This is a New Orleans tradition of "something more" - be it an extra roll ("baker's dozen") or an extra handful of shrimp on the order. It's always something you didn't ask for that you aren't paying for. It's the New Orleans way, and we are no strangers to it here.

This section will be a short or long, and it will change frequently and at our whim. It's pieces and slices of life that really don't fit anywhere else, but are important enough to be included.

OK, kiddies - if you have REAL AUDIO you can follow along, if not, get it here:


April 2, 2010
Good God - it's been *that* long???

Sorry...I got shit going on here :-)

Anyway, it's about time you got exposed to a little Diane Birch. Yep, she's been around for a year or so, but I been busy!!! Anyway, her CD "Bible Belt" is a killer. She channels this sweet Southern gospel sung by a girl who crawled in through the bathroom window at sunrise.

She cut a video for her latest single "Valentino", which was pretty neat in its own right, but here is a split-screen version showing how they made it happen. Sounds like they had a lot of fun, but it's way too much work for me.

September 18, 2009

(This is not the main event - please enjoy anyway...)

It is difficult when a musician has a hit, because they are doomed to play it forever. We guess some of the boredom is relieved when the checks come in, or when the fans scream, or when the drugs kick in. We were intrigued, however, by a piece on YouTube of our favorite Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer, who had an instrumental hit way back in 1993 with "Sax A Go Go" (see? even the title reeks of deja vu). She has toured for ages with a bunch of the greats (Van Morrison, Prince, Dave Stewart), and she is very accomplished on her own. She has a great pair of lungs (musically-speaking, of course).

Anyway, this little piece follows this tune through the years. It shows the subtle (and not-so-) changes made over time, as well as her hairstyles. But her energy is as strong now as ever, and we kinda like the way the song evolved. She does kick major ass, so look her up and give her a listen. As Jimi used to say, "It'll do you no harm."

Sax A Go Go (1993 - 2008)
Pick Up The Pieces (Kick-ass version, listen to the last unbelievable note)

August 15, 2009

As long as we have your attention, we thought we'd share some music of a phenomenal talent from Austria. Coshiva has been around for a few years - still hasn't darkened America's door yet - but is nonetheless worth hearing. It's weird to us to watch radio interviews where she is chattering away in fluent German, then hearing her sing "Mississippi Queen" just like she crawled out of bed in the Delta. She always shares candid shots of her and her band as they tour throughout Europe - we love some of those, because they bring us a side of life we'll never see. These Europeans - gotta love 'em.


April 29, 2009
We thought we'd throw a little potpourri your way - three little items we found interesting...

First up, being old enough to remember the 60's (but due to activities of the era, there are some blank spots), Jake used to watch this girl walking to gigs around campus. She was quiet, had long straight hair, and always carried her acoustic guitar in one hand. She was constantly looking for a gig. Jake moved away and then came back many years later, and during that time, she transformed herself into quite a good torch singer. From her CD "
Les Etoiles Mysterieuses", here's Nancy Brennan Strange doing "Walk on By". Jake always hung out with the wrong crowd...

Speaking of local bands, here's Dishwater Blonde doing "Superbionic".

And lastly, your friend and mine, Amy Winehouse extolling the intricacies of a horizontal relationship with Mister For-the-moment - "I Heard Love Is Blind".

Jake out...

March 1, 2009
We missed celebrating the life of one of our favorite musicians when he passed last year. Jerry Reed (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008) was one of the coolest pickers, entertainers, comedians and all-around funniest SOB in the world. The main reason we didn't post anything at the time - in addition to fighting some demons of our own - was because we couldn't get our hands on an mp3 of our favorite Reed song. Everyone knows him for his commercial crap, but he was a sensitive man and a good vocalist, in addition to being the funniest SOB in the world (did we say that already?).

One of our favorite stories is of a night
in Nashville when Jerry and a couple of nameless buddies were staggering a bit from their car to the door of a nearby joint, when he was approached by a drunken bum. One of Jerry's entourage said, "Don't give that guy any money, Jerry - he'll just go buy whiskey with it!" Jerry smiled, righted himself a bit, and said, "Shit, Son - I'd never do that to a man. I'll save him a trip," and he pulled a pint of Jack Daniel's from his coat pocket, handed it to the bum and proceeded to slide into the club, grinning like a possum all the way.

Early Morning Rain - Only Sequachee knows the meaning of this song, because he was there when we used a syringe and spinal needle to drain gasoline from the flooded carburetor of that old yellow Cougar, before we embarked on our epic road trip.

November 7, 2007
Good God!
(And we mean that in the nicest possible way)

She's been called "The Dutch Amy Winehouse", and she's no overnight success. Anouk has been around for a while, and her new album "Who's Your Momma" will be out November 23. "Good God"  is the only song we could steal, but we'll post more when the new one comes out (if we can afford it in the USA). Perez said,

"Good God is a feel-good jam with that retro Wall of Sound vibe that Amy has ridden to massive global success." True "Wall of Sound", and we thought Phil Spector was in jail!!!

If you want to see her strut her stuff in a concert montage of this song, there's a great cut on YouTube .

Want more? Of course you do!!!

UPDATE: Of course, Lisa from Norway hooked us up with the entire album, so we'll get it up here soon - we promise!! (Seee next entry, below...)

December 1, 2006

This is a two-parter. First, a tribute to one of the best friends one could have...

Of course there's no secret that we love Lisa from Norway. Throughout the years she has sent us exceptional music, photos and other inspirations. In fact, she is our muse. Once - on a lark - she sent a photo of herself in an  Emma Peel t-shirt, then upon coaxing, she reproduced the look very admirably. We thought she deserved her own mention, not because she is such a great friend, but also because we could squeeze in all the pics we promised not to show on this page (you can pay us later for "forgetting" about the bikini shots)    :-)

Next up is a sampling of Lisa's latest gift - an up-and-comer named Amy Winehouse. She has a Motown funk and a set of lungs to die for (literally and figuratively, Elwood). These cuts are from her CD "Back to Black" (slightly pricey for us State-siders), but they are definitely worth a listen.

Thanks again, Lisa - and keep 'em coming!!!

November 10, 2006
Of course the faithful three readers of this page know how much we love Tom Waits. But thanks to YouTube, we can share a bit of his madness - bad news is, along with the madness that we loved in the late 70's comes the cleanliness and respectful Tom of the current day. We suppose everyone needs to clean up and fly right, and perhaps some day we will - but don't hold your collective breaths...

First up, "Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michalson)" - this is from his live album, and it brings out the best of Tom at the time. Reminds Jake of countless
after midnight hours at the Krystal on Broadway scribbling poems on napkins - thank God they are lost forever...

Next is one of Jake's favorites, "Jitterbug Boy"

Then there's "Tom Traubert's Blues" - damn, what a fine ride...

One that has always been dedicated to Elwood - "Invitation to the Blues"

But there are tons more on

October 24, 2006

In case you have been hiding under a rock with Osama, the WMD's or the three brain cells W ("I *am* the Prezident") has left for the last little while, the hottest music news is a new album by Ray Charles and the Count Basie band. The tapes - labelled "Ray Charles and Count Basie" were discovered in a vault by John Burk. Turns out they were recorded on separate performances, and Ray never played with the Count.
Burk was pissed and thought, "Sure wish they had played together" - then he had the idea to use technology to make it so. He hired the current Count Basie band and got the Raelettes back together - did a lot of scrubbing on Ray's voice - and painstakingly re-created "the concert that never was".
There is a great audio of the process at the NPR site, as well as a couple of nice write-ups here and here. You know you want it, but until you buy it - here's something to whet your appetite.

October 14, 2006

Things happen when they are supposed to, we guess. Jake was strolling through the hallowed halls of E-Bay one evening and serendipitously entered a random memory. Up popped an album he had loaned to a friend almost forty years ago (never returned, of course). There was a haunting tune on that album - one Jake had never forgot but had given up all hope of finding. Never mind that 95 per-cent of the album was total crap - then and now. PayPal was awakened and the album was brought from hiding.

