Les Baxter Colors of Brazil / African Blue

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CD Details

  • Released: June 26, 2006
  • Label: King Japan

Tracks:

  • 1.Yellow Sun
  • 2.Flame Tree
  • 3.Zebra
  • 4.Dark River
  • 5.Topaz
  • 6.Tree of Life
  • 7.Girl From Uganda
  • 8.Magenta Mountain
  • 9.Johannesburg Blues
  • 10.Jalaba
  • 11.Azure Sands
  • 12.Kalahari

Product Description:

Originally released as 2 separate LPs: BRAZIL NOW (1966)/AFRICAN BLUE (1967).
Released in 1966 and 1967 as the albums BRAZIL NOW and AFRICAN BLUE, the 25 tracks on this well-annotated collection capture composer/arranger/tenor saxophonist Les Baxter towards the end of his primary creative period. Baxter's special brand of easy listening and world music influences wasn't as unique by the mid-'60s as it had been a decade before. Bossa nova artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto were making a heftier, more authentic version of the same sort of music that's on this disc, and at the time, Baxter's slick orchestral arrangements sounded kind of old-fashioned.
Now, of course, that's kind of the point, and in hindsight, there's no way you can go wrong with tunes like Francis Lai's "A Man and a Woman" and Jobim's "Berimbau." Hipsters might have originally been smirking when they revived this music, but there's genuine artistry to be found here.

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  • UPC: 4988003326128
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