Saturday, April 2, 2011

the Moonshiners new CD, Frenchmen Street parade!

It's so hot off the stove it's burnin my hands! The New Orleans Moonshiners "Frenchmen Street parade"!

This past Thursday night i cruised down the street to the Spotted Cat, to attend the special night for the Moon Shiners, celebrating their third CD, which includes six originals by Chris Edmunds.

The title track "Frenchmen Street Parade" is one of those originals following the footsteps of Bourbon St. Parade and South Rampart St. Parade, Today, it's Frenchmen street where the New Orleans Jazz fans come to meet, with Parades commonly passing by the clubs.

Chris brings another original number "Doin' that Lindy Hop Dance" which paints a picture of the Lindy Hoppers on the Riverboats during the 1940's dancing to those Dixieland bands. A great tempo with Ronell, Chuck and Bruce soloing in-between the singing, and then slam it home! It's sure to become a popular choice among the DJ's.

Chuck delivers some amazing vocals on three tracks, Sister Kate, Shine and Whoopin Blues. Like his Cornet playing, he deliveries powerful phrases that pull you off the stool and dancing!

Chuck is always delightful to hear sing, rumor has it the girls really love it, so next your in NOLA you come judge for yourself.

I could sit here, and talk about how great each track is, instead I'll just get the point.
The whole CD is packed with solid numbers, for any fan of Traditional New Orleans Jazz! The CD has perfect right down the middle tempo's for dancers, including some seriously good second line stuff!

I also really enjoy "Let me call you sweetheart" with Sarah Quintana, i can't help but dance through history on that one, and Christina Perez' delivery of "Look for the Silver Lining" lays down a delightful great slow number, which is followed by Chris singing "Put on an Old Gray Bonnet" which makes me picture the legendary dancers Al Minn and Leon James, trading steps back and forth! Pure Fun!

If you're into Jazz Dance, this CD is a must for your collection.

Head over their website!

The New Orleans Moonshiners
Chris Edmunds, Gregory Smith, Bryan Besse, Bruce Brackman, Chuck Brackman, Mark Braud, Sarah Quintana, Christina Perez,Jon Gross, Aaron Paulin.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jelly and another possible influence

I came across this article and just had to share it. Alex Ross is an amazing writer,so check out his blog!

Was Stravinsky ready for this Jelly?
article by Alex Ross

A correspondent has skeptically greeted my claim ("The Record Effect" again) that Stravinsky could have listened to Jelly Roll Morton in 1916. He says that there were no Jelly Roll Morton recordings before 1923. (Or 1918, if you believe the artist's own recollections.) My statement was based on the fact that Morton's "'Jelly Roll' Blues" was published in Chicago in 1915. It seemed to me possible that there was a disc of that classic number in circulation, and that Ernest Ansermet brought it back for Stravinsky to hear after a 1916 American tour with the Ballets Russes. Admittedly, there's no evidence of such a recording. It's more likely that Ansermet found some sheet music. In any case, Gabriel Fournier insisted in a 1952 essay on Erik Satie ("Erik Satie et son époque," Revue musicale, June 1952) that Satie was in the habit of playing Jelly Roll Morton during the period in which he wrote Parade (premiered in 1917), and that he obtained the music from the pile of recordings that Ansermet gave to Stravinsky. Certainly there's potential for confusion on the French end of things. For "apparently," read "possibly."

A striking fact emerges from Lawrence Gushee's important new book Pioneers of Jazz: The Story of the Creole Band (Oxford UP). In the year 1916 the Creole Band was spreading the New Orleans sound across America, and in December of that year it opened a run of shows at the Empress theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Opening that same night at the Omaha Auditorium — Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes! The company was on the second leg of its American tour, and the star attraction was Nijinsky's new production of Till Eulenspiegel.