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They Rock! They Roll! They Swing! by The Treniers

It's been kept from The People far too long -- they don't teach in school, they act like it never happened in Jazz College and Jazz Academia, 60 Minutes has yet to document it, but it really happened: There WAS a point in time in US history, a nexus, where swing, jump blues, and rock & roll met at a crossroads of artistry, commerce and the Party We All Wish We Could Find.... and sizzled. Make that "points": some of Nat "King" Cole's early trio sides (pre-strings-laden ballads and mainstream pop success), some of Louis Prima/Sam Butera's Capitol stuff, and the fab Treniers. In the early-to-mid-1950s, The Treniers (a family affair, brothers who had, individually and together, toiled in the bands of Jimmie Lunceford [Glenn Miller's fave big band, incidentally] and Charles Mingus) founded their own rather unique mix of limber swing jazz, blues shuffles and stomps, the good-natured lustiness and jivey irreverence of jump blues and proto-free jazz wail, scree & skronk to come up with a chunky chili that has zing but nonetheless goes down easy, fills you up (if it's a foot-tapping party you crave) and leaves you hungry for seconds. Imagine if The Coasters got together with Basie, or Bill Haley (whose "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie" the T-men cover here) got down with Woody Herman (it's not THAT absurd of a notion -- Chuck Berry said he was influenced by Artie Shaw and Brian Wilson by the Four Freshman), you'll have an inkling of the audacious savoir-faire of the Treniers...good rockin' to-nite, INDEED!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Treniers
  • CD Title: They Rock! They Roll! They Swing!
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Collectables
  • Rating: Four Stars
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