- International Phonograph Inc. Collection
- The Fat Babies - Thumpin' and Bumpin' - International Phonograph, Inc.
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Not something I would listen to routinely but excellent recording & transfer....
Music is very nice, light and full of joy. Sound wise, this recording is brilliant: wide olographic scene, sweet and detailed. Something really to have!
If the music of this album is obviously old-fashioned dance jazz of the "Happy Twenties", between two terrible global wars, it's played with plenty of authenticity and quite a lot of virtuosity, wich becomes evident not because of the difficulties of the pieces themselves, but because the extraordinary coordination and "blending" of the musicians. A real session of nostalgia and good mood. Now, the sound: BREATHTAKING!. If in another IPI record released by HDTT the musicians ENTERS into your living room ("Jason Roebke Quartet"), in this one your living room is literally transformed in a Dancing Hall. The sound is so realistic, the ambient (even being a studio recording), thanks to the superb soundstage and precise imaging is convincing that, eyes closed, you believe, beyond a hint of a doubt, you ARE in the right place at the right moment. Superb. If you still don't have this album, you are being late. More than strongly recommended!
Great re-creation of the big band sound from the 30’s and early 40’s.
Cornet/Alto Saxophone: Andy Schumm Trombone: Dave Bock
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone: Jon Otto
Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet: Jonathan Doyle Tenor Banjo/Tenor Guitar: Johnny Donatowicz
Recording Info: Recorded on 26 April 2017 by Jonathan Horwich at Electrical Audio studios,
Chicago to a custom Studer/Revox 278, 8-track tape recorder. Horn mics = Two
Neve RNR1 Ribbon mics (XY configuration); Piano and voice = Two Lawson LP47
MK II tube mics; Banjo = Neumann U-67; Drums = KMF Audio custom stereo tube
mic; Bass = Telefunken 251e. Mixed down from the 8 track master to 2-track
production masters by Anthony Gravino, The Drake, Chicago.
1. Traveling' That Rocky Road 3:15
2. Rock Bottom 3:10
3. Uptown 4:02
4. Ruff Scufflin' 3:13
5. Bathing Beauty 4:01
6. Edna 2:43
7. Harmony Blues 3:43
8. Sweet Is The Night 3:31
9. Thumpin' And Bumpin' 3:01
The Fat Babies, Thumpin’ and Bumpin' 26 April 2017—Chicago Illinois
Groups that play early-period (pre-World War II) jazz are very rare. Even rarer still are groups that can do so competently and convincingly. The Fat Babies are the real deal. Consisting of an eight-member jazz band, they enthusiastically embrace the music of the pre bebop era (pre-Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) and do so with drive, energy, and muscle. Their love for the music of this period in jazz manifests itself in a buoyant and uplifting energy that is absolutely infectious. Here they are recorded with the natural ambiance of a 1930's nightclub straight to a custom Studer/Revox 8-track complete with old-school tube and ribbon microphones reminiscent of the era. The result is a rare, sonic and musical treasure.
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