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Thursday, December 30, 2010

CD Review - Jazz at the Marquis - the Maine Street Jazzmen.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl); Ray Harley (tpt); Jim McBriarty (clt); Malcolm Armstrong (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Ian Hetherington (dms); Olive Rudd (vcl). Plus, Mike Humble (dms); Gavin Lee (clt); Colin Haikney (pno).
Buddy's Habits; Climax Rag; How Could You Leave Me; Mahogany Hall Stomp; Some of These Days; Shimme Sha Wabble; Panama Rag; Blues for Jimmy; Sweet Georgia Brown; Wolverine Blues; Howd'ya Like To Love Me?; Bye Bye Blues. Apologies if this week seems dedicated to the Maine Street Jazzmen but it's just the way the tummy rumbles.
This, the fifth CD by the Maine Street Jazzmen, was perportedly recorded live at the Marquis of Granby in Sunniside where the band play Thursday nights. If this was indeed the case then they were the quietest jazz audience I ever heard and this is music that gets the feet tapping and the crowd roaring their approval - strange.
However, the lack of audible appreciation doesn't diminish the content even if it does take away the feeling of 'being there'.
Ray Harley is featured and his trumpet playing does stand-out although his sidekicks and the guests are no less important and all have their moments in the sun(niside).
Olive only has two numbers but Howd'ya Like To Love Me is an absolute gem. The Burton Lane song that I think began life in an Alice Faye movie suits Olive and the band to a tee.
Herbie also sings and plays growly trombone and jazzy harmonica.
A good example of one of the top Dixieland outfits playing today.
Available at gigs or from http://www.themainestreetjazzmen.co.uk/.
Lance.

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

Lance. I now have this CD and I agree that it would be even better with crowd noises. I'll be playing this at my next party (for my relatives)) as it's not too 'heavy' and very good for all tastes.

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