TICO, TICO, PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ: A Latin Potpourri

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SUDDEN INSPIRATION MERGES TWO LATIN-INSPIRED MUSICAL CREATIONS INTO ONE

Zequinha de Abreu‘s “Tico Tico” (1917) and Irving Berlin‘s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1929) met and merged at Eagle’s Nest in Scottsdale, Arizona on Dec 2, 2013. I was trying out some new orchestral drums and percussion sounds on my Yamaha Clavinova when these two tunes emerged, seemingly from out of nowhere, and merged seamlessly into one.  I remember recording them before on my Steinway in Maui. But I am not sure that I even did it in the same key as they now appeared.

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At the time this was happening, I was having to sprinkler guys installing a new system outside Eagle’s Nest. They were finished half a day ahead of schedule. The foreman claimed it was because of the music I was playing.

“It made us dance in spirit and work faster,” he said. 🙂

Anyway, here’s the result of this musical merger…

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History of earlier Tico Tico and Puttin’ on the Ritz recordingsAn Unidentified Latin Tune Comes to Me (08-08-2009)

19th Concert – Latin American (Aug 6-9, 2009)

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