George Cates - Polynesian Percussion
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Dot Records DLP 3355

Pagan Love Song
The Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hawaiian War Chant
The Moon of Manakoora
Drifting and Dreaming
Chant of the Jungle

Bali Ha'i
Now is the Hour
Beyond the Reef
My Isle of Golden Dreams
Song of the Islands

The beautiful music of Polynesia, including Hawaii, has many surprises. At its best,
as in this superbly recorded and arranged package, it represents a fusion of the
melodic approach of American popular music with the rhythm of the Latin American
countries. Similarly, this unusual and brilliant album contains many surprises. Who
would think that The Hawaiian War Chant, for example would make a perfect
cha-cha? Would you believe, without hearing it, that Now /s The Hour could be
played in three-quarter time, and yet not sound like a "waltz" in the traditional
Viennese sense? Through the imagination of George Gates, these and many other
musical miracles have been achieved. "Now Is The Hour," for example, keeps that
same distinctly latin percussive pulse which, although in three-quarter time,
completely removes the feeling of a waltz.

The foundation for all these exciting performances is provided by nearly a score
of percussion instruments, some familiar, such as the tympani marimbas and
xylophones; some exotic, including the Uli Uli, the Pu Hi, and the Boo-Bams. (A
detailed list of all of the percussion is to be found below). Two noteworthy
contributions to the melody elements should be mentioned: that of Buddy Cole, who
used his Novachord so effectively, sometimes as a "string section" other times as
part of the percussion effect, and often as the melody instrument; the other, the
deft use of three soprano voices in combination witii an alto flute, in such numbers
as The Wedding Song, Beyond The Reef and, of course, Aloha Oe, without which
one could hardly depart from this musical visit to those romantic islands. The soloist,
Norma Zimmer, incidentally, was also the lovely voice which sng the obligate on
George Gates' famous recording of Moonglow, with the added theme from Picnic.
These elements, carefully planned and beautifully executed, add up to a stereo-hi-fi


Guiro, Boo-bams, Rhythm Logs, Celeste, Marimba, Xylophone, Bells, Pu Ili (or Pui
Sticks), Kalaau, Uli Uli, Tympani, Timbales, Conga Drum, Bongos, Maracas, Finger
Cymbals (or "Ching-Chings"), Electric Bass, String Bass, and Triangle.

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