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Thursday, October 31, 2019

CD Review: Søren Siegumfeldt String Swing - This is Meschiya Lake

(Review by Lance)

Back in 1973 I was knocked out by an LP by a Danish Group – Fessor’s Big City Band. I still have the record and periodically give it a spin. Well that same Fessor – Ole Fessor Lindgreen - turns up on this delightful album although the undoubted star is Meschiya Lake.

If you live in the northeast think: The House of the Black Gardenia, if you’re a Londoner then think Kansas Smitty’s House Band or, internationally, Davina and the Vagabonds. This will give you an idea where this outfit lies stylistically if not centrally.

Ms. Lake, as befits one of New Orleans’ finest singers, has a gritty earthy voice that does full justice to the contemporary originals sung and played in an adaptation of the jazz/swing pre-war sounds. Along with Siegumfeldt, the pair composed most of the tracks which, along with covers of numbers by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Townes Van Zandt, make for an album that, despite the seriousness of some of the material is a lot of fun.

My Dear US of A isn’t a God Bless America type song, no sir! It takes a swipe at their gun laws. Across the land some murderous fool, Can walk in to a public school, Make corpses of our children, And try to kill us all.

Apart from the vocals and the lyrics and the songs there are some great solos scattered throughout – not least by leader Siegumfeldt on saxes and flute.

I was surprised when I first played it and the surprises didn’t vanish upon subsequent listening. Big recommendation.
Lance
Available November 1 on Stunt Records.

Meschiya Lake (vocals); Søren Siegumfeldt (alto/tenor/bari saxes/flute); Jacob Fischer (guitar); Finn Poulsen (guitar/harmonica); Peter Rosendal (elec. Piano); Kasper Tagel (bass); Henrik Silver (sousaphone); Morten Ærø (drums) + Moslem Rahal (ney/kaval); Bjørn Ingelsstam (trumpet); Ole Fessor Lindgreen (trombone); Peter Fugisang (clarinet); Thomas Hass (soprano sax); Arto Louis Eriksen (vibes/perc); Mingus Alan Eriksen (tambourine).

2 comments :

Russell said...

Meschiya Lake has gigged in Newcastle!

Andsoshedid said...

Meschiya is the goddess of Nola. Tomorrow—the world!

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