The Titan Hot Seven is (are?) a lively, multi-faceted, energetic band — full of jostling good humor. They aren’t locked into one narrow style or approach; they are popular and swinging both. A full-service jazz band!
The band is spearheaded by pianist / singer / raconteur Jeff Barnhart, someone you’ve just heard about on JAZZ LIVES for his Fats Waller CD. Then there’s the multi-talented Jim Fryer (trombone, vocals, euphonium) and the swinging Danny Coots, master of the matched grip and rocking down-home rhythms. Danny’s partners in the rhythm section are the very able guitarist / banjoist Jerry Krahn and the powerful bassist Ike Harris. Up in the front, there’s the splendidly assured pairing of Flip Oakes (trumpet / fluegelhorn) and reedman Jim Buchmann. A hot band and a great show!
Here they are at Dixieland Monterey, the Jazz Bash by the Bay.
Danny Coots and Jeff start things rocking instantly with the Twenties favorite (it seems one of those bits of Oriental exoticism — here given a Krupa SING SING SING kick-off) SAN:
And for an instant change of pace, how about the TH7’s romantic side? Here Flip Oakes dedicates Porter’s I LOVE YOU to his wife, in the audience:
Deadpan comic raconteur Jim Fryer brings us to France to honor Sidney Bechet, on the latter’s PROMENADE DES CHAMPS-ELYSSES:
I don’t think the Titans know my dear Aunt Ida Melrose, but they take an easy lyrical trot through “her” song. Listen for Jim Buchmann’s sweet soprano and booting tenor, and Jeff’s irresistible late-vaudeville singing, mixing sincerity and just a hint of Wallerian satire:
I’m sorry that the variety shows on television no longer exist: it seems to me that I’M GOING TO SKEDADDLE BACK TO SEATTLE would have been perfect as a production number for Carol Burnett or Jackie Gleason. Where did the June Taylor Dancers go?
In honor of young Bella Coots, a rocking (klezmer-tinged) I FOUND A NEW BABY:
Something for everyone and then some!
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