Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Everybody’s Talkin’ Bout Miss Thing!
2000 Fat Note Records
Lavay Smith (vocals); Charlie Siebert (guitar);
Jules Broussard (alto & tenor saxophone); Bill Stewart (alto saxophone);
Ron Stallings (tenor & baritone saxophone); Herman Riley (tenor saxophone);
Allen Smith, Bill Ortiz (trumpet); Marty Wehner, Danny Armstrong (trombone);
Chris Siebert (piano); Bing Nathan (string bass);
Sly Randolph, Mark Lee (drums); Jesus Diaz (bongos); Michael Spiro (congas).
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 21, 2007
This is a red hot CD that takes you from San Francisco to Kansas City, to New York, to New Orleans, to Chicago, to South of the Border, and back again. Lavay Smith and her band are versatile, creative, melodic, inspiring, and energetic, with cool, scintillating songs that instantly transport you to a feel-good ambiance. Lavay Smith, a vocalist star, and her thirteen piece band, including renowned musicians, perform with exceptional style.
#3 – Big Fine Daddy - Arranged by Bill Elliot. This smooth swing piece has Lavay Smith on elegantly rich vocals and Marty Wehner on a trombone solo. Dinah Washington sang this sassy song, and Jules Broussard comes in on a fine alto sax.
#6 – I’ve Got a Feelin’ - Composed by Sid Wyche. This fast cha-cha has Latin clavé rhythms and a steamy sound. Jesus Diaz on bongos and Michael Spiro on congas add impassioned percussion to Ms. Smith’s sexy style. Jules Broussard is on tenor sax and Danny Armstrong on trombone.
#10 - Blow Me a Fat Note - Composed by Chris Siebert. With an engaging metal drum entrance, Danny Armstrong takes a solo on trombone with Jules Broussard on tenor sax. Chris Siebert wrote this bluesy song in honor of the great horn players.
#15 - Sent For You Yesterday - Composed by Eddie Durham-James Rushing. This Count Basie inspired piece has definitive swing, first recorded in 1937. Chris Siebert takes a rambunctious piano solo with Allen Smith on trumpet and Herman Riley on tenor sax. With 16 tracks, this CD is the perfect party background, especially a party with dance.
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