Mojo (Publisher) - 7/03, p.1203 stars out of 5
- "...A highly desirable piece. The LP's eclectic approach incorporates marimba, bossa nova, steel drums and Latin rhythms within an urbane jazz setting..."
Personnel: Don Cunningham (vocals, saxophone, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums, bongos, congas, timables, wood logs, bells, bird calls); Marion Miller (piano, bells, chimes); John Mixon (cello, bass); Manny Quintero (drums, timables, bird calls).
Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1965.
Personnel: Don Cunningham (vocals, saxophone, vibraphone, marimba, congas, bongos, steel drum, timbales); John Mixon (cello).
Liner Note Author: Andrew Jervis.
Photographer: Jim Hall.
Arranger: Don Cunningham.
This very obscure set by the Don Cunningham Quartet was originally sold only at the St. Louis Playboy Club at the time of its release in 1965 and only 500 copies of the original Lp were made. The four players are obscure but talented and the music, which includes a few ballad vocals by Cunningham, his catchy singing on "Angelina" and some infectious Latin jazz instrumentals, deserved to be more widely heard. The playing time is brief but most of the performances are memorable in their own way. Cunningham proves to be quite versatile, playing vibes like Cal Tjader, singing in a couple different styles and also being heard on tenor sax, marimbas, steel drum and a variety of percussion instruments. ~ Scott Yanow