Was the tune as hauntingly beautiful as Jake had remembered? He seems to think so...

And composer/conductor Milton DeLugg added one more just for good measure-
"Night People"

October 18, 2005

July, 2004, we posted a blip about our favorite torch singer Paige Wroble leaving our favorite swing band (The Streamliners) to get a hitch in Glenn Miller's old organization, "The Airmen of Note". We just discovered some new songs they recorded and wanted to share them with you. The entire compilation can be found here (mp3's). Sounds like she is even more awesome now than when we knew her. And to think, the last memory Jake has is having a martini with her and telling her he wished she'd trill her voice a little more on "Bluesette". Guess she learned, or she knew anyway and was just being kind to an old drunk.

August 24, 2005

This will be a quick one - you probably didn't know
Harry Chapin. You probably don't care. But he was an awesome influence on Jake and millions of people throughout the world. Jake was lucky enough to have known him, seen him a few times, and to even have taken the photo at left (it's not Jake's favorite, but things tend to disappear over time). Harry started a worldwide hunger relief program which is still active today, and he told a damned good tale or two. You can buy his stuff, so we'll not inundate you. His life ended in a car crash in 1981, and some of us thought the music died along with him - perhaps it did. Jake knows that he hasn't really been the same since. Harry was the warmest, most genuine human being it's been Jake's pleasure to meet.

And he could tell a damned good tale or two...and Jake's thirty-year favorite:

July 30, 2005
This will be a strange one. A dear friend brought up "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" today (don't go there), and we suddenly remembered we have never shared the dynamic Maynard Ferguson version - we heard this in the 70's and were blown away (or was it the dope?). Then - as one thing leads to another -  we remembered that we had a Maynard section here on Lagniappe a few years ago, but our web host didn't have enough space, so we pulled it. Now that we have a *real* provider, we're bringing it back.


  • First, you must hear this powerful, powerful arrangement by Maynard...
  • Then, you must hear this emotional duet between Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis. Johnny was the epitome of cool and thought he had this one dicked, but when Ray enters in the last verse, nothing can top the man - nothing...(see the Lagniappe post)
  • Then, we resurrect the Maynard page from ages past - enjoy..

April 6, 2002

Maynard Ferguson (n.) - Master of the Stratosphere. Has been around for decades, and his power never fades. He is one of the original "high-note" trumpet players. Jake was with him on a couple of college gigs, and the funniest thing ALWAYS happens. The little stud trumpet players (in danger of losing their status with the babes) always say, "He has a special mouthpiece", or "His horns are custom-made - that's the only way he can hit those high notes all the time." Maynard was always waiting for those remarks, and he would always take the horn from the hand of one of the guys in the crowd and promptly part his hair. No baby, nothing special - but Maynard. This was from a gig live in San Fransisco in 1985.

  • Lush Life - We are certain when Billy Strayhorn wrote this, he wasn't thinking of Jake the Lush - but Jake likes to think he was.
  • Fireshaker - Just for you folks who think we ALWAYS play slow shit...


July 1, 2005

You're in luck - we almost posted Coldplay :--)

There's a great guy in Knoxville. Todd Steed has hung around and entertained us, made us laugh, pissed us off and generally behaved like a Drive-By-Trucker on mescaline, but we love him just the same. His new release "heartbreak and duct tape" is a killer. We'd like to put it all on here, but then there'd be no reason for you to buy it, now would there? There's some interesting background info on the Disgraceland Records web site and his own. Listen up, wannabes...
PS - Reviews of both Todd and Dixie Dirt in one spot - how cool can that be?

March  23, 2005
Things get weird when you can associate a thought, memory or dream to reality. Jake has always idolized Frankie Assunto of the Dukes of Dixieland and modeled his trumpet playing after him. He met him once in the 70's (souvenir), but never really saw him and the original band play in their heyday. Turns out Mike Marois (related to the Assuntos) has a few kinescopes of some Ed Sullivan appearances that are awesome.

  • Here's our favorite - listen to that sweet trumpet and tell me you wouldn't kill to play like that...
    • Bill Bailey
    • Tiger Rag
  • And if you want another, watch these guys interact - you'll never see this in NOLA today ...
    • Old Man River
    • Bourbon Street Parade

Anyway, Jake was blown out, because on the albums Freddie (trombone) always seemed quiet, and Frankie (trumpet) was of course all Jake listened to. But in concert, Freddie took command and was a Helluva showman - worked HIS ASS OFF.  Check these guys out - they actually like they're having fun!! Your usual suspects (Lowell Miller - Tuba, Jack Meheu - Clarinet, Stan Mendelson - Piano, Papa Jac - Trombone, Red Hawley - Drums)

It allows you to sneak inside a New Orleans that is gone forever - if you were lucky enough to experience it, you are blessed. These were jazz musicians, not businessmen. They had heart, not profits. And they played from their souls, not their wallets. They're all gone now. Jake was glad he got the chance - and is sorry that you didn't...

January  26, 2005

Well, well, well...

We have always tried to expose our three readers to all types of music. And we know that this next group isn't for everyone - but Hell, neither is most of the stuff we publish here anyway.

We give you "Bones Apart" - a quartet of exceptionally talented trombonists from England who have taken the circuit and several countries by storm. Their talent is leagues above what we see and hear in the States, and one of Jake's friends (a trombonist himself) said, "They have just reset the bar, lads - good luck in matching them. I myself am retiring..."

Jake has run out of adjectives. so here are a few cuts with comments.
  • "Stars and Stripes Forever" - Yeah, Sousa never had it so good. Just listen at the end to the piccolo part being played on a trombone, *then* you'll call your Mamma. Anyone wanting a 4.5 mB slice of this as a video in WMV, let us know. The girls are even more amazing when you can *see* them play the ending.
  • "No More Blues" - The title cut, with more of Carol's amazing lip-trills. But the killer is the ending - leaves you speechless...
  • "Georgia on My Mind" - There is NOTHING like the sound of a baritone saxophone or a bass trombone to cement the foundation of  a chord. This group uses the bass like McDonald's uses pickles - thank God!!

Buy this CD from Jake's good friend Steve Ferguson, because he's a great guy, and he'll do you no harm...

January  17, 2004
Oh God - him again???

Get over it. This guy WAS American Jazz.

Anyway - we wanted to discuss two things that happened at once. In 1964 Louis Armstrong released a lame cover of a Broadway tune, but it was significant for two reasons:

  • It was the last recording of him and Trummy Young playing together.
  • And it knocked a "little-known" group called The Beatles out of # 1 on the Billboard charts for six weeks. You - count 'em - six frigging weeks. Never been done before, especially by a guy whose career was supposedly over.

Two reviews (from real people):

  • "OK, some jazz fans may tell you you're not supposed to like this -- that Satchmo somehow "perverted" his talent and went commercial here--but then maybe some jazz fans just don't have a sense of fun. Hello, Dolly was a true musical phenomenon--and it introduced a whole new generation (who'd missed his 40-year heyday) to the joys of Louis Armstrong. In fact, Armstrong's single helped save the Broadway show, which had been predicted to be a huge flop... until the banjo and trumpet-driven single came out of nowhere--smack dab in the middle of Beatlemania-- and became a smash hit. The inevitable album that followed then knocked The Beatles' Second Album out of its No. 1 spot, remaining there for six weeks."
  • "Ok, so this isn't primo Louis. But you know something works right in the universe when Satchmo is annointed to knock the Beatles out of #1. Like, who else was qualified?"

From Jake:

  • "Trummy and Louis were left- and right-hand for years. This is their last recording together, so listen to how Trummy's trombone fills every imaginable gap in this tune. He starts and ends blowing into a cup mute, and goes bareback for the instrumental chorus. He even leaves us (forever) with his signature sign-off . It's totally a masterpiece. Damn, I miss those guys..."
The funny thing is - no one in the band knew they had a hit. Arvell Shaw, bassist, said they were in "the wilds of Iowa or Nebraska" or somewhere out there, and people in the audience kept shouting for "Hello Dolly". The band had to get together on the next break and ask Billy Kyle (piano) to figure out what they were calling for. When they played it after break, the audience went berserk. Louis died in 1971 with a six-week # 1 record in a pop market. How's that for kicking ass?

