PETE RUGOLO AND HIS ORCHESTRA – BEHIND BRIGITTE BARDOT
A very cool record! The album's sort of an American tribute to the emerging French sex goddess Brigitte Bardot – one that features a gatefold cover with a wraparound photo of Brigitte, and some nice images on the inside. Music on the set is by Pete Rugolo – the master arranger who'd worked with June Christy, Stan Kenton, and others – and although Bardot doesn't sing or even make an appearance on the set, Pete does more than enough of a good job of conjuring up her presence with a good selection of jazzy tunes. Players include Pete Candoli and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Paul Horn and Bud Shank on reeds, and Laurindo Almeida on guitar. Gloria Wood sings on one track – and titles include "Arsenic Blues", "Paris BB", "Jeff's Blues", "Mambo Bardot", "A T'Aimer", and "The Night Heaven Fell". ~ Dusty Groove
JUKEBOX MAMBO VOLUME 2: AFRO-LATIN ACCENTS IN RHYTHM & BLUES (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
ong awaited follow up to the original game-changing Jukebox Mambo set of sweltering rumba accented Rhythm & Blues. Two years in the making, this sequel ploughs deeper still into the revolutionary '40s and '50s Afro-American musical canon, pulling together another combustible collection of lascivious Latin-edged blues exotica. Issued with extensive biographical notes and exclusive photographs on CD and deluxe old style 2LP paste-on gatefold (with A3 size show poster inside), Jukebox Mambo Vol. 2 is likely to be as influential in setting tastes as its predecessor. As with the first volume, this edition will also be released on an ultra limited, lavishly produced 1940s style 6 x 10" album set which boasts four exclusive extra tracks and expanded notes.
DEAN MARTIN – THE ESSENTIAL DEAN MARTIN
Some artists transcend the boundaries of critical examination and must be judged solely on their own terms. Dean Martin was in that rare category of artists whose uniqueness wholly set him apart from his contemporaries. Timeless, it's called. The 40 classic tracks on The Essential Dean Martin showcase the singular artistry that made him the essence of effortless cool. Inclides: That’s Amore, Sway, Memories Are Made Of This, Innamorata, Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu), From The Bottom Of My Heart (Dammi, Dammi, Dammi), Senza Fine, Tik-A-Tee, Tik-A-Tay, Who’s Got The Action?, Baby-O, C’est Si Bon, Corrine, Corrina, Face In The Crowd, La Giostra (The Merry-Go-Round), Everybody Loves Somebody, The Door Is Still Open To My Heart, Every Minute, Every Hour, You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You, You’ll Always Be The One I Love, Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, (Remember Me) I’m The One Who Loves You, Houston, Bumming Around, I Will, Somewhere There’s A Someone, Come Running Back, A Million And One, Nobody’s Baby Again, It Just Happened That Way, (Open Up The Door) Let The Good Times In, Lay Some Happiness On Me, Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me, In The Chapel In The Moonlight, I Can’t Help Remembering You, In The Misty Moonlight, You’ve Still Got A Place In My Heart, A Place In The Shade, I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am, Drinkin’ Champagne, and The Things We Did Last Summer.