House: Hot House CD: Got Rhythm? - Songs & Info
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COMPLETE CD TRACKLIST:
Listen To Tracks From The CD:
- Let Yourself Go (Berlin)
From the 1936 film Follow the Fleet
starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Here and among the remaining
tracks the horns and drums use various wahs, growls and tom tom rolls -
the 'jungle sounds' of early jazz.
- All Gods Chillin Got Rhythm/Rhythm
Rhythm - the band's middle name.
This two tempo medley features a familiar standard annexed to the rarely
heard Rhythm from
Leo Watson and his Spirits of Rhythm circa 1933. Hep.
- Skylark (Mercer-Carmichael)
One of our favorite ballads and one
of Hoagy Carmichael's best. Elizabeth delivers the goods on this one.
Sweet solos from Phil and Jack.
- Back to Back (Berlin)
A Glen Miller recording prompted Jack to
contribute his arrangement of this Irving Berlin obscurity. It
originated in the 1939 film Second Fiddle with Sonja Henie and Tyrone
- Seventh Avenue (Power-Higginbotham)
The 1945 Clyde Hart record
that included Charlie Parker and Don Byas inspired our arrangement of
this riff tune. We harmonized the original Trummy Young vocal and riffed
on from there.
- Mood Indigo (Bigard-Mills-Ellington)
A Duke Ellington classic.
Harmony vocals and savvy solos tell
the tale. Thanks Mr. E.
- Swing Is The Thing (Mercer-Bloom)
A motto from the early Mills
Brothers and our musical philosophy.
- When I Get Low, I Get High/Minor Swing
A dichotomous chorus from young Ella
Fitzgerald when she sang with Chick Webb's band. Django Reinhardt's
Minor Swing appears in the middle to make this a medley. Ho de high.
- Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) (Carmichael-Adams)
and Chick recorded this unusual Hoagy Carmichael composition in 1936.
Ella led the orchestra for two years after Chick's death in 1939.
- Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing-Forster)
This George Shearing
standard offers a textural change. Bass and voice lead the way and
invite the rest of the band to join the fray, one by one. Liz's scat
vocal with Jim's muted trumpet complete the mood.
- House of Blue Lights (Raye-Slack)
Swingin' the blues, jump
style. Our vocal arrangement is loosely derived from a late 1930's
recording by the Andrews Sisters. Eight to the bar, daddy.
- Ill Wind (Arlen-Koehler)
This lesser heard Harold Arlen ballad
offers a haunting weave of voice and trumpet, from the 1934 musical
Cotton Club Parade.
- Puttin On The Ritz/Istanbul (Berlin/Kennedy-Simon)
tune that recalls Fred Astaire
(or Mel Brooks) begins this medley. It evolves into the Four Lad's pop
hit Istanbul, providing Bob a chance
to explore the drum kit's lower depths. Ritz returns a whole step higher
to bring us home. Doggone that gong.
- Rock Me To Sleep (B. Carter-Vandervoost II)
Written by jazz
great Benny Carter. Elizabeth croons this not only in performance, but
at bedtime to lull her little ones off to dreamland.
Elizabeth Hersey - Vocals
Bill DeKuiper - Guitar, Vocals
Phil Richardson - Violin, Vocals
Jack the saxist Schaeffer - Saxes,
Jim Gammon - Trumpet
Blake Richardson - String Bass
Arranged by Bill DeKuiper & Hot House
Produced by Bill DeKuiper, Elizabeth Hersey & Phil Richardson
Recorded and Mastered at Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, CA
Engineer - Ari Rios
Graphic Layout and Design - Solomon's Design Studio
Art - Otto Dix 1927
Wardrobe - Salvation Army, Bargain Box, Goodwill
Special Thanks - Sandy, Carol, Henry, Arthur, Lucy, Alden, Jane & Turo,
Kyra, Mike Shea, Tom Shader, John Goodman, Mike Wollenberg, Alex Bryant,
Jack Hossfeld, Phil Moore, Marc Bonilla, Richard Hadlock, Queen for a
Elizabeth dedicates this music to the spirit of her brother Rick.