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Monday, July 23, 2018

CD Reviews: Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band - A Woman's Place & Le Donne Mangiano Zucchero

Marla Dixon (trumpet/vocals); Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet/vocals); Haruka Kikuchi (trombone/vocals); Molly Reeves (guitar/vocals); Julie Schenayder (bass); Define 'Dizzy' Incirlioglu (washboard).
(Review by Lance).
Despite my gripe in the previous post, here are a couple of CDs that are more than welcome - they're essential! Essential, that is for those who want a memento of the band's recent barnstorming tour of County Durham as part of the Durham Brass Festival and even more essential for those who didn't catch them. They'll be crying in their beer for weeks to come when they find out what they've missed.
Five girls from way down yonder in New Orleans. Correction, five musicians from New Orleans. Gender becomes irrelevant at this level - indeed at any level. As Dottie Dodgion once said re Buddy Rich in a DownBeat Blindfold Test, "He plays pretty good for a man".
Both of these two CDs are impressive with great solos from everyone including the vocals.
The music may trace back to their forebears but it's as relevant today as it was back then as was proven by the audience's response at the various outdoor venues in the Land of the Prince Bishops. These weren't, in the main, hardcore jazz fans, just somebody's neighbour or the person in front of you at the checkout or maybe standing next to you in the lineup and hoping they don't get tapped on the shoulder. The important thing is that band and audience connected.
Which is the better CD? You pays yer money and you takes your choice. Musically they're on a par and I wouldn't want to be without either. The sound seems a little brighter on A Woman's Place but not enough to sway anyone other than the most discerning of listeners.
Lance.
Click on title link to listen and buy.
  1. Traveling Blues
  2. Puttin’ It On
  3. In The Gloaming
  4. My Heart
  5. Last Kind Words Blues
  6. Skid Dat De Dat
  7. Dusty Rag
  8. Sugar Blues
  9. Charleston Mad
  10. Shake Sugaree
  11. A Woman’s Place
  12. The Love I Have For You.

  1. Washboard Wiggles
  2. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
  3. Shame & Scandal In The Family
  4. My Silent Love
  5. Les Oignons
  6. Empty Bed Blues
  7. Root Hog, or Die
  8. Savoy Blues
  9. Shake ‘Em Up
  10. There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder

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