December 7, 2004

Ho, Ho, Ho - ya devoted musical freaks!!

We're gonna offer up a little change of pace for our first hit of Christmas music this year. Those of you who immediately say "ewwwwww" need to grow up and stick around - it'll do you no harm, and you might even like it.

The gentleman who was, according to the Real Player database, "The musical father of our country, Louis Armstrong should be on the American one-dollar bill" brings you a few tunes.

October 29, 2004
Lightning Strikes Twice

Some days you get lucky. Some days you get REAL lucky.

But Jake and Elwood hit the jackpot last Saturday night when Kayley Burton and Sarah Clapp were back at 4620. We told you of  the last mind-blowing event, which was billed as Kayley's "farewell" appearance. Well, it was - but a glitch in her graduate school package forced her to postpone a little while.

Bad luck for her - good luck for us.

We were a little apprehensive - just think of all the times you wanted to have something the next time as good as the first time (yeah, that too), and it never was. But we only have two words to say...

Holy shyte!

I'll not repeat any of the stuff in the previous post, but let's just say old Elwood was beside himself and was still shaking his head the next day. Jake was simply stunned, as his mouth hung open most of the evening.

Some things to ponder:

  • When Kayley pats her chest just below her neck (like she's fanning herself after getting "the vapors"), she is getting ready to put her soul on the line. You better stand back, 'cause if her vocal doesn't knock you out, it'll make you cry.
  • Watching Sarah sing is like taking a roller coaster ride through Emotion Park. She packs almost as much feeling in her expressions as she does her voice - and friends, that's a lot of feeling.
  • Speaking of watching, this is a duo that *must* be experienced live - to watch the two of them bare their souls in such a powerful, passionate way is breathtaking - and frankly, makes one a little weak.
  • They blushed and were extremely embarassed at the standing ovations they were given - as if they thought they didn't deserve them. Who are you kidding? Anything that gets Jake and Elwood off their asses is nothing short of a miracle.
  • When we told them that we had received e-mails from as far away as Korea asking if they had a CD (they don't - yet), they thought we were lying (we weren't).
  • The sax player STILL needs more volume.

Kayley cruised through the likes of the Eurythmics, Fiona Apple and the Pointer Sisters like a hot knife through buttah. Sarah belted out Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" like there was no tomorrow. Jake and Elwood had many martinis - that's why we waited this long to write about it - we didn't want you to think we were still high on the music (?).

We're gonna send a copy of this little review to the Metropulse - they need to know when there's an ass-kicking musical act in their town. And Jake used to be a professional photographer - give us a call when it's time to shoot that CD cover.

October 16, 2004
This is one we never wanted to write. Ray Charles' last work. It's tough enough to lose him, and even tougher to listen to these cuts, knowing that, even though his body was being ravaged by cancer, and his voice was sometimes frail - his soul was as strong as ever. We didn't pick the most popular tunes on this CD to showcase; we picked the ones that showcased Ray - his amazing phrasing and ability to sing the Hell out of a song. Many words have been written about his genius, and how music and people in general owe him big-time, but Jake owes Ray's long-time drummer Peter Turre and his lovely wife Phyllis (one of Jake's long-time best friends) big-time for sending him one of the best birthday presents ever a while back. Love you, guys!

No, the hardest words are "Goodbye, Ray"

October 7, 2004

Our friend Laura from Kansas City sent us a CD of a local blues band - the Nortons. Knowing what a sucker we are for little girls with big voices, we fell for it immediately. Bad news is, the girl we fell for -
Danielle Schnebelen - is no longer with them, but they're warming up another one (Megan Birdsall) who can probably peel paint just as well as Danielle. All we can tell you is they've been around for a while, and they are a damned good blues band. So as you listen to Danielle kick your everloving ass - make a note to see these guys, if you're ever in the same town together. Listen to EVERY ONE OF THESE CUTS, dammit!!!! This is from their Wild, Wild Woman CD.

August 19, 2004

Ahhh, now it's time for something completely different - Born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979, Hiromi took her first piano lessons at age six, and she has succeeded in blowing Jake and Elwood away with her mastery. She wrote commercial jingles and studied at some prestigious schools, but when it's all said and done - she can kick ass. These are from her "Another Mind" CD.

August 8, 2004
We're sorry it took us this long to realize we hadn't posted this.

As you might know, we had another little unpopular war a few decades ago, and we had a relatively historic social gathering near Woodstock, New York where a few hundred thousand folks got together and expressed the fact that they just didn't like America's involvement in a
politically-induced and seemingly unwinnable conflict.

Rather than go on, we'll let Country Joe McDonald sum it up in his famous little ditty:

July 19, 2004
You just have to love Lisa from Norway. She tries so hard to keep the Brothers Booze as up-to-date as possible, and that's a difficult task, even for her. Her last effort was a super-spectacular collection of goodies, and from time to time, we'll be showing a few of them off here.

Our first sample is from bif naked, another Canadian who is rumored to be Gwen Stefani's evil twin. But you three faithful followers already know that we are suckers for big voices, so have a listen to:

And don't say we didn't warn you!

June 19, 2004

From the number of times we've plugged Jag Star on this website, you'd think they'd give us a kickback, or a free t-shirt, or a kiss from Sarah - or SOMETHING!!!

The new CD is out (you want it), and it is a damned good one, if we do say so. There's enough hype and reviews out there, so we'll just let you taste a few cuts - you will go away hungry.

June 5, 2004

Both Jake and Elwood were crushed when we found out that our favorite jazzygirl Diana Krall had married weirdo Elvis Costello. We could be found in all the pubs in town crying "Why not me?" in our beers. Of course, that got us thrown out of those same pubs.

Either way, we have to admit we were wrong, because their union has changed her approach to music. We like it, but the jury's still out.

Her new album "Girl in the Other Room" is vastly different from her usual rendering of jazz standards. True, her impeccable talent and wonderful fingers are still there - it's just that the songs - many of which were written be Elvis and her - are darker and more introspective.

You tell us...

June 1, 2004

Napanee's favorite girl is back. We don't deal in record reviews, but we know what we like. We have found out that, whenever Avril begins a song with weak lyrics, she ends with a bang, so we will present three such tunes and let you be the judge. We love her, cause we think we discovered her in y'all's mundane little worlds...

May 23, 2004
Jake's Saturday Night

It was billed as a farewell concert. Kayley Burton is apparently leaving for New Jersey to enter a Master's Program in music. For me, it was really a reunion of sorts, and a kick-ass new beginning that had lots of us wondering "Oh my God - why must this end???"

My buddy Brian at 4620 tipped me off to the fact that this was happening; otherwise, I would have missed the whole thing.

I'll not bore you with details - just thoughts, even if they are random...

I first heard Kayley sing in a church (don't faint), and she and her singing partner Sarah Clapp were the most perfectly paired singers I'd ever heard. They seemed to sense each other's feelings and respond to them without hesitation. They were awesome soloists and unbelievably wonderful as a pair.

Due to "creative differences", Jake no longer attends the church. It's a shame to base my church-going on a pair of singers and a keyboard player, right? Oh well...

Here we were, martinis in hand - not knowing what to expect...

The band members straggle in according to the silent Knoxville code of start-time plus thirty minutes - full band, including tenor sax.

I had to grin, because Kayley and Sarah assumed the same left-right posture they always did in church, but the music was ass-kicking pop. Imagine Eliza Dushku from "Tru Calling" and a very young Heather Locklear singing for you.

I was also so impressed with the respect these two have for each other - Sarah is also an awesome solo singer in town, and she couldn't stop singing, but she kept her mouth away from the microphone, because it wasn't her show, but always popped in with that harmony.

But when they harmonized - Oh my God! It was like Siamese twins. They were spot-on - every nuance, bend and lilt of every frigging note. I guess time will teach one to do that, but it was awesome to watch.

