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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mood Music - The Musical Styles Of Greene And Iles

Misirlou
Mood Music
The Musical Styles Of Greene And Iles
Alternating between Hammond Organ, Piano, Celeste, Magna Harp and Kurger String Bass Keyboard
Mercury Records MG 20214
1957

Here's a somewhat obscure album featuring a wonderfully mysterious cheesecake cover.

From the back cover: Eddie Greene and Stephen Iles have been playing together as a phenomenally successful team ever since (since they met in the dining room of Buffalo's Sheraton Hotel). Their freshness of style, unfailing good taste and extreme fidelity to the highest standards of musicianship have brought them the highest of professional compliments: extended runs – not days, but months at a time – in the toniest of dining and cocktail rooms of the swank Sheraton Hotel chain.

A few tunes, including the sample I posted above, are percussive and suggestive of Korla Pandit's style. They could easily have been exposed to Pandit's work earlier work. All of the songs have subtle touches that help raise the tracks above the standard period organ fare.

My Funny Valentine
The Boy Next Door
A Sleepin' Bee
Love Letters
Lucky To Be Me
Misirlou
I'm Glad There Is You
A Foggy Day
Moonlight In Vermont
Land Of Dreams
What Is This Thing Called Love
Love Is A Simple Thing

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