If you are among the millions who have
been captivated by that exciting Latin rhythm
called the cha-cha-cha, then music-master Billy May has designed this album especially
Here, in the tantalizing tempo of this South of the Border dance sensation, is a
collection of all-time instrumental favorites, brought up-to-date with delicate
cha-cha-rrangements that offer a refreshing contrast to the spectacular big-band
orchestrations so often associated with Latin dance music.
Well known swing standards like Flyin Home, Tuxedo Junction, and In The Mood are
magically transformed into light and nimble cha-chas by "El Gran Maestro," who
features here a wondrous assortment of flutes, employing them with great imagination
and a good deal of subtle humor to duplicate familiar ensemble and solo passages.
The brilliant trumpet and rhythm sections are manned by a fine group of Latin
musicians, whose distinctive phrasing and enthusiasm give this album an excitingly
genuine Afro-Cuban sound, while the mellow tones of an agile marimba provide
additional authentic effects.
Senor May also brings out the cha-cha-characteristics of such unlikely selections as
Twelfth Street Rag, Snowfall, The Poor People of Paris, and several other wonderfully
outrageous cha-cha-daptations of famous hits in which the flavor of the original
arrangements has been retained.
Only the beat has been changed to protect the innocent.