I was blown away with every number, but oddly - they tore the house down early with "Billie Jean" - imagine that. And Brian told me they closed the show with a Journey number that REALLY created bedlam.    

Kayley was always the soulful one. She could get down and pull feelings from depths you nor I could ever appreciate, less understand. She made many people cry on more than one occasion with her gut-wrenching renditions, and that is tough to do these days. She took the stage with a relaxation and control that was way beyond her years, and her powerhouse vocals made me wish I'd heard her every time she'd sung.

The band was tight and absolutely dead-on, although the sax player could have used a little more volume.

Farewell concert? I pray to God not.

Thankfully, we can still hear Sarah! So get off your ass and do it!

Hey, don't I get some credit for the times I heard you two in the Big House?

May 17, 2004

Back to tie-dye land we go with some awesome cuts off Joni Mitchell's 1976 album "Hejira". The weirdness of this work was made (in part) by weird Joni herself, but moreover by the bass playing of tortured genius Jaco Pastorius (another site). This guy owned that instrument, and of course died young and tragically (are we having a theme here?). Because Joni's work is best appreciated when it's actually comprehended, we are including the lyrics for you read-alongers.

May 14, 2004

We should know better than to put an old chestnut like this on the Lagniappe page, but where else can we stick it ?
(Go on - you know you want to say it...)

This is a great duet from a cheesy 1950's movie called "The Five Pennies", which chronicled the life of a great trumpeter, Red Nichols. Starring Danny Kaye and co-starring our best buddy Louis Armstrong, the movie is as filled with corn as Iowa, but there was one good tune (worthy of historical note, mind you) from the film.

Danny and Louis had an obvious blast re-doing "Saints", and naming as co-conspirators every great composer and artist that they could work into the song. Lots of mugging and shit-slinging, but it's a great ride (just for fun).

May 12, 2004
Well, our friend Amy and her buddy Holly scooped us on this one. Jake and Elwood were out smelling the yeast when Joss Stone blew America away. Apparently, she hasn't yet become the hit in her native Britain, but trust us - she'll make it.

Seems as though we're having a soul reunion, what with the Cate Brothers, Al Green, Billy Stewart and Otis Redding being posted here in the last short time, but what the Hell - it's a type of music - or rather a "feeling" - that will never die. Two of our favorites described almost the same thing when asked about their genres - Louis Armstrong, when asked to explain jazz, said - "If you have to ask, you ain't got it, pops..." and our late,great rotund buddy JJ Jackson said "Soul? Let's see - soul...hmm (rubs chin and grins) Soul is what you *ain't* got, if you're asking me what it is..."


16 years old??? Give us a break??? Simon Cowell says continually, "You're too young to be singing professionally at sixteen"...guess he hasn't listened to this girl. Her pipes have been rightfully likened to Aretha's - and trust us, that's no easy comparison. Okay - we'll shut up and let you be blown away too...

May 6, 2004
From Jake:

This is something you need to hear, even if you hate it. I woke in one of those "what can I fuck with today" moods, and pulled an album I secretly wanted to clean and put on CD. It is the scratchiest album in my collection - been thrown around and generally mishandled for ages. It is a big band jazz album and was given to me ages ago by Lynn Burnette, and of course I kept it. The only reason I liked it was because of this screaming trumpet player, but other than that - I didn't know anything about the group.  Doing a little research, I realized how completely stupid I really was. This is the only thing I could find:

Earle Spencer was only 20 when the earliest titles on this definitive LP were recorded. His orchestra, which was closely modeled on Stan Kenton's, recorded 16 selections (including three extended two-part performances) during its relatively brief life; all but "Gangbusters" and the alternate take of "Piano Interlude" are on this album. Since the latter two titles are part of a scarce First Heard LP, acquiring those two albums will provide one with the complete Earle Spencer. A trombonist who had to largely give up his horn playing early on due to a heart murmur, the young Spencer put together a mighty outfit in Los Angeles that at times included such notable players as high-note trumpeter Al Killian, trombonist Tommy Pederson, tenorman Lucky Thompson, trumpeter Buddy Childers and altoist Art Pepper, among others. On "Five Guitars In Flight," rhythm guitarist Walt Ellefson is joined by guitarists Arv Garrison, Barney Kessel, Irving Ashby, Tony Rizzi and Gene Sargent. On this set, all of the music is from a three-month period in 1946, with the exception of four selections from 1949. Stan Kenton fans and lovers of progressive big bands will find this collectors' album to be of great interest. As for Earle Spencer, he apparently dropped out of music altogether by the end of 1949 (when he was still just 23), and nothing much has been heard from him since. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide 

Who the Hell was Al Killian? I've played trumpet since before y'all were born, and I've never heard of him. And this is probably why... (Jazz is such a sad-assed business) But he can surely blow up a storm. Sorry if you don't like Big Band (not)...

OK, OK - people from all over the world have been bitching about reading about a tune that we didn't include, so to shut them up - here it is!!!

April 19, 2004
We'll not *even* explain how this one started, but trust us - it began much darker than it wound up. We are presenting a truly exceptional LA session musician - Tom Scott. He is "affectionately" known in musician circles as "Triple-Scale Scott", because whatever the union is paying at their scale (or base rate), he always can get at least three times that. You know him as the geeky sax player on the back of the first Blues Brothers Album, but more recently, if you tune in to any live award show or Hollywood broadcast with an orchestra - and if you ever hear a baritone sax honking the deep notes (ala Motown) - it'll be our buddy Tom. Nobody will play every type of sax on the planet on the same gig but him, and we love him for it.
  • The first is the theme from the movie Taxi Driver. If you haven't seen it, rent it. This melancholy theme started this piece, and thank God the next one pulled it from the trash.
  • You may not have ever seen the movie FM. It was a movie about a radio station and was the precursor to the television show "WKRP in Cincinnati" (if you've even seen that). But Tom's sax solo re-defined the "ho-hum, here's the horn part..." for a Steely Dan tune.

April 11, 2004

WHO ARE THE CATE BROS? (Jake heard that one a lot this week) In an attempt to keep you gentle people abreast of things other than perfect lips and "grooviness", we're gonna give you a few cuts of a great soul duo "discovered" by Steve Cropper in the middle 70's. They had it all - soulful vocals, good compositions, great studio musicians (Steve, Duck - the rest of the Blues Brothers' Band) - the only thing that wasn't in their favor at the time, was they were *white* brothers. Yeah, discrimination sometimes works in reverse, you know. Ernie and Earl were responsible for a great "one-hit-wonder", which is at the end of the songlist. But spend a little time with the other tunes before you get to the end, because they're worth your time. Also, the Bros are still wailing and perhaps near you. Check out their website.

April 6, 2004

What kind of "Saviours of Soul" would we be if we didn't include Al "Hot Grits" Green? His stuff oozed out of Memphis like the sensuous vapors from a 60's waterpipe. There's a better bio than we could write here,
but we wanted to include three classics for your enjoyment.
We don't care about his past or his present - he's a damned fine soulster!

April 2, 2004

OK guys - this one is a big stretch, so with the exception of Tom Waits' song at the end, if you have no desire to hear poetry being read aloud, you may leave the room now. There have been so many "eras" and "generations" in America that it's sometimes difficult to keep up with them. Neither Jake nor Elwood were present during the Beat Generation, which started in the late 40's and continued into the 1950's, but it was an awesome cultural upheaval, and "the suits" of the day were very worried and pissed off about it (not unlike the way they were during the "hippie" era). The generation was born with Jack Kerouac's epic tome "On The Road", and the images of beatniks in berets sipping espresso, smoking countless cigarettes and listening to poetry being read in the coffee houses of San Francisco and New York started flooding the media. It was a time of spontaneous thinking, be-bop jazz and the spoken word. Jake has read just about everything that Kerouac has written, but it was a real treat to unearth some recordings of him actually reading his work. The "holy men" of the time were Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William Burroughs. The "clown prince" was Neal Cassady, who tagged along with Kerouac on some of his maniacal road trips (hence Tom Waits' salute to the pair and the generation).

