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Martin Denny - Exotica
Martin Denny
Exotica
LP | 1956 | EU | Reissue (Captain High)
19,99 €*
Release:1956 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
This album by prolific legend Martin Denny gave an entire genre its name! Originally released in 1956, the importance of 'Exotica' is more than just historical, f.i. since the songs are all outstanding. Based on jazz and folk, this is an early example of mind altering music. The rhythmical base is rooted in Latin music, from mambo via samba to bossa nova, and you find all the Latin American forms of dance music combined with bebop elements, as well as Asian percussion and harmonies. There are colourful tunes that make you think of Japanese folk, but you will also recognize melodies that would be suitable for American western movie soundtracks. The easy listening sound of the '50s comes as the last ingredient and is the icing on the cake.
V.A. - Katanga! / Ahbe Casabe
V.A.
Katanga! / Ahbe Casabe
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Captain High)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
This LP combines the first two volumes of the 'Exotic Blues & Rhythm' compilation series named 'Katanga!' and 'Ahbe Casabe'. This album is like a colourful garden of delights, consisting of r'n'b and rock'n'roll based songs from the 1940s to the early 1960s that all have this slightly exotic, dark and mystical feeling, due to the melody structures and instrumentation. Most of these tunes sound astonishingly fresh and timeless.
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Les Baxter & His Orchestra
Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Captain High)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 20.10.2017
Includes four bonus tracks.Les Baxter (1922-1996) used to be an utterly talented composer and bandleader who was on the go to the max during his active years. His version and as I should say vision of jazz music was a contemporary fresh and colorful sound with an exotic vibe due to the use of many elements of latin music within a modernized big band sound. We speak of the exotica and space age era when jazz music became more than just a few musicians on stage in a back street pub sweating their life out while improvising. He draws inspiration from the various swing orchestras of the late 1920s and combines this lush big band approach with a hot south american groove that shows an affinity for Cuban club music, for mambo and salsa. With rhythmical effects and a few wordless female vocal passages added he builds this haunting jungle atmosphere on top while leaving out the too obvious animal voices. The latin jazz and swing elements harmonize fairly well with each other and the melodies Les Baxter and his orchestra create drag you into a different world. You can dance to this or just close your eyes and float upon this gentle river of sound. The tunes are all built and arranged like a movie score which is no wonder as Les Baxter has been a soundtrack composer ever since. What makes this record so special are the pictures that come to ones mind with the always changing soundscapes it features. It is by far not only an evergreen jungle forest with big cats, apes and savage men hunting for white goddesses but also an urban jungle with grey skyscrapers growing beside the dirty streets, a bridge between the exotic dreams of each young American in the 1950s and the often gloomy reality in the big cities. But it is always a joyful experience. The album gets performed by an orchestra of extraordinary talent with an exceptionally tight interplay and still sounds fresh and powerful after nearly 60 years. A reissue is welcome to drag it back into the light of attention as many younger jazz fanatics might have overlooked this gem due to whatever circumstances. This new edition makes sure “Jungle jazz” survives and infects a whole new generation of swing kids.
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Eden Ahbez
Eden's Island 2017 Edition
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Captain High)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 20.10.2017
This 2017 edition includes bonus tracks.It is 1960, Rock’n’Roll has just lost a couple of its protagonists during this and the previous year, the time of the great balladeers has just begun but soon will run out due to the new and exciting beat invasion. In US mainstream the tiki culture has reached a certain peak and is about to collapse but still goes strong and with it comes the so called “exotica” music, a crossover between smooth jazz and swing, Latin grooves, haunting melodies that are rooted in the folkloristic sounds from different parts of this world plus weird sound effects that often create a spooky jungle or dreamy island beach atmosphere. It can even bend your mind that far you would see palm trees growing out of your speakers and witness monkeys and parrots having fun in your room. Eden Ahbez, born in 1908, passed in 1995, a man living an even more consistent dropout and hippie lifestyle way before the movement was born in the mid 60s, a beat poet and composer who wrote the hit tune “Nature boy” that gave Nat King Cole his first big success in 1947, approaches the field of exotica music from a different point of view creating an epic concept album about an utopian society living in peace and harmony on an island far away from the modern western world as we know it. And indeed we find many trademarks of the prototypical exotica music beginning with this relaxed groove combining easy listening swing and Latin patterns, peaceful, dreamy and even transcendental vocal melodies, tinges of folk music from around the world including powerful dances and a whole color palette of mind expanding sounds giving the whole music an even greater depth and width. The latter being created entirely with real instruments such as Eden Ahbez' wood-flute. Some tunes are rather gentle and relaxed with the lyrics being narrated which adds much to the epic feel of the album. Since this is a really unique effort, I cannot really compare it to any other musical piece of the genre but definitely recommend it to exotic aficionados who for example love Frank Hunter's "White Goddess" album from 1959. Psychedelic music before the term was even invented.
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