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Monday, November 28, 2016

CD Review: Kansas Smitty's House Band's - Kansas Smitty's Live.

'Sweet Pete' Horsfall (trumpet/vocal); Giacomo Smith (alto); Adrian Cox (clarinet); Dave Archer (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Pedro Segundo (drums) + Marcus Bonfanti (guitar and vocal) on Messin' Around No More.
(Review by Lance).
After the Basin St. Brawlers at Darlington, The Classic Jazz Party (which I reluctantly had to forego), and last night's Globe session by the House of the Black Gardenia, it seems that music from an earlier age can still be a force today. This album reinforces that belief.
Recorded live at their East London HQ, Kansas Smitty's House Band is a small swing group creating waves in the capital. This, their second CD, comprises original compositions by various permutations of Webb, Smith, Ireland and Horsfall. (Quote), Bend their knee to what has gone before but they have their eye fixed firmly on the now.
I'll drink to that.

Whiskey Rag, a rollicking ragtime piece by Webb and Smith with fine clarinet from Cox,
gets things moving.
Anita, by Ireland and Smith, has Smitty playing some frantic alto throwing in a few bop phrases before Webb takes over with some two-fisted piano.
The live audience like it!
This is Goodbye sees Sweet Pete caressing Smitty's lyric with his whispered vocal. Ireland separates the vocal choruses with a delicate solo that adds to the tenderness of this sad song.
Here's to Huw: R'n'B' verging on R'n'R' and a workout for Joe Webb - I bet the crowd are dancing!
Messin' Round No More: Bluesman Bonfanti played Smitty's Bar in Broadway Market. Brought the house down and became an automatic choice for a cameo appearance - shades of vintage Eric Burden. His vocal and guitar work, only matched by Smitty's gutsy alto.
She's Got Soul: Reminds me of a rag but it's played in a kind of New Orleansy street beat.
North Henry Street lets Smitty loose, Webb makes full use of the 88 notes and Segundo makes the audience know he's not just a pretty face.
Goodnight my Friends is an appropriately named encore with Horsfall's vocal the fondest farewell ever!
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The album was released on Friday (November 25).
Lance.

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