Russ Case

Fiery Popular Dance Rhythms

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Almost as much fun as a crossword puzzle is figuring out the true names of the tunes. "War Dance" is Raymond Scott's "War Dance for Wooden Indians," fine. "Mexican Dance" is "El Choclo," and "Heubergers Dance" is "Suddenly." So far so good. "Ritual [Fire] Dance" and "Sabre Dance" are fairly straightforward. Most of these pack some percussive punch. It is clear that Case likes tympani; Fiery seems to echo a bit of the "avalanche" of Sabu Martinez's Safari with Sabu and Sorcery albums. In the end, it is an interesting, somewhat exotic album masquerading as a dance album. (What's really puzzling is the notion that anyone in the "popular" world could dance to this music.)