Edmundo Ros

Today/This Is My World

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In 2005, Dutton Vocalion resurrected two Decca/London Phase 4 Stereo albums from Edmundo Ros' last decade of record production. "This Is My World (El Mundo de Edmundo)" came out in 1972 and contains attractive samba arrangements of "Mexicali Rose," Vincent Youmans' "Flying Down to Rio," a flute-filled "Cavaquinho," and Jerome Kern's "The Last Time I Saw Paris." A choir materializes during this version of "Managua Nicaragua," and Ros could not resist revisiting Frank Loesser's "Wonderful Copenhagen," which was introduced by Danny Kaye in the 1952 motion picture Hans Christian Andersen. The album Edmundo Ros Today was released in 1978, three years after Ros retired from active bandleading. As was the case throughout his prolific career, Ros cherrypicked popular melodies which clearly held some significance for him at the time. The album opens with his cover of ABBA's number one pop single "Dancing Queen," and includes a neat version of "Wave" by Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as an invigorating take on "Sunny," that staple of mainstream ‘60s pop culture. "Portsmouth" comes straight from the British marching band repertoire, and it is interesting to note that Stan Kenton included "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" on his 1972 album Stan Kenton Today. Those who are not wowed by the ABBA cover may find the full samba treatment of Ben Pollack's old-time Dixieland standard "That's a Plenty" to be the most exciting surprise of the entire package.

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