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Monday Date The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else Strut Miss Lizzie Georgia Grind Skeleton Jangle A Kiss to Build a Dream On I Must Have That Man Jazz Me Blues Rosetta Deed I Do The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me Sugar The Darktown Strutter's Ball Royal Garden Blues Poor Butterfly That's A Plenty
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- "Swingin' City Heat!"Review by Big Toots
Banjoist and guitarist, Albert Edwin Condon, better known as “Eddie,” played an important role in the development and expansion of American jazz in the 20th Century. From his early playing days in Chicago to his subsequent performing and recording activities (and later club-owning) in New York, Condon, like a jazz “Zelig,” seemed to be always where the hot jazz action was. If it wasn’t Armstrong, it was Waller or Pee Wee or Hackett – that’s where Eddie was.
“The Condon Gang – the Chicago & New York Jazz Scene” is a splendid send-up of 16 classic Hot Jazz selections performed by two different, but equally as terrific, ensembles: drummer Hal Smith’s Rhythmakers and clarinet kid, Evan Christopher’s “Chosen Eight.” Whether it’s the Apple sauce or the Windy City swinging, this entire collection is a joy and an appropriate salute to a timeless musical style.
The ensembles’ structures are the same each with superb frontliners who are positively drenched with post-Dixie (but still in their drinking water) steam. Smith’s crew works up their portion with lesser-known swing bait reminiscent of the Chicago type (by way of the Crescent City) styling (“Monday Date,” “Strut Miss Lizzie,” “I Must Have That Man”). Trumpeter Chris Tyle and clarinetist Bobby Gordon and bone doctor Clint Baker cover the Cajun heat in high style as their rhythm buddies in back work up plenty of perspiration. Christopher’s Eastern stagecoach is a pure runaway with a more “branded” rep (“Royal Garden Blues,” ‘Deed I Do,” The Darktown Strutter’s Ball”). Trumpet ace Jon-Erik Kellso is a tad more forceful than his “Windy City” counterpart and reeks of “Wild” Bill Davidson. The entire group (which actually was recorded a year before Smith’s – and, in ‘Nawlins to boot) is flammable and wails as the fire burns.
Comparisons notwithstanding, “The Condon Gang” is that special kind of timeless, uplifting jazz recording that leaves you feeling great and also confident knowing that listening to it will leave you levitated and prancing on air between the two – OK Pops, three - big cities.
(Posted on 6/19/2015)
- The Condon Gang: The Chicago & New York Jazz SceneReview by Simon Sez
Hal Smith’s Rhythmakers with trumpeter Chris Tyle, trombonist Clint Baker, clarinetist Bobby Gordon and pianist Ray Skjelbred would be a difficult group to beat in a battle of the bands. However clarinetist Evan Christopher’s Chosen Eight, which includes trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and pianist Jeff Barnhart, could battle them to a tie. Such songs as “Jazz Me Blues,” “Rosetta” and “That’s A Plenty” sound brand new when played by musicians of this level. Forget what you might have heard about Dixieland being played by old men with suspenders and straw hats, sounding double their age and barely being able to play their instruments. This is hot stuff played by younger players with a lot of energy, fresh ideas and enthusiasm. This is also impossible music not to love.
Simon Sez: Do you want to hear hot Dixieland played by some of the best around today? Then get The Chicago & New York Jazz Scene (CJ22)!
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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Listen The Condon Gang: The Chicago & New York Jazz Scene
- Monday Date
- The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
- Strut Miss Lizzie
- Georgia Grind
- Skeleton Jangle
- A Kiss to Build a Dream On
- I Must Have That Man
- Jazz Me Blues
- Deed I Do
- The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
- The Darktown Strutter's Ball
- Royal Garden Blues
- Poor Butterfly
- That's A Plenty