Makiba No Asa - Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra* - Melodies Of Japan
Label: Fontana - MGF 27522 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Easy Listening, Latin Jazz
S omething of a musical chameleon, Johnny Gregory was one of England's most versatile arrangers and conductors of the space age pop era. At various times in various settings, he recorded as Johnny Gregory, Nino Ricci, Chaquito, and the Cascading Strings, and with each identity he took on a whole new musical style.
Gregory got an early start at the feet of his father, Frank Gregori, who led a dance band at a popular Quaglino's, a popular Italian restaurant in Waitin For Charlie To Come Home - Nancy Wilson - Cant Take My Eyes Off You in the s and s. Beginning in the late s, he began working on his own, both as an arranger and as a performer, and eventually became something of a house arranger for Philips UK.
He wrote numerous arrangements for vocalists, and, over the next twenty years, accompanied singers ranging from Matt Munro and Anthony Newley to Connie Francis, Cleo Laine, and Nana Mouskouri. When Strings, the Living Strings, and other easy listening string groups became commercial successes, Philips turned to Gregory, who learned the violin as his first instrument, for help.
Gregory's "Cascading Strings" gave their U. He later reprised his talent for strings with the popular in the U. Not long after that, Philips transformed Gregory into "Chaquito," a wild and crazy Latin bandleader. The Chaquito albums are very good, in fact, much better than most non-Latino Lation albums. In between all this, Gregory also recorded under his own name, usually showing off the full gamut of his talents.
On Melodies of Japanfor example, he adapted Japanese folk melodies to styles ranging from lush strings to rocking bass-guitar-driven pop Makiba No Asa - Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra* - Melodies Of Japan moody cool lounge ala Martin Denny or Arthur Lyman.
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