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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Accent On Bamboo - Tak Shindo

Accent On Bamboo
Big Band Standards With An Oriental Flavor
Arranged and Conducted by Tak Shindo
Produced by Ed Yelon
Capitol Records T14433

This set is available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Bright, creative big band arrangements accented, as advertised with Eastern and popular for the period, "exotica-sounding" flourishes.

For some reason after the jacket was printed, Capitol found it necessary to paste down, over top of 1/3 the back cover notes, an additional expanded track list.

From the back cover: Tak Shindo is one of Hollywood's busiest young musicians, with impressive arranging and composing credits in motion pictures and TV, as well as intensive study in and out of college under such outstanding teachers as moviedom's Miklos Rozza and Dr. Shigeo Kishibe of the University of Tokyo. A Nisei from Los Angeles, Take made good use of his talents in both music and languages during his three-year hitch in the U.S. Army. He was attracted to intelligence as a language instructor, and later served as a musical arranger and producer of GI shows for special services.

From Billboard September 5, 1960: A Hollywood Nisei, Take Shindo has a big band package here that fuses sound of the West and East. Material is danceable. "One Fine Day" (from "Madame Butterfly"), "String Of Pearls," "Cherokee" are included. Instruments include some which are rarely heard here, as 13-string zither, various chimes, gongs and Japanese xylophone.
Also see: Brass And Bamboo.

One Fine Day
Chattanooga Choo Choo
I Gotta Have You
It's So Peaceful In The Country
Portrait In Blue
A String Of Pearls
Happy In Love
For You
Kiss Me Again

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