Though these may not be the songs with which father Ben serenaded son Leo, it would not have been a bad thing had they been. Aside from Barney-esque rips of the Godfather of Soul ("Popcorn’s Got a Brand New Bag") and whoever wrote "If You’re Happy and You Know It" ("I Wanna Grow Up and Be Like a Tree"), this more than cute collection contains songs that are sure not only to entertain ("The Tickle Monster") but also edify (the bilingual title track and the geographical "Let’s Go to Goosy Galpa"). Though the music may be beneath the talents of jazz master Ben Sidran (who reveals his previous proclivities in the gentle swing of "The Yellow Bird"), elements like the vocal track recorded by Leo in 1984 ("Pushing and Shoving") are charming and pleasant at the very least.
Track Listing: 1. Let's Go to Goosy Galpa
2. Take It Easy Greasy (You've Got a Long Way to Slide)
3. I Wanna Grow Up and Be Like a Tree
4. Popcorn's Got a Brand New Bag
5. The Yellow Bird
6. Pushing and Shoving
7. El Elefante
8. The Tickle Monster
9. Fantastic Bubble
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.