I’m half way through the work day and I’m making progress on my assignment. Figuring it had something to do with the very rhythmic percussion from my previous listen, I’m keeping with that theme and going with something similar, yet from my collection of Cornball albums, ‘Bongos, Bongos, Bongos‘ by the Los Admiradores.
Because, hey, who doesn’t love bongos?
Not this guy!
Essentially, it’s an Enoch Light production (released on Command Records) released in 1959 and loosely disguised as a Latin record. The bongo stylings are provided by Willie Rodriguez and Don Lamond who basically go bongo crazy over backings provided by a pretty sweet jazzy Enoch Light band that features the usual suspects (Tony Mottola, Ted Sommer, Pee Wee Erwin etc.).
The album features a bunch of jazz/pop standards including takes on ‘All of Me‘, ‘Blue Moon‘, ‘Unchained Melody‘ and – get this – ‘Greensleeves‘, all with pretty cool arrangements and, of course, mad bongo breaks galore. Bluesy guitar lines and tight orchestration actually make this record listenable and there even a couple sample loops and breaks. Sure, I’m not likely going to throw it on regularly or anything but, hey, it’s doesn’t diminish the overall awesomeness of my collection as a whole with it’s being there. Overall a pretty nice little LP for what it is.