Honk, Wail & Moan
Honk, Wail & Moan
HWM Press & Praise
"Saturn Swings" CD Sounds
"Mailbox Above" CD Sights & Sounds
Release: CD "Saturn Swings" (1998)
Label: Uffdamus Records
Review by: Fritz the Nite Owl Jazz
© 2005 Short North Gazette, Columbus, Ohio. All rights reserved.
If it's raunchy, good-time,
jumpin', jivin' swing your body craves, let your CD-laser light shine
on Saturn Swings, the latest from the creative minds, voices, and
gear of Honk, Wail And Moan, one of the most inventive groups ever to
Steve Perakis, Brian Casey, and
Mark Greenwood provide the bass, trombone, and vocals, aided
substantially by Erik Augis (piano), Kris Keith (tenor), Larry
Marotta (guitar), Tim Perdue (trumpet), Jim Seitz (bari and tenor),
and Lisa Clark (background vocals).
"Real Jazz, Real Swing for the
21st Century" describes this hard-driving collection that's equal
parts swing, rickey-tickey, New Orleans Funeral, and "Hey
Humor, sometimes as subtle as an
anvil coming through a plate glass window, permeates the set in
melody, lyric, instrumentation, and performance. Titles such as These
Drinks Are Working, Don't You Methyl With My Ethyl, Rat Finks, and
Scientists Discover Nightlife On Mars, give an idea of the mindset at
work. Terrific musicianship and raucous vocals that invite you to
sing along bring it all together as great jazz for listening,
partying, and dancing.
If you don't find yourself tappin'
your foot to this one, check your pulse, you may have died.
Reviewed by: Greg V.
Can Columbus really swing? I didn't think so until I happened upon the musical musings of Honk, Wail & Moan. Their CD "Saturn Swings" isn't only old school style, but it also pays homage to the late greats
Shout Out: Some of the songs could have used a females voice
Personal: Welcome to birdland, boyz, don't
forget the old man.
File Under:Authentic old school swing and jazz