Claus Ogerman

Watusi Trumpets

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Of Ogerman's four mod albums for Victor, Watusi Trumpets is the best, probably because it stays truest to the mod style. The other key factor is Dick Hyman's prominent (but uncredited) work on Lowrey organ. "The Joker" begins with exotic percussion, builds with a haunting flute, and then becomes a showcase for Hyman's Lowrey. Featuring the old standard "Poinciana," the rock classic "Land of a Thousand Dances," not to mention three tunes with "watusi" in the title, this mod album is as essential as any.

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