The BRAIN CLOUD is a cooking Western Swing-plus band composed of Dennis Lichtman, clarinet, electric mandolin, fiddle; Tamar Korn, vocals; Raphael McGregor, lap steel guitar; Skip Krevens, guitar; Andrew Hall, string bass; Kevin Dorn, drums — and for this splendid CD release concert on April 26, 2013, at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, they were joined by guests Noam Pikelny, banjo; Rob Hecht, fiddle; Michael Gomez, guitar.
Dennis and company are deeply into the music — but they are not “playing old records”; rather, they bring their own idiosyncratic personalities to the material. And even if you are not terribly receptive to “Western Swing,” fearing that the first word overwhelms the latter, I urge you to put your preconceptions in the bathroom medicine chest and simply listen — I predict you will be delighted. Jazz fans will hear echoes of Floyd Smith and Charlie Christian, of Count Basie and Benny Goodman — all synthesized in the most natural way in 2013 music that has an arresting but loving impact.
Here’s the first set.
ALMOST TO TULSA:
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (what witty lyrics!):
TRIGGER BLUES (featuring an impromptu duet between Tamar and Andrew, with hints of MY DADDY ROCKS ME):
The classic I AIN’T GOT NOBODY, with Rob Hecht and Noam Pikelny joining in:
The very sweet MAIDEN’S PRAYER:
I SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN:
Patsy Cline’s love-lament I’VE GOT YOUR PICTURE:
SUGAR BLUES, with Michael Gomez joining in:
WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP:
The concert was uplifting in the nicest ways — worth the walk in the darkness over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway!
I should point out that this was also a CD release party, so don’t let the videos produce forgetfulness . . . the new CD, OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, is a delight that stands alongside the videos for pure pleasure. You can order OUTSIDE LOOKING IN as a CD, download, or vinyl record (why not get all three and be safe?) at braincloud.
May your happiness increase!