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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: January 21, 2023

Exotica is a type of music popular between about 1950 and 1965 that depicts how musicians thought the music of the Islands of the South Pacific sounded. It combines impressions of music from the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and even Africa—and is very seldom related to the real music from those areas. Exotica heavily relies on obscure percussion instruments. Today’s edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion opens with a 1960 recording of the “Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish,” as interpreted Martin Denny, one of the leading performers of exotica.

  1. Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish (1960 recording)
    Composer:  Al Dubin (1891-1945), Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) & Harry Warren (1893-1981)
    Performer:  Martin Denny & His Orchestra
    Album:  Mondo Exotica
  2. Jungle Train
    Composer:  Les Baxter (1922-1996)
    Performer:  Si Zentner & His Orchestra
    Album:  Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny
  3. Partita, Op. 45, No. 3: Allegro
    Composer:  Franz Vincenz Krommer (1759-1831)
    Performer:  Wind Ensemble of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Album:  Krommer: Three Partitas and Six marches
  4. Partita, Op. 45, No. 3: Adagio
    Composer:  Franz Vincenz Krommer (1759-1831)
    Performer:  Wind Ensemble of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Album:  Krommer: Three Partitas and Six marches
  5. Partita, Op. 45, No. 3: Menuetto
    Composer:  Franz Vincenz Krommer (1759-1831)
    Performer:  Wind Ensemble of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Album:  Krommer: Three Partitas and Six marches
  6. Partita, Op. 45, No. 3: Rondo
    Composer:  Franz Vincenz Krommer (1759-1831)
    Performer:  Wind Ensemble of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Album:  Krommer: Three Partitas and Six marches
  7. Mein Lebenslauf Ist Lieb und Lust
    Composer:  Josef Strauss (1827-1870)
    Performer:  German Air Force Band 4, Berlin
    Album:  Fliegerrevue
  8. Electric Shock March (Scossa Elettrica)
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Performer:  Orchestra di Fiati della Valtelina
    Album:  Salute from Italy
    Composed for piano to honor Allesandro Volta, the inventor of the battery. Arranged for wind band.
  9. March Electric
    Composer:  Giuseppe Creatore (1871-1952)
    Performer:  Orchestra di Fiati della Valtelina
    Album:  Salute from Italy
      
  10. Duck’s Yas Yas Yas (1932 recording)
    Composer:  James "Stump" Johnson (1902-1969)
    Performer:  Eddie Johnson’s Crackerjacks
    Album:  Hot Town
  11. March Slav
    Composer:  Pytor Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Performer:  Prague Castle Guard Band
    Album:  Marhces by Classics
  12. Ole Miss
    Composer:  W. C. Handy (1873-1958), arranged by Carl Wolfe
    Performer:  Handy's Beale Street Reenactment Band
    Album:  W. C. Handy's Beale Street
    When this tune was written in 1916, the Ole Miss was the fastest train between Memphis and New Orleans.
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1951, John moved to Huntsville in 1975, where he worked for a communications training firm. From 1997 to 2022, John worked for the Lanier Ford law firm. During his tenure, He served as Lanier Ford's law librarian, marketing specialist, trainer, and professional recruiter. While in college and law school, John worked in professional radio in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.