Xavier Cugat – Twist With Cugat (1962)

Xavier Cugat - Twist With Cugat (1962)
Artist: Xavier Cugat
Album: Twist With Cugat
Genre: Latin Jazz / Big Band
Origin: USA
Released: 1962
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

01. In the Mood 2:40
02. Jazz Me Blues 2:22
03. In a Little Spanish Town 2:19
04. Ballin’ the Jack 2:29
05. Johnson Rag 2:19
06. Woodchopper’s Ball 2:28
07. Chattanooga Choo Choo 2:34
08. The Hucklebuck 2:05
09. Patricia 2:16
10. Makin’ Whoopee 1:59
11. Hot Toddy 2:45
12. Fascinating Rhythm 2:26


Twist With Cugat holds great promise, but no real progress is made for Latin, twist, or Latin-twist. It is an album of contrasts, such as the jacket photo of Abbe Lane twisting while a beaming, reflective, pipe-smoking Cugat looks on. The liner notes warn “hold on to your sacroiliac,” as if these are the uptempo dance tracks of the future. But they are all dated, non-exotic instrumentals. Someone had played it too safe, not wishing to alienate decades’ worth of aging, nostalgic Cugat fans. Side two starts off well with the surefire standards “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “The Hucklebuck,” and “Patricia.” The last was Perez Prado’s smash of the summer of 1958; four years later Prado updated it on his own Latin-twist album.
Review by Tony Wilds