The Ed Palermo Big Band is led by alto saxist and arranger Ed Palermo; he has had this big band with much of the same personnel for over 30 years, which is an impressive feat in itself, and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 20 years. OH NO! NOT JAZZ!, a February 24, 2014 release on the Cuneiform Records label, consists of two discs: The first disc further explores Ed’s distinctive, big band interpretations of the music of Frank Zappa, while the second disc features Ed’s own, colorful compositions. Among the great tracks on this 17 track album are Chunga’s Revenge, Lumpy Gravy, Prelude To A Catastrophe, Let’s Reproduce, The Insult and so much more. I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded, arranged and produced. This the fourth album by Ed Palermo Big Band that I have reviewed and I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist.
Classic Christmas is the November 24, 2014 holiday album by Tim Rushlow And His Big Band released on the Row Entertainment Records label. Tim Rushlow was the lead vocalist of the Country supergroup Little Texas which recorded five albums and a greatest hits package on Warner Bros. Records. After leaving Little Texas he formed his Big Band following his love for Jazz and Big Band. On this twelve track album, Tim put his spin on such Christmas classics as Jingle Bells, Oh Holy Night, Edelweiss, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and much more as well as tracks I have heard for the first time such as What Do I Do With The Blue, A Soldiers Gift and others. I was impressed on how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I recommend giving this album a listen and adding it to your Christmas music library.
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance is the third review I have the opportunity to write for The Ed Palermo Big Band. This is the second album covering the jazz stylings of Frank Zappa released January 16, 2017, on the Cuneiform Records label. The big band jazz sound and the song arrangements are excellent as found on such tracks as the title track Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Pound For A Brown On The Bus, Gumbo Variations, Sleep Dirt and so much more. I was quite impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. This is a great addition to your jazz library. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 600th music review, I am proud to present this great album, Electric Butter by The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Parparozzi released on October 16, 2014. On this great album, they play the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and do so with a mixture of blues, big band, and jazz. This fifteen track album contains such great songs as Walkin’ Blues, Drivin’ Wheel, Texas, You Don’t Realize, Drifting Blues and so much more. This album has great vocals, horns and other great instrumental backup. I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. You must add this album to your blues library. This release can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
There is not very often I would review two CD’s in the same review but this is an exception. Thirty years after his death, jazz drummer Buddy Rich releases two of his albums which were live concerts that was previously only available on video is now available on two CD’s The Lost Tapes and Channel One Set. Both recorded in 1985 on two nights at the King Street Studios in San Francisco. The Lost Tapes album has such great tracks as Willow Crest, Cotton Tail, New Blues, West Side Story and much more while Channel One Set has such great tracks as Machine, One O’Clock Jump, Love For Sale, and a great cover of the Beatles classic Norwegian Wood. Both albums were well performed, recorded and produced. I recommend these two albums to one’s jazz library. The two audio albums will be released on September 15, 2017 through Caroline Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, on the Lightyear/Lobitos Creek label.
I have been a fan of swing music for a long time whether it is Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Asleep at the Wheel or my newest swing favorite Bryan Cumming. The February 2017 album Come Out Swinging caught my attention right away. This album has a mixture of Big Band Swing and Texas Swing. I was wondering, would this album be considered as Tennessee Swing? There are some standards on this album, such as Straighten Up And Fly Right (made famous by Nat King Cole), Blue Skies (made famous by Willie Nelson) and It Had To Be You (made famous by Paul Whiteman and others). There are also two originals written by Bryan, the title track Come Out Swinging and End Of The Day. Also, he co-wrote the songs Hungry Jack and Why Can’t I Have You. Other notable tracks on the album were Sweet Sue and Just You. This album is well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s swing library.
What If is the debut album by The Jerry Douglas Band, led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jerry Douglas to be released on August 18, 2017 via the Rounder Records label. What If merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul. This has a sound that I have never heard of before. My favorite tracks off this eleven track albums are Freemantle, The Last Wild Moor, and Hot Country 84.5. I was also impressed by Jerry’s version of the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe. This release was well performed, recorded and produced. Whether you are a fan of jazz or bluegrass, you will want to add this album to your library.
Badger & The Bells is a 2014 self titled album consisting of the Texas Swing greats of Rich O’Brien, Devon Dawson, and Kristyn Harris. This album brings me back to the days of Asleep At The Wheel and other Texas swing artists. Among the notable songs on this twelve track album are Maggie, Don’t Forget The Fiddle, Under A Blanket Of Blue, I Didn’t Realize and more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. If you are a Texas swing fan, you will want to add this one to your library.
Where The Dickens R U ? is the 2013 release by Fort Worth, Texas based duo Miss Devon And The Outlaw. This duo consists of Devon Dawson and Jessie Robertson. This album consists of great vocals and harmonies and instrumentation as it is a mix of Country and Big Band Swing. The most notable cuts on this eleven track album are Pistol Packin Mama, Maria Elena, Winds Of The West, I’m A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas and more. This album was well recorded, performed and produced. Check out this album and if you like it you can buy it at https://www.missdevonandtheoutlaw.com/general-store. Stay tuned as i will be reviewing four of their other albums over the next month.
These Cats Can Swing is a Jazz album by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau on September 1995 on Concord Records label. I just love how Maynard hits those very high notes. Some of my favorite tracks off this seven track album are Sugar, I Don’t Want To Be A Hoochi Coochie Man No Mo’, I’ll Be Around, He Can’t Swing and more. This album was very well written, performed and recorded. If you are a fan of Jazz or Swing, you will love this album.