Robert Drasnin Voodoo!
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- by Martin Denny ~ The Exciting Sounds of Exotica / Exotica, Volume 2 ~ $11.68
- by Robert Drasnin ~ Voodoo II ~ $10.78
- Released: February 23, 1996
- Label: Bacchus Archives
- 1.Chant of the Moon
- 5.Warm Night Wind
- 8.Jardin de la Noche
Personnel includes: Robert Drasnin (piccolo); Sally Terri (vocals); Ronnie Lang (flute); Frank Capp, Milt Holland (percussion).
Recorded in the 1950s. Includes liner notes by Skip Heller.
Personnel: Robert Drasnin (piccolo); Salli Terri (vocals); Dorothy Remsen (harp); Arthur Smith , Ronnie Lang (flute); Donn Trenner, John Towner Williams, John Williams (piano); Frank Emilio Flynn, Frank Capp, Ralph Hansell, Frank Flynn , Milt Holland, John Cyr, Roy Harte (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Skip Heller.
Recording information: Radio Recorders.
Arranger: Robert Drasnin.
Most music fans don't know of Robert Drasnin, but if they're also fans of classic television, they've heard his music: Drasnin scored the music for "Mission: Impossible," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Man From Uncle," among others. He got his start in the music business playing saxophone and flute with Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and Red Norvo, and later studied composition with film score giant Miklos Rosza and classical composer Lukas Foss. In the '50s, the exotica (a sort-of-hybrid of the tropical/Hawaiian/Southeast Asian music, Tito Puente-style Latin music and lounge jazz) of Martin Denny was all the rage, and a tiny record company prevailed upon Drasnin to come up with a suitable counterpart. He succeeded, and virtually surpassed the man he was supposed to be copying.
The band, consisting of Drasnin on piccolo, two flutes, piano, harp, bass, and six percussionists, with Sally Terri providing wordless vocals, is delicate and inspired, and Drasnin's compositions show wit, warmth and a remarkable sense of spaciousness. This isn't just some corny or kitschy item of nostalgia for the ain't-we-hip set--it's intelligent mood music, cinematic music without a film, and jazz-tinged easy listening that doesn't condescend to the listener.
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