Teddy Powell, "Sans Culottes" 1942
Today's entry is "Sans Culottes" written by Bob Mersey for Teddy Powell's orchestra. It is one of many pop songs to incorporate the famous faux-Arabic riff The Streets of Cairo or "The Snake Charmer Song" into its chart. Gramaphone gave the recording a positive-to-mixed review in its February 1942 edition, saying:
Sans Culottes (meaning " Without Trousers ") has its points. Composition is a bright concoction, and although the preponderance of higher frequencies ill the recording have not made the band sound any better, it plays with plenty of verve. The brass and sax teams play good style ; the rhythm department kicks invigoratingly ; and there are lively moments by the trumpet and sax soloists and the drummer.
Of course, I'm a sucker for a hard-swinging, minor key riff with big ensembles. That's pretty much what this blog is about, after all.