Dance with Me

Dance with Me

by Jimmy Sturr


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Dance with Me

On his 100th album, Jimmy Sturr, the polka man on a mission, succeeds in honoring the basic traditions of polka music while broadening its appeal. The songs and influences vary, but the underlying spirit and strength of the music remains. This time out, guests include the Oak Ridge Boys, (polished and professional as usual) Flaco Jimenez, the Jordannaires, and the Rocco Sisters. The recording starts out strong with two big band sounding polka tunes, "Make Mine Polka" and "My Dot Polka." Four of the remaining cuts are instrumentals, and all are played with an effervescent spirit and solid musicianship. Of particular note is "E String Polka," which begins with fast-paced country fiddle before transitioning into more traditional polka instrumentation. Another cut which combines two styles is "Borracho #1," bridging the gap between the Jimmy Sturr style and the Tex-Mex style of polka (featuring an excellent accordion solo by Flaco Jimenez). The only two cuts which seem subpar are "May All Your Dreams Come True" and the good time staple "Wasn't That a Party." The former is a waltz that goes a little too far into schmaltz territory (though sentimentalists may love it) and the latter suffers from too generic an arrangement. But, overall, this is a very good recording and should be enjoyed by those who enjoy first-rate dance music and can leap beyond the stereotype of polka music being only for the gray-haired generation.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/1998
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661608726
catalogNumber: 616087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Primary Artist
Oak Ridge Boys   Vocals,Track Performer
Jordanaires   Ensemble
Gene Bartkiewicz   Accordion
Dennis Coyman   Drums
Wally Czerniawski   Accordion
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion,Track Performer
Gregg Galbraith   Guitar
Johnny Karas   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
Noble   Trumpet
Eric Parks   Trumpet
Frank Urbanovitch   Fiddle,Vocals
Bill Pernice   Piano
Rocco Sisters   Vocals,Track Performer
Gerry Stavisky   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Arranger,Producer
Ray DeBrown   Arranger
Jon "JD" Dickson   Engineer
Tom Pick   Producer,Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Henry Will   Arranger
Doyle Brown   Producer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Danny Perez   Composer

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