Ray Conniff - El Continental / Say It with Music

Posted By MiOd On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Under ,
I was first attracted to the Ray Conniff sound as an aspiring teen-age bass player, nearly forty years ago. My father, a professional guitarist and bassist, had taught me the virtues of dance-able tempos and rhythms and had also introduced me to the classics. Conniff's early album, "Concert in Rhythm, Vol. 1," brought these lessons together for me in a way only a musician can understand. His treatment of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" theme was just plain breathtaking. When Conniff brought his crew to Charlotte, NC for a concert at the old Coliseum and opened up with "Swan Lake," my date thought I was going to run to the stage, grab the bass player's instrument, and play the job myself! "Say It with Music" fully deserves its resurrection and remastering to CD form. It presents a slightly different Conniff, exploring the Latin flavor that would soon become so popular with American listeners, dancers, and musicians. It also ventures into an area where many pop artists still fear to go, into the dark world of minor keys. The opener, "Besame Mucho," lays it on the line: an urgent, insistent rhythm pattern, crackling brass, dramatic crescendo to a lover's plea. Gershwin's "Summertime" fairly drips with old Charleston's heat but still produces that soothing, tomorrow's-gonna-be-OK feeling. Romberg, who? Open up the volume again, and try "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise." You won't hear it again like this. It's powerful. If you don't see the sweep of the desert or the open ocean in your mind's eye, you should go back to Monday Night Football. Is it all sad, introspective stuff, you ask? No way. Check out "Brazil." Wowie! Let's go to Rio, honey! I wonder if anyone actually wrote "Brazil," or if it just grew during Carnaval.

1. The Continental
2. The Whiffenpoof Song
3. Beyond The Sea (La Mer)El Continental / Say It With Music
4. Swing Little Glow Worm
5. The Poor People Of Paris
6. Strange Music
7. Tico-Tico
8. The White Cliffs Of Dover
9. African Safari
10. Morgen (One More Sunrise)
11. Lisbon Antigua
12. Green Eyes
13. Besame Mucho
14. Stranger in Paradise
15. Summertime
16. I've Got You Under My Skin
17. Too Young
18. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
19. Just One of Those Things
20. Deep Purple
21. Brazil
22. Night and Day
23. Temptation
24. Say It with Music

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