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Time To Dance - Some More by Sweet Mary Cat & Their North American Friends

Hot on the heels of their first Jazz Crusade release, Time To Dance, the band from Lyon, France now offers Time To Dance - Some More. The makeup of the band is basically unchanged from Volume One but trombonist, Bill Evans, is added on three tracks. The unusual five - man frontline is a refreshing departure and works very well. The augmented band cranks out a fabulous nine minute version of Kid Ory’s great tune, Blues For Jimmie. Ory penned the piece upon the death of clarinetist Jimmie Noone. His 1951 recording on Good Time Jazz remains one of my absolute favorites. It’s great to hear it revived so well on this CD. Listen for some beautiful interchanges between trombone, bowed bass and piano.

Led by drummer, Marie Dandrieux, the band tempts the listener with a nice selection of New Orleans dance hall favorites and even a swing era tune in the form of Tuxedo Junction. Dandrieux and her husband, Christian " Ki Ki" Genin are highly influenced by classic New Orleans players. Reedmen, Alessi and Gauthe are hot and imaginative musicians. Add Jazz Crusade’s "Rhythm Guys", Reide Kaiser, Colin Bray and Emil Mark and a good session is almost guaranteed. These men have made quite a name for themselves over the past few years, usually in company with drummer Taff Lloyd.

The last portion of the CD is taken from a 1993 "live concert" in Lyon, France. The band appears sans Marie as she was on maternity leave at the time and is replaced by the young Vincent Hurel. While Hurel is an exciting drummer, he lacks Dandrieux’s purity of New Orleans style. Big Bill Bissonnette and his regular clarinetist, Paul Boehmke join Christian Genin for a lively session. Big Bill renders a fine gravel voiced vocal on Exactly Like You and Genin’s beautiful trumpet clearly steals the show. Paul Boehmke is the "soloist of note" on Pagan Love Song. Boehmke has been with Bissonnette’s famed Easy Riders Jazz Band since 1986.

Looking for some danceable jazz? Try a sample of Sweet Mary Cat.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sweet Mary Cat & Their North American Friends
  • CD Title: Time To Dance - Some More
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Jazz Crusade
  • Tracks: Old Spinning Wheel; The Bells Of St.Mary’s; Tuxedo Junction; Shake It & Break It; Blues For Jimmy; Bugle Boy March; Chimes Blues; Exactly Like You; Pagan Love Song; Big Bill’s Short Number.
  • Musicians: Marie Dandrieux (drums, leader); Christian Genin (trumpet); Jean-Pierre Alessi (reeds); Jacques Gauthe (reeds); Big Bill Bissonnette (trombone); Reide Kaiser (piano); Emil Mark (banjo); Colin Bray (bass); Bill Evans (trombone on tracks 4,5,6). Second Band – Tracks 7-10: Christian Genin (trumpet); Big Bill Bissonnette (trombone, vocal); Paul Boehmke (clarinet); Philippe Harbonnier (piano); Catherine Gerdil (banjo); Guillaume Gerdil (bass); Vincent Hurel (drums).
  • Rating: Four Stars
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