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Friday, July 4, 2014

Percussion And Guitars

Cherokee
Percussion And Guitars
Arrangements by Al Caiola
Series 2000
Time S/2000
1960

I picked this one up a long time ago and just happen to unearth it today up here in the Atomic Attic. I wish that I hadn't waited as long as I did to dig the LP out of the stack, because this is one fine early 60s percussion album. The Time cover designer could have used some help from the Command label art department (Billboard will disagree with me, below), but as far and arrangements and engineering go, Time got it right.

I've listened to many Al Caiola albums and paid attention to his work as a musician but not as an arranger. The arrangements on this LP are as good as anything Command was doing at the time. Caiola blends together the early Command light pop sound, percussion and light jazz (and even a touch of "classical") to produce some mighty engaging tracks.

From Billboard - June 13, 1960: The success of the Enoch Light percussion albums has led to much recording activity in this field. This isn in that groove – and it's a mighty good album at that. It features percussion with guitars, played by top musicians and recorded beautifully in stereo. The arrangements by Al Caiola are smart, and the packaging is excellent.

Gone With The Wind
Jazz Pizzicato
Just In Time
Holiday For Strings
The Sound Of Music
Charleston
Then I'll Be Tired Of You
Cherokee
Baubles Bangles & Beads
Something Coming
'S Wonderful
Early Autumn

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