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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Rhythm And The Fire - Joe Harnell

Little Lost Love
The Rhythm And The Fire
Joe Harnell
Kapp Records KL-1416

From the back cover: The day after Joe Harnell had been awarded his "Grammy" for his prize-winning record of "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova." he received a telegram from fellow-arranger-conductor Nelson Riddle congratulating him, a telephone call from fellow-pianist Andre Previn congratulating him, and an autograph request from a neighborhood youngster with these words of praise: "Boy, Mr. Harnell, you sure know what us kids like!"

It's hard to say which compliment thrilled him most, for Joe Harnell has set out on one of the most difficult courses any creative musician could decide to follow: to satisfy the demands of both his critical acclaim and sales will attest, he did both of these remarkably well with "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova." Hopefully he will do just as well – 12 times (or maybe on or two less) over – with this new album of his.

From Billboard - February 6, 1965: Beginning with a pulsating rendition of "Ill Wind," Harnell creates piano magic with tremendous support of warm, fiery strings with lush flute sounds, etc. "Exodus," "A Test Of Honey," "Sweet September" and his current single "When Sunny Gets Blue," are standouts. Joe's original composition, "Little Lost Love," is a powerhouse.

Ill Wind
The Girl From Ipanema
Main Theme From Exodus
That Look You Wear
Little Lost Love
A Taste Of Honey
St. Thomas
When Sunny Gets Blue
Theme From "Black Orpheus"
Sweet September
The Orinoco

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