This a Serbian folk tune which is probably a traditional and has no one author, but through time has changed and evolved as generations of musicians have played it and sang it millions of times. “Nas Dva Brata” in the Serbian language is “Us Two Brothers” in English. Two piece vocal duo, guitar and accordion for accompaniment. I would call this a rustic, Balkan toe-tapper, and a great drinking song; and I just love the Italianesque, but very Balkan as well, guitar string work and dense, quick harmonies coming off the accordion against the vocals. Released on Chicago’s PERUN label in the late 1940s, I’m guessing.
This is from Hampton’s “New Movements in Be-Bop” album (1947) which is a real treasure of the initial be-bop storm that was happening in New York in the 40s. Featuring a young, hungry Charles Mingus on bass playing his own composition, the futuristic “Mingus Fingers”, Hamp’s orchestra is as spirited, and tight, as ever.
Not much information to be found on Pickard’s Chinese Syncopators. They were an active string band on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920s & 30s, and seemed to be an all Filipino combo: probably easier, and catchier, at the time to say Chinese instead. This is a cool and quirky rumba called “Ali Baba”.
This is on an English-made His Master’s Voice. Enjoy with a singapore sling!
Florencia Morales Ramos, “Ramito”, is one of the kings of Puerto Rican Jibaro music. Born in 1915, in Caguas, PR, he was considered a really good singer by the age of thirteen; and by the late 1930s he was a renowned star. He had a long career, even playing for JFK at the White House in 1961 in a huge showcase of Puerto Rican talent.
“Una Mujer en Mi Vida” is a bolero son, and totally infectious. It is full of those famous conga rhythms, horn lines, and vocal harmonies which really make so much of Puerto Rican music so sexy and hip-swerving. And of course, Ramito’s beautiful tenor just soars.