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Jungle Drums / Morton Gould & His Orchestra


Release Date: 05/17/2005 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 68173   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ernesto LecuonaRay NobleEdward "Duke" EllingtonManuel de Falla,   ... 
Performer:  Laura Newell
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is the way crossover should be: luscious, exotic, slightly tacky, and wholly wonderful. The first eight tracks are devoted to Gould’s colorful Lecuona arrangements, including Andalucía, Malagueña, and the album’s title track, Jungle Drums. The rest consists of classical and jazz favorites along the same lines, from Ellington’s Caravan to Villa-Lobos’ Little Train of the Caipira, Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and Fernandez’s Batuque. Morton Gould also contributes to the program (his Tropical), but best of all, you can find this jazzy arrangement of the Hawaiian War Chant (sound clip). This is one of those pieces that everyone knows but often can’t remember what it is or where it comes from. So here is your source.
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Everyone should have a disc of classic “lounge music” in their collection. It is to the 1950s what Albert Ketèlbey was to the 1920s and ’30s. No one put together better programs, or produced better arrangements, than did Morton Gould. He also got opulent sonics from RCA’s engineers. A whole generation of listeners learned to appreciate classical music from programs like this. Today we laugh, but today’s musicians can learn a lot from how enjoyable the mere act of listening to this program can be; specifically, that it’s possible to be both serious and fun at the same time, and that there is only good music and bad music–all the rest is trivia. And don’t think for a moment that the performances or production values are one whit below first class. A great disc.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Canto Karabali by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
2.
Danzas afro-cubanas: La comparsa by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
3.
Andalucia "Suite Española": 4th movement, Gitanerias by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
4.
Andalucia by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1928; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
5.
Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1928; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
6.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Danza lucumí by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
7.
Andalucia "Suite Española": 1st movement, Cordoba by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
8.
Rapsodia negra by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Laura Newell (Harp)
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1955 
9.
Hawaiian War Chant by Ray Noble
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
10.
Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 1955 
11.
El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1955 
12.
Tropical by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1955 
13.
Bachianas brasileiras no 2 for Orchestra: Toccata "O trenzinho do caipira" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1955 
14.
Swamp Fire by Harold Mooney
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936 
Date of Recording: 1955 
15.
Reisado do pastoreio: Batuque by Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1955 

Featured Sound Samples

Andalucía (Suite Española) (Lecuona): 4. Gitanerías
Andalucía (Suite Española) (Lecuona): 1. Córdoba

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Auditory Time Travel November 23, 2013 By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA) See All My Reviews "A dawn-of-stereo extravaganza (1955), beautifully restored. The sound stage is wide and deep. No one could beat Mortin Gould in these show pieces." Report Abuse
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