- International Phonograph Inc. Collection
- The Fat Babies - Thumpin' and Bumpin' - International Phonograph, Inc.
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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!
Fat Babies Deliver
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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