152 Walker Stone Dr.
Cary, NC 27513
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Songs: Sweet Sue; When my Dreamboat; I'm Beginning To See The Light; Bill Bailey; Dead Man Blues; Shine; Georgia; Once In A While; Old Fashioned Love; Wildman Blues; Our Love Is Here To Stay; My Honey's Lovin' Arms; Black and Blue; Struttin' With Some Barbeque
Songs: Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, Swingin' At Santa's Place, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Good King Wenceslas, Auld Lang Syne
The Swing Era, which lasted from about 1935 to '45, began with the popularity of the Benny Goodman Band on radio and at ballrooms and theaters across the country, and faded out after World War II. Though times and tastes changed, the idea of the jazz big band persisted, and such groups remain a staple of jazz education and often a popular pastime in the local community.
Thus we have the Rocky Mount-based Tar River Swing Band, whose self-produced "Holiday Favorites" is one of the most tasteful Christmas big band albums to come along in years.
The 19-member group, led by baritone saxophonist John Sykes, needs no concessions in deference to its part-time, local status. It swings solidly, projects a tried-and-true big band sound rooted in Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Stan Kenton, and boasts strong soloists in each section. Like the Basie band, the Tar River band's rhythm section is light on its feet and yet powerful when power is needed.
The album opens with the Basie band arrangement of "Jingle Bells," with pianist Dave McAllister spinning a rollicking, Basie-like introductory chorus.
"The Christmas Song" introduces vocalist Carol Ingbretsen (with a hint of innocence and plenty of swing in her voice) and features a nostalgic trombone solo by Frank Bullard followed by the full trombone section. Bullard is heard again on a stirring, Kenton-like arrangement of "Silent Night." Ingbretsen appears again on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."
Trumpeter Art Barnes offers several thoughtful, harmonically advanced solos on the album. -- Owen Cordle, Jazz Critic, Raleigh N&O, Dec. 16, '07
- 6 piece Dixieland Band (4 beat)
Songs: I've Found a New Baby, Undecided, Rocking Chair, Bill Bailey, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, St. Louis Blues, Tin Roof Blues, Royal Garden Blues, Hindustan, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, When It's Sleepy Time Down South
"The joys of Dixieland jazz polyphony are well known, from Louis Armstrong onward. This music is not regressive. Each generation adds something to it. But Dixieland's syncopation, phrasing, and traditional ensemble functions -- trumpet melody, clarinet decoration on top, trombone counterpoint the bottom--must remain true.
It's easy for amateurs to get this wrong. The music has been played badly with intentions as well as mocked, caricatured and stumbled through. But there's no substitute for the authenticity and integrity of a band such as Gable's. All its horn parts mesh smoothly. There's breathing room through all these lines. The rhythm section's accents are a kick: You will be raised to a new level of joy.
This is dance music for the heat as well as the feet. Or as Gable has been known to shout across the bandstand. "If you can't dance to that, you can't walk." -- Owen Cordle, jazz critic
- 6 piece Dixieland Band
Songs: All of Me; Hoe Come You Do Me Like You Do; Closer Walk With Thee; When You're Smilin'; Caravan; Indiana; String of Pearls; Sunday; Found A New Baby; Tin Roof Blues; Struttin' With Some Barbecue; Honeysuckle Rose; Avalon; Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans; What A Wonderful World; When The Saints Go Marching In
Songs: Indiana; If I Had You; C Jam Blues; Bourbon St. Parade; Bye Bye Blues;Isle of Capri;Big Band Medley-In the Mood and One O'clock Jump; Swanee River; Lady Be Good; Sheik of Aribi; Sunny Side of the Street; When the Saints Go Marchin' In
"This is a great swinging traditional band...with Dave Albert's fine drumming. Dick Gable's colorful trumpet, andJimmy Simpson's cooking vibes and all the other strong players...It's a real treat to the ears...the kind of band everyone should hear..." Ed Shaughnessy (former "Tonight Show" drummer)
- Dixieland New Orleans style (2 beart)
Songs: Steamboat Stomp; Canal Street Blues; Once In a While; Backside Blues; Black and Blue; Washington and Lee Swing; Potato Head Blues; Honeysuckle Rose; Buddy's Habits; Royal Garden Blues; Fat Louie's Wake; Wolverine Blues; Atlanta Blues; Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me; Sage Hen Strut; That's A Plenty; Wild Man Blues; Panama; Apex Blues; Sidewalk Blues
- Big Band
Songs: Come Fly With Me; April in Paris; Orange Colored Sky; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Here's That Rainy Day; Blue Moon; If Dreams Come True; The shadow of Your Smile; You're in My Heart Now; Discourse in C; Stormy Weather; Things Ain't What They Used to Be; Travelin' Light; Out of Nowhere; Mean to Me; Desafinado; Ice Castles; Every Day I Have the Blues; Casablanca Blues
- Big Band
Songs: Sing, Sing, Sing; It's Only A Paper Moon; In The Mood; It Had To Be You; Shiny Stockings; Stay With Me; I've Never Been In Love Before; Bill Baily; Someone To Watch Over Me; As Long As I Have You; I'll Still Have You; Wolfe Street Rag; The Nearness Of You; A String Of Pearls; A Wink and a Smile; Caravan; The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else; But Beautiful; Tangerine; I'm Lucky To Be Lovin' You; All Of Me; Casablanca blues
- Big Band
Songs: The Queen Bee; In the Mood; Lonely Street; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Georgia On My Mind; Sing, Sing, Sing; Pennies From Heaven; Corner Pocket; The Nearness of You; Leap Frog; I've Never Been In Love Before; You Made Me Love You; A String of Pearls; Bandstand Boogie
- Big Band, Jazz Tones Singing Group
Songs: St. Louis Blues March; I Got A Gal From Kalamazoo; American Patrol; Lullaby of Broadway; Sweet Georgia Brown; Apple Tree; And The Angles Sing; Chatanooga Choo Choo; Come Rain or Come Shine; Thunderbird
David McAllister phone: (919) 234-0748;
mail: 152 Walker Stone Dr., Cary, NC 27513