This record is so hot it might ignite at any minute. It rocks, it takes toe tapping to another level. This ensemble will whisk you on an excursion to Road House heaven. This is great backbeat music with style and flair. The solos all make sense, you won't hear any sheets of nonsensical notes by these soloists (thankfully so), they simply 'get after it' Swing is certainly King here and Bill has assembled a masterful cast of musicians to take care of this torrid business. I can hear Louis Jordan, I can hear Earl Coleman (he sang it as did Walter Brown) singing "Confessin' The Blues" with Hootie's band. I defy anyone to listen to this disc without saying 'yeah'.....So fasten your seat belts it is one helluva ride.
"Pachuco Hop" sounds like an 18 piece band, featuring a sizzling Tenor solo and a blistering Trumpet message by Bob Brough and Alexis Baro respectively. This tune takes off like a rocket.
"Confessin' The Blues" Some blues shouting by Bill King behind the bands unison backing. Johnson's Alto and Baro's Trumpet are on this tune like a hungry hobo on a ham sandwich.
"Her Mind Is Gone" 'Called her yesterday mornin' ..She called me in the afternoon, she said wait a minute daddy, I'm talkin' to the man up in the moon'.....This tune is strictly blues for the hip.
"Let The Good Times Roll" and the good times roll like a big wheel in a Georgia cotton field, to quote Big Joe Turner. Can't help dancing to this piece
"New Bon Ton Roulay" This number from 1953 is, as Bill King says, the essence of Cajun music and it's no surprise that it jumps off this CD like a fly on a hot griddle. Another gem.
"Got Me Beggin'"..Jay McShann and Ben Webster revisited with a hip vocal by King and a blazing Tenor solo by Bob Brough.
"Friday Fish Fry" This tune is the finest in a collection of fine tunes. Bebop and rhythm reign supreme with a magnificent Bari solo by Chris Gale. Johnson's Alto makes mention of Cannonball in his soliloquy and the Tenor and Trumpet are still orbiting. Stupendous tune.
"Lizabeth" Bill King smokes the lyrics on this composition first done by "The Thrillers"
"Carlton Street Boogie" King is all over the 88's on this one, it moves and grooves to the end and then some. It lingers in the soul a bit.....
Nobody but nobody is afraid to play on this CD, it personifies swing at its very best.