Monday, June 06, 2005

Otto Cesana and His Orchestra, 1953

As we know, vintage easy-listening wasn't necessarily mild--certainly, these two tracks by Otto Cesana are, by EZ standards, downright in-your-face. Both originally appeared on the 10" Columbia LP, Sugar 'n' Spice (1953). Though the Clebanoff-style arrangements seem designed for stereo, they sound just great in monaural. Both numbers were penned by Cesana, though Night Train, of course, is the title of a much more famous Jimmy Forrest twelve-bar instrumental. There was, also, an earlier Whirlwind, by Stan (Riders in the Sky) Jones. I guess the music world was running out of titles by 1953 (?).

Night Train, 1953:

Whirlwind, 1953:

Enjoy! (Please save the files, for best results)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Links still broken, could you please repost?

11:13 AM  
Blogger Lee Hartsfeld said...

Hi. I'll be doing an entirely new Cesana post tonight or tomorrow--seven tracks' worth. Just check back in a bit.


4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hi"... I'm trying to find out if THAT piece (entitled "HI") was one of Otto Cesana's, and on which album I might find it. Thanks!

1:28 PM  

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