Don Swan

Latino, Vol. 2

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Latino Volume 2 is the fifth album of Don Swan's decidedly un-Latino West Coast dance music. While the idiom is problematic enough (records of this type do nothing to benefit appreciation of Latin music), Swan's men and methods deserve consideration. There are forays into exoticism this time (the mambo "La Furiosa") and other rhythms, such as the samba "Tico Tico." The return of Felix Slatkin may account for some of the new inspiration, but much seems typical of Swan. "Hooray for Hollywood" has handclaps, and "Stompin' at the Savoy" may be a nod to Swan's prewar days as a jazz arranger. The silliest cut is "Oh Senora," with its call-and-response, trumpeted horse whinnies, and snoring. The jacket photo is from the same session as the one for Martin Denny's Latin Village album.

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