The Magic Of Late 60's Southern California And The Coolness That Once Was by WorkingWithKnives (March 18, 2008)
The Pacific coast of southern California, the ocean breeze and misty salty winds, low rent shacks on the side of the highway, west coast jazz and Pete Rugolo. The magic of late 60's southern California. Before it went insane it was beautifully offbeat, off center and hip as hell. There was no gang graffiti on every wall in Los Angeles. These days the beach rocks along the coast of Santa Monica are scarred and disfigured by the taggers who have no respect for anything yet claim to have an understanding of its worth.
Pete Rugolo, a veteran of all things cool. Composer, orchestrator and arranger for the Stan Kenton orchestra and credited with many recordings under his own name offers in his score for "The Sweet Ride", an audio description of a most wonderful era in the history of the United States of America. It's all here for your ears. A proud and true example of the way it was before it all went insane. Quality music from a quality person, lacking the greed and contempt so common these days in most things media. Cool jazz before that term was given a bad rap. Rock and roll by the masters of big band and a vocal by Dusty Springfield.