Music: Rhythm's New Friends

Serious musicians know The Carnival of Venice as a florid soprano air. Dinicu's Hora Staccato as a Rumanian showpiece for concert violinists. Last fortnight these two pieces went into an RCA recording studio in Manhattan and got lost somewhere in the groove. Even the names were changed: to Heavy Traffic on Canal Street and Coo-Dinny-Coo. This Victor recording provided the light-fingered New Friends of Rhythm with one of its most successful jam sessions to date.

The New Friends of Rhythm were born two years ago when, at a musicians' party, the Stuyvesant Quartet—four NBC...

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