Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Famous Castle Jazz Band Plays The Five Pennies (1959)

ARTIST`````The Famous Castle Jazz Band
ALBUM`````The Five Pennies

Stomp your feet!
The film version of cornetist Red Nichols' life was a Hollywood success, and one of the very few movies to resist the stereotypical image of jazz musicians as drunken, drug-addled losers. Here, the Famous Castle Jazz Band (who didn't play on the original soundtrack) reinterpret songs from that film in a delightful session that brings fire to the cornier production numbers written by Sylvia Fine and authenticity to standards like "That's A Plenty," "After You've Gone" (with a jaunty vocal from Monte Ballou), "Ja-Da," "My Blue Heaven," and the inevitable "When the Saints Go Marching In," given a rousing closing treatment here. Not the soundtrack, but in many ways a whole lot better.

1 comment:

TripleT said...

This is marvelous stuff Mr. Stuffer.
Definitely going to make it to a Sonic Tonic. The Silent Monkey and I would love to do a compilation for you.
Keep up the good work, and if you can think of something that would sound good on our podcast, then that would do you people say?...Sweeeeet

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