Jelani Eddington

Blue Tango: A Leroy Anderson Centennial Celebration (1908-2008), Vol. 1

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This disc isn't for everyone. Anyone who doesn't like Leroy Anderson -- the postwar twentieth century American composer of Blue Tango, The Typewriter, Sleigh Ride, Bugler's Holiday, and The Syncopated Clock -- should stay away. And likewise, anyone who doesn't like theater organs -- specifically, the Sanfilippo Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra organ with its five manuals and 80 ranks -- should stay away. But anyone with a soft spot for the light classics and an irresistible urge to hear theater organs should jump right in. A native of Muncie, IN, Jelani Eddington is a master of his instrument, making it sing like a bird, ring like a bell, roar like thunder, and, on this disc, tick like a clock and rattle like a typewriter. While assuredly sentimental -- just listen to The Last Rose of Summer or The Girl I Left Behind Me from the Irish Suite -- the music of Anderson as presented here is also robust, rambunctious, and, if the right mood is upon you, quite affecting. RJE Productions, a label located in Reno, NV, provides Eddington and the Sanfilippo with some big enough and real enough to frighten neighbors a block away.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:49
2
2:54
3
2:59
4
3:07
5
2:18
6
2:40
7
1:02
8
1:46
9
1:17
10
1:21
11
2:53
12
2:10
13
3:46
14
3:23
15
1:48
16
3:09
17
2:27
18
2:45
19
3:06
20
3:37
21
3:13
22
3:23
23
3:05
24
3:31
25
4:00
26
2:24
27
2:55
28
3:17
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