American singers respond to the rhythms of Latin America – but not in the way you might expect, as these aren't just conventional Latin numbers – but instead a great combination of jazz, swing, and Afro-Cuban modes! The music might well be seen as the more mainstream take on territory explored by modernists like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker on their cubop
recordings of the postwar years – and many of the numbers here are from the same period (the set's especially strong on late 40s/
early 50s material) – with some earlier examples from the swing generation, and a few cuts from later years, when Brazilian and Caribbean grooves were coming into play a bit more too. As with other Fremeaux collections, the whole thing's a great overview of an overlooked genre – presented with a huge amount of tracks, and detailed notes in French and English. Titles include "Brazil" by Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, "Corazon De Melon" by Rosemary Clooney, "Kingston Market" by Harry Belafonte, "Frenesi" by Anita O'Day, "Adios" by Mel Torme, "Mama Inez" by Nappy Lamare, "Ti Pi Tim" by Slim & Slam, "Desafinado" by Julie London, "Rosa Morena" by Jon Hendricks, "Shango" by Eartha Kitt, "Suas Maos" by Nat King Cole, "Te Quiero Dijiste" by Connie Francis, "Tico Tico" by Andrews Sisters, "Not Me" by Robert Mitchum, and "What A Difference A Day Makes" by Sarah Vaughan.