Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts

by Dan Hicks
     
 
Dan Hicks' multifaceted musicality and adroit lyrical aptitude surface on Selected Shorts (2004). Backed by his 21st century reformation of the Hot Licks -- including the powerhouse rhythm section of Jim Keltner (drums) and Tony Garnier (bass) -- Hicks blends his love of swing and continental jazz into

Overview

Dan Hicks' multifaceted musicality and adroit lyrical aptitude surface on Selected Shorts (2004). Backed by his 21st century reformation of the Hot Licks -- including the powerhouse rhythm section of Jim Keltner (drums) and Tony Garnier (bass) -- Hicks blends his love of swing and continental jazz into a uniquely modern sensibility. He likewise remains remarkably prolific, penning 11 of the set's 14 cuts. The eclectic affair opens with a spry "Mama's Boy Blues" that barrels along, augmented by some piquant Hammond B-3 organ maneuvers from Mike Finnigan. "That's Where I'm At" is a hot-steppin' number that would have sounded right at home on the bandstand of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Returning Hot Lick "Symphony" Sid Page (violin), adorns the melody, while Van Dyke Parks (accordion) creates an ethereal gypsy-esque vibe surrounding Hicks' surreal poetry. The blues-fused original "Hey Bartender" chugs steadily, sporting a humorous call-and-response with the Lickettes. Hicks is joined by Willie Nelson on the ambling "One More Cowboy," a tune infused with same Southwestern flavor of Nelson's classic duets with Waylon Jennings. "Barstool Boogie" stands out not only for featuring a co-lead with Jimmy Buffet (vocals), but as a stellar example of Hicks' deliciously droll dialogue and trademark infectious groove. Another zenith is the remake of "C'mon-A-My-House," adopting a darker quality compared to Rosemary Clooney's 1951 version. The album concludes with "That Ain't Right" and the pairing of Hicks and Butthole Surfers' frontman Gibby Haynes -- whose contributions are derived from a collect phone call -- further exemplifies Hicks' artistic malleability. In this way he enters the ranks of Tom Waits and the aforementioned Van Dyke Parks in terms of relevance to a modern audience. Whether you're a longtime Dan Hicks enthusiast or a recent convert, Selected Shorts is a heartily recommended entry into his intangible, yet instantly recognizable canon.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Surfdog Records Ada
UPC:
0640424403928
catalogNumber:
44039
Rank:
43159

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Hicks   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Jimmy Buffett   Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Denny Freeman   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Sid Page   Violin
Gary Hoey   Electric Guitar
Dave Bell   Rhythm Guitar
Tony Garnier   Bass
Gibby Haynes   Vocals
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Bobbi Page   Background Vocals
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Jimmy "Z" Zavala   Harmonica
Brie Darling   Percussion,Conga
Dave Darling   Percussion
David P. Jackson   Piano
Jesus Florido   Violin
Gonzalo Bergara   Guitar
Susan Rabin   Background Vocals
Robyn Seyler   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Duet
Jimmy Buffett   Duet
William Saroyan   Composer
Gary Hoey   Producer,Engineer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Ray Benson   Producer
Tim Hauser   Producer,Audio Production
Gibby Haynes   Duet
Dan Hicks   Composer,Collage,Project Concept,Song Research
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Allan "Jake" Jacobs   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Dave Kaplan   Producer,Audio Production
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Dave Darling   Producer
Chris Burns   Engineer

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