orchestra exotica Plays Martin Denny (double CD, £12.75)
Martin Denny relived by Bruno Vansina and Pierre Vervloesem. Bruno Vansina (Flat Earth Society, Vansina-Verbruggen-Gudmundsson Trio, Vansina Orchestra…) was inspired by the famous exotica of Martin Denny and Les Baxter for a children’s play: Maité, het meisje en de vogel. The songs were arranged by Pierre Vervloesem and recorded as a trio using a lot of electronics, guitars and vibraphones in quadraphonic for the play. This is what can be heard on CD 2. Later on, Bruno envisaged another way to play the songs apart from the play and considered to re record them as a full orchestra. The compositions were then rearranged by Pierre Vervloesem in a way to remain true to the originals, but to have a very contemporary feel to them as well, and soon started to lead a life of their own. This resulted in a new band – the 7-piece Orchestra Exotica – that performs the playful and multicoloured music of Denny and Baxter with a healthy dose of humour, cunning craft and an infectious drive. This is what can be heard on CD 1.
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