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Friday, November 2, 2018

Mad Music - Jimmy Carroll

Speed The Parting Guest
Mad Music
Jimmy Carroll And The Percussionists
Rondo ST 513

From the back cover: Not only is the music mad, but the men had to be mad to understate this project. The 9 men used at least three music stands each, innumerable cigars, and doubled on almost everything. They were sprinting around the place at a pace unknown to professional musicians. Some carried alternate sticks in their mouths and the mallet mortality was prodigious.

The most surprising thing that happened during the session was that all of "these" made beautiful music together. That was Jimmy Carroll's fault. As a top arranger, Jimmy is noted for his extreme versatility – having provided "supports" for Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney. But this is the first time he has been a football coach as well. The end "plays" of the men around kettle drums and glockenspiels was that complicated. The result is titillating music full of Disneyesque surprises – and highly listenable. To Jimmy Carroll, our awe-inspired thanks. He is a brave man indeed.

On the coupling, you will find the most unusual sounds of one of the finest organs in America. It is a the Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. In the three selections played on the organ you will hear every conceivable novelty stop that can be found on any organ, and it is entertainment all the way through.

This is a "budget sounding" percussion set that isn't all that "mad".  The interesting exception, the sample I've posted above, is a track that reminds that me of another "avant grade" composition that I've heard before, written by composer whose name I can't remember right at the moment.

Also, I can't figure out what the cover mention of "bull in a chime shop" refers to.

Tinkle Tinkle Little Bell
Drummer's Parade
Hong Kong Local
Speed The Parting Guest
Nightmare In The Organ (Reginald Foort)
Happy Little Woodpile (Jimmy Carroll & The Percussionists)
The Clock Factory (Reginal Foort)
Dance Of The Hours (Reginal Foort)

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