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Enric Madriguera: Blow, Gabriel, Blow

April 25, 2010

Enric Madriguera, from the Library of Congress.

Enric Madriguera and His Hotel Waylin Orchestra
Blow, Gabriel, Blow

Recorded in 1934

A nearly perfect version of one of Cole Porter’s best songs.

Enric Madriguera was born in Barcelona, but he spent his musical career in the United States. He took advantage of the Latin-band craze of the late 1930s and 1940s, but in the early 1930s he had a respectable hotel band that tended to sound like a lot of other respectable hotel bands.If you want to know more about him, I’m afraid he doesn’t have a Wikipedia article in English yet. But he does have one in Catalan, which tells us that he employed Carmen Cavallero as a pianist for a while, and very briefly the wonderful Helen Ward as a singer.

The vocalist is Tony Sacco, whose voice sounds a bit like Chick Bullock’s on this record. We can hear Madriguera’s accordion throughout, which actually blends very well with the brasses.

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