Leo Arnaud


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With its gorgeous jacket photo of gorgeous Anita Ekberg, Marimbita is unlikely to be owned and appreciated for its music. This is typical of Liberty: beautiful packaging, good sound, totally unknown talent. But it does happen to be one of the best marimba albums of the period. No track is objectionable, and following some interesting covers of stalwarts such as Lecuona's "Taboo," "Japanese Sandman," "Moon of Manakoora," and "Tea for Two," the last three tracks present the real Arnaud. "Bombo Mambo" is an original meant for marimba; a marimba treatment of the old show-your-chops standard, "Holiday for Strings," follows. The closing track, "La Sambacita," is original for two reasons: being by Arnaud and as a marimba samba.