Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Records is known as one of the leaders when it comes to live releases. The companies ahve already released the majority of the year’s best live releases so far. And now with the release of The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie live in Paris, Eagle Rock has continued to maintain its place at the forefront of live releases.
The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie is a solid recording from start to finish with plenty of jazz and blues for any occasion. Being that Summer is now here, lots of people are planning road trips, parties and much more. This is one of those records that is perfect for any of those events. The band plays its own renditions of (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66, Doctor John’s ‘Somebody Changed The Lock On My Door’ and W.C. Handy’s famed ‘St. Louis Blues’ along with plenty of its own original compositions throughout the course of this concert. There’s even a cover of Leroy Carr’s blues classic, ‘Low Down Dog Blues’ and Don Raye’s ‘Down The Road a Bit.’
The set list on this show is impressive to say the least. But no concert is a concert without musicians who are capable of interpreting the music and making it pleasurable to the ear. This quartet of musicians is exactly that and then some. The pure musicianship of each member shows the respect that the group as a whole has for the music. Even in the longer pieces, audiences won’t even be able to tell how much time has passed. That’s thanks to the group’s attention to dynamics, style, and everything else that goes on in each piece.
The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie isn’t the only act out there currently spreading the joy of jazz and blues to the masses. And while the group may not be the only one doing so, it’s one of the best, without a doubt. And chances are, regardless of how many acts come and go through the years, this is one recording that fans of jazz and the blues will keep coming back to over and over again for years to come.
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