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Southern Jazz kicks off this recording with a rollicking version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Displaying how well they work together as an ensemble in the tradition of the Dixieland style of Jazz. Dr. Ted Borodofsky and the rest of the band trade solos. Brief in nature but an example of the skills these guys possess. No fooling around here. A great opener, full of fun and vigor.
“Bye Bye Blackbird” has long been a favorite of many musicians. We are treated to an upbeat and joyous rendition featuring the vocals of trumpet player Jerry Ford. Scatting in a Mel Torme kind of style, Jerry is having a great time. He takes over on trumpet trading chops with Ted and the rest of the band. This one really swings.
Ray Charles popularized the classic Carmichael composition, “Georgia On My Mind”. Ted introduces us to the piece with his wonderful clarinet. Jerry Ford takes over on trumpet playing a few bars before returning to Ted. Nice to hear that the Bass Trombone was included as it adds much warmth and a nice bridge to pianist Homer Pruitt.
“Tin Roof Blues” is a staple among practitioners of traditional Jazz. This loose and carefree version illustrates how flexible Southern Jazz are. Jerry Ford wails on trumpet, bending the notes and approaching the upper stratosphere along the way. Dean Hughes solid drumming pays off in big ways by carrying the band along, and also playing nicely behind Ted’s clarinet.
A traditional New Orleans Second line type beat showcases, “You Are My Sunshine”. Thoroughly enjoyable. The band really gels here. Ted leads the rest of the group through fun and a sense of adventure.
This is the band’s second recording. I would imagine that seeing them live would entail moving the chairs and tables out of the way, and letting the good times begin. This is a band that plays standards true to form. Tasteful arrangements and a well chosen selection of music make this recording appealing to a wide audience.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.