You can never get enough of the genius of Mancini.
This song was composed for the TV series Mr. Lucky in 1959 and was also known as “Slow Hot Wind”. Named after an African percussion instrument (constructed by pianist John Lewis) played by Shelly Mann on the track. To me it was just another Masterpiece by Mancini.
I didn’t discover it until 1976 and when I did I fell in love with it. And why not, it is absolutely beautiful.
If I could give it one more name it would be total “Tranquility” because if this can’t relax you nothing can.