When it comes to string-band arranging, this one has the kitchen with faucets. Lush is the word -- the calorie count has to be enormous, but the cream is real and rich, the chocolate dark and gorgeous. Ralph Thamar sings. Vocalist Marijose Alie, who has been listening to the Brazilians with good results, is featured on one cut. Seriously, the uptempo numbers swing mightily, the traditional ones update perfectly (great quadrille), and the slow ones, by the very splendor of their richness, simply obliterate the usual sub-bolero plod. Oh yes, demon bass and dynamite piano too.
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