Enough talk from us - The first two cuts is an unusual pairing of Kerouac reading his work to a piano accompaniment. Steve Allen plays, and we imagine it was done this way to soften the edge created by the beats.
The next is an excerpt by William Burroughs' "The Naked Lunch" - a dark story of a junkie and the beats.

Kerouac again telling a tale of jazz musicians with the keen observational sense that made him stand out as a writer.
And finally - if you skipped down to here, it's OK - Tom Waits' hilarious song about Jack and Neal on one of their cross-country trips (lyrics and some damned good footnotes).

To quote our friend Racheal, "It's all good"...

March 24, 2004

Back in the late 50's, there was a cool movement called "West Coast Jazz" - headed by Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Chet was a stud, and his smooth trumpet playing and poignant vocals had the Bobby-soxers dripping in their chairs. Life happens, and the guy discovered drugs (really?), and went from the guy on the left to the guy on the right. He did pretty much anything for drug money after a while, and everyone thought his career was over when he got the shit kicked out of him by some street thugs in San Francisco in 1968 - a little altercation which knocked out ALL his frigging teeth - not a good thing for a trumpet player. By the 70's he began a slow comeback (with new teeth), but his appearance was staggeringly different (right); the music, however, was still there.

These tunes were recorded  on April 28, 1988 in Funkhaus Hannover, West Germany. You can tell the tiredness in the man, but you can also hear the spirit and hope which has always dominated his music. Mike Conant,  who wrote the liner notes, thought that  things were looking up for Chet. I'll quote him:

Things were looking good again, fortune was smiling. Was Phoenix on the wing? Was this the beginning of a new comeback? Chet had plans. He had his eye on a little house outside Paris. For the first time in all the years of restless one night stands - crisscrossing Europe on a never ending tour - finally a place to call home?

Two weeks later, Chet was found dead in front of his hotel. (He "fell" from his second-story window through an opening almost too small to squeeze. Jumped or pushed? -
Jake ) The circumstances are still murky, for the Amsterdam police it appears to be just another routine case.

For us the album of Chet Baker's last great concert seem like the will and testament of a man whom the Gods must have dearly loved - they gave him so much talent and punished him with his life.
  • All Blues - An old Miles Davis tune kicks off the evening.
  • Summertime - Who can do a concert without it?
  • My Funny Valentine - Chet's theme song. Listen carefully, because it all comes out here.

March 5, 2004

Jake was flying home last night, looking quite goofy grooving to some old MP3's, when he realized his catastrophic mistake - he hadn't let you guys hear Billy Stewart!! This guy was a monumental (in more ways than one) influence on the young Jake. There's a great bio here - otherwise put your groove on for Secret Love and Summertime.

February 26, 2004

We're always glad to see one of our friends do well. Stephanie Pakrul (aka "Steph the Geek") released her debut CD, "Not A Victim" in November. A nine-year labor of love, pain and stress-endurance, she composed, produced and pretty much did it all to birth the CD. Even Elwood has a copy. She's a very energetic and enterprising young woman, and we're very proud of the reviews the CD has garnered. You can hear other cuts on her website, but we're gonna give you "Return to Myself." Way to go Steph!!

February 9, 2004
January 29, 2004

Now you *know* Jake and Elwood would never say "told you so", but...


December 19, 2003
She's back, and she's ready to kick your ass!

You know how much we like Pink, so we thought we'd better bring you a few cuts from her new release "Try This", before she kicks OUR asses.


October 28, 2003
This is a tough one - from several directions. First, when you say to people "Otis Redding", the only thing that comes out of their mouths is "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay". It's probably his best song - but it was also his LAST. Here's what you missed - Otis was a one-man soul machine fanning the fires already burning hot from the Stax/Volt camp in Memphis, Tennessee. Sadly, you'll never be able to know how he could command the stage - when he was there, he was so charged that he couldn't stop - hardly for even a breath! 

Second, the Stax/Volt house band was as tight an innovative a group as there was at the time. In listening to some of these cuts, it's hard to imagine that there are only seven people up there. These guys recorded under two names - Booker T & the MG's and the Mar-Keys, the rhythm and horn sections, respectively. Since Stax folded, the only two bandmembers who gained further notariety were guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Duck Dunn - who were in the Blues Brothers' band.

These songs were recorded during the European tour of 1967 - a few months before Otis' death. The quality of the sound isn't as good as in the studio, but then again, the energy of a live performance would be missing.
  • You've heard Can't Turn You Loose before - it's the Blues Brothers theme song, but what you haven't heard is Dunn's driving bass and Otis' non-stop energy at the end of the song. Whatta ride!
  • The Stones and the Beatles were comrades-in-arms with the Soul factories of the US during the sixties - everybody covered each other's material. Mick and Keith probably had a jaw-dropping moment when they heard the Memphis version of Satisfaction - replete with Dunn's driving bass and the staccato response by the horn section during the freefall ending. Also, Paul and John probably did a gut-check when Otis drove through Day Tripper like a train, once again powered by the Bass from Hell.
  • The horns turn in a nicely-blended mellow performance of the Temptations' My Girl. Nice to hear it again.
  • Few know that Otis actually wrote Respect. Aretha changed it, and it made her a star. This is Otis' original version - I kinda like them both!
  • Sam Cooke's Shake gets a workout - listen to that great sixties soul ending with the bass and horns. Sounded great then - but we blamed it on being high. Since it sounds as good today, guess it wasn't because we were high, eh? Yeah right...
  • Finally, the greatest soul tune of all time has to be Try A Little Tenderness, because of the way the Memphis boys took it from a soft, gentle ballad and turned it into a full-fledged asskicker. There's no way we can describe the way it made the hairs on your neck stand up and the goosebumps roll down your arms. You shoulda been there.


September 15, 2003
Well, we got interrupted in preparing the latest mental enema for you fine people. All the plans were underway, the songs had been laid down, all that was left was some copy. Then this week hit. We had originally placed a byline in Elwood's News, and we honestly thought we could get away with that. But then Johnny Cash bites it and John Ritter pops out at 54 - what's with that? So we went out and bought "The Wind". Feeling a little shaky about our own mortality, it seethed into our consciousness like cigar smoke gets into your clothes.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past year, Warren Zevon was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given just three months to live. He gave a royal "fuck you" to the medical profession and began assembling some friends to assist him in preparing his last album. You can read the reviews here. It is a masterpiece intended to laugh straight into the face of his death, while at the same time both celebrating and making fun of his life.

We thought we'd share three cuts with you:

He saw this album debut at # 16 - higher than any in a while. Then he passed away two weeks later, more than a year after the diagnosis.

We love you, man - "Enjoy every sandwich"


July 29, 2003
OK - We liked some songs, alright? We didn't know we were stepping on hallowed ground. How did we know that Leonard Cohen was an inspiration to Bob Dylan, or that he has more sites on the web than every porn star in the book? Huh? We DIDN'T KNOW!!!

What started as a great birthday present (thanks again, Angi) has moved into something we must share. Like him or hate him, every song is a masterwork of lyrics and music. We might not always understand him, but he's damned well worth listening to.

First We Take Manhattan (lyrics)
Ain't No Cure For Love (lyrics)
Everybody knows (the birthday present) (lyrics)
Jazz Police (Jazzer, drop your axe...) (lyrics)
Tower of Song (lyrics)

June 28, 2003

Benny Carter
1907 - 2003

Well, we lost another silent giant the other day when Benny Carter slipped away at 95. He was a self-taught musician, and he played with the best of them. While researching for a couple of tunes to put here to honor him, we ran across a little-known collection of songs that Benny had written, and he played on the sets along with an excellent bunch of musicians. His songs were vocals, and were sung by some top-dollar vocalists. So instead of re-hashing the same old stuff, we thought this would be a better insight into his abilities.
  Also, there's great series of Real Audio interviews Benny did for the BBC here.

