Rattle Them Bones

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Since hitting it big in the '90s during the swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have stuck to their retro-guns while finding ways to explore new ground. To these ends, 2003's Save My Soul found the band delving into New Orleans rhythms and R&B, while 2009's How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway featured the music of the legendary Hi-De-Ho man. That album brought them deeper into a hardcore jazz sound and most likely helped them in signing with the Savoy Jazz label for 2012's similarly jazz-inflected Rattle Them Bones. Once again centered around the sweet and lyrical lead vocals of guitarist/songwriter Scotty Morris, the album features a mix of new material, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Since hitting it big in the '90s during the swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have stuck to their retro-guns while finding ways to explore new ground. To these ends, 2003's Save My Soul found the band delving into New Orleans rhythms and R&B, while 2009's How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway featured the music of the legendary Hi-De-Ho man. That album brought them deeper into a hardcore jazz sound and most likely helped them in signing with the Savoy Jazz label for 2012's similarly jazz-inflected Rattle Them Bones. Once again centered around the sweet and lyrical lead vocals of guitarist/songwriter Scotty Morris, the album features a mix of new material, jazz covers, and even an unexpected take on Randy Newman's "It's Lonely at the Top." These are crisply produced, urbane, and always swinging tunes that often have an old-school big-band sound. This impressive large ensemble sound comes via the longtime core rhythm section of pianist Joshua Levy, bassist Dirk Shumaker, and drummer Kurt Sodergren, as well as such featured players as trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka, and saxophonists Karl Hunter and Andy Rowley. With all arrangements by Levy, the band is also complemented by a bevy of stellar studio musicians who round out several cuts here. Also featured here is vocalist Meaghan Smith, who duets with Morris on the romantic midtempo ballad "It Only Took a Kiss." Longtime fans of the group's neo-crooner jazz sound, as well as anybody who digs solidly crafted and always swinging traditional jazz and pop, should find much to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041789822
  • Catalog Number: 17898
  • Sales rank: 11,222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Adventures Of........ (0:35)
  2. 2 Diga Diga Do (4:15)
  3. 3 The Jitters (3:14)
  4. 4 Let It Roll Again (3:20)
  5. 5 It Only Took a Kiss - Meaghan Smith (4:08)
  6. 6 She's Always Right (I'm Never Wrong) (3:26)
  7. 7 Why Me? (3:34)
  8. 8 Devil's Dance (4:33)
  9. 9 It's Lonely at the Top (3:22)
  10. 10 Still in the Mood (5:09)
  11. 11 Gimme That Wine (2:55)
  12. 12 5-10-15 Times (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Primary Artist
Karl Hunter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Rowley Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Scotty Morris Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Joshua Levy Piano, Conductor
Dirk Shumaker Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Kurt Sodergren Drums
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka Trumpet
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Tab Smith Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bernie Dresel Additional Music
Dorothy Fields Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Connie Kupka Additional Music
Ira Nepus Additional Music
Tom Peterson Additional Music
Lee Thornburg Additional Music
Margaret Wooten Additional Music
Alex Henderson Additional Music
Steve Genewick Engineer
Robbie Hioki Additional Music
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Producer
Amanda Zidow Additional Music
Scotty Morris Composer, Producer, Engineer
Joshua Levy Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Kelly Corbin Additional Music
Rebecca Dulatre Additional Music
Anthony Bonsera Jr. Additional Music
Jim Fox Additional Music
David H. Speltz Additional Music
Chad Carlisle Engineer
Scheila Gonzalez Additional Music
Jane Levy Additional Music
Jacques Voyemant Additional Music
Jeremy Miller Engineer
Adam Harr Engineer
Florence Titmus Additional Music
Keith Munson Engineer
Steven Huber Additional Music
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