Make A Tadpole Holler Whale

by Smoking Time Jazz Club

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Nominated best Traditional Jazz Album of 2016 by Offbeat Magazine's Best Of The Beat music awards.
It's a fine time to get up off your seat and stomp your feet to the new Smoking Time Jazz Club CD Make A Tadpole Holler Whale. This new CD starts off smokin' and just keeps getting hotter. It's a genuine romp and stomp through 1920's era jazz and blues with the band wailing away from beginning to end. 
The new CD features the vocals of Sarah Peterson and Make A Tadpole Holler Whale is a great vehicle for Sarah's style. Listen to her belt out the River Bottom Blues a saga in witch she summons the power of the Mississippi River that she sings about. Also featured on the new CD and a new addition on the reeds is Joe Goldberg. Joe tears it up on clarinet and alto and baritone saxophones with great ensemble work, smoking hot solos and a real honesty and fire in his playing. Check out the alto sax on the classic Maple Leaf Rag and you'll know what we mean. Comin' out ready to swing, Byron Asher has been busy transcribing, revising and improvising on The Penguin. Byron's tenor playing lit a spark in the studio that is sweet music to the ears. Check out Byron and Joe playing clarinet duets on Your Mother's Son In Law, Rhumba Negra and Fare Thee Honey Blues. On Shake A Little Bit Colin Myers delivers a hypnotizing blues drenched rendition of an early New Orleans classic trombone solo. Reconstructing the monstrous melody complete with growls and smears, Colin delivers the traditional low moan of the slide trombone with a fresh flavor 'ala New Orleans. Black And Tan Fantasy finds the high octane trumpet sounds of Jack Pritchett "callin' the children home" and on the habanera serenade Goodbye Daddy Blues Joseph Faison sets the stage for lost love, loneliness and heartbreak with the six strings of his guitar while Mike Voelker and John Joyce beat out a latin tinged rhythm that seems to stick with you for days.
When we play the greats like Louis, Duke, Jelly, Bessie or Billie it's because they really were geniuses and the contributions and insights they made to jazz are relevant right now. We aim to bring that music and those great musical ideas into the future. It has been said that music is a great big tree with very old roots. A tree that is indeed still living and growing and if you look at the top it's still sprouting leaves and it's still comin' out waving in the breeze.


released February 9, 2016

Sarah Peterson vocals
Colin Myers trombone
Joe Goldberg reeds
Byron Asher reeds
Jack Pritchett trumpet
John Joyce upright bass
Mike Voelker drums
Joseph Faison guitar

recorded by Earl Scioneaux III
mastered by Bruce Barielle
recorded at Living Room Studios, New Orleans
art design Shannon Brinkman
painting by John Joyce


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