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Take a LATIN ESCAPADE with the George Shearing Quintet!
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Joined: Feb 07, 2008
Posts: 143
From: Woodbridge, NJ
Posted: 2008-06-15 8:09 pm   Permalink

While not Tiki or exotica, I believe this wonderful, long out of print LP from 1956 falls under the category of easy listening or lounge.

I recently bought a near pristine copy of Latin Escapade by the George Shearing Quintet, made a quick rip of it to my computer (that doesn't sound half bad, thanks in no small part to the condition of the vinyl!), and decided to share the wealth with all of you here at Tiki Central!

I almost didn't buy the album, but it looked so familiar and I knew I'd never see it again if I put it back in the bin. Plus, how could I resist that artwork or that cover model!?

Latin Escapade is typical George Shearing with the addition of some great Les Baxter-esque percussion. I have a few other George Shearing LPs and CDs, and after awhile, his vibes meets piano formula can lull me into quite the mellow mood. Not so with Latin Escapade! This is swank cocktail music with a beat that just dares the listener to get up and mambo!

Click here and follow the on screen instructions to download the entire album (with front LP cover art only - I was lazy and didn't feel like scanning the back. Sorry.) via Rapidshare.de.

Enjoy the music!

[ This Message was edited by: DejaVoodoo 2008-06-15 20:10 ]

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Joined: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 313
From: Kumamoto , Japan
Posted: 2008-06-18 01:13 am   Permalink

That is an irrestible cover .

I saw George Shearing perform in Kawaguchi , Japan , just down the street from where we were living at the time . This was 1991 or 2 . My daughter was 3 or 4 at the time and Mr. Shearing's playing made quite an impression on her . She began taking piano lessons soon thereafter . Went on to win many competitions in Tokyo and in Kumamoto , where we reside now .

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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 1681
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2008-06-18 06:34 am   Permalink

Martin Denny admittedly copied George Shearing's sound. Just add primitive instruments, bird calls, and stir gently!

Cheers and Mahalo,

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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 756
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2008-06-19 1:51 pm   Permalink

Latin Escapade has got to be one of my favorite Shearing LPs!

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Joined: May 28, 2006
Posts: 94
From: Melbourne Australia
Posted: 2008-06-19 8:24 pm   Permalink

Great album, thanks for sharing. I lucked on this one and 'Latin Lace' in a thrift store years ago. Great listening, great cover art.

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I, Zombie
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Joined: Jul 14, 2003
Posts: 539
From: the Les Baxter Grotto (Minneapolis)
Posted: 2008-06-19 8:26 pm   Permalink

One of my all time favorites as well. Latin Lace is not bad either. I've been listening to that a lot lately.

~glen leslie

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