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Baja Marimba Band

Baja Marimba Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000UUP3NE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released in 1964, BAJA MARIMBA BAND (LP/SP 104) was only the fifth album issued by A&M Records since its debut two years earlier. The LP peaked at #88 on Billboard's 200 chart.

Julius Wechter, founder and mallet-wielding frontman of BMB, was previously a member of Martin Denny's exotica cocktail music group. In 1959, Denny's birdcall laden cover of Les Baxter's "Quiet Village" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Pop chart.

To get the Bajas firmly established, A&M's Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss produced these sessions, with Herb and Wechter arranging.

"Back Door," a relaxed set opener with a raucous jazz band break, sets the stage for what follows. Julius on marimba and a flautist play in unison and also harmonize on a medium paced "Maria Elena." The cha-cha-ish "Pedro's Porch" echoes Wechter's exotica days. It's a fine track with mariachi touches and solos for a couple of players. On "Baja Nights," a mixed chorus is spread across the soundstage, with a soprano at far right hitting some remarkably high notes. Mandolin and cranked-up electric bass dominate their mellow cover of "Charade."

"Acapulco 1922," a tune originally on Alpert's THE LONELY BULL single and album, alternates between vibrato sax and a loud neo-Dixieland band complete with oompahing tuba. Like a sluggish clock, a woodblock is struck on every 4th beat of "Maria's First Rose," a quiet song. Their version of "Samba de Orfeu" is top shelf. It's a spotlight for Wechter's marimba.
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