Les Baxter The Colors of Brazil - African Blue
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- by Les Baxter ~ Academy Award Winners / The Soul of The Drum ~ $10.98 (Save 27%)
- by Don Ralke ~ But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos / Savage And Sensuous Bongos ~ $1.98 (Save 87%)
- by Les Baxter ~ Primitive And Passionate / Les Baxter Balladeers ~ $3.98 (Save 73%)
- by Martin Denny ~ Quiet Village / The Enchanted Sea ~ $12.14
- Released: October 22, 1991
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Gnp Crescendo
- 1.A Felicidade
- 2.Canta de Ossanha
- 3.Balan Samba
- 4.Day of the Roses
- 5.A Man and a Woman
- 6.Who Will Buy
- 7.Somewhere in the Hills
- 8.Goin' Out of My Head
- 11.Laia Ladaia
- 12.A Banda
- 13.Born Free
- 14.Yellow Sun
- 15.Flame Tree
- 17.Dark River
- 19.Tree of Life
- 20.Girl From Uganda
- 21.Magenta Mountain
- 22.Johannesburg Blues
- 24.Azure Sands
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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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