June 28, 2003

OK, the secret's out, and we'll confess. We've had a crush on Janice Siegel since we first heard her sing with the Manhattan Transfer almost (cough) years ago. She has one of the greatest sets of pipes we've ever heard. Her phrasing and selection of melodic patterns has become over the years a thing of true beauty. As her other Transferites have done, she has released several solo albums, but unlike the other chanteuses of this day, she is content to hang out in her Manhattan apartment, being a full-time Mom and a gourmet cook. You can sling hash for us any day, Jan...

These are from her new CD, Friday Night Special (you want it)


May 26, 2003
Introspection tonight:

The Hideout
Elwood's destiny
Jake's destiny

"Good Night, Mrs. Calabash - wherever you are..."

--  Jimmy Durante

May 23, 2003

Well, here we go sticking our necks out again. You know we're saps for little girls with BIG voices. Such it is with twenty-year-old Amy Lee with the Little Rock, Arkansas group Evanescence. She has more power in her pipes than many we've heard since Shirley Manson. Give these guys a listen, and remember - Jake and Elwood are pretty good in the "told you so" category when the Grammys are being handed out. Thanks for turning us on, Little Sister (aka Carolyn).

May 17, 2003

 Well, it was only a matter of time. But with a couple of exceptions, we'll try to not recycle what you have heard already. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business needs a spot here. The headline on the photo didn't copy well, but it read: "RECORD MIRROR, Week ending December 19, 1964..." and the headline, "The Stones can't stop talking about King James". Just a few from the "Star Time" set, and one that isn't.
  • Maybe the Last Time -  Meant something else in 1964, but as James is approaching 70, I'll bet it means omething altogether different now...
  • Ain't That a Groove - First time "the band" was acknowledged as a part or the recording. It meant a lot to us then, and it still does.
  • Out of Sight - After he recorded it, it became a national buzz-phrase, and he started kicking the tempo up a bunch. Still sounds good.
  • Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - OK, the only reason this is here is because you've never heard the whole thing before - it's got recording studio chatter and all three parts of the song together. Live with it.

May 8, 2003
Here we are, eating our words again. Somewhere along the line, we aligned ourselves with New Orleans' Dixieland jazz - then other elements of insurrection began popping up - Fiona Apple, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Boz Scaggs (?) - and so much 70's shit that you thought ypu were listening to an oldies station.

Get ready for bluegrass.


Not THAT kind of bluegrass - the ARTISTIC kind - young guys who (unfortunately) are no longer together, but who stamped a mark on the music scene that will be forever unerasable. The New Grass Revival appeared in the early 1980's and blew everyone away. Two members of that organization are pursuing successful solo careers, although on totally different tracks. Sam Bush is still holding mandolin court in traditional music, but Bela Fleck has launched himself into a jazz fusion element unparalleled in today's world. Starting as an extraordinary banjo player in this group, he blew his mind and style into "notches unknown to man".

So - it is our pleasure to present this seminal group - recorded in Toulouse, France, at the Toulouse Bluegrass Festival (yeah - we didn't know they had that either) on June 3, 1983. Listen to Sam's strong voice on "A Good Woman's Love", Bela's wizardry on the banjo, and the overall goodness which is modern bluegrass. These guys seem to be having so much fun, it's a shame somebody decided they oughta break up... 

Just be grateful we didn't post the 19-minute version of "Sapporo", which is a fucking workout from Hell - give us enough e-mail, and we will!

April 26, 2003

As we mentioned in our "told-you-so" section below, while doing  research a couple of years ago for a piece of the legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson, Jake befriended Allan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky, who wrote an exemplary book on Jamerson and the other musicians who played as virtual unknowns for all the Motown recordings at the time. They were known amongst themselves as "The Funk Brothers", but they were unknown to the rest of the world - until "Dr. Licks" wrote the book that blew the lid off their obscurity. In one of the e-mails Jake and he exchanged during the time, "Dr. Licks" said he was heading to Detroit to film a piece on "The Funk Brothers" - but that was all that was said.

Turns out, this film won Grammys and other awards left-and right, and is now out on DVD. Couldn't happen to a greater bunch of guys. The remaining "Funk Brothers" are on tour, but the others died one-by-one in total obscurity, and often died alone.

USA Today wrote a very nice review of the DVD, and because their work recycles so often, I'm including it rather than linking it.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown  (3.5 out of four)
(2002, Artisan, rated PG, $20 and under; DVD, $23 and under) The Funk Brothers weren't related by blood, nor does "Funk" appear on their birth certificates. Yet this documentary proves that the Detroit musicians easily earned their name with a résumé that speaks for itself. Motown Records' house band — behind such standards as Heat Wave and My Girl — appeared on more No. 1 recordings than Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys put together. Director Paul Justman and co-producer Allan Slutsky convey the lifelong friendships of racially mixed colleagues, including those who fell prey to drugs and untimely deaths. Interspersed are performances of standards by modern-day performers, including Joan Osborne doing a standout What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted. The 2-DVD set includes a Justman-Slutsky commentary, deleted scenes, biographies and footage of a dinner with the surviving members. 

And, just to prove Dr. Licks is a nice guy and doesn't forget his friends, Jake got a nice autograph in the mail the other day. As soon as he can get a decent scan, we'll put it here. You rock, man!

April 16, 2003
Now it's time to talk about the mad scientist of the late 60's and early 70's - James William Guercio.


Yeah - you aren't supposed to know.

This guy was a driven maniac from Chicago who was searching for his own sound - almost in parallel to the search that Glenn Miller made in the 1930's. Glenn found his by accident - James found his by trial and error. But we listeners did benefit from at least one of his great experiments.

His first experiment was the Buckinghams - a nice Beatle-looking popular group from Chicago who slammed at least three tunes that carved their mark on the love muscles of that generation. Listen to the horns, and try to figure out where they're going. We must bow in reverence to the tunes to which we'd been laid:

But James had a plan - and his plan was to make them sound unique. You can begin to hear the changes in "Back in Love Again", which did OK on the charts.

When Jake got the 45 for "Hey Baby", he paid more attention to the flip side, which was a dark tune called "And Our Love". He liked it better than anything else he'd heard before, and he realized there was obviously something afoot, but his young, dope-addled mind couldn't comprehend the significance.

Guercio soon abandoned the Buckinghams for guys who could step up to his dream. Don't get us wrong - his dream was a GREAT dream. It caused a musical revolution at the time. We horn players had been screwed for a few years, because the Beatles and the British revolution (quite a juxtaposition in terms, n'est pas?) had made our lives relatively obsolete.

James envisioned a fusion - an amalgamation of rock rhythm and horns. He had his start with the Buckinghams. He finished his dream with the groups "Blood Sweat and Tears" and "Chicago".

We'll continue James' story later...enjoy for now.

April 7, 2003
I guess we're doomed for a little while to wander aimlessly in the 70's (again). The next icon is a good Irishman who proved (before U2) that there was more than potatoes being raised there. Van Morrison is still around and kicking (albeit probably not as high - wait, check that) and bringing his distinctive sound to yet another generation of hopefully appreciative listeners. I didn't include "Brown Eyed Girl", because if you haven't got laid to it already, you're hopeless.

March 12, 2003

Oh, man...

There was probably never a better tour than was had by Joe Cocker and his crew in 1970 when they embarked on the "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. Sorry new folk, but drugs WERE involved, and this must have been one of the best debaucheries held to my knowledge at that time.


We present some great cuts from that tour, from the introduction to the end. And trust us, they rock - then, and now...


March 8, 2003
Sometimes things just happen for no reason. Usually they suck. This one sucks big. I'll let you read about it, then come back here to hear what you missed from Gran Torino... Sorry I didn't get the news to you sooner, but as you know, the site's been down since December due to ICX selling out.

March 5, 2003
Well, well, well...

Now Jake's not one to say "I told you so", but just look at this year's Grammy awards...

...not to mention the work we did on James Jamerson, which earned our buddies a Grammy for "The Funk Brothers"

We just got a few more to be discovered...

