The Spider and the Fly is a novelty jazz disc in the best sense of the word. Guitarist Sylvia Herold and her Rhythm Bugs prove intent on archiving Swing era vocal harmonies using the songs of the period. This disc may readily be categorized in the same genre as Karen Johns & Company's Peach (Self Produced, 2012). These are the harmonies that can be found on those Saturday reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show, circa 1972. This is seriously nostalgic.
The title tune was composed by Fats Waller in 1938, derived from the nursery rhyme of the same name. Herold and her group sing this song straight with ever the slightest hint of WEestern Swing à la Bob Wills, with Christian Tamburr's vibraphone, dampened almost to a marimba sound, replaces the steel guitar. This is soundtrack music to the American experience, easily understood and projected.
Personnel: Sylvia Herold: vocals, guitar; Jennifer Scott: voice, piano; Jason
Lewis: drums, percussion; Ed Johnson: voice, guitar; Cary Black: bass;
Christian Tamburr: vibraphone.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!