Painting a musical canvas demands much more than merely outlining the melody
in recognizable terms, and competently filling in the background. What sets off
one picture from another is the creative touch of the man with the brush.
Xavier Cugat has always had that touch as an artistand he has carried the
gift over into his music. Listen to any Cugat arrangement. Notice how quickly
and surely he etches out the melody of what he is playing and then, with the
deft strokes of the true artist, how he adds his own glowing interpretation.
Inevitably, the finished piece is music unlike anyone else's in the world.
"Cugie" does it again in this excitingly melodic album that lives up to the name
of its title song, Bang Bangand you're swept away by the infectious tide of
tunes and tempos. Bang Bang is a chalypsoa smooth blending of cha cha
and calypso. But Xavier Cugat also makes you boss of bossa nova, with
such songs as Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars and Almost There.
The song La Playa is given an authentic Mexican flavor... Charade takes the
Henry Mancini waltz and artfully transforms it into a samba... and you'll just
have to begin to beguine when Xavier Cugat puts a fresh gleam in Moon Over
But perhaps the surest proof that the Cugat beat conquers all is the sparkling
style with which he weaves a Latin rock-and-roll tempo into such songs as
Theme From "Zorba The Greek," Concrete And Clay, These Boots Are Made
For Walkin' and Call Me.
For pure listening enjoyment, they're great. But why fight iteverybody,
young and old, dances when the incomparable Cugat plays!