When they say that they don't write songs like they used to, they're talking about the songs on this album. Songs from "South Pacific," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," "Porgy and Bess," "Finian's Rainbow," "Milk and Honey," "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." Songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward, Jerry Herman, Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg, Jule Styne, Adolph Green and Betty Comden, Harold Rome and George M. Cohan.
The songs are fabulous, of course, but it's Edmundo Ros who turns them into a love-in by decorating the strong melodies with fancy, infectious, Latin-spiced, turn-on arrangements.
Unflagging, brash gaiety is the order of the party and if you can't make it down to Edmundo's Broadway bash, the album provides the perfect opportunity to start your own love-in.
Call a crowd in-and in some cases you might feel a crowd of two is just the right number-and start things grooving.
You can sing along, if you like. Dance along. Distribute flowers along.