Thursday, September 8, 2011
"Les Baxter- Brazil Now-1966 US":
Les Baxter (March 14, 1922 – January 15, 1996) was an American musician and composer.
Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist, he turned to popular music as a singer. At the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw records such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?".
Baxter then turned to arranging and conducting for Capitol Records in 1950 and was credited with the early Nat King Cole hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young", but both were actually orchestrated by Nelson Riddle.
In later releases of the recordings the credit was corrected to Riddle. In 1953 he scored his first movie, the sailing travelogue "Tanga Tika". With his own orchestra, he released a number of hits including "Ruby" (1953), "Unchained Melody" (1955) and "The Poor People Of Paris" (1956).
He also achieved success with concept albums of his own orchestral suites: "Le Sacre Du Sauvage", "Festival Of The Gnomes", "Ports Of Pleasure", and "Brazil Now", the first three for Capitol and the fourth on Gene Norman's Crescendo label. The list of musicians on these recordings includes Plas Johnson and Clare Fischer.
-by dj fanis: here