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Friday, May 10, 2013

Big Band Bossa Nova - Enoch Light

Besame Mucho
Big Band Bossa Nova
The New Beat From Brazil
Originate and Produced by Enoch Light
Command Records RS 844 SD

From Billboard November 17, 1962: Enoch Light and his ork light out after the latest catchy rhythm from Brazil, the bossa nova, and they turn in a flock of big, lightly swinging performances of the infectious rhythm with the big band. The sound is excellent, the stereo arrangements sparkle and the band plays with style. Big sales ahead here.

Above is one of the few instances I've found in which a reviewer makes note of the standout engineering that makes listening to Command discs a real pleasure.

From the back cover: The is Enoch Light and his pulsating big band plus the exciting bossa nova treated with the inventive imagination that only Enoch Light can give it plus the bone-chilling, intense reality of Command's miraculous recording technique.

Many of Light's best session musicians played on this disc. Trumpets: Doc Severisen, Bernie Glow, Mel Davis, Jimmy Maxwell and Irvin Markowitz - Drum: Don Lamond - woodwinds: Walter Levinsky, Phil Bodner Al Klink, Stan Webb and Hank Freeman - guitar: Tony Mottola - bass: Bob Haggart - trombones: Urbie Green, Bobby Byrne, Bob Alexander, Paul Faulise and Jack Satterfield - percussion; Bob Rosengarden, Phil Kraus and Eddie Shaughnessy.

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