The Art Van Damme Quintet - Cocktail Capers / More Cocktail Capers
Cat. no: JASMCD2714
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Once described as “The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion”, Art Van Damme achieved the near impossible by getting the Jazz firmament to
accept the accordion as a serious musical instrument.
This compilation is based upon his first two LPs, Cocktail Capers (1950) and More Cocktail Capers (1952), plus the various bonus tracks which were added when both albums were expanded from 10” to the 12” format in 1954.
Also included is a further 10” LP from 1956, usually known as either The Art Van Damme Quintet or House Party. Having got his recording career under way in the United States in the 1940s, in the 78rpm shellac era, he later enjoyed great popularity in Japan and Central Europe.
It probably goes without saying that this body of work is almost impossible to find elsewhere on CD, notably the latter album, which has never previously been reissued in any format.
Tracks: Dark Eyes / I’ve Got You Under My Skin / Meadowland / If I Had You / I Know That You Know / The Breeze And I / Lover / The Man I Love / A Foggy Day / After You’ve Gone / Bach Meets El Mambo / The Continental / I Want To Be Happy / Pavanne / Rachel’s Dream / Should I / This Can’t Be Love / Limehouse Blues / Fine And Dandy / Perdido / Habanera / Linger Awhile / The Touch Of Your Lips / Hawaiian War Chant (Tu-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) / I Get A Kick Out Of You / There Will Never Be Another You / The Cricket / Just One Of Those Things / Ecstasy / Taking A Chance On Love