This is a solid volume. A lot of fun, a little cheesy, and all-around danceable, it's perfect for when your friends are over and you're all feeling a little goofy. And it covers all the bases, too: Hammond organ (Jackie Davis and the John Buzon Trio), Lounge staples (Yma Sumac, Billy May, and Jack Costanzo), popular Hollywood tunes redone Latin-style ("Hooray for Hollywood," "Peter Gunn Mambo"), a Desi Arnaz tune ("El Cumbanchero"), and even some stuff that doesn't really fit ("Chihuahua," "Oink-Oink Mambo," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," and "Can-Can Overture").
Everything here is just plain fun. The drunken slurs of "Tico Tico Samba," the rip-roaring, fiery "Peter Gunn Mambo" (one of the best), the cute and appropriately cheesy "Glow Worm Cha-Cha-Cha," and the funny tinkling piano duet "Cumana" demonstrate this best. Then there's Billy May's vamping "Hernando's Hideaway" (the song is originally the classic tango tune, here hardly recognizable as a sort of cha-cha) and Yma Sumac's mind-blowing Latin jam, "Taki Rari," which must be heard to be believed.
This one's a keeper!