I love the idea of thematically tackling Swing era artists with short albums/EPs like this one. The arrangement of Si Tu Savais is beautiful, and the sax really brings it all together...
Favorite track: Si Tu Savais.
Spirits of Rhythm is an exploration of artists who inspire us.
Jazz is alive today. Not as a museum piece to be preserved, but as a living art form, to be explored and experienced. Few jazz musicians have had such a strong individual voice as Django Reinhardt, or such a unique influence on later musicians. He gave birth to the entire sub-genre of gypsy jazz, which still thrives. From the “chunk chunk chunk” of the rhythm guitar to the uniquely French melodies, it is a sound that stands out and, by definition, crosses boundaries.
Now, we tend to groove a little more like American musicians (which we are)- less of a straight, European march vibe and more of a laid back blues feel, a la Freddie Green. Or maybe somewhere in the middle- you decide. But that gypsy sound draws us in, swirls us around and leaves us completely transformed.
“They say I'd have been great whatever instrument I chose, but on guitar, nobody can touch me. Except, this gypsy in France…” -Emmet Ray, Sweet and Lowdown
released March 28, 2017
Josh Irwin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Ryan Leet, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Charles Kay, tenor saxophone; Eddie Rutland, rhythm guitar; Eric Heveron-Smith, double bass.
Recorded Dec. 7th & 8th, 2016.
All tracks engineered by Kyle Welch at Blackbird Academy.
Assisted by Spencer Perlewitz, Trevor Mcintosh, Brady Maness, Ryan Pehkonen, Cody Peavy, and Kyle Busch.
Mixed by Eric Heveron-Smith. Mastered by Mike Paragone. Album artwork by Ryan Calloway.
Moonshine Rhythm Club breathes new life into old-school swing and jazz with original tunes and arrangements that make this
vintage music sound like it was written this morning. With each swing of Moonshine, you’ll taste notes of Nat King Cole’s classy and hip vocals and Chet Baker’s lyrical phrasing amidst the acoustic fire of Django’s gypsy jazz and the slow burn of Count Basie’s laidback groove....more
supported by 54 fans who also own “Spirits of Rhythm, Chapter 3: "There's this gypsy in France..."”
I love this ENTIRE album!!! How to chose a favourite (Well Read Baby?!) Keenan's album is a tour de force of songs that were written now, but he's so totally internalized the style that they sound like they are from another century! The musicianship, arrangements, and the voice of Laura Windley are great. This is my fave vocal showing from Laura, too! (and she has lots of great records) Can't recommend this highly enough Alex P