- Released: July 23, 1996
- Label: EMI Mod Afw
- 1.I Dig
- 2.Street Scene
- 3.All or Nothing at All
- 4.Bernie's Tune
- 5.Watermelon Man
- 6.Volare (Nel Blu di Pinto di Blu)
- 8.Samba de Orfeu
- 9.Peter Gunn Twist / Tequila With A Twist
- 12.Speakeasy Blues
- 13.One Mint Julep
- 14.Ebb Tide
- 15.The Big Twist
- 16.Harlem Nocturne
- 17.The Misfits
- 18.Bongo Bash / Sax Con Ritmo
- 19.(Untitled) - (hidden track)
Recorded between May 15, 1957 and 1966. Includes liner notes by RJ Smith.
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California.
This is part of Capitol Records' Ultra-Lounge series.
The lounge sounds of the '50s and '60s on this compilation are very much of a piece with the other volumes of the Ultra-Lounge series. But as you'd expect from the title, the emphasis is on vintage lounge at its jazziest, with the saxophone to the fore. This isn't the kind of jazz you're going to read about in Down Beat, despite the presence of some bona fide jazzers, like Count Basie (doing the "Goldfinger" theme) and Bill Perkins; the influence of soundtrack music, pre-'50s pop standards, Latin rhythms, and bongo percussion is too strong. When you want some light lounge-jazz hybrids to unwind to after your jazz scholar friends have gone home, though, this isn't bad. Les Baxter, Nelson Riddle, and Gordon Jenkins make their expected appearances on this compilation; more surprising is the inclusion of top R&B saxophonist King Curtis, who does a pop-friendly version of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," and teams up with ace rock session drummer Earl Palmer on "One Mint Julep." Also worth noting are Vegas-jump blues kings Louis Prima and Sam Butera, who do a smoky version of "Harlem Nocturne." ~ Richie Unterberger