Title - 'Bluesville'
Artist - Swingadelic
For those not in the know, on their fourth ZOHO CD release, Bluesville, NY City's premier swing orchestra gives the unique Swingadelic treatment to 12 vintage big band blues of Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Count Basie, Ray Charles and others, and two band member originals.
Swingadelic began in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was cresting. Upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz & blues playing friends together to play engagements at New York City's Supper Club, Swing 46 and Windows On The World, the former restaurant atop of the World Trade Center.
As the swing scene waned the band was able to turn to swing dance groups, concerts, festivals, schools and private engagements to keep active.
The band plays about 100 dates per year and has traveled from Maine to Atlanta and has maintained a residency for eight years at Swing 46 in NYC - where it performs every other Monday as a ten piece "little big band."
Celebrating their 22nd Anniversary this May with the release of their 8th album, the aforementioned Bluesville the band that has been recording for the ZOHO Music label since 2011 now unleash 14 tracks that are sure to get both your heart and feet pumping!
1. 'The Late, Late Show' (Vocal)
2. 'I Love The Life I Live'
3. 'Harlem Nocturne'
4. 'Mary Ann'
5. 'What's Your Story, Morning Glory'
6. 'Parchman Farm'
7. 'Lonely Avenue'
8. 'El Blues Eas Mujer'
9. 'I Don't Know'
10. 'Riff’n on McGriff’n'
11. 'Fool's Paradise'
12. 'The Mooche'
13. 'You're Humbuggin' Me'
14. 'The Late Late Show' (Instrumental)
Opening with the finger-snappin' delight, and definitive nod toward the great Count Basie Orchestra on 'The Late, Late Show' (sung by John Bauers with Bryan Davis on the trumpet solo), they back that up seamlessly with both the blues shuffle of 'I Love The Life I Live' (sung by Neal Pawley, with Bill Easley on sax and Kyle Koehler on the Hammond B3 organ), and then the lush, lo-fi orchestrations of 'Harlem Nocturne' (featuring Audrey Welber on alto and Boo Reiners wailing on lap steel, on this classic Earle Hagen arrangement).
Next we get a loving rendition of Ray Charles' 'Mary Ann' (featuring Bauers on vocals), which is followed by one of my all-time Ella Fitzgerald songs, the sexy blues of 'What’s Your Story, Morning Glory' (sung here by Vanessa Perea).
Then we get another stand out cut in the form of Mose Allison’s 'Parchment Farm' (sung by Mitch Woods, with Andy Riedel on guitar and Philly's Jimmy Coleman on drums), and that is backed by another Ray Charles hit 'Lonely Avenue' (featuring Bauers on vocals, a bari sax solo by John DiSanto, and Koehler on organ).
Another track done to perfection is up next and is one where the worlds of blues and pop collide. With the blues inspired by Danish Latin Jazz vibes player Cal Tjader, and the master of pop, Quincy Jones also standing loud and proud, and with guitar by Joe Taino and trombone by Alex Jeun, 'El Blues Esa Mujer' is a hip shakin', right royal beauty, that's for sure.
The sultry R&B, smoky jazz club vibe of 'I Don’t Know' featuring Ruth Brown, the original vocalist on this Brook Benton tune, is then followed by the funky guitar work on 'Riff’n on McGriff’n' from Riedel (which also features Koehler on organ), and then the lowbrow yearning of Charles Brown's 'Fool's Paradise' (with vocals again from Bauers).
This quite magnificent, stunningly observant and dedicated to its artful cause album then rounds out with Duke Ellington's infamous 1928 hit 'The Mooch' (featuring solos by Ken Robinson on clarinet, Reiners on guitar and Carlos Francis on trumpet), Lefty Frizzell's upbeat 'You’re Humbuggin’ Me' (sung by Riedel with Pawley on trombone), and then comes to a close on the so-nice-they-did-it-twice, 'The Late, Late Show' (instrumental).
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