Latin In A Satin Mood - 1963

 
 

Exotic and Latin albums were big deals in the 1950s and early '60s, and singers as diverse as Dean Martin, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee were recording with castanets and bongo drums. Peggy Lee was so successful at the style that she cut two albums of light pseudo-Latin jazz in 1960. Like Peggy Lee, Julie London combined a restrained vocal approach with jazz phrasing and a cool attitude with icy sex appeal. But while London had Lee's stripped-down musical approach, she just didn't share her unrelenting rhythmic vocal drive or her innate feeling for exotic rhythms. It doesn't help that London is paired with arranger Ernie Freeman, who was usually better at crafting Nashville and soft rock style charts than Latin jazz arrangements. This isn't a bad album -- London sounds casual and confident throughout -- but it is a rather bland one, and isn't blandness what these types of exotica albums are supposed to be fighting against? Latin in a Satin Mood ends up sounding exactly like what it was intended to be -- an aid to put a little vanilla Latin sparkle in suburban American bedrooms. If you want your London in the Latin style, then try her excellent Getz/Gilberto-style tribute to Cole Porter, All Through the Night. Julie London's affinity for West Coast jazz and her melancholy emotional pull were much better suited to bossa nova than to Caribbean Latin music. ~ Nick Dedina


Track Listing:


1. Frenesi

2. Be Mine Tonight

3. Yours

4. Besame Mucho

5. Adios

6. Sway

7. Perfidia

8. Come Closer to Me

9. Amor

10. Magic is the Moonlight

  1. 11.You Belong to My Heart

12. Vaya Con Dios

 

Album Review

Frenesi

Be Mine Tonight

Yours

Besame Mucho

Adios

Sway

Perfidia

Come Closer To Me

Amor

Magic Is The Moonlight

You Belong To My Heart

Vaya Con Dios