OK then - time to get back in gear. You may or may not know the 70's group Chicago - started out as the Chicago Transit Authority - and you might  hear more of them as we go along, but they released a renewal of jazz standards that was outstanding - no, you haven't heard it, and no - you won't buy it. But you have to listen to at least these two cuts. They have taken some old cronies and dressed them up like twenty-pound slappers (sorry, Amadan - couldn't resist your phrase), Then I listened some more and found another re-work that blew my mind. It's Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade", and the interesting part is that on the final verse, the boys paid homage to Glenn by recreating it in the "Miller sound", which was recognized by a clarinet playing the lead one octave higher than the rest of the band. This time, the second vocalist takes it up an octave. The guys did well...

Damn, I did it again - I added another one. The CD is entitled "Night and Day", 
and you NEED it....

October 18, 2002
Hell, we couldn't have said it better - wait, I think we did...

September 14, 2002

OK, I'm repeating myself here a little - so sue me!

I can't turn loose of Pink - she absolutely kicks my ass. Here are two more that will make you wanna squirm a little - and hopefully smile a lot.

Respect (Nothing like Aretha - trust us)
Just Like A Pill

I am NOT crazy !! I am not snorting Clearasil !!! But I saw Mandy Moore in "A Walk to Remember" and thought she was such a prodigous talent - THEN I discover she's been on the scene for YEARS, and my head has been resting comfortably up my ass. She even won the MTV Breakout Artist award this year for Chrissakes.

But as I was selecting music to post, most of it was - well - sensitive (read that "syrupy"), until I realized she had done the main title for "Center Stage". Even though it's a little "teenie", it manages to make you smile. We're Dancin.

August 26, 2002
We have a dilemma - two people who deserve the spotlight, and not enough time to adequately share it...
OK - our # 1 is "The Boss" - we can sit back and think of the groups that have taken the easy way out - the "reunion" tours and whatever chicken shit ways they wanna go out, but guess what? Mister Springsteen says "Fuck You" to that approach, and Jake and Elwood are behind him on that. Instead of sitting on his lucrative ass, he decides that he ISN'T dead, and actually writes new material. Shocking, eh?? Although SOME PEOPLE don't like this cut, everyone else signals it as a return to the heyday when Bruce and the E-Street band controlled the room. As you listen, can't you imagine the crowd getting into it with "turn it up"... Mary's Place.


What can you say about Pink??? You gotta love the Hell out of her, because she hates Britney. BUT she has a wonderful sense of TODAY in her lyrics, and her music kicks ass... 'Nuff said - Don't Let Me Get Me

August 13, 2002
Ahhh, the 1970's. Nobody liked anything, but everybody LOVED everybody!! We were all pissed off about "The War", kids were getting killed just walking across campus to class, a sleazy-assed bastard was not a crook, and LBJ was laughing all the way to the bank (after probably supervising the hit on JFK).

Still, the undercurrent was silently deafening.

The revolution will NOT be televised (article/lyrics)...

July 10, 2002

We've loved Randy Newman for decades now. We're really glad he's still getting work and winning awards, even if it's for writing those turd-songs for Disney movies.

But we remember Randy when he was a true Southern gentleman - singing with that drawl and in those keys that made you sweat as if you were standing in the middle of a Louisiana bayou in the sweltering Summer heat.

Now before you thumpers start writing in protest about this song, listen to it a time or two - then you'll figure out that you were wrong all along - you Redneck. (Lyrics)

July 9, 2002
Our good friend Lisa from Norway has been busy these past few months, but we managed to get an awesome photograph she took last Christmas from her  parent's house. Now we don't know about you, but if we had to wake up freezing, this would be something worth waking up to...

June 14, 2002

The teen sensation of the week is noneother than Avril Lavigne, a 17-year-old from the big city of  Napanee, Ontario. In less than two years, she has managed to put together a red-hot best-selling album ("Let Go"), have a raucous tour, stay out of jail, and she hasn't even pumped up her boobs with silicone. Imagine that!

Take a listen to the pipes on this young 'un - she's on the fast track for now...

Oh, did I mention she also plays lead guitar? Thought I'd throw this one in, just in case you think she's just too teenie...

May 17, 2002


Our friend Amy (over there wearing her UGA cheerleading outfit) sent us the first Jennifer Nettles CD. She said it was better than the first. Well, she was right...

April 17, 2002
Well, we did it again - we went and fell in love with another damned girl singer...

Jake and Elwood went to see Jag Star last weekend. One of the things we like best about Jag Star is they are not afraid to book killer opening acts - Jennifer Nettles and her band from Atlanta tore the house apart. Rather than fawn over her talent (which was immense), or the fact that Elwood was trying to figure out a way to kidnap her, we'll just let you hear three cuts from her "Gravity - Drag Me Down" CD (which will soon be available on her website)

So sweet - but...


Any questions?

March 25, 2002

Jake finally got off his lazy ass and left the House of Booze last Friday night to catch 22 year-old pianist/chanteuse Norah Jones at Blue Cats. She is an awesome talent, and although her style is mostly wispy and laid-back, she has a version of Hank Williams' old chestnut "Cold, Cold Heart" that sent some of the country music fans in the audience cryin' for their mommas.



March 22, 2002

OK - so who out there DOESN'T know that Jake loves JagStar? Hmmm? Anyone? Anyone? Their new release "Crazy Place" is awesome, so to stimulate you into buying a copy, here are two little cuts. Don't get riled kids - they could hear them at the CD store too, but they can't copy them here!

February 9, 2002

Explanation? Nope...

Justification? Nope...
Apologies? Nope...

The greatest time had in the world by the greatest singer and one of the greatest bands - in a place which is no longer as magical...

Be warned, there may be more of these, but for now -


January 29, 2002
As long as we're educating the under-35's, there was this great "boogie-till-you-puke" band in the 60's- 70's called the Swinging Medallions. Seems all they did was play fraternity parties and get plowed. Their music was infectious and fun, but we swear we never over-indulged while listening to any of this shit...

Double Shot of My Baby's Love (and I lied like a rug...)

January 24, 2002
So like - I'm watching TV one night, and this car commercial comes on. Not a great commercial, but the music was great. So I figured - Hell, almost everyone but Elwood is under 35 here anyway - you guys weren't even ALIVE in the late 60's, so what the Hell would YOU know about music or anything?

There was this one-hit-wonder band called the Ides of March. We think they were trying to pull off either a Blood, Sweat & Tears or Chicago soundalike. But they managed to slam-dunk one of the greatest tunes of that era - pounding rhythm and horns to die for. Vehicle!

November 22, 2001
Yeah, yeah, yeah - I been BUSY, OK???

Thought we'd get back into action with a little Fats Waller. He was a very talented and funny character who could not stand to play or sing a tune seriously. He was the king of the "stride" piano, and there's no doubt that both he and his audiences had a ball when he played.


July 28,2001
Still going through some vintage Louis - no means done yet; however, we are just gonna sling this stuff up as we find it - because it's too good to pass up.

Every number that Billy Kyle did as a solo was an event. The band either made fun in lyrics or just joined in when they felt like it. His style was the most relaxed and superb of that genre. I personally think he was the greatest of his time, but Hell - it's just my opinion.

Here's Blue Moon.

Another thing I love is that the song is over - and Trummy is saying "thankya", going to the next tune. Then Louis does that little smile and twinkle in his eye - and here we go again.

God, I love the All-Stars!!!

July 24, 2001

I got ahold of this unknown Louis Armstrong/Velma Middleton rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and I had long forgot how much they enjoyed teasing each other and "putting on the song". Their innuendo was quite bold for the day, and it made me laugh - so sue me.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Sometimes, you just stumble onto something...again!

I was asked (by someone in New Zealand, for Chrissakes) to try to find other performances by Louis and Velma, and although there are many out there, they are difficult to find. This one isn't as good as the one below, but it'll do until I can get better. This is an AM radio broadcast of "Don't Fence Me In".

