A genius set from Les Baxter
in the late 60s – and a double-length album that combines one Brazilian and African-inspired grooves! The Brazilian set is taken in a very bossa-based mode – one that uses small combo percussion, tinkling piano, bubbling organ, and added vocals from Les
' chorus – who sing over the top of the tunes in a style that's mostly wordless, and which gives a very groovy 60s sort of feel to the record – one that's almost a soundtrack variation on the bossa. The African Blue set is even better – not as totally exotic as you might think, but still with plenty of great 60s touches – thanks to a small instrumental combo that includes Clare Fischer on organ, Carol Kaye on bass, and plenty of added percussion! The tunes have a lightly dancing feel that's really great – again showing Baxter
's shift to a more soundtrack-oriented mode of expression, one that actually brings out a deeper feel from the exotic themes of the tunes. 25 tracks in all – with titles that include "Flame Tree", "Azure Sands", "Jalaba", "Johannesburg Blues", "Girl From Uganda", "Kalahari", "Dark River", "Day Of The Roses", "Tristeza", "A Banda", "Who Will Buy", and "A Man & A Woman".