African Jazz + Jungle Jazz (2 LPs on 1 CD) + 5 Bonus Tracks
  • Capitol ST 1117 Capitol ST 1117
  • Capitol ST 1184 Capitol ST 1184
  • Capitol ST 1355 Capitol ST 1355
  • Les Baxter Les Baxter

Les Baxter

African Jazz + Jungle Jazz (2 LPs on 1 CD) + 5 Bonus Tracks

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Lex Baxter (arr & cond) with Manny Klein, Ray Linn, Joe Triscari (tp), Milt Bernhart, Si Zentner (tb), Plas Johnson (ts, fl), Arnold Ross, Johnny Williams (p), Larry Bunker (vib), Allan Reuss (g), Tony Reyes (b), Chico Guerrero, Alvin Stoller (perc)

Reference: BMCD 860

· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


Listen to the heartbeat of Africa and South American continents, to the pulsing jazz beat of the most mysterious land, and share the excitement of this, LES BAXTERS thrilling adventure in stereo sound: African and Jungle Jazz.

Les Baxters music here echoes the basic ceremonial and message patterns of tribes throughout Africa, using the basic rhythms, tribal chants, drums, even the Watusi nanigo rhythms of their ceremonial rites as the beginning for a dozen original, Africa-inspired compositions. In this series of vivid impressions, he employs the talents of some outstanding jazz virtuosos, including Larry Bunker on vibraphone, xylophone, and marimba, Milt Bernhart on trombone, with the great Plas Johnson on tenor. It is all part of the Les Baxter genius for creating the rich, singular, arresting kind of music in AFRICAN JAZZ.

On Jungle Jazz, he captures the teeming, steaming excitement of South Americas jungles in twelve of his original compositions. His vibrant orchestrations present the wild, exotic sounds of the primitive forest in striking contrast to singularly arresting jazz interpretations featuring Plas Johnson alternating on tenor sax and alto flute. This is the music of high adventure with a beatexotically presented in a Baxter blend of JUNGLE JAZZ.


Tracklisting:

01. Congo Train 2:40
02. Elephant Trail 3:09
03. Banana Boy 2:30
04. Safari 2:34
05. Mombasa After Midnight 2:08
06. Rain 2:37
07. Lost City 3:02
08. Walkin Watusi 2:15
09. Ostritch Hunt 1:50
10. Cairo Bazaar 3:23
11. Jungalero 1:20
12. Balinese Bongos 2:45
13. Brazilia 2:04
14. Rain Forest 2:25
15. Papagayo 2:55
16. Amazon Falls 2:50
17. Coco 3:22
18. Carnival Merengue 2:52
19. Isle of Cuba 3:17
20. Blue Jungle 3:13
21. Voodoo Dreams 2:57
22. One Thousand Cockatoos 2:29
23. Go Chango 3:14
24. Jungla Brava 2:32
25. I Dig 3:14 *
26. Boomada 2:11 *
27. Take One 3:18 *
28. Ting Ting Ting 2:59 *
29. Bom Bom 3:15 *

Total time: 79:00 min. approx.

(*) Bonus Tracks


All compositions by Lex Baxter



Sources:

Tracks #1-12, from the 12" album
"African Jazz" (Capitol ST 1117)

Tracks #13-24, from the 12" album
"Jungle Jazz" (Capitol ST 1184)

Bonus tracks #25-19, taken from the 1960 LP
"Lex Baxter's Teen Drums" (Capitol ST 1355)



Personnel on #2,7 & 8:

Manny Klein, Ray Linn, trumpets; Milt Bernhart, trombone; Plas Johnson, tenor sax; Arnold Ross, piano; Tony Reyes, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes & percussion; Tom Romersa, drums; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Tito Rivera, bongos & conga; Milt Holland, conga. Les Baxter and Willard Jones, arrangements.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, August 19, 1958


Personnel on #3,4,5 & 12:

Manny Klein, trumpet; Milt Bernhart, trombone; Harry Klee, Jules Kinsler, flute, clarinet & alto sax; Plas Johnson, tenor sax & flute; Champ Webb, tenor sax & oboe; Johnny Williams, piano; José Gamboa, guitar; Ann Mason, harp; Tony Reyes, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes, accordion & percussion; Tom Romersa, drums & bongos; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Tito Rivera, bongos & conga; Carlos Vidal, conga. Arrangements: Les Baxter and Willard Jones.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, August 20, 1958


Personnel on #1,6,9,10 & 11:

Jules Kinsler, flute; Gene Cipriano, oboe; Plas Johnson, tenor sax & flute; Johnny Williams, piano; Larry Bunker, vibes, xylophone & marimba; Allan Reuss, guitar; Tony Reyes, bass; Milt Holland, drums & conga; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Alvin Stoller, bongos. Arrangements: Les Baxter.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, August 27, 1958



Personnel on #13,13,19 & 20:

Manny Klein, Ray Linn, trumpets; Vince De Rosa, John Cave, French horns; Si Zentner, trombone; George Roberts, bass trombone; Buddy Collette, alto sax, clarinet & flute; Plas Johnson, tenor sax & flute; Justin Gordon, tenor sax & flute; Chuck Gentry, baritone sax & clarinet; Gene Estes, vibes; Johnny Williams, piano; Tony Reyes, bass; Irv Cottler, drums; Milt Holland, drums & conga; Irv Cottler, bongos; Aime Vereecke, drum set. Arrangements: Les Baxter, Albert Harris, Hall Daniels.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, January 22, 1959


Personnel on #15,18,23 & 24:

Manny Klein, Ray Linn, trumpets; Vince De Rosa, John Cave, French horns; William Schaefer, trombone; Peter Lofthouse, bass trombone; Buddy Collette, alto sax & flute; Plas Johnson, tenor sax; Justin Gordon, tenor sax & flute; Chuck Gentry, baritone sax & flute; Larry Bunker, vibes & marimba; George Greeley, piano; Tony Reyes, bass; Milt Holland, drums; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Alvin Stoller, bongos; Domingo Darias, conga; Plus Chorus. Arrangements: Les Baxter & Albert Harris.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, February 24, 1959


Personnel on #14,16,21 & 22:

Manny Klein, Joe Triscari, trumpets; Dick Perissi, James Decker, French horns; Si Zentner, trombone; Peter Lofthouse, bass trombone; Plas Johnson, tenor sax & flute; Larry Bunker, vibes & xylophone; Victor Piemonte, piano; Tony Reyes, bass; Alvin Stoller, drums; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Oswaldo (El Gringo) Oliveira, bongos; Domingo Darias, conga; Verylie Mills, harp; Plus 9 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos. Arrangements: Les Baxter & Albert Harris.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, February 25, 1959



Personnel on #25-29:

Plas Johnson, tenor sax; René Touzet, piano; Bob Gibbons, guitar; Tony Reyes, bass; Chico Guerrero, timbales; Chino Pozo, Les Baxter, bongos; Domingo Darias, Aime Vereecke, drum-set; Milt Holland, drums. Arrangements by Les Baxter.

Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, December 18 & 21, 1959



Original recordings produced by Voyle Gilmore and Dave Dexter (#25-29)

Discography & production for CD release: Jordi Pujol


Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

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