In San Francisco's Castro Theater repertory film house, many screenings are preceded by a 15-minute performance of pipe organ. The audience loves it, as it provides light entertainment that also gets them in the mood for the cinema. And that's the same sort of stuff you'll find here on Music of the Exotic East, despite its portentous title, as Pandit takes to the pipe organ to deliver middle eastern-tinged versions of his own tunes and standards like "Misirlou." All things considered, you get a better deal at the Castro Theater, where you pay less than half the price of a CD for similar live music--and then get to watch a film or two in the bargain. But if you want the recording, Music of the Exotic East has been combined with another Pandit album of the late '50s, Latin Holiday, on one Fantasy CD reissue.
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