LES BAXTER: BUGALOO IN BLUE

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Les Baxter: Yellow Sun (GNP Crescendo, 1969, African Blue)

The term “exotica” always conjures up some swank ’60s bachelor pad, the kind with a well-designed hifi system, some mid-century modern furniture and a crystal decanter of liquor. I wasn’t alive when the genre was more popular but it’s hard to imagine that exotica wasn’t much more than a slightly sexed up variation of easy listening: something more often heard in banal suburban living rooms than a downtown corner condo. It was also one of the more prominent examples […]

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FERRANTE & TEICHER: SOULFUL MOODS

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Ferrante & Teicher: Lady Love (UA, 1974, In A Soulful Mood)

Easy-listening album.

Ferrante & Teicher were unquestionably the dynamic duo of the easy listening game. Their LPs litter dollar bins everywhere and while most of them are about as forgettable as you may imagine, I bow down to the utter excellence that is “Lady Love.” No disrespect to Grady Tate but it’s so much better than its source material. No wonder the Dusty Fingers series put this on their very first volume despite it being on […]

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