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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Album review: House of the Black Gardenia - The New Lowdown

The albums arrive from far and wide. Across the seven seas and most of the oceans. However, when a locally produced disc shows up, it jumps the queue and, in this case, deservedly so.

HOTBG have built up a following over the past few years drawing in fans from all sides of the jazz divide. Thus we have swing/bop hornmen gelling with a blues mama and a blues papa producing the kind of music that we thought was lost forever.

Most of the numbers were written by Hopper, although Haigh, Rana and Littlefield also chip in. But, here's the beauty, they sound original - and indeed they are - yet they have captured the idiom better than many of the composers who were working that side of the street back in the day!

Rana is the personification of a pre-war jazz cabaret artist, Littlefield sings and plays blues guitar and banjo better than most, the horns bring to mind Red Allen, Vic Dickenson and Albert Nicholas/Coleman Hawkins/Benny Carter, the rhythm  guys don't drop any bombs and the whole shebang could have been recorded in a club in Harlem or maybe down south on Basin St. Instead, it was recorded in Thropton (Northumberland) but, take it from me, close your eyes and you ain't in The Cross Keys! 

If you haven't heard the band live at Sage Gateshead, The Cumberland, The Globe or any of the other venues where they are still rebuilding the house afterwards then your education has been sadly neglected making this an even more essential purchase.

To say "Highly recommended" is the understatement of the year!

Lance.

Release date Oct.31.

Russian Caravan; Deadman Calypso; Graveyard Shift; Big Big Man; Yes She Do, No She Don't; Picture Message Blues; Ain't It Hard; Once in a Million; Tell Lies About Me; Viper Mad; Showgirl; Baby Don't Tear My Clothes; Weed Smoker's Dream.

Neil Hopper (bass/sousa/washboard); Elise Rana (vocals); Kit Haigh (drums/perc/guitar/vocal); Michael Littlefield (guitar/banjo/vocals); Keith Robinson (saxes/clarinet/flute); David 'Showtime' Gray (trombone); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Katya Roberts (violin); Ben Imrye (piano/vocals) + Kieran Parnaby (trombone on 4 tks).

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