A rare live performance recorded for Swedish television in 1961 highlights what the world lost when Eric Dolphy died suddenly less than three years later.
Teen pop sensation Bobby Darin was a creative risk taker. Conventional wisdom would state that him teaming up with elder songwriter Johnny Mercer and the Billy May orchestra for an album of turn of the century standards was a recipe for disaster for the early rock and roll star. But the gamble paid off, resulting in one of his finest records of his sadly too-short career.
This superb two-disc set compiles four soundtracks to four of the best films to come from Greece during its 1960s heyday. Ranging from contemporary to classical, this is a cornucopia of sounds that reflects the amazing range of the nation’s two top soundtrack composers, Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hatzidakis.
The sound known as “exotica,” while diverse, can be defined by a few elements. It is mostly instrumental, performed by an orchestra, rooted in jazz and classical, and often featuring themes and melodies based upon African or Pacific cultures. What exotica recordings have in common, though, is a quest for the perfect mood, and that… Read More ›