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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mexican Pearls - Don Randi

My Funny Valentine
Mexican Pearls
The Exciting Piano Of Don Randi
Jack Neitzsche - Arranger (orchestrated tracks)
Palomar GS 34002

Don Randi - Piano
Dick Brandt - Bass
John Clauder - Drums

There are some stellar keyboard moments to be heard on the LP that came inside this budget looking jacket.

From the back cover: In the music world today there are what are known as technicians, mechanics, and, to many, unemotional pianists! Fortunately, every few years a talent will arise with technique and emotion combined to make a new sound and feeling. Don Randi has this rare ability. He is as exciting to watch in person as he is exciting to listen to on record.

This album, I'm sure, will prove that Don Randi is really the bridge between the hard school of jazz and the commercial pop world.

Don's listening audience is primarily not a jazz audience; although, if you dig jazz, he reaches you very ably.

At this point, I'd like to mention that Don Randi has played piano, harpsichord and organ on over fifty hit-million selling records for various artists such as The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Darin, Frankie Lane, Doris Day, Ronettes, Beach Boys and many others. He is one of the most in-demand pianists for recording sessions.

Not only is he talented as a pianist, buy equally as well as a composer and arranger. He has written or co-written many songs such as Mexican Pearls.

Don is a well schooled musician with fourteen years of formal classical training under his belt. He was born in New York City, but grew up in Woodridge, New York, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. He later move to Los Angeles to study at the Los Angeles Conservatory Of Music and Los Angeles City College in order to finish his education.

Don is currently appearing at a night club in Hollywood known as Sherry's or Don Randi's second home. People kid him about this, because he has appeared there on and off for the past six years. When he is not a Sherry's, he usually appears in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and many other cities in the world.

– Phil Spector

Mexican Pearls
I Don't Want To Be Kissed
A Lot Of Livin' To Do
Grandpa's Still
My Funny Valentine
The Randi Sermon
Follow Me
John Brown's Body
Theme From Mondo Cane
Bass Blues
Thistle Down
Spanish Harlem

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