Album: Esquivel, More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds (Reprise)
Sunday 24 August 2008
The lounge music bandwagon may have moved on, but this long-unavailable 1962 opus by Juan Garcia Esquivel, the Mexican composer, arranger, pianist and all-round auteur of widescreen stereo kitsch, deserves celebrating.
What makes 'More of Other Worlds' so mad – and it is – is the contrast of Esquivel's more-is-more approach with the laconic aesthetic of Cole Porter ("I Get a Kick Out of You") and Arlen/Mercer ("One for My Baby"). Recorded onto 35mm film, and mixed with some new, appropriately space-age system, the album is as bright and as loud as a Hawaiian shirt.
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