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Very good, but still disappointing,
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This review is from: Hothouse Stomp: Music of 1920s Chicago & Harlem (Audio CD)
This set will leave you wanting more, but I do not mean that in the best way. While the music is excellent, it feels lean. They are covering the music of 5 bands and do only 12 songs, with a terrific singer coming out for only 2. It felt like a tease to have a voice like that and feature her so little. I kept waiting on my first listen for the singer to jump in again, but she never does. That said, what is here is mostly great. My other issue is that the tuba player seemed to be the most enthusiastic musician in the studio. Ever seen the Will Ferrel sketch where the cowbell player is overwhelming everyone else? I hope you like rhythmic pum...pum...pum pum pum pum...pum...pum...because that one note is going to be playing loud and proud through every track for 39 minutes. I listened to some samples of the real stuff that is being covered- the tuba is a background instrument, as it should be. No one has ever written a starring role for a tuba, and for good reason. Perhaps he was too close to the microphone? Tiny Parham and McKinney's Cotton Pickers are available on CD or download and are the predominant groups covered here. I recommend checking out the real old stuff too, though there are few good quality recordings of Parham. His tunes "Mojo Stomp" and "Voodoo" are given special justice here and are the highlights for me.
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2012 11:41:03 PM PDT
Ron Caswell says:
Yeah, the tuba player was enthusiastic. Good. You could have had some knucklehead laying ohm-pah the whole time and nothing else. Comparing the tuba to a cowbell in a Saturday Night Live skit is idiotic. Obviously you have no idea how something is recorded if you would say "perhaps he was to close to the microphone". This CD is not meant to sound like the original recordings. Try developing your ear a little bit and learn how to think for yourself. Your review was puke and useless.
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