Les Baxter

The Lost Episode

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Taken from the soundtrack to a 1961 television broadcast, this is a marginal item of Baxter's discography, given more weight by the space age pop revival of the 1990s, and the fact that little of his work is available on CD. At a mere 18 minutes, and with fidelity (from a video transfer) on par with listenable bootlegs, its appeal is mostly limited to Baxter aficionados. Within those parameters, though, it's not bad, including a version of "Quiet Village." Future Bill Evans drummer Larry Bunker handles vibes, blocks, timpani, bongos, and tambourine; singer Beverly Ford closely mimics the sound of the theremin with her astonishing high-pitch frequencies on "Ruby" and "Lover."

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