Monday, March 30, 2015
Latin Rhythms by Jose Bethancourt and His Orchestra
Saveage Drum Fantasy featuring Richard Campbell and Harry H. Coon
Available at your usual pay-for-download sources, so I will not be posting a sample.
Today we feature this feisty color cover art that advertised a tasty "tropical" set that was released to compete for a piece of the hot period "exotica" market. A split set left me favoring side two, which is the more "experimental", or more adventurously arranged side.
From the back cover: A note on personnel: Richard Campbell was winner of the famous Gene Kuppa drum contest, back in the '40s; his active career has included a U.S.O. tour through South America and Africa, where he studied authentic native rhythms such as are used on this tape. Harry H. Coon toured with the great Ben Bernie band, winning wide acclaim from musicians as well as the public from his sensational drumming. In composing this tape, Messer, Campbell and Coon worked closely with engineer James Cunningham, himself a musician, to achieve new and unusual effects.
Inspiraion - N. E. Paulos
Cha-Cha-Cha - Mario de Jesus
La Cumparsa - E. Lecunona
Jungle Flute - Jose Bethancourt
Savage Drum Fantasy
Watusi A. P. B.
Tombs Of Cameroon
Specter of the Zulu Goddess