Among His Earliest 1932-35

Among His Earliest 1932-35

by Xavier Cugat
     
 
Less flashy and in some ways more historically interesting than many of his commonly available albums, this excellent Harlequin compilation opens with ten of the oldest known recordings of Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, predating Cugat's tenure at the Waldorf Astoria. Culled from obscure 1932 Western

Overview

Less flashy and in some ways more historically interesting than many of his commonly available albums, this excellent Harlequin compilation opens with ten of the oldest known recordings of Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, predating Cugat's tenure at the Waldorf Astoria. Culled from obscure 1932 Western Electric transcription platters, these delightful performances were waxed in Los Angeles only months before Cugat took his act to New York. The beautiful "Lamento Borincano" has been reinterpreted by dozens of modern musicians, perhaps most notably by martyred Chilean activist, guitarist, and folksinger Victor Jara. While some of these tracks are less than 120 seconds in duration, the graceful waltz "Noche Azul" stretches out to nearly four and a half minutes. The New York recordings, dating from 1934 and 1935, sound similarly austere and authentic when compared with records made by Cugat's orchestra only a few years later. There are more waltzes and less gringo vocalists in this collection than in most of Cugat's current discography. Thank goodness the British and the Czechs have reissued these gems of Latin American music recorded in North America during the Great Depression.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Harlequin Records
UPC:
0008637217921
catalogNumber:
179
Rank:
186172

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Xavier Cugat   Primary Artist,Violin
Carmen Castillo   Vocals
Alfredo Perez   Trumpet,Drums
Park Peters   Piano
Don Reid   Vocals
Nilo Menendez   Piano
Pedro Berrios   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Ray   Vocals
Fausto Delgado   Vocals
Alberto Calderon   Drums
Reymundo González   Marimbas,Vocals
Nico López   Bongos
Catalino Rolón   Maracas
Ruben Moss   Clarinet
Eddie Durant   Guitar
Dorothy Miller   Vocals
Chirribanda   Trumpet
Philip Hart   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Russ Freeman   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Pat DiNizio   Composer
Bruce Bastin   Liner Notes
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Quirino Mendoza   Composer
Julio César Sanders   Composer
Cesar Vedani   Composer
Gilbert Mamery   Back Cover

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