By popular demand, here are five more hot numbers from Les Red Hot Reedwarmers, the band that lives up to its name, caught live at the 2009 Whitley Bay International Jazz festival, featuring Aurelie Tropez, Stephane Gillot, Martin Seck, and an enthusiastic rhythm section. (I’ve posted a few performances from this set where Bent Persson joined them — see RED HOT AND BENT. . . )
From the book of their idol, Jimmie Noone, they perform IT’S TIGHT LIKE THAT (a phrase of enthusiastic celebration that has nothing to with Manhattan parking spaces or constricting waistbands):
And a rhetorical question anyone can answer in the affirmative, even if you’re an only child: OH, SISTER! AIN’T THAT HOT?:
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS is now sometimes used to signal that the evening’s entertainment is over and that it’s time for well-behaved listeners to go to bed. But in the Twenties, it was a brisk dance tune (think of the Henderson version with Louis), so the RHR weren’t ready to stop, as you’ll hear:
SAN was recorded not only by Noone, but by the Mound City Blue Blowers, and by a small band out of the Paul Whiteman organization featuring Bix Beiderbecke. The RHR live up to their heroic antecendents with style:
And, finally, MY DADDY ROCKS ME — where the reference is neither to hammocks or to Pilates. “With one steady roll,” say the lyrics. You’ll figure it out once you’ve heard this rocking performance. And that trumpet man? None other than our hero, Mr. Persson:
The RHR’s two Stomp Off CDs are also splendid: the band comes through whole on every performance. I admire the band tremendously for the fervency and beauty of their solo improvisations, but would call your attention to their exact, swinging ensemble playing — those unison passages are suely difficult to execute at any speed, and the band adores racing tempos!
This post is for M. “Stompy” Jones, President and Treasurer of the Mlle. Aurelie Tropez Fan Club, Canadian Division.