Hittin The Blue Notes Vol 2 CD (2004)

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Product Overview


Label Origin Records
SKU 61706496
UPC 805558243226
UPC 14 00805558243226
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2004
Author Dynamic Les Demerle
Technical Info
Engineer Les DeMerle; Les DeMerle
Producer Les DeMerle; Ron Hitchcock; Les DeMerle
CatalogID 82432
Lable Name Origin Records
Released 09/21/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00805558243226
Musical Guests
Jimmy Witherspoon
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals); Keith Holmes (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Matt Vance, Matt Vance (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Marvin Ferebee, Marvin Ferebee (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ricky Ravelo (double bass); Les DeMerle (vocals, drums); Bonnie Eisele (vocals); Kevin Wilder (piano, keyboards); Sam Rodriguez (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ron Hitchcock.
Liner Note Authors: Les DeMerle; Herb Wong.
Recording information: Jacksonville, FL; Unlimited Productions, Jacksonville, FL.
Author: Louie Bellson.
Photographers: Bonnie Eisele; David Burghardt.
Most of the music on this CD, which features drummer Les DeMerle and his straight-ahead sextet/septet, seems to have been recorded in 2000; no exact date is given. However since the late blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon is on "Goin' to Chicago" and "Money's Getting' Cheaper" (from a live date while backed by a trio with DeMerle) and he passed away in 1997, those two cuts date from a few years earlier. No one in DeMerle's group is famous, but they all play straight-ahead jazz quite well and are capable soloists. The drummer decided for this project to pay tribute to the classic Blue Note label of the 1950s and '60s, with most of the songs on this CD originating on Blue Note sessions (although not "Invitation," "Alfie," "Route 66," and DeMerle's original romp "From the Hip," which is similar to "Work Song"). The concise renditions of such songs as "Sister Sadie," "Sandu," "The Sidewinder," and "Killer Joe" are in the spirit of classic hard bop, with trumpeter Marvin Ferebee in particular distinguishing himself. In addition, "Invitation" is a feature for the rhythm section and Bonnie Eisele takes the vocal on "Route 66." Overall, this is an enjoyable set of no-nonsense straight-ahead jazz. ~ Scott Yanow
Disc 1
1 Sister Sadie
2 Cantaloupe Island
3 Sandu
4 Invitation
5 Alfie
6 Route 66
7 Sidewinder, The
8 Killer Joe
9 From The Hip
10 Goin' To Chicago
11 Money's Gettin' Cheaper
Product Attributes
Artist Dynamic Les Demerle
Label Origin Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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