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Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 12: Saxophobia

Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 12: Saxophobia


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The lounge sounds of the '50s and '60s on this compilation are very much of a piece with the other volumes of the Ultra-Lounge series. But as you'd expect from the title, the emphasis is on vintage lounge at its jazziest, with the saxophone to the fore. This isn't the kind of jazz you're going to read about in Down Beat, despite the presence of some bona fide jazzers, like Count Basie (doing the "Goldfinger" theme) and Bill Perkins; the influence of soundtrack music, pre-'50s pop standards, Latin rhythms, and bongo percussion is too strong. When you want some light lounge-jazz hybrids to unwind to after your jazz scholar friends have gone home, though, this isn't bad. Les Baxter, Nelson Riddle, and Gordon Jenkins make their expected appearances on this compilation; more surprising is the inclusion of top R&B saxophonist King Curtis, who does a pop-friendly version of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," and teams up with ace rock session drummer Earl Palmer on "One Mint Julep." Also worth noting are Vegas-jump blues kings Louis Prima and Sam Butera, who do a smoky version of "Harlem Nocturne."

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/1996
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383759828
catalogNumber: 37598
Rank: 71195


  1. I Dig
  2. Street Scene
  3. All or Nothing at All
  4. Bernie's Tune
  5. Watermelon Man
  6. Volare
  7. Tanya
  8. Samba de Orfeu
  9. Peter Gunn Twist/Tequila with a Twist
  10. Goldfinger
  11. Caravan
  12. Speakeasy Blues
  13. One Mint Julep
  14. Ebb Tide
  15. The Big Twist
  16. Harlem Nocturne
  17. The Misfits
  18. Bongo Bash/Sax con Ritmo
  19. [Untitled Spoken Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baxter   Track Performer
Ray Anthony   Track Performer
Charlie Barnet   Saxophone
Milt Buckner   Track Performer
King Curtis   Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins   Track Performer
Plas Johnson   Track Performer
Bill Perkins   Track Performer
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Sam Butera   Saxophone,Track Performer
Georgie Auld   Track Performer
Don Costa   Track Performer
Jack Costanzo   Track Performer
Curley Hamner   Track Performer
Nelson Riddle   Track Performer
Out-Islanders   Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Pepe Dominguin   Track Performer
Earle H. Hagen   Track Performer
Renzo Cesana   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Brad Benedict   Producer
Jud Conlon   Contributor
Wayne Watkins   Executive Producer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
R.J. Smith   Liner Notes
Andy Engel   Art Direction
Timothy Eames   Contributor
Kim Sanders   Contributor,Design Production Assistant
Witnesses   Contributor
Francesco Migliacci   Composer

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