CD OF THE MONTH

Every month we are going to spotlight one of our CD’s and run a free giveaway of that CD. This month it’s Jay Geils’ Toe Tapping Jazz.

Send an email to our contact page, gbeaudoin@rcn.com  after accessing this page. We will keep track of the numerical order of these emails and the people  whose numbers corresponds to a pre-selected number  will “win” the CD’s.  These are the two pre-slected numbers this month” 17 and 27.  The amount of numbers and the numbers themselves will change every month. Good Luck.

Jay Geils: Toe Tapping Jazz

This is a must have CD. Who would have thought that a Boston rocker could switch gears and play such elegant swing music? Since the J.Geils Band broke up in the middle 1980′s Jay has gone on to show his passion’s and skills in a lot of different area’s. His passion for vintage Italian sport’s cars led to his founding of KTR Motorsports and continues to this day with his modest collection of vintage Italian cars and motorcycles. His passion for vintage guitars and amplifiers has been showcased in many magazine articles and as a celebrity guest at vintage guitar shows. His deep knowledge and love of American blues is well documented by his recordings with his band Bluestime as well as appearances through the years with the likes of BB King,Johnny Winter. James Cotton  and Joe Louis Walker to drop a few names.  But his first  real musical passions focus is on jazz. Not the modern ” smooth jazz” or the eclectic “avant garde” jazz but the swinging, tap your foot kind of jazz. Thus the title” Toe Tapping Jazz. The material ranges from a swinging version of Count Basie’s Lil Darlin to a bluesy jazz rendition of Fish Market. Produced by Jay as well, the CD has that old style sound with no studio gimmicks or tricks. The band is a who’s who of the New England jazz scene. Members of the Roomful of Blues horns, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Berklee College of Music faculty all contribute on this recording. Jay even plays vibes on Milt Jackson’s Pyramid. Ever on the lookout for young talented musicians Jay enlisted Gerard Beaudoin 3rd to add his contribution on vibes as well. The opener, Good Queen Bess, features Jay and saxophonist Billy Novick. Throughout the recording Billy turns in a flawless performance. Jays guitar tone is classic jazz guitar. His style is Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel based with a generous helping of Jay’s signature blues based style. His comping and Freddie Green, four to the bar chord, work is exemplary. A child of the 1950′s Jay even has a four man horn section perform the hit theme from the show M Squad, written by none other than Count Basie. Sugar Ray Norcia shows his ” crooner ” side with a take on One Sweet Letter from You. Gerard Beaudoin 3rd turns in some nice solo’s on vibes on If I Were A Bell and Don’t Be That Way.  And so it goes. The Roomful Horns with Buddy Rich alumni Jeff Stout on trumpet, Chair of the Piano department at Berklee College of Music ,Paul Schmeling, the in the pocket rhythm section of John Turner on bass and Gordon Grottenthaler on drums,   swing away and knock it out of the park. An elegant, swinging album that showcases the considerable talents of an artist who had achieved fame in one genre but has continued to grow and mature playing the music from his first musical passion, Jazz. – Dan Fogel Contributing Jazz Reviewer

“…  Toe Tapping Jazz  is the most outstanding new jazz CD I’ve heard in many years. ” – Charlie Ricci Bloggerhythms

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