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There'll Be Some Changes Made The Wiffenpoof Song It's Wonderful The Love Nest After You've Gone It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Thou Swell Nobody Knows Royal Garden Blues St. James Infirmary Blues Fidgety Feet
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Ed Polcher, trumpet; Herb Hall, clarinet; Vic Dickerson, trombone; Jim Andrews, piano; Red Balaban - guitar, bass & vocals; Wayne Wright, guitar; Frank Tata, bass; Ronnie Cole, drums|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Red (and Cats) Hot Night!!!"Review by Big Toots
The live jazz recording possesses opportunities for thrills. It’s the nature of the beast – creativity yields – or it should – excitement and, if we’re lucky, enchantment. With this “Night” we are fortunate to be aurally taken for and participating in a very high-energy ride. “A Night at the New Eddie Condon’s” is, with apologies to Clifford Brown, a joy swing.
Leader Leonard “Red” Balaban himself was a tremendously talented Cat who could play a half-dozen instruments (here on bass, guitar and vocalizing). As a co-owner of an iteration the jazz nightspot, “Eddie Condon’s,” Balaban also led the house band at the club with whom whose namesake Red performed. Condon’s was a hothouse and this night was a swinging “sauna,” where these topflight swing players left derrieres onstage. All of their excitement and energy is delivered in this superlative recording. Covering eleven swing and New Orleans-derived selections (“St. James Infirmary,” “Thou Swell,“ It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing”), frontliners Ed Polcer (always a slick, swinging, melodic and highly underrated player with the best “shakes” on the biz) and stickswinger, Herb Hall fly (“There’ll Be Some Changes Made”). All-time trombone great, Vic Dickenson brings his garrulous style throughout the night (“The Whiffenpoof Song,” “Royal Garden Blues”). Irrespective of tempo, this crew shows it wails (“It’s Wonderful,” “Love Nest,” “After You’ve Gone,” “St. James Infirmary”). Balaban’s vocals add another fine dimension here (“Thou Swell,” “Nobody Knows”). The “Cats” in the rhythm section here do absolutely everything keeping things cooking (“Fidgety Feet”).
There’s hardly any ambient audience chatter during the performances on this superior recording. Guaranteed that that’s testimony to the lucky crowd’s raptured state. These Cats were swinging Svengalis. Yes, this was a very special “Night at Eddie Condon’s.” And, a very special recording, to boot! May I take your order?
(Posted on 6/13/2015)
- Red Balaban & CatsReview by Simon Sez
While Condon was not around, his spirit most certainly enjoyed this set. With Ed Polcer on trumpet, clarinetist Herb Hall (Edmond’s younger brother) and the great trombonist Vic Dickenson, it is not surprising that the music is hot and heated. Together they create Dixieland on such top tunes as “Fidgety Feet,” “Royal Garden Blues” and “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” but without corn, clichés or unintentional satire. These musicians lived this music which is why when they played it, the music lived.
Simon Sez: Well-played and enthusiastic Dixieland is on the menu in Red Balaban’s A Night At The New Eddie Condon’s (CJ17).
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by -Scott Yanow
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