Most music fans don't know of Robert Drasnin, but if they're also fans of old/classic television, they've heard his music: Drasnin scored the music for Mission: Impossible, The Twilight Zone and the Man From Uncle, among others. He got his start in the music biz playing alto saxophone and flute with Tommy Dorsey, Alvino Rey and Red Norvo, and later studied composition with film score giant Miklos Rosza and avant-classical composer Lukas Foss. In the 1950's, the Exotica (a sort-of-hybrid of the tropical/Hawaiian/Southeast Asian music, Tito Puente-style Latin music and lounge-style jazz) of Martin Denny was all the rage, and a tiny record company (Tops!) prevailed upon Drasnin to come up with a suitable counterpart. He succeeded, and virtually surpassed who he was supposed to be copying, and subtly contributed to what would be later known as "world music." The band, consisting of Drasnin on piccolo, 2 flutes, piano, harp, bass and six percussion (including veteran jazz drummer Frankie Capp) with Sally Terri providing wordless vocals, is delicate and inspired, and Drasnin's compositions show wit, warmth, and a remarkable sense of spaciousness. This isn't just some corny or kitschy item of "nostalgia" for the ain't-we-hip lounge-lizard-wannabe set - it's intelligent mood music, cinematic music without a film, jazz-tinged easy listening that doesn't condescend to the listener. Those who like film/TV soundtrack music and jazz-in-film fans will likely groove divinely on this fine-sounding reissue. Aces!