June 27, 2001
OK, OK,OK - Jake has been threatened, cajoled, embarassed and bribed into writing a story about his days as a fledgling musician (and other interesting times). After all, Elwood's penning from the pen can't be the only contribution from the Brothers Booze. 

But while this is in the works, flashback to the early 70's - there was a lounge in Florida called The Castle, and it was appended to a liquor store - as are all lounges in Florida. There Jake heard a great (unrecorded) lounge band called Richard Williams and the Casuals. Richard's claim to fame was that he was Brenda Lee's manager and best friend. Jake always cut him some slack on that, until he received a letter from him written on HER stationery. Oh, what the Hell - ya gotta believe, right???

One of their great covers was "I Love You More Today (Than Yesterday)"


Welcome to the world of Lester the Nightfly. Poor bastard is covering the night shift on WJAZ, taking callers, and wishing he were anywhere other than Belzoni.

Even though he's stoked with Chesterfields and coffee, there's got to be a better life than this, right??


June 24, 2001
There are fond rememberances of a group of people in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida in the early 70's - this is for Max, Jeno, Mary, and Sylvia Modica - wherever you are!!! 

Yo Sequachee, remember that road trip in the yellow Cougar? And we actually thought all that liquor would keep us awake!!!

June 8, 2001

Jake and Elwood got the opportunity to hear a couple of local girls do some exquisite stuff at Fairbanks a few weeks ago. We're sorry it took so long to tell you about it, but Jake had to get a new scanner. Regina Rizzi (R), soprano, and Martha James (L), pianist, put on a powerful show. Elwood, whose musical tastes haven't progressed much past Led Zepplin, was concerned when I told him that Regina sang in the Opera Company and was reported to have a wonderfully rich and powerful voice. So he reluctantly went (not sober, of course). Although we had to leave before it ended (Regina promises me a tape of the show, however), he amazed himself at how much he enjoyed it. There was a great mix of classical, popular and show - Regina's voice was exactly as amazing as they said, and Elwood said Martha could tickle his ivories any time. I just can't bear to tell Martha, though.

April 18, 2001
OK OK OK - I have been a little remiss in doing stuff for the site. I'm working on motivation, so anyone who has any suggestions, feel free to use the "contact" button on the left and tell me how to get my ass in gear...

But for those of you who have bitched me out for being lazy, you're absolutely right!!!

June 1, 2000
So do we, Ally!!!

May 2, 2000
Well, it's no secret that Jake is slowly losing his mind.

Let's just hope he keeps a shred or two until football season, for God's sake...

Here's the latest plea....

Kinky is obviously very very busy down there in Dallas, because she forgot HER favorite "WB", Etta James. Going back through the songs, there are three that are absolutely impeccable, but as we were recording them, it reminded us of times past - of dreams unfulfilled, of scents, feelings, sounds...

So please indulge the Brothers Booze, and come back to high school - to that last dance of the year. If you REALLY want to play fair, you'll stop and read the lyrics and savor each song - THEN read the crap written in between. If not... feck off!

The latest in the "WB Parade" - Etta James at Jake's High School Dance.

April 6, 2000
Ain't it funny how things get you thinking? Anyway, back in the 60's Paul Weston released this "New Orleans" album called "Crescent City", because of the huge bend the Mississippi River makes as it heads through town. There was this killer - almost surreal - photo on the cover (see lyrics). Anyhoo, rather than bore you with its entirety, I decided to select a great cut honoring Louis Armstrong, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated this year. Here are the liner notes to Nobody Know the Trouble I've Seen. Enjoy...

"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen is a tribute to Louis Armstrong. New Orleans has contributed many great names to jazz, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver, but none made am impression on the American jazz scene to compare with that made by Louis Armstrong. The debt of every composer and arranger to him is impossible to evaluate. In this tribute, the spiritual is presented first by the orchestra, then in a trumpet solo by Dick Cathcart, in the Armstrong style - not with the intention of repaying the debt, but rather of reducing it a little."

January 27, 2000
Buddy Rich was a legendary drummer. He was also a legendary asshole to his band members. We stumbled onto this website today and laughed so hard we could barely see. Check out the play in four acts called "My Buddy", and don't forget to click the real audio link for each act - you gotta hear this!!!
January 28, 2000

A good friend of mine, who happens to be the drummer for the Ray Charles organization and a professional associate of Buddy Rich, sent me this e-mail today:


 About 6 months after Buddy passed, one of his former sax players calls Buddy's widow and asks, "May I speak with Buddy, please?"  The somewhat shocked widow
replied, "Buddy passed away about 6 months ago". Profuse apologies followed...

The next day he calls again and asks to speak to Buddy. Again the widow tells him
that Buddy died 6 months ago, and again he unendingly apologizes......

The next day he calls again and asks to speak to Buddy. The exasperated widow tells him, "You have called several days in a row now asking for Buddy, and each time I tell you he's dead. Why do you keep calling me?"

The sax player quickly replies..."Because I like hearing it!"


October 4, 1999
It was GREAT being around in the seventies - all sorts of upheavals and cultural changes. Also, there was an intense introspection as well. Were we what we thought we were? Were we what we wanted to be? This tune by BS&T sums up a lot of the feelings at the time - the civil rights movement (which we all knew was right) coupled with the loss of a Southern icon - "Dixie" (which we all lamented). This song takes Dixie and personifies her better than Jake's old girlfriend (are you still out there?) - a lovely, classy breath of warmth and hospitality. We know it to be true. God love these boys for helping us put it into words and music ("Words and music, Wordman. Words and music!" - Eddie and the Cruisers).

So - for all of us there at the time - so long, Dixie...

Sequachee, this hits us squarely between the eyes...

July 23, 1999
Jake HATES remakes! The original songs are always the best.


OK - he can be wrong. Jake spent a few hours and a bloody lip or two with Sam and Dave in the late sixties, and he thought "I Thank You" was as good as it got. And it was for a while. Listen to this remake, Jake has long remarked he would have sacrificed HIS BALLS for these backup singers - he still will. Listen to the girls on the rideout - time for a cold shower! Wonder who's wailing at the end? Take your pick, but Jake really knows who it is...

June 30, 1999
Elwood??? All those years of blowing foam off our beer, and guess what they did with it? I couldn't be happier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 15, 1999
Duke Ellington's 100th birthday year is this year, and it's about time we got around to showcasing some of his work. It's true that he was so brilliant and prolific that we cannot do him justice, but since we're on a trumpet-playing thread here, I thought I'd share a rendition of Satin Doll that was performed in his 75th birthday year on a concert swing through Europe. Cat Anderson was his "high note" man, and this entire tune is nothing but an intro for Cat's unbelievable screeching solo. If Cat hadn't been such a nice man in person, I could have really hated this dude ;-)
June 14, 1999
This is the best soul song ever sung in my presence. The late JJ Jackson and all his rotund-ness, giving it up. You had to see it to believe it folks, and Jake did a little more than see it :-)
February 21, 1999
Well, confession is good for the soul. So the first installment on Lagniappe is Jake's first album. Yep - this is a cut from the very first album Jake bought when he was a mere child. Good thing Alexander Graham Bell still had those phonograph rolls hanging around!

But seriously folks - this was actually Jake's anthem as he was growing up. 

He was an ignorant child hoping for better things, and his dreams were of New Orleans - the night life, the sweet music - he listened nightly to WWL in New Orleans and heard Leon Kellner live from the Blue Room in the Roosevelt Hotel (right after the Cuba Libre program which he couldn't understand, because it was all in Spanish, but he got the drift)

Anyway, his Uncle Ben called him one day and said "You gotta come down here and see this!" (It really wasn'timportant that Jake was too young to drive at the time...) "There's this place that has stereo records, and the sign says, 'Not $3.98, not $2.98, not even $1.98, but $0.98!!" Jake thought that was a deal, so he took a bus to visit his kin - and scoop up an album or two...

Enough family trivia...Jake's childhood anthem...

Listen to Bayou Blues - (Real Audio - 4:01)

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