These guys can really jive and wail. Led by bassist Dave Post and featuring alto saxophonist, Buddy Terry, who played with huge names such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, Art Blakey and Horace Silver, this little big band’s sound encompasses New Orleans and swing jazz as well as their own variation on standard blues genres. They certainly seem to have a great time with each other and the music. Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, they have played venues such as Lincoln center in New York and various regional blues and jazz festivals from Boston to Atlanta.
The disc contains a first-rate mix of outstandingly well-arranged classics and originals as well as a killer assortment of solos. "Down Home Girl," opens the CD with tremendous performances by trombonist, Rob Susman and guitarist, Fausto Bozza, who also contributes wry, walloping vocals to this tune. "Hay Burner," follows a touch lighter but with equally vivacious swinging energy and broader, more colossal sound. John Martin’s baritone on "Don’t Do It" is fierce. Post’s stellar arrangement on classic blues standard "I Want A Little Girl" opens with Bauer’s notable piano and features Buddy Terry on alto. "’Deed I Do," another swinger, features Terry’s deep, rich vocals, Susman’s cutting trombone and punchy trumpet solo by Les Rogers.
Fausto Bozza contributes some in-your-face vocals on T-Bone Walker’s "Gonna Build Me A Playhouse." This one is marked by Ronnie Rauso’s guitar solo. Percy Mayfield’s "Lost Mind" is next. This one was arranged by Neal Pawley who offers up some subtley rousing vocals, here. Buddy Terry on alto is the highlight of Big Al Sears’ slamming tune, "Castle Rock" and Tom "T-Bone" Stinson on organ shimmers. Up next is Fausto Bozza’s high-flying burner, "Wake and Bake," featuring, on tenor, Dan Alvaro. Dave Post’s delightful saunter, "Happyland," is accented with Terry’s alto and Carlos Francis’ shrill, shrewd trumpet. Neal Pawley’s dazzling arrangements on "Lonesome Train" are marked by Albert Leusink’s jaunty trumpet and Andy Reidel’s guitar. Finally, Post’s arrangements on the Ellington classic "Way Back Blues" are enriched by Terry on alto, John Martin on clarinet and Neal Pawley on trombone. Paul Pizzuti and Jason Pharr on drums are also not to be dismissed as they keep the pulse solid, steady and driving throughout.
What a great collection! This one is guaranteed to hook you with its high energy, outstanding variety of solo performances and superior arrangements.