Ask yourself. When was the last time you had fun, I mean really had fun, listening to a CD? If it's been a while, then treat yourself to El Bando En Fuego by Lee Press-On and the Nails. This little treasure is a kicky blend of schlock and sophistication. It is impossible to accurately pidgeonhole El Bando En Fuego. Think Spike Jones meets Xavier Cougat.
LPN's ten members turn out a great sound led by the solid playing of Lee on organ, therenim and marimba. Lee's irreverent personality shows in his interpretation of such standards as "Begin the Beguine" (a song that has never been one of my favorites, but in this particular rendition was enjoyable), and "Brazil"(performed on the therenim).
Besides Lee, the other shining light in this offering is vocalist Leslie Presley. It goes without saying that she has a wonderful voice, but that wouldn't be enough to make her stand out. Add to the voice a solid understanding of the music and you get something special. "Coax Me A Little Bit" is a prime example of Lesley at her best.
The real purpose of covering standards is helping listeners appreciate LPN 's original fare even more. These songs offer some of the most original lyrics out there. "Labrea Tarpits... where nobody's dreams come true" comes to mind.
Track Listing: Pico and Sepulvida, Begin the Beguine, Brazil, God's Gift, Bai Mir Bist Du
Schon, At An Arabian House Party, C.o.t.E Anthem, It Had Better Be
Tonight, Hate Street Blues, shaolin Kung-fu Death Grip on My Soul, Coax
Me A Little Bit, Two Points Up, Pink Elephants On Parade, enjoy Yourself,
Well Did You Evah, Mexican Radio.
Personnel: Lee Press-on. vocals, Mallet instruments, theremin, pipe organ. Leslie
Presley,voacals finger cymbals, Mark Donnelly, also sax, Mike Bello, tenor
sax, Pat Byers, baritone sax, flute, Bob thies, trombone, Todd Grady,
trumpet, CDanny Uzilevsky, guitar, Ian Dickenson, upright bass, Patrick
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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