"Tarzan grind" - 16 sultry songs from the oasis to the jungle


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"No problems with carioca sauce on a shish kebab in a sugar loaf when a speechless Tarzan dances the tango with Tania in the Saint Louis oasis..."

1. carioca - esquivel

Space-age exotica jazz instrumental from 1962 by one of my heroes: Juan Garcia Esquivel. This short track came out on this EP "Latin-esque", which was also the title of the full album, both released on RCA Victor. See also vol 92.

9. soul sauce - cal tjader

Vibraphone instrumental dance tune that always works on the dance floor. One of the mambo masters from the 50s. This is from 1964 on Verve. See also vol 16.

2. shish kebab - the black albinos

Exotic surf version of this exotica classic by this early 60s Dutch outfit. I think this was their debut single, released in 1962 on Delta in Holland in on Newtone in Belgium.

10. tarzan - titus turner

Dig those jungle sounds and the exotic novelty rock 'n' roll on this jungle hop bopper from 1959 by r&b grandmaster Titus Turner. I consider this one of his very best recordings. And listen to that saxophone break! A King release. See also volume 232.

3. no hay problema - art blakey's jazz messengers

From the 1959 Roger Vadim movie starring Jeanne Moreau. The drums were played by Blakey while his Afrocuban Boys play the bongos and the congas. A 1960 release on Fontana.

11. blue tango - terry snyder & the all stars

A hi-fidelity Command recording from 1959 by percussionist Snyder who was already in his forties. He worked with many great names, such as Dick Hyman, Benny Goodman and Enoch Light. See also vols 12 and 93.

4. oasis - the tony hiller orchestra

It reminds me of an epic western roadmovie that still has to be filmed. Great full sound, perfect for a Quentin Tarrantino movie. A 1968 B-side on Columbia.

12. comin' home baby - the ventures

Nobody can ever equal Mel Torme's version. This is the best instrumental version I know and it's a single-only track. From 1966 on the flipside of "Blue star".  Later it also reappeared on Ventures samplers.

5. tropical trumpets cha cha - orchestre roger king mozian

New York band leader who loved playing bongos on his own Latin dance music. Two years after this recording he died 35 years old. A 1961 MGM release. See also volumes 114 and 265.

13. st.louis blues - the black albinos

Think of early Jokers or Cousins and you get this twangy guitar instrumental by a Dutch indo-rock band. It's the B-side of "Shish kebab".

6. speechless - the catalinas

Vince Murphy and his Catalinas recorded this uptempo wild rocker in 1958 on this Houston, Texas label. Heavily influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis though.

14. i won't let you go - the blues busters

Lloyd Campbell and Phillip James formed this Jamaican duo in the late 1950s and became quite popular, hence their long collaboration. This 1964 song is my fave and has been reissued on various record labels, such as EMI and Sunshine. The first release was issued by Kentone. Also to be found on their '64 Dynamic Sound album "Behold... how sweet it is".

7. pain de sucre - the memling orchestra

They call this Antillian Jerk. Why? I really can't tell. It's a Dutch big band like, say, Herb Alpert, Francis Bay, you know what I mean. Released on Meteor Records in 1968.

15. blowin' in the wind - stan getz

Stanley Gayetzsky became world famous as Stan Getz, the saxophonist with his unique jazz style. He played with all the great jazz artists and also had some solo releases such as this 1963 cover version of the Bob Dylan song.

8. tania cha-cha - pepe zapatta & ben

Ben Bakrim had also his own Tropical combo. Here he's teamed up with Pepe Zapatta, another Latin music lover. This cool cha-cha tune was recorded in 1959 and issued by Versailles.

16. rock my soul - elliott shavers

His second single, from 1963 on the very obscure Zan-Dan Records label. Fantastic instrumental r&b honker that has been a fave in my DJ selection for more than a decade. See volume 247 for the flipside.