If you saw the title and assumed that this was a Sonny Rollins tribute band, get that thought right out of your head. As much as I admire Rollins, the tenor saxophone is sufficiently well-established in jazz so that it doesn’t need the extra publicity.
No, TENOR MADNESS looks like this:
I’m only sorry that the picture is bite-sized, for it captures Phil Flanigan, heroic bassist, his wife Hanna Richardson, a wonderfully unaffected yet hip singer (and tenor guitarist), and Tom Bronzetti (also on tenor guitar). Oh, say can they swing!
They have a MySpace page, where you can hear them and see where they are playing next: http://www.myspace.com/tenorguitarmadness.
I’ve been an admirer of Hanna and Phil’s for some years now, ever since I was asked to review their first CD (on the LaLa label) for the late lamented Mississippi Rag — I became a fan as well as a convert to their insouciant swing. Jazz party producers, are you paying attention? This trio is compact yet their swinging music pours out generously. And they don’t care if the piano in your living room is out of tune. I predict great things!