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1. Jungle Drums
2. La Comparsa
3. Gitanerias
4. Andalucia
5. Malaguena
6. Danza Lucumi
7. Cordoba
8. Rapsodia Negra
9. Hawaiian War Chant
10. Caravan
11. Ritual Fire Dance
12. Tropical
13. The Little Train Of The Caipira
14. Swamp Fire
15. Batuque

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Jungle Fun 23 Nov. 2005
By Henderson James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More soothing renditions by Morton Gould and composer Ernesto Lecuona. "Andalucia" is simply beautiful on this album. It has a strong melody that would sound good in almost any setting. My daughter brought this in for her second grade class, and most of the kids an parents liked the music. Some of it is very cinematic, and I think that's what some of them reacted too...made then think of old films. Highly recommended.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
interesting change of pace 5 Nov. 2003
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had originally purchased this CD because I thought the music was similar to Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman (I made this assumption based on the picture on the jacket). I thought it was another "exotica" album. Boy, was I wrong! While the arrangements all have lush melodies, the music is symphonic in nature and have great orchestral arrangements. I like this CD a lot.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sentimental Favorite 30 Nov. 2006
By H. Ransdell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My parents purchased this album back in the sixties, and I grew up listening to it. For this reason alone I love it. Even after all this time I still love these arrangements. Mr. Gould's orchestra give polished performances, the tone colors are varied and vivid. You will be carried to exotic locales by this music. It's a classic!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Hi-Fi spectacular, for mostly fluffy music with a Spanish/Latin-American flavor 10 Feb. 2012
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First, this is a true sonic spectacular. There a small measure of tape hiss (and traffic noises!) that you can hear in the softer passages, but wow! what vivid presence and clear instrumental definition.

The music? Light-fare, easy-listening, entertaining, straddling Broadway and classical. Eight tracks out of the disc's 15 are devoted to the music of Ernesto Lecuona, and though I knew the name, I think it is my first encounter with the music. I had (I don't know where from) the notion of Lecuona as a not-too-modern but colorful composer of Spanish/American-derived classical music, a kind of Cuban Rodrigo or Villa Lobos. Hearing Jungle Drums (track 1), La Comparsa (track 2) and Danza Lucumi (track 6), he appears more as a composer of Latin-American pop and easy-listening; but then, Gitanerias, Andalucia and Malaguena (tracks 3 to 5) conform more to my expectations. Incidentally, the disc's booklet isn't very informative about all these pieces. Those tracks 3 to 5 appear to be all part of a Suite Andalucia, which includes also Cordoba (track 7), but from which two movements, Alhambra and Guadalquivir, have been left out - too bad. The Rapsodia Negra offers the modest originality of a concertante harp, and the music sounds like Copland's "prairie" music. The suite and the other Lecuona pieces originated as a piano compositions and we are not told if the orchestrations are by Lecuona himself, but presumably not, since the "arrangements" of Malaguena and Danza lucumi (track 6) are credited to respectively "Gould" and "Gunther".

The rest is the same mixture of exotic-sounding and mostly Latin-American-derived easy-listening (Gould's "Tropical", Ellington's "Caravan") and popular classical (Falla's Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo, Villa Lobos' Little Train of the Capira, the final Toccata from his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2, Fernandez' Batuque), all "sonic spectaculars". I doubt that Hawaiian War Chant is very genuinely Hawaian, and if it is it is Hawaian from Malibu, and Ellington's lush "Caravan" might have been used by Disney in Aladdin - it's a caravan from Harlem to Hollywood.

I had to do some research on the net to find out that that "Fernandez", the author of "Batuque", is the Brasilian Oscar Lorenzo Fernández and that Batuque is an Afro-Brazilian folk-dance excerpted from his opera Malazarte. Same thing with "Mooney", the composer of "Swamp Fire", in fact Harold Mooney (and Swamp Fire dates from 1935). I had the curiosity to listen to the original Swamp Fire, recorded in the mid-thirties by Mooney himself and a jazz-band, a lively, jaunty foxtrot with no particular exoticism. Well, I don't know whose orchestration Gould uses, presumably his own, but it isn't the same piece, turning it into another Fire Dance - probably what Gould, quoted in the liner notes, had in mind when saying that he chose "to make the flames spread".

TT is a shortish 51:43.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Rich and luminous 21 April 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't let the Jungle Drums title mislead you. This is mainly a collection of lush, lyrical music. It was recorded to two-track tape in 1955 in RCA's prime location of Webster Hall, and the sound generally is excellent. Half the album is given over to Ernesto Lecuona's music, and very engrossing it is. The arrangement of Malaguena put me in mind of Percy Faith's arrangement of the same song--both are full bodied and excellent. The two classical standards on the album by Falla and Villa-Lobos are beautifully done. I can't say enough about the orchestral playing. I once read an interview with a player who said that Morton Gould was the only conductor he played for who didn't have any charisma, but you would never know it from this recording. This album is definitely a keeper.
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