Release Date: 09/03/21
A swinging vocal jazz collection of songs inspired by women's names.
Among the most convivial and talented in the Chiaroscuro family is
Paul Bacon, born 1923, whose career in graphic design is reflected in thousands of book
jackets and hundreds of LP and CD covers. His original artwork has been part of
American Popular Culture since 1949 and is indelibly marked in our nostalgic memory.
Paul Bacon is furthermore a charming interpreter of vintage songs which talent is
conclusively demonstrated in his project: GIRL CRAZY recorded in the late 1990s and being released for the first time. He was also one of the few recorded 'hot comb' players. The 'hot comb' is a novelty device made by affixing cellophane (from a Lucky Strike cigarette pack) over a standard pocket comb which gives the practitioner a unique sound that is a variation of scat singing with jug band overtones. The album demonstrates the effect which caused Jon-Erik Kellso to remark, 'You're really a trumpet player.'
GIRL CRAZY is a thematic compilation of vintage popular songs written between 1903 and 1944 by such classic Tin Pan Alley tunesmiths as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Harold Arlen. The practice of using female names as inspiration continues to be popular and includes highly successful writers like Paul Anka, Lennon & McCartney and Jerry Herman.
For this recording Paul Bacon and musical director Keith Ingham assembled the
Manhattan Serenaders, a group of compatible, world class musicians and 'musical pals'
to create wonderful settings for the varied lyrics and referenced ladies. All of the players
provide a warm swinging accompaniment and memorable improvisations that compliment and
enhance the lyrics, and make for an album that will surely make you smile.
Waitin for Katie
My Gal Sal
Hand Hearted Hannah
|Label: Chiaroscuro Records|
|Run Time: 66 mins|
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