For this 25th album, the Dominican born pianist and composer Michel Camilo has assembled a big band to record tunes spanning his 40 year career. Among the terrific musicians featured are trumpeters Michael Philip Mossman and Diego Urcola, trombonists Steve Davis and Michael Dease, and saxophonists Ralph Bowen and Antonio Hart.
Wailin' Jennys alum Cara Luft and multi-instrumentalist and singer JD Edwards make up The Small Glories. The new CD (the titile refers to two rivers that converge in their home city of Winnipeg) is the American debut release, with songs inspired by places on the Canadian prairies.
Meet the Tiki Delights features original tunes with the flavor of the great Exotica and Surf songs of the 1960's. These songs are a loving tribute to the pioneers like Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Elvis Presley, The Ventures and some Spaghetti Western throw in, too. Mostly an instrumental form of music, the tracks feature lots of Latin percussion, lap steel guitar, flutes, B-3 organ, ukeleles, clarinet, oboe, upright bass and some twangy Surf guitar sounds. Some songs feature exotic jungle birds, rainstorms, and ocean waves crashing.
Retro Cocktail Hour brings Cinema a Go-Go to back to Liberty Hall August 23 at 7 p.m.
Featuring The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) starring Vincent Price and Danger! Death Ray (1967) starring one-time movie Tarzan, Gordon Scott.
General Admission tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the Liberty Hall box office. We will be selling Retro Cocktail Hour T-shirts and our new Kansas Public Radio T-shirts.