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Album Review

Chances are you've never heard Irving Berlin on kazoo or Cole Porter on washboard, either, yet But You've Never Heard Gershwin with Bongos somehow transcends sheer novelty status. For one thing, it's more than just bongos — Don Ralke's lively big-band arrangements remain true to the traditional Gershwin ethos, buoying indelible melodies like "Love Is Here to Stay" and "They All Laughed." But the title promises bongos, and so bongos you shall have — Ralke somehow manages to adapt the instrument to a surprising variety of settings, and the changes in tempo and context illustrate a flexibility that belies the drum's seeming limitations. "Fascinating Rhythm" indeed. The CD was also reissued on a Collectables label two-fer CD alongside its follow-up The Savage and the Sensuous.


Born: 13 July 1920

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s

Described by Gold Star Recording Studio co-owner Stan Ross as "the most well-known unknown in the business," producer, arranger, and composer Don Ralke was a fixture of the Hollywood recording studio for over four decades, overseeing a sprawling body of work extending from pop hits to golden-throat celebrity records to his own cult classic exotica LPs. Born July 13, 1920 in Battle Creek, MI, Ralke earned his Masters degree in music from the University of Southern California; according to his biography...
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But You've Never Heard Gershwin With Bongos, Don Ralke
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  • 11,88 €
  • Genres: Easy Listening, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 1960

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