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Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Bird Has Flown - The Keating Sound


The Bird Has Flown

The Bird Has Flown
The Remarkable Orchestral Excitement of The Keating Sound
Johnny Keating and His Orchestra
Warner Bros. WS 1638

From the back cover: Keating terms this album "a presentation of all the experiments I've done in my life." By writing for two rhythm sections, one (guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums) working in counterpoint to the other (guitar, double-bass, drums and percussion), he has written loving arrangements of twelve popular melodies. They range from Thinking Man's Glenn Miller to a Feeling Man's Lennon-McCartney. Those who think of Keating as strictly a big band man (Ted Heath) or background man (Caterina Valenti, Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett) will discover another Keating here: during the past three years, Johnny's gone through many phases, dropping certain instruments, picking up others, until he reached this unique combination. This is, in fact, the sound he's been looking for – The Keating Sound. And well worth the wait, it is.

The Bird Has Flown
Moonlight Serenade
It Was A Very Good Year
The Shadow Of You Smile
Girl Talk
A Felicidad
Canadian Sunset
Ebb Tide

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