Stevens. Used by exclusive permission of the author, and The Bill Evans Webpages []. © Jan Stevens 2002. All rights reserved.

"The producer, arranger, conductor, pianist and coach for the album 'Classical Barbra' was the German musician Claus Ogerman and, when not advising Streisand on the care and feeding of Handelian appoggiaturas, Ogerman dabbles in several other musical areas as well. In 1973 he composed a forty-minute work for piano and orchestra called Symbiosis, with the piano part being written for and, in its premiere recording, played by the American, Bill Evans. I'm not really what you might call a jazz buff and I've never been able to get interested in what the Americans would call "third stream," which roughly describes the territory explored by Symbiosis, but I think that in many respects this is a rather remarkable work. Much of it is what we classical types insist on calling through-composed - music in which every note is written out; other segments provide for only the harmonic outline, plus a generous helping of figured-bass, and the soloist is expected to embroider accordingly. These sections are, to my ears, somewhat underwhelming - there's just too great a discrepancy between the spontaneous (or supposedly spontaneous) noodlings of even so gifted an artist as Bill Evans and the very sophisticated structural scaffolding which Ogerman has erected. But the through-composed sections are really quite marvelous; Ogerman has a staggeringly inventive harmonic imagination and the first of Symbiosis's two movements, in particular, is possessed of enormous sweep and drive."
--Commentary by Glenn Gould, August 26, 1977 on a Canadian radio broadcast, whose remarks were made after playing some of the "Symbiosis" album to the audience.

Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, New York on February 11, 12 & 14, 1974.  Includes liner notes by Claus Ogermann and Hanns E. Petrik.

Special Note: Six minutes of the work "Symbiosis" as performed by Bill Evans was used within the film "Sideways" (2004), but for legal reasons the excerpt could not be included in the CD soundtrack available for this film.  This notation was supplied directly by Claus Ogerman.


Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Tom", PolyGram [Brazil] #528071-2 (1995).[4 CD compilation boxed set with booklet]
Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted many of the tracks on this boxed set.


CD 1

Ai Quem Me Dera (com Edu Lobo)

Por Causa De Voce (com Nana Caymmi)

Chega De Saudade

E Preciso Dizer Adeus (com Edu Lobo)

Tempo Do Mar (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Desafinado (com Joao Gilberto e Stan Getz)

A Felicidade (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Fotografia (com Elis Regina)

Modinha (com Elis Regina)

Samba De Uma Nota So (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Brigas Nunca Mais (com Elis Regina)

Dindi (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Meditacao (arr. Claus Ogerman)

O Que Tinha De Ser (com Elis Regina)

CD 2

Por Toda A Minha Vida (com Elis Regina)

Lamento Do Morro (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Soneto Da Separacao (com Elis Regina)

Amor Em Paz (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Corcovado (com Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto e Stan Getz)

O Grande Amor (com Joao Gilbert e Stan Getz)

Agua De Beber (com Joao Gilberto e Stan Getz)

Insensatez (arr. Claus Ogerman)

So Danco Samba (com Joao Gilberto e Stan Getz)

The Girl From Ipanema (com Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto e Stan Getz)

Samba Do Aviao (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Ela E Carioca (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Inutil Paisagem (com Elis Regina)

O Morro Nao Tem Vez (arr. Claus Ogerman)

CD 3

Valsa Do Porto Das Caixas (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Vivo Sonhando (com Joao Gilberto e Stan Getz)

So Tinha De Ser Com Voce (com Elis Regina)

Bonita (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Surf Board (com Nelson Riddle e sua Orquestra)

Triste (com Elis Regina)

Wave (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Retrato Em Preto E Branco (com Elis Regina)


Chovendo Na Roseira (com Elis Regina)

Pois E (com Elis Regina)

Tide (arr. Eumir Deodato)

Sue Ann (arr. Eumir Deodato)

Remember (arr. Eumir Deodato)


CD 4

Aguas De Marco (com Elis Regina)

Cronica Da Casa Assasinada: Trem Para Cordisburgo/Chora Coracao/O Jardim Abandonado/Milagre E Palhacos (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Matita Pere (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Nuvens Douradas (arr. Claus Ogerman)

Um Rancho Nas Nuvens (arr. Claus Ogerman)


Falando De Amor (com Miucha)

Two Kites

Borzeguim (com A Nova Banda)

Luiza (com A Nova Banda)

Tema De Amor De Gabriela (com A Nova Banda)

Passarim (com A Nova Banda)

Anos Dourados (com A Nova Banda e Chico Buarque)

Bebel (com A Nova Banda)



Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Matita Pere", PolyGram [Brazil] #826 856-2 (1995).[CD]
Other issues of this album are listed separately under their respective record labels.


Side 1
Side 2
Aguas de Março
Mantiqueira Range
Ana Luiza
Cronica Da Casa Assassinada (medley)
Matita Peré
Um Rancho Nas Nuvens
Tempo Do Mar
Nuvens Douradas

Waters of March

Personnel credited on album: Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, piano); Harry Lookofsky (concertmaster); Richard Davis or Ron Carter (bass); Joao Palma and Airto Moreira (drums and percussion); George Devens (Percussion); Urbie Green (trombone) Jerry Dodgion, Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner, Don Hammond & Ray Beckenstein (flutes).

Entire album produced, arranged, and conducted by Claus Ogerman.

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Various Artists, "Growin' Up Too Fast - The Girl Group Anthology", PolyGram #314 528 171-2 (1996).[CD compilation]
Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted the following tracks for the following artists:

For Connie Francis: "My Best Friend Barbara";
For Leslie Gore: "Maybe I Know", "Look of Love", "Wonder Boy", "Sometimes I Wish I Were A Boy" and "That's The Way Boys Are."

LINER NOTE EXCERPTS (written by Don Charles):

Growin-up-liners-pg.9-10.JPG - Excerpt from pages 9-10 that mentions Claus Ogerman.

Growin-up-liners-pg.11.JPG - Excerpt from page 11 that mentions Claus Ogerman.

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Connie Francis, "Souvenirs", PolyGram #533382-2 (1996).[4 CD Compilation]

Contains tracks arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, including "In The Summer Of His Years", "Whose Heart Are You Breaking Tonight", "You Know You Don't Want Me"; "Whatever Happened To Rose Marie", "Your Other Love".

Also contains an original Ogerman composition, "Your Other Love."







Various Artists, "Get Easy! Volume 1 - Classic Collection", PolyGram [import] #5256172 (1997).[CD Compilation Reissue]

This CD Compilation contains the track "Hero", performed by Kai Winding.  The track was composed/arranged/conducted by Claus Ogerman.


Various Artists, "Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks", PolyGram #539441 (1997).[CD Compilation]

Includes Claus Ogerman's arrangement of Arthur Prysock's "Why Was I Born" [from the self-titled/"Funny Thing" album].

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