quinta-feira, 29 de abril de 2010

Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Afrikaan Beat and Other Favorites

  1. Afrikaan Beat
  2. Dancing in the Dark
  3. Moonglow
  4. Where Flamingos Fly
  5. Stardust
  6. Pony Violins
  7. Solitude
  8. Cherokee (Indian Love Call)
  9. Trumpet in the Night
  10. Where or When
  11. Bert's Tune
  12. Just As Much As Ever
Afrikaan Beat
Composer-conductor-arranger Bert Kaempfert created a sensation with the hit recording of his own song, the hauntingly beautiful "Wonderland by Night". With it, he almost singlehandedly reestablished the popularity of the big band, and in so doing became one of its most popular and vital forces.

Wonderland has been followed by a bright succession of Kaempfert hits - the most recent of which, and perhaps the most significant being the title song of this album, "Afrikaan Beat". An original Kaempfert composition, "Afrikaan Beat" - with its brilliant trumpet passages and beautiful intrusion of massed strings - represents one of the most rhythmically exciting and melodically imaginative sounds ever conceived by Mr. Kaempfert, or anyone else on the scene today.

The album - which also includes such lovely "standards" as Hoagy Carmichael's ever-popular "Stardust", Duke Ellington's poignant "Solitude", the Rodgers-Hart popular classic "Where or When", the enigmatically beautiful "Moonglow", and Bert Kaempfert's own "Trumpet in the Night" and "Bert's Tune".

The mood of the album ranges from softly sentimental to lightly swinging. The sound is characteristically rich.

(from the original LP liner notes)

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