Friday, August 07, 2009

A Man Who Knows How To Use His Organ

Let's kick the weekend off with some groovin' music for your bachelor pad or retro lounge.
My love for combo organ music goes back to my childhood and vacation time spent at my Grandparent's house, first in MD and then in WV (See this post about Dick Hyman for
the actual album that started it all). Lenny Dee is a discovery of the last few years (he shows up elsewhere in this blog) and doesn't rock quite as hard as The Man From O.R.G.A.N. - he's a lot closer to the lounge than the dance club. The show tunes in this release particularly lend themselves to a lighter interpretation, and Lenny lightens right up. Still, there are some interesting sections that go beyond light listening - for example, Blues in the Night has a strange voicing that shows up throughout that I assume is meant to be imitative of a brass instrument, and the Colonel Bogey March is always good, no matter the interpretor. Still, it is an "Organ Solos with Orchestra" album, so it's going to be more syrupy than smokin'.

Side One
Around The World/Love Is Here To Stay/Anna (El Negro Zumban)/Moonglow and "Theme From Picnic"/Fascination/Brasil (Aquarela Do Brasil)

Side Two
Blues In The Night/Lover, Come Back To Me/Never On Sunday/Baubles, Bangles, and Beads/Over The Rainbow/Colonel Bogey March


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