A strange film, but a great soundtrack! George Duning came up with an excellent batch of jazzy tracks for the film – and most of them swing hard and tightly, with strong jazzy solos, in a manner that's similar to some of Henry Mancini's best scores of the late 50s. A number of tracks have odd "Eastern" touches in the melody – mostly through the use of percussion – and this makes the jazzy tracks even nicer, and gives them a strange feel that's similar to some of the "east meets jazz" albums on Verve during the 60s. Titles include "Aberdeen Caper", "Gwenny Lee", "At The Namcock", "Groove For Suzie", and "Hit The Road To Dreamland" – and this great CD version features 29 tracks in all, with lots of rare bonus tracks! CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Sabroso ... LP Fantasy, Early 60s. Near Mint- ....
Heavy charanga work from Mongo Santamaria – a really early west coast take on the genre, and a record that features a slightly bigger group than usual for Mongo! Early partner Willie Bobo is in the combo on Timbales – and other players include Pupi Legarreta and Jose Chombo Silva on violins, Rolando Lozano on flute, Rene Hernandez on piano, and both Louis Valizan and Marcus Cabuto on trumpets – not the kind of instrument you'd usually find on a charanga date, but still pretty appreciated here. There's a bit of vocals – sung by Rudi Calzado on the lead, and with Pete Escovedo in the chorus – and titles include "Pito Pito", "Tulibamba", "Mamco De Cuco", and "Que Maravilloso" – plus the nice descarga stormers "Para Ti" and "El Bote". LP, Vinyl record album