Saturday, January 01, 2011

A playlist from the library

Mambo Fever - a compilation from Verve / Universal Music many artists, mostly mid-'60s; several gems

Insatisfecha - Diana Reyes 10 very lively tracks to not sit still to, including long-ago Chelo Silva hit "La Lampara"; crackerjack banda duranguense

15 authentic hits; 20 years 1966-1986 CBS Sony Javier Solis RMK-82811 2-1053 great singer, great songs, luxurious arrangements and accompaniment

Entre tangos y mariachi - Rocio Durcal great songs, the finest arrangements and accompaniment, several hits

Tejano Roots: Orquestas Tejanas Arhoolie CD 368 a compilation; nobody was new to me except Balde Gonzalez, a happy discovery; other artists with multiple tracks are Beto Villa and Isidro Lopez

Joe Williams Sings About You / Sentimental & Melancholy
this is a mystery import of some kind (library labels hide a lot) originally Capital EMI, with many, many fine tracks; first recorded for Roulette in 1959 and 1961; Count Basie Orchestra

The Very Best of Cole Porter - compilation with many artists, mostly recorded 1950s through 1960, with the odd exception of an Aaron Neville version of In the Still of the Night UTV Verve; Eartha's not at her best here, but everything else is a humdinger; Armstrong's Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) is a gem

Andre Previn Ballads (solo jazz standards) produced by Phil Ramone; this is a prize (people forget that Previn had an early career as a jazz pianist)

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane tracks originally recorded for Riverside Jazzland in 1957 and 1958; every track is perfect

Thank you, Austin Public Library!


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