For The Rat On My Piano, Gerald Kuhn has gathered an assembly of musicians curiously termed the Eclectrophonics Jazz Ensemble. These players have applied their varied styles and talents to music played in the manner of the 1950's and thereafter, from swing to pop to funk. This disc was recorded in California with tons of overdubbing, including the imaginative, melodic trombone of Kuhn laid down behind the syncopated beat of the leader and his cohorts. The upshot of it all are some tuneful experiences, none of which will leave lasting musical memories either with the performers or the listeners. There is plenty of room for improvisation, such as on the group's rendering of "Phil's Request". And there are some entertaining vocal solos by Kayre Morrison. But most of all, the music is sufficiently unobtrusive that it will not get anyone very excited.
There's nothing window shattering here, just pleasant arrangements of standards played by your slightly above average big band. Have fun. What the rat has got to do with all of this is a bit beyond me. Check out more about this eclectic group at www.nuketownmusic.com
Track Listing: Unsettled; I've Got the World on a String; Bewitched, Bothered and
Bewildered; 7 & 2; Watermelon Man; Forgotten Memories; The Rat on My
Piano; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Willow Weep for Me; Denise;
Sidewinder; Let There Be Love; Close; Phil's Request; Hello Young
Personnel: The Eclectrophonics Jazz Ensemble (made of up a large number of
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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