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Showing posts with label Eight O'Five Jive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eight O'Five Jive. Show all posts

Friday, February 10, 2017

Eight O'Five Jive - Swing Set - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Swing Set, from Eight O'Five Jive and it's a swinger. Opening with Make Mine A Double, lead vocalist Lee Shropshire has the house rockin with the strong support of Andy Scheinman on guitar, Patrick Mosser on sax, Bill Bois on bass and Duane Spencer on drums. With a more casual style, Lee gets full vocal backing by the band on Ragged and Andy twists in a stylistic solo leading to a rich solo by Patrick. Get Away is a real hot footer with smoking riffs by Andy and Patrick. Very cool. Backing off a bit, Put It Back, has a smooth Louis Jordan kind of feel with warm sax work under Lee's vocals. One More Glass Of Wine has a real nice jazz club pace with smart solo's by Andy and Patrick. Very nice. Another smoker, Ridu Green's My Mumblin' Baby is a great track with hot sax work by Patrick and again hot licks by Andy...possibly my favorite track on the release. Cool swinger, A Little Bit of Bourbon, is a great closer and totally in the spirit of this music. This band really has the feel of the era and creates a sense of being in the time. Very nice set.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red Rudy Too Tunes artists: Eight O'Five Jive - Too Many Men - New release review

I just received the newest release, Too Many Men, from Eight O'Five Jive and it has a life of it's own. Opening with Big Maybelle's I've Got A Feeling, a fifties style jump track with a reggae beat. Have Mercy Baby has a light springy feel with lead vocals by Lee Shropshire, backing vocals by Duane Spencer, Andy Scheinman, Bill Bois and Patrick Mosser. Mosser also plays a pretty spiffy sax solo on this track. On the slinky, Baby I'm Doin' It, Shropshire lays down some of the nicest lead vocals on the track and backing vocals are tight as well. Misery Loves Company opens with a nice sax riff and a smooth jump beat. Mosser takes center stage with a cool sax solo and Spencer's rhythm is tight. J Liggins' jump track, Drunk is definitely one of the hottest tracks on the release with another cool solo from Mosser as well as a nice one from Scheinman as well. Smooth jazz track, You Was Right Baby, has a real nice guitar solo from Scheinman and a tight melodic line from Mosser as well. Feed Them Monkeys is a fun track with call and response vocals. Mosser kicks up a fat sax solo and gets this track hopping. Big Jay McNeely's hot track, Insect Ball has real spunk and Mosser takes full opportunity to sax out. Nice! Easy going, Kissing In The Dark, gives Scheinman a nice chance to stretch a little on guitar. Fast paced, Young Enough To Be My Son, has a great gait and Scheinman shows her cool vocal skills. Scheinman and Mosser trade solos making this another of the coolest tracks on the release. Very nice! Title track, Too Many Men, has a real sweet guitar solo with double stop bends and Mosser blows out a sweet melodic line of his own. Very cool. Latin influenced, Market Place, breaks back and forth to swing. When this band is in full tilt, it's in full tilt. The rock a billy guitar riffs by Scheinman a sharp and Mosser's riffs are fat. Nice closer for this release.

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