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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Big Beat Sound Of James Last

The Big Beat Sound Of James Last
And The American Patrol
Volume 3
Warner Bros. 1714

From the back cover: A word about the dauntless leader of the American Patrol himself. James Last was born in Bremen, Germany, a town noted more for its shipyards than musicians. Nevertheless, by the time short pants were exposing his dimpled knees, James Last was knocking hell out of the family piano and, after three years of lessons, ticking off the classics with remarkable ease. Sent to music school when he was fourteen, he hung around long enough to absorb a foundation of theory and harmony, than exited dragging his favorite instrument, the bass behind him. Turning on with jazz, he grooved for a while with hometown groups, and from 1950 to 1953 won hands down the title of top bass player in the prime German jazz poll. He organized his first band at Radio Bremen, and after some local success quit the so-called sticks for a crack at the big time of Hamburg. There, with the lighting speed of a slick white Porsche, his career took off. Arranging and conducting for some of the top talents in Europe. Writing smash songs such as Games That Lovers Play. Hitting solidly with his one and only American Patrol.

Happy Music
Begin The Beguine
La Golondrina
The Donkey Serenade
Havah Nagilah
La Mer
Un Poco Rio
Down By The Riverside

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