Jazz Recommendation: Rosemary Clooney Singing "Adios"

April 27, 2018

Although short, the "Adios" recording is one of Perez Prado's best. It includes guest singer Rosemary Clooney and was part of an album with Clooney and Prado's Latin music group. This performance is not a straight-ahead jazz performance (there is no improvisation), but the recording is so outstanding that it deserves to be mentioned in a jazz recommendation. 


It begins with the exciting Perez Prado band playing a rhythmic introduction, followed by the entry of the singer. In places, the trumpet is used to punctuate the rhythm. Drum breaks are also frequent during the first part of the recording. 


As the recording gets going, there are few "shouts", a common occurrence in Latin music. The band seems to get excited when it reaches an instrumental section. The recording then returns to the singer at the front-line, who switches a little between singing in English and another language (probably Spanish), before the song ends with a fade-out. (Around this time, fade-outs were a fashion in jazz recordings as well.)


"Adios" comes from an album called "A Touch of Tabasco", which is less than thirty minutes in length, but is worth listening to. "In a Little Spanish Town", a song on the "Touch of Tabasco" album, has interesting arrangements. 


Yet, despite being the last track on the album, the "Adios" song is definitely the best of any of the recordings on the "Touch of Tabasco" album.




"Adios" by Rosemary Clooney - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjLkpbGxsD0

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