Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles : High-Fidelity.
Vintage swing in the 21st century.
Denver-based vintage jazz group Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles present
High-Fidelity, an album of all original swing music inspired by the
classic small group sounds of the late 30's and early 40's. The concept behind
"High-Fidelity" is to provide a smart recording of new, danceable tunes for the
swing and blues communities.
The album aims to give dancers and listeners alike
more of what they love, but haven't heard before. The band leader and
self-admitted purist, Joe Smith, deliberately cut out all of the excessive noise
that detracts from the album's primary objective: delivering quality music.
Devoid of crowdfunding, pretentious artwork, and politics, the music speaks for
With the debut of "High Fidelity", the Pickles bring forth the band's
identity. They do not intend to merely mimic the greats, but aspire to create
new tunes that celebrate the refined spirit of pre-war swing and entertainment.
Written with historic acumen in composition, arrangement, tempo, rhythm, and
sound quality - along with true vintage instruments and set-up - the band crafts
an accurate and authentic sound that reintroduces American swing to a new
As a group, the band honed their recording process and musicianship to provide a
pristine sound that is decidedly unique. The album opens and closes with the
band's theme song "Slow Cookin'" in an homage to the big band era's days of
radio shows. "The Pen is Mightier" pays tribute to the small group Goodman sound
featuring a melody played by Elijah Samuels on clarinet, Joseph Chudyk on vibes,
and Al Scholl on guitar. Featuring Prescott Blackler on trombone and Adam
Sammakia on bass, "The Baltiquerque Stomp" is a fast, driving number with a nod
to early jazz. "Benny's Blues" is an ode to current New Orleans trumpet player,
Ben Polcer, and "It's Alright for a Night" pays tribute to Cole Porter. The band
takes inspiration from Billy Strayhorn and the Duke Ellington Orchestra for "The
Gherkin Train", which features Elijah Samuels on tenor sax. All tracks on the
album were composed and arranged by horn players, Elijah Samuels, Prescott
Blackler, and Joe Smith.
1. Slow Cookin' (Theme Song)
3. The Pen is Mightier
4. The Baltiquerque Stomp
5. Benny's Blues
6. Chubby's on the Way
7. Chelsea After Dark
8. Gin and Tonic
9. It's Alright For a Night
10. Dark Elixir
11. The Gherkin Train
12. Slow Cookin' (Reprise)
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Release date: 8/4/2016
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles lives in Colorado USA
Tagged as: Jazz, Instrumental, Bass, Blues, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Swing, Trumpet
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