4

Skip Heller: Songs With Memories: Skip Heller and Friends Play Floyd Tillman

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Skip Heller: Songs With Memories: Skip Heller and Friends Play Floyd Tillman It would be oh so tempting to say the music impresario Skip Heller has found his niche with Songs With Memories: Skip Heller and Friends Play Floyd Tillman but with his next recording, more likely than not, he would prove that statement ludicrous. Heller's 2012 Fakebook II: That's Entertainment (Weatherbird) was a sequel to his 2004 recording of "standards" Fakebook (Hyena Records), the two bookending a number of recordings documenting Heller's curious musical evolution to where we are now.

Fakebook II: That's Entertainment was very much a precursor to the present recording and equally different from the first Fakebook. Heller has been drifting toward older forms for the past several years, focusing on lesser acclaimed artists, those who innovated in the shadows of more "popular" artists. Floyd Tillman is considered one of the founders of Western Swing. A superior songwriter, Tillman peened the great "This Cold War With You," "I Love You So Much It Hurts," and "Slippin' Around." Tillman's bona fides are solid for a relatively small corpus of music, all produced before 1960.

What Heller brings to the Tillman table is a sincere belief in the music and the chops to pay proper homage to it. Heller's singing is deliberate and his guitar playing superb. He is joined by a cast of guest vocalist sharing his dedication to this music. Que up "I've Got the Craziest Feeling" and "Westphalia Waltz" and this music will become crystal clear. What Heller has done here is highlighted music that he gives a damn about so that we will properly give an equal damn about it also. This is a totally fulfilled labor of love.


Track Listing: Rhythm In The Air; This Cold War With You; I Gotta Have My Baby Back; Let’s Make Memories Tonight; I love You So Much It Hurts; I’ve Got The Craziest Feeling; Daisy Mae; Floyd’s Song; Slippin’ Around; Westphalia Waltz.

Personnel: Skip Heller: guitars, vocals; Vicki Brown: fiddle; Thorger Tetens Lund: string bass; Keith Pawlak: drums; Tin Gallagher: pedal steel guitar; Lee Toft: trumpet (1, 3, 7, 10); Sam Williams : alto saxophone (1, 10); Cody Blake: tuba (1, 10); Kevin Chubirka: parade snare drum (1, 10); Gary Stockdale: piano (2); Dave Stuckey: vocals (1); Eden Atwood: vocals (3); Kelly Haigh: vocals (5, 9); Big Sandy: vocals (7).

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Weatherbird | Style: Beyond Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Prick of the Litter" CD/LP/Track Review Prick of the Litter
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Angry Waves Vol.1&2" CD/LP/Track Review Angry Waves Vol.1&2
by Nicola Negri
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "The High Road" CD/LP/Track Review The High Road
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 8, 2016
Read "Interesting" CD/LP/Track Review Interesting
by John Eyles
Published: June 28, 2016
Read "Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27" CD/LP/Track Review Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 14, 2016
Read "Vyamanikal" CD/LP/Track Review Vyamanikal
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!