Review : Contrapuntal Stomp from Scott Yanow

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Review : Contrapuntal Stomp from Scott Yanow

Big Shout Out and Thanks to Scott Yanow:

For this great review in the August issue of the

“Los Angeles Jazz Scene”

Contrapuntal Stomp (Self-Released)

           The Smoking Time Jazz Club, a New Orleans jazz combo that has recorded at least ten CDs thus far, is comprised of trumpeter Jack Pritchett, trombonist Russell Ramirez, Joe Goldberg switching between clarinet and saxophones (playing piano on one number), Brett Gardner on guitar and banjo, bassist John Joyce, drummer Mike Voelker, and singer Sarah Peterson.

            On Contrapuntal Stomp, it is a tossup if one is more impressed by the band’s expertise at playing 1920s jazz, their enthusiasm and consistent creativity within the style, or the repertoire.  It is not very often that one hears revivals of such pieces as Sidney Bechet’s “Characteristic Blues,” “Okey Doke,” the Johnny Dodds-associated “My Baby,” “You Made Me Love You” (the song recorded by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, not the Al Jolson hit), and “Sweetie Dear.” A particular delight is the charming and witty “Trombone Slide” which was only previously recorded by Roy Palmer in 1932.

            Each of the versatile horn players has a colorful sound and a style that fits very well into classic jazz, the rhythm section swings in the vintage fashion, and Sarah Peterson’s bluesy vocals are a major asset. Whether it is Bechet’s charming “Si Tu Vois Ma Mere” (made famous in recent times by it being used throughout the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris), “Come On and Stomp Stomp Stomp,” or “Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You” (which has no relation to the Rodgers & Hart piece from 1942), the performances are inventive and fresh rather than being copies of earlier versions.

            Although it would have benefitted from including liner notes, Contrapuntal Stomp is highly recommended and available from www.smokingtimejazzclub.com.

                                                                                                Scott Yanow

 



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Contrapuntal Stomp

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Contrapuntal Stomp

Contrapuntal Stomp


Smoking Time Jazz Club’s newest CD is a recording that will be mighty popular with the folks that crave red hot jazz music. 

Sarah Peterson and the band have everything it takes to turn out tantalizing dance tunes and they have put it all into this recording. 

Songs from their favorite artists such as Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith capture the free wheelin’ feel and style of smokin’ hot traditional jazz and slow burning classic blues. 

Using tradition as a guide with a forward movement made sure footed by experience they have assembled a collection of traditional jazz songs that will tickle your feet with that swingin’ beat. 

So get in the mood to groove, pull up your socks and put on your dancing shoes and join the Contrapuntal Stomp.

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Great Review by Scott Yanow in the Syncopated Times

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Great Review by Scott Yanow in the Syncopated Times

Talk about being a bit late to the party, I had not heard of the Smoking Time Jazz Club until recently. A regular fixture in the New Orleans jazz scene since its formation, the group recently released their ninth CD, Take Your Tune And Fly, making me regret having missed their earlier sets.

The current version of the band is comprised of trumpeter Jack Pritchett, trombonist Russell Ramirez, Byron Asher on clarinet and tenor, Joe Goldberg switching between clarinet, alto and soprano, either Molly Reeves or Brett Gardner on guitar, banjoist Joseph Faison, bassist John Joyce, drummer Mike Voelker, and singer Sarah Peterson.

Ms. Peterson’s singing is a welcome part of the band for her vocals tend to be brief but fit very well into the group’s vintage sound. The soloists are all excellent and are in the 1920s/30s style, but the ensembles are particularly colorful and give the band its own musical personality. Highlights include such songs as King Oliver’s rarely-played “Stingaree Blues,” “Kansas City Man Blues,” “Tight Like That,” “Temptation Rag,” and a rousing “Weary Blues.”
This CD is great fun that makes me wish I was in New Orleans, catching the Smoking Time Jazz Club at their regular gigs at the Maison and the Spotted Cat.



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