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Bermuda Honeymoon
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(Cook Records, 1958), 32 mins
In the 1950s, steel pan and calypso, imported from Trinidad and Tobago, were hot in Bermuda. Lloyd Simmons and Hubert Smith, Jr. sing calypso with the acclaimed Esso Steel Band in this early recording, which features favorites such as "Yellow Bird," "Seminole" and "Bachanal Carnival" as well as instrumentals.
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(Cook Records, 1958), 32 mins
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Blind Troubador of Oaxaca
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
"He is somewhat of an enigma to the Oaxacans. Señor Cruz apparently sings for pleasure rather than for profit. Once a week he comes to the portales or sidewalk cafe that borders the city square and sings his songs for his many local friends. The occasional peso he charges is less than the usual fee of the mariach...
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
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Under the Double Eagle
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produced by Emory Cook, 1913-2002; performed by Brute Force Steel Band; in Brute Force Steel Bands of Antigua (Cook Records, 1955), 3 mins
For this Cook recording, the Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua performs mambos, rumbas, sambas, calypsos and meringues plus a march and a bolero. A Trinidadian / Tobagan innovation that came out of WWII, the steel pan has enjoyed enormous popularity as a defining "musical sound of the Caribbean."
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produced by Emory Cook, 1913-2002; performed by Brute Force Steel Band; in Brute Force Steel Bands of Antigua (Cook Records, 1955), 3 mins
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Café Continental
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(Cook Records, 2012), 46 mins
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Schrammelmusik rose from the slums of Vienna (a musical product of the meeting of Austrian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Moravian and Bavarian immigrants) to the fashionable haunts of Vienna's aristocracy and even the Austrian court. Now stylish in the cafés of Vienna and Budapest,...
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(Cook Records, 2012), 46 mins
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The Castilianne
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
Start with a suave terra séca, a sensual Brazilian lament and follow with a battery of easily danceable Venezuelan waltzes called castilianne that are actually derived from the joropo (a waltz-like musical genre and dance that blends African and European influences). These ultra-smooth, predominantly instru...
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
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Dance Calypso
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(Cook Records, 1956), 41 mins
According to the liner notes, "Calypso is...a humor-coated pellet of uncamouflaged truth...taking the opportunity of saying something to somebody in song that you couldn't say in polite society...the dummy for a singing ventriloquist." Whether or not this is an apt description, this compilation brings together so...
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(Cook Records, 1956), 41 mins
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Ecuador
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(Cook Records, 1958), 32 mins
“High in the Andes, in Quito, Ecuador’s most popular singers Gonzalo Benítez and Alberto Valencia combine voices with guitar to sing sultry romance of the Andes, direct from Quito”

Perry H. Culley


“Arriba en los Andes, en Quito, los populares cantantes ecuatorianos Gonzalo Benítez y Alberto Valencia com...
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(Cook Records, 1958), 32 mins
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Epilogue to the String Band Tradition
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
The Grand Curucaye String Orchestra performs lively old-time Spanish dance music, now a nearly forgotten genre. What is notable about this music is that string instruments are plucked rather than bowed in order to focus more on the element of rhythm. Banjo leads the ensemble, which also includes cuatro (a stru...
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(Cook Records, 1956), 43 mins
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Folk and Other Songs
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(Cook Records, 1962), 39 mins
A self-proclaimed "itinerant," Steve Camacho started singing in New York but traveled the US learning tunes of the commoner and seeking recognition for his work. A cross between folk songs and Beat poetry, this music is historically significant in providing political / social commentary.
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(Cook Records, 1962), 39 mins
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Haiti Confidential
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produced by Carter Harman, 1918-2007 (Cook Records, 1958), 42 mins
Covering a broad spectrum, this collection includes vodou ritual drumming (using tanbou, a type of drums used for this religious practice of African origin); a jazzy Haitian dance music called meringue that uses trumpets, saxophone, shaker and accordion; and a chorus of bamboo trumpets called vaksin. Perf...
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produced by Carter Harman, 1918-2007 (Cook Records, 1958), 42 mins
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