Monday, May 17, 2010

Four by Mancini

"Dreamsville" is one of Henry Mancini's most sophisticated songs. It first appeared on the Peter Gunn soundtrack album. Here's a version by organist Shirley Scott from her album Latin Shadows, arranged by Gary McFarland, who also plays vibes. Most of Shirley's albums are far funkier. Then a dreamy rendition by Bobby Hackett, whose way with a ballad was admired by Miles Davis.

From an otherwise uninteresting LP of Mancini tunes by The Living Strings, here are two good arrangements of lesser known Mancini themes, from the movies "Experiment In Terror" & "Hatari."


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