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Vintage Jazz

by Harmonious Wail

This is the first recording, recorded in 1988 and released on CD in 2007. The Wail was brand spanking new when this was recorded. Produced by bass playing legend Richard Davis.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sam the Vegetable Man
4:11 $0.99
2. Slipped Disc
2:49 $0.99
3. Exactly Like You
5:45 $0.99
4. Tico Tico
4:46 $0.99
5. Basin Street Blues
3:42 $0.99
6. It Ain't Right
3:32 $0.99
7. You've Got to Believe
3:45 $0.99
8. Jitterbug Waltz
3:20 $0.99
9. Is You Is (or Is You Ain't My Baby)
3:58 $0.99
10. Georgia On My Mind
4:32 $0.99
11. Saturday Night Fish Fry
4:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Vintage Jazz - this is a re-release of the Wail's very first recording. Kind of where it all began. The band was only togther for a year when this was recorded. Richard Davis produced and brought in Jimmy Blanton's bass - quite a treat to have the very same bass that graced all those great Elington tunes on this CD.
This about Jimmy Blanton --"Despite staying with Ellington for only two years, Blanton made an incalculable contribution in changing the way the double bass was perceived in jazz. Until his emergence, the double bass was rarely used to play anything but quarter notes in ensemble or solos. By playing the bass more like a horn, Blanton began sliding into eighth- and sixteenth-note runs, introducing melodic and harmonic ideas that were totally new to the instrument. His virtuosity put him in a different class from his predecessors, making him the first true master of the jazz bass and demonstrating the instrument's unsuspected potential as a solo instrument."
Personel on Vintage Jazz ;
Sims Delaney-Potthoff - mandolin, mandola, vocals
Chris Wagoner - violin and vocals
Jon Cooper - guitar
Laurie Lang - string bass and vocals



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Harmonious Wail
I bought this CD while attending UW-Madison, shortly after it came out. Chris and the band were wonderful to listen to in person--I know that Sims led Wail, but Chris was always my favorite--and my wife and I listened to it a *lot*, until we lost it about five years ago.

I didn't realize how much we missed this tape until I started listening to it again. If I could, I'd give the CD 4 1/2 stars because the playing, singing, and production are a little off in places--the fiddle seems a hair sharp, some of the vocals seem a hair flat, notes are sometimes less than crisp. Still, the musicians were younger and less experienced; I very appreciate the band's honesty in not trying to engineer the clams out of the session; and the enthusiasm, arrangements, and song selections more than make up for the occasional clinkers.

There is no material on this CD that I don't like: we play it in the car on drives, listen to it while running on the treadmill (I lost the tape at the Gainesville FL Health and Fitness Center, along with a walkman), and hear it playing in my head from time to time between times. I also like the sequence in which the tunes are arranged. Personal favorites: 'Is you is' (I prefer this by far to the Joe Jackson arrangement), 'Exactly like you' (beautiful vocals, some tight playing - even if the production sounds a little off), 'You've Got to Believe', 'Basin Street Blues', 'Jitterbug Waltz', and 'Slipped Disc' (note: the latter two are instrumentals. The band also sounds good on its third instrumental, 'Tico Tico', but I'm just not as fond of this tune as the others.)

Biggest regrets: the CD doesn't have Chris's renditions of "After You're Gone" and "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie".