At first glance the best thing about Black Coral has to be the fact there is no coral involved, instead the props department found a nice twig with some moss in place of say some Black Coral. It's also curious that they actually made the model pose underwater? Usually the covers of lounge music like this are photographed in what is essentially a b-movie style set. Like I expect her to be in a blue room with paper fish swimming by in an old fashioned diving helmet giving the camera a coy but slutty nod.
As is often the fashion when one becomes a record collector one stumbles upon amazing music simply because one couldn't pass up the cover art. It's hard to pass certain things up, especially when they tend to be 99 cents. Black Coral was actually a package deal, 4 records for 10 bucks at Yarmouth Boatworks and Antiques Market between Hyannis and Yarmouth during our weekend excersion to Boston and Cape Cod with the lovely Vintage Spinster. Turns out we have a good eye as it's currently selling on ebay for 50 bucks.
(TRACK 4: HAWAIIAN WAR CHANT)
I was expecting lounge music ala' Martin Denny or Lenny Dee but was pleasantly delighted to find out that The Rene Paulo Trio is actually a jazz combo. I have been really getting into jazz music over the last 4 years and I always think that i don't have many jazz albums in my collection but after a quick count I am approaching around 500 or so jazz LP's and this is a great new addition. There wasn't a whole lot of information about the Rene Paulo Trio online so i just did a scan of the back of the LP rather than a crappy summary of my own. My favorite line is "The one time Julliard student of music is ably assisted by 350 pound Ed Shonk on Bass" Thanks for throwing his weight around.
There are lots of albums out there celebrating the music of our 50th state most of which sound as you would expect them to, tropical, and Hawaiian. That's why the jazz approach to traditional Hawaiian music is so effing awesome.
(TRACK 2 MAUI GIRL)
Rene Paulo's piano stylings remind me of two of my favorite jazz artists Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck so I am definitely going to be on the lookout for more of his material. Give me a Click
(TRACK 5 THE HUKILAU SONG)