With song titles like "Let's Commit Adultery" and "(Hey Mister!) She Was My Baby Last Night," Candye Kane is not exactly subtle in her bisexuality. A porn star turned jump-blues mama, the healthy Ms. Kane is best known for playing piano with her breasts - a feat not taught in most music schools.
It might be easy to dismiss Candye Kane as a brazen novelty act, but the girl is so passionate about her decadent philosophy and so lusty a singer that it's difficult to resist her charms. On her latest biscuit, Kane teams with some top-flight musicians, including roots star Dave Alvin (guitar), Texas blues luminary Marcia Ball (piano), and veteran blues bassist Larry Taylor. The tunes are a catchy, well-played mix of R&B, swing and rockabilly. They're also very horny in two senses of the word. Most seem innocent enough until you pay attention to the lyrics, which are naughty enough to make a pimp blush. Best tracks include "Who Walks In When I Walk Out" and "Who Do You Love?"
Track Listing: I'm the Toughest Girl Alive; Who Do You Love?; One More Day (Without Your Love); For Your Love; Didn't We; Who Walks in When I Walk Out; To See a Grown Man Cry; (Hey Mister!) She Was My Baby Last Night; Je N'En Peux Plus Sans Ma Cadillac; Let's Commit Adultery; Highway of Tears; Get Happy; Scream in the Night
Personnel: Candye Kane (vocals); Jeff Ross (guitars, dobro); Steve Wilcox, Dave Alvin, Marco Fiume (guitar); Lisa Otey, Nina Goldin, Marcia Ball (piano, backup vocals); Joey Vee (drums, tambourine, backup vocals); Larry Taylor (acoustic bass); Greg Willis (electric bass); Scott Billington (percussion); Wendy Fraser, Carole Prop, Earl Thomas (backup vocals); Robbie Smith (trumpet, backup vocals); Bob Mathes (tenor saxophone); Troy Jennings (baritone sax); April West (trombone); Andy Paley (marimba)
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.