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Les Baxter

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Les Baxter is a pianist who composed and arranged for the top swing bands of the '40s and '50s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica, a variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop. Exotica became a massively popular trend in the '50s, with thousands of record buyers listening to Baxter, Martin Denny, and their imitators. Baxter also pioneered the use of the electronic instrument the theremin, which has a haunting, howling sound.

Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory and Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. After he completed school, he abandoned the piano and became a vocalist. When he was 23, he joined Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones. The group sang on Artie Shaw records, including the hit "What Is This Thing Called Love."

In 1950, he became an arranger and conductor for Capitol Records, working on hits by Nat King Cole, including "Mona Lisa." Around the same time, Baxter began recording his own albums. In 1948, he released a triple-78 album called Music out of the Moon, which ushered in space-age pop with its use of the theremin. Four years later, he began recording exotica albums with Le Sacre du Sauvage.

On his early-'50s singles Baxter was relatively straightforward, performing versions of standards like the number one hits "Unchained Melody" and "The Poor People of Paris," but on his albums he experimented with all sorts of world musics, adapting them for his orchestra. As he was recording his exotica albums, Baxter was also the musical director for the radio show Halls of Ivy, plus Abbott & Costello radio shows; he also composed over 100 film scores, concentrating on horror movies and teenage musicals and comedies, though he also did dramas like Giant.

Baxter's heyday was in the '50s and '60s. Although he continued to compose and record in the '70s, his output was sporadic. Nevertheless, a cult following formed around his exotica recordings that persisted into the '90s.

Title: Music Arena

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Sunflower

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: International Earwig

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Delightful Trip

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Lemonade Man

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Yellow Dinner Music

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Holy Christmas Voices

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: La Femme

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Pop

Title: Peking Tiger

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Fresh As Dew

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: A Happy Easter

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Two Birds

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jewels of the Sea

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Rock, Pop, Lounge

Title: Moonshine And Music

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Search For Meaning

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Best Christmas Wishes

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Trombone

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: To Infinity

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Good Prospects

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Singing For Christmas

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Xmas Angel

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Tower Of Strength

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: 14 Unforgettable Songs

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Pop

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Spring Awakening

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Shadow Waltz

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Looking For Freedom

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Rooftop Storys

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: A Silver Cup

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Space Escapade

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Pop, Lounge

Title: One By One

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Diamonds Club

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Summerish

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jungle Jazz

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Pop

Title: Out There

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Explore New

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Lonely Sounds

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Title: Tamboo!

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz, Pop, Lounge, Smooth Jazz

Title: Skins!

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Pop, Lounge

Title: Golden Days

Artist: Les Baxter

Genre: Jazz

Collections

Title: Us Groovy Vol. 2

Genre: Pop

Title: Cocktail Bar Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: You Are Special to Me

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Title: Cool Jazz, Vol. 3

Genre: Jazz

Title: 1954 Hit Songs

Genre: Pop

Title: 100 Songs Sax Lounge

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Title: Cigar Lounge

Genre: Jazz

Title: Pure Essential Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Easy Listening Vol. 4

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Title: Grandes Orquestas

Genre: Pop

Title: The Hits of 1953

Genre: Pop

Title: Grandes Orquestas

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Title: Cool Jazz, Vol. 1

Genre: Jazz

Title: Classic Kid's Songs

Genre: Kids

Title: Lounge Night Club

Genre: Jazz

Title: Seabreeze

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Featuring albums

Title: Ultra-Lounge Sampler

Artist: Various Artists

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Title: Moonglow

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Jazz Brass

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Burlesque Swing

Artist: Baker, Bart

Genre: Jazz

Title: Exotic Lounge

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Latin

Title: Cool Latin Music

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: 60's Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Lounge Hits

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Finest World Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: 60's Jazz Mix

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

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