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Max Weinberg: The Max Weinberg 7

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What a crazy bunch of guys. Much of their album is sampled at www.maxweinberg7.com . Piano-led boogie-woogie, rock & roll vocals, up-tempo, jitterbug swing, and a whole lotta party fun makes for an entertaining album. Scott Healy's dynamic piano acrobatics lead the way, while Max Weinberg and horns contribute swinging banter. This is music for serious swing dancers. "Walk Right In," a jump blues, recalls the enthusiasm of Johnny Otis, Louis Jordan, and Louie Prima. Oh yeah.

Drummer Weinberg, who was with Bruce Springsteen for 15 years, became Conan O'Brien's musical director when his NBC-TV program Late Night first aired in 1993. Through this prestigious gig Weinberg has been able to work with an eclectic mix of entertainers.

Most tracks offer blazing solos from the band. Guitarist Jimmy Vivino, who fulfills most of the vocal leads, supplies a fiery guitar solo on "Baby Workout." Saxophonist Jerry Vivino propels the rhythm with baritone saxophone on "Rockin' Time." He lays a hot tenor solo on top of that and shares the solo mic' with trombonist Richie La Bamba. You can picture the dancers working up a sweat. The tune even includes a Count Basie ending. Trumpeter Mark Pender takes his best shot on the windy city tribute "Chi." His blazing, high-note displays here and elsewhere add essential power to the album's intentions. With a passionate vocal lead, "Buzz Buzz Buzz" recalls Elvis, while "Lollipop" carries the enthusiasm of Little Richard. Dr. John's guest appearance on "Catch 'em in the Act" steals the show. Late night television holds few surprises. However, this powerful band could easily keep one from getting enough sleep – dancing the night away.


Track Listing: Jumped; Rock This Joint; Nervous Boogie; Walk Right In; Roadrunner; Baby Workout; Rockin

Personnel: Max Weinberg- drums; Scott Healy- piano, B-3; Michael Merritt- acoustic & electric bass; Mark Pender- trumpet, vocals; Richie La Bamba- trombone, vocals; Jerry Vivino- tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, vocals; Jimmy Vivino- guitar, vocals.

| Record Label: M&K Sound | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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