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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jukebox Mambo


This is The Mambo! What the Heck is The Mambo? Well this is the dance that made its mark in the States back in the 1950's which maybe has returned if enough people buy this CD!. A health warning! This isn't the sanitised form celebs danced to at the Copa back in the 'forties. That blandness is conspicuous by its absence here. Instead we get it at, in the main, street level.
Lots of jazz blowing from the Red Callender Sextet, Gerald Wilson Orchestra - the baritone player has a wild blast and the band finish off with a Herman type Apple Honey trumpet phrase before bowing down to tradition with the obligatory "OOH!"
Cosy Cole keeps the jazz presence alive but the jazz is there all the time even if the performers don't know it!
Joe Lutcher, Mabel Scott, Percy Mayfield, Dave Bartholomew,  Jo Loco, Camille Howard are just some of the cats hogging the mic! But there's lot's of tracks with great solos. Gloria Irving's I Need a Man had me thinking about sending her my CV until I realised it was recorded in 1957!
Be warned - if you visit Cher Lance this Xmas you'd better have practised your mambo steps because these tracks will be on the playlist!
Lance.
:Jukebox Mambo. Will be released by Jazzman Records on November 26.

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