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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Amor Latino - Dick Kesner And His Magic Stradivarius

Amor Latino
Dick Kesner And His Magic Stradivarius
Coral Records CRL 757393

I take a lot of $1 gambles buying records found in the discount bins at record stores and thrift shops. Many records are so bland I have trouble finding something good to say about them. Today was a bland record day. My hopes were dashed and my spirits flat until I got around to listening to this set.

This is a somewhat obscure album and an awesome recording! The music is light Latin pop, 60s style, spiced up with bongos, mysterious spacey organ work, vibraphone and Kesner's Magic Stradivarius! The collection of instruments produces an unusual sound. It was hard to pick a sample as all the tracks are special and appealing.

Even though I note promotions on the back cover of this album for six additional Kesner LPs (available on Coral), most of the references that I find to his work online are in association with his work on the Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 - 1960.

I have to put this album up there with some of my all time favorite exotica/space age recordings.


  1. Dick Kesner is my husband's grandfather. He was an awesome violinist and it saddens me that talent of his kind is not very recognized today. Thank you for your post.

  2. waouhhhh! merveilleux!


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