Henry Mancini - Mr. Lucky Goes Latin
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RCA Victor LSP-2360

Mr. Lucky (Goes Latin)
Rain Drops in Rio
The Dancing Cat

Cow Bells and Coffee Beans
The Sound of Silver
Tango Americano
No-Cal Sugar Loaf
Blue Mantilla
Speedy Gonzales

Too frequently, the term "Latin Music" refers to wild, exotic and primitive rhythms.
Although the rhythm is certainly a part of Latin music, there should obviously be
more to it than that. And there is. When properly presented, there is melody,
romance, humor and sophistication.

These are the elements emphasized in this album. The exotic rhythms are there,
but the real accent is on romantic melodies, intriguing sounds and sophisticated
humor...  the stocks-in-trade of the incomparable Henry Mancini and his suave
friend, Mr. Lucky. Lucky is on hand, too, his now famous theme gone delightfully
native. Every selection shows overwhelming evidence of (to steal the title of one
of his recent albums) "The Mancini Touch." The listener will find all of the taste
and musicianship which have made Mancini one of the nation's top
composer-arranger-conductors, plus some new glimpses into his creative (and
frequently whimsical) imagination.

Contributing their fair share to the unusual sounds are such outstanding
musicians as Ronny Lang, reeds; Dick Nash, baritone horn; Vince DeRosa,
French horn; Bob Bain and Laurindo Almeida (both courtesy of Capitol Records,
Inc.), guitars and mandolins; Bobby Hammack, Hammond organ; Jimmy Rowles,
tinpanola (Brazilian piano); and Emo Neufeld, concertmaster of the large string
section. The four percussionists are Shelly Manne (courtesy of Contemporary
Records, Inc.), Frank Flynn, Larry Bunker and Milt Holland.

All in all, the album goes a long way toward proving that Latin music can and
should be suave, polished and sophisticated. If you still don't believe it, ask
Mr. Lucky.

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