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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Cleopatra And All That Jazz - Al Caiola


Cleo Baby

Cleopatra And All That Jazz
Al Caiola and His Nile River Boys
Produced by Leroy Holmes
Pillows and Nightgown Courtesy of Stern's Dept. Store
Cleopatra's Wig made especially for United Artists by Lucien
United Artists Records UAS 6299

From the back cover: "Cleopatra", the much-discussed film-bio of the exotic Queen Of The Nile, provides the inspiration for this set of swinging sides from Al Caiola and the Nile River Boys.

And, just as that famous femme swung with some pretty cool sidemen in her day, Al Caiola has surrounded himself with a pretty strong group of his own. The roster of artists performing with Al on this album reads like a Who's Who of the jazz world, with such giants as Dick Hyman (piano and harpsichord), Osie Johnson (drums), Clark Terry (trumpet and fuegelhorn), Tony Studd (bass), Phil Bodner (flute, alto sax and baritone sax) and Benny Gailbrath (rhythm guitar).

Al Caiola's arrangements – ranging from the humorous to the wistful – are consistently brilliant and run the gamut of popular jazz forms, from swing to bossa nova. He has also included an original – "Cleo Baby" – which is heard here for the first time on records.

Why not climb aboard Cleo's barge now and join Al Caiola and the Boys for a swinging cruise down the Nile.

Antony And Cleopatra Theme
Love For Sale
Mad About The Boy
Body And Soul
Cleo Baby
Caesar And Cleopatra Theme
Lover Man
I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby
Under A Blanket Of Blue
All Of Me
Be Mine Tonight

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