Sunday, January 24, 2010

Julie LONDON - Latin in a Satin Mood 1963

Julie LONDON - Latin in a Satin Mood 1963
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Exotic and Latin albums were big deals in the 1950s and early '60s, and singers as diverse as Dean Martin, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee were recording with castanets and bongo drums. Peggy Lee was so successful at the style that she cut two albums of light pseudo-Latin jazz in 1960. Like Peggy Lee, Julie London combined a restrained vocal approach with jazz phrasing and a cool attitude with icy sex appeal. But while London had Lee's stripped-down musical approach, she just didn't share her unrelenting rhythmic vocal drive or her innate feeling for exotic rhythms. It doesn't help that London is paired with arranger Ernie Freeman, who was usually better at crafting Nashville and soft rock style charts than Latin jazz arrangements. This isn't a bad album -- London sounds casual and confident throughout -- but it is a rather bland one, and isn't blandness what these types of exotica albums are supposed to be fighting against? Latin in a Satin Mood ends up sounding exactly like what it was intended to be -- an aid to put a little vanilla Latin sparkle in suburban American bedrooms. If you want your London in the Latin style, then try her excellent Getz/Gilberto-style tribute to Cole Porter, All Through the Night. Julie London's affinity for West Coast jazz and her melancholy emotional pull were much better suited to bossa nova than to Caribbean Latin music.
By Nick Dedina, All Music Guide.
A1. Frenesi   2:22
A2. Be Mine Tonight   2:32
A3. Yours   2:34
A4. Besame Mucho   2:07
A5. Adios   2:30
A6. Sway   2:33
B1. Perfidia   2:28
B2. Come Closer to Me   1:55
B3. Amor   2:42
B4. Magic Is the Moonlight   2:22
B5. You Belong to My Heart   2:48
B6. Vaya Con Dios   2:38

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