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Backgrounder: Waltel Branco - Mancini Samba '65


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There are dozens of albums that interpret the film music of composer-arranger Henry Mancini. Surprisingly, there aren't many of them by Latin leaders. Mancini himself released Mr. Lucky Goes Latin in 1961 and he often included a Latin number in soundtracks. Last week, I found a Brazilian take on Mancini from 1965: Waltel Branco – Mancini Tambem É Samba.

Waltel Branco was a guitarist, conductor, composer and arranger. The band he assembled in Rio de Janeiro for the Mancini samba session included a wide range of Brazilian studio players and hotel orchestra musicians at the time.

Here's Waltel Branco – Mancini Tambem É Samba, ad-free. Let it run as a backgrounder while you're reading, writing or just answering email.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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