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The Rhythm Rockets - She Swings Blue Vol. 2 (2014)

3-04-2014, 16:30
Music | Jazz | Blues | R&B

The Rhythm Rockets - She Swings Blue Vol. 2 (2014)

Artist: The Rhythm Rockets
Title Of Album: She Swings Blue Vol. 2: After Hours
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Rhythm Rockets
Genre: Jump Blues, Retro Swing, R&B
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 42:16
Total Size: 101 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Mean And Evil Blues (2:25)
02. My Baby Left Me (3:58)
03. I'll Take A Holiday From Love (2:52)
04. Duck Before You Drown (4:10)
05. Let's Rock A While (3:55)
06. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (2:17)
07. Send For Me (4:38)
08. Bread And Gravey (3:37)
09. You Was Right, Baby (3:06)
10. Trouble In Mind (4:39)
11. 40 Cups Of Coffee (2:41)
12. Blues In Orbit (3:54)

With their previous release She Swings Blue Volume 1: The Joint Is Jumpin’, the Rhythm Rockets proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they rate with the best of today’s horn-powered jump blues outfits.

This second volume spotlights the opposite side of the stylistic coin, when it’s after hours and last call is just around the corner. Tempos get sexier and bluer, couples dance closer, and the Rhythm Rockets, a Chicago fixture since guitarist Dave Downer founded the band at the end of 1996, dig deep into the sensuous torch ballads that Nicole Kestler sings so persuasively.

“I always love an opportunity to do a good ballad,” says Nicole, who joined the Rhythm Rockets as their featured vocalist in 2000. “That’s kind of really where my heart is.”

The band laid down enough material over the course of two years of recording sessions to release a two-CD set. Then rock-solid drummer Mark Fornek spoke up. “It was Mark’s idea to put the up-tempo stuff on one album and the slower stuff, the torch tunes, on another one,” says Dave. “So we just kept that theme and released them separately.”

As always, there’s plenty of splendid cover material for Nicole to wrap her honeyed pipes around. Dinah Washington’s voluminous songbook gifts us with a supremely sassy “Mean And Evil Blues.” “She has become one of my favorites,” says Nicole. “I love the music that she does, and I love the arrangements.” Dave customized the 1946 blues to the band’s specifications. On the original, the first three progressions are all piano,” says Downer. “I gave the song to Jon Novi (the band’s ace arranger) to transcribe for us, and he created a saxophone intro that mimics the piano intro. So what the guys are playing is pretty close to what the piano played.”

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