Crazy Rhythm

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Delmark Records President Bob Koester acquired the catalog of Blackbird Records and decided to reissue the Chicago Footwarmers' '60s LP Hip Flasks and Hotcha, he had an interesting -- and very good -- idea: how about combining the contents of that old LP (which was recorded in 1966 and 1967) with material from a new Footwarmers session he would produce? Tuba player/Footwarmers founder Mike Walbridge and long-time Footwarmers clarinetist/alto saxophonist Kim Cusack both liked the idea; thus, a new session was scheduled in 2007. Crazy Rhythm, a 63-minute CD, contains eight new tracks that were recorded in 2007 as well as nine selections that were recorded in 1966 or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Delmark Records President Bob Koester acquired the catalog of Blackbird Records and decided to reissue the Chicago Footwarmers' '60s LP Hip Flasks and Hotcha, he had an interesting -- and very good -- idea: how about combining the contents of that old LP (which was recorded in 1966 and 1967) with material from a new Footwarmers session he would produce? Tuba player/Footwarmers founder Mike Walbridge and long-time Footwarmers clarinetist/alto saxophonist Kim Cusack both liked the idea; thus, a new session was scheduled in 2007. Crazy Rhythm, a 63-minute CD, contains eight new tracks that were recorded in 2007 as well as nine selections that were recorded in 1966 or 1967 and originally appeared on Hip Flasks and Hotcha. Walbridge and Cusack are heard on both the new performances and the Hip Flasks and Hotcha performances, but while the '60s lineup includes the late banjo player Eddie Lynch and the late drummer Glen Koch (pianist Johnny Cooper is added in 1967), the 2007 version of Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers employs Don Stiernberg on banjo and guitar and Bob Cousins on drums. Regardless, there are no major stylistic differences between the Footwarmers in 1966-1967 and the Footwarmers 40 or 41 years later in 2007; the Footwarmers have remained firmly planted in jazz's pre-bop era, providing classic jazz with a strong '20s/early-'30s appeal. Classic jazz, the jazz that came after Dixieland but before the swing era of 1935-1945, could easily be described as early swing because that's what it essentially was -- and that classic jazz/early swing perspective serves Walbridge and Cusack well whether they are turning their attention to "On the Alamo" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" in 2007 or "Big Butter and Egg Man," "Sunday," and "Darktown Strutters Ball" in the '60s. Walbridge and Cusack haven't lost anything in the chops department, and consistency is the rule on this pleasing disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153024727
  • Catalog Number: 247
  • Sales rank: 223,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Would Do Anything for You - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:42)
  2. 2 On the Alamo - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (4:27)
  3. 3 I Never Knew - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (4:27)
  4. 4 Sugar - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:40)
  5. 5 Nobody's Sweetheart - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (4:18)
  6. 6 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (2:53)
  7. 7 Tin Roof Blues - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (6:54)
  8. 8 When My Dreamboat Comes Home - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (4:28)
  9. 9 Nagasaki - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:09)
  10. 10 Angry - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:24)
  11. 11 Sunday - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:39)
  12. 12 Crazy Rhythm - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (2:55)
  13. 13 Down Where the Sun Goes Down - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:22)
  14. 14 Darktown Strutters Ball - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (2:33)
  15. 15 Love Me of Leave Me - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:08)
  16. 16 Big Butter & Egg Man - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (3:36)
  17. 17 My Honey's Lovin' Arms - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Walbridge Primary Artist, Tuba, Leader
Kim Cusack Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Don Stiernberg Banjo, Guitar
Eddie Lynch Banjo
Bob Cousins Drums
Glen Koch Drums
Johnny Cooper Piano
Eddie Lynch Banjo
Technical Credits
Claude Hopkins Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Alexander Hill Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer, Audio Production
Benny Krueger Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Leon Kelert Engineer
Paige Van Vorst Liner Notes
Sidney Mitchell Composer
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