Thursday, August 13, 2020

Charles Magnante - La Comparsa (Ernesto Lecuena)





The album Spanish Spectacular was a runt from the selection of used vinyl records that we were going through at our local record store. At first glance without hearing the music, I was not impressed by the artwork, which I thought was dated. And the recording was monoaural. There was not much redeeming value to the album but nonetheless we bought it just for fun. Turned out to be a gem. The song on this post is La Comparsa. A comparsa is a group of singers, musicians and dancers that take part in carnivals and other festivities in Spain and Latin America. Charles Magnante (accordion) plays La Comparsa (composed by Ernesto Lecuena). From the album Spanish Spectacular (Grand Awards Records ). Charles Magnante (December 7, 1905 – December 30, 1986) was an American piano-accordionist, arranger, composer, author and educator. His artistry helped raise the image of the accordion from an instrument considered suitable only for folk music to an instrument accepted in many music genres. (excerpt from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Magnante) Ernesto Lecuona y Casado (August 7, 1896 - November 29, 1963) was a Cuban composer and pianist of worldwide fame. He composed over six hundred pieces, mostly in the Cuban vein, and was a pianist of exceptional skill. (excerpt from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernesto_Lecuona) Credits Accordion - Charles Magnante Featuring - Allen Hanlon, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, George Barnes, Terry Snyder, Tony Gottuso, Willie Rodriguez Orchestra - Charles Magnante And His Orchestra Record Album Artwork - Tracy Sugarman Owned or licensed by EMI Music Publishing, UMPG Publishing and Sony ATV Publishing Obviously I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Video Artwork was appropriated from the original album. ) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use.

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