With the new series "GOOD TIME JAZZ" ACT pays tribute to the glamourous swing era of the 1920's and 30's. And a music that is as lively and captivating now as it was then. Hardly any band bears more witness to this then the "Echos of Swing" with their new album "Blue Pepper". The award winning, internationally extremely sucessful quartet is keeping traditional jazz alive by preserving and modernizing this music at the same time.
Can a band of today catch the excitement and fire of the swing era? The quartet Echoes Of Swing has proved this is possible since its formation in 1997. Some bands of the 1920s and 30s adopted trumpet, reed, piano and drums, such as those of Lovie Austin and Willie “The Lion” Smith, but these were essentially chamber jazz groups. Echoes Of Swing refused to think exclusively on such a small scale. Instead, they found ways to transfer the sounds of much larger forces to a compact tight-knit setting. Starting in 2002 with their third album You’ve Got to Be Modernistic, the band successfully added instrumental colour and nuance to its arrangements, varying the mood and tempo between pieces, and using voicings where the piano deftly added third and fourth parts to the trumpet and saxophone lines. Suddenly four pieces began to sound like a m...line up
Dawson (3, 4, 10, 12, 13), Hopkins (5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15), Lhotzky (1, 2, 9, 11)
Produced by Echoes Of Swing Prod.
Recorded: May 25-27, 2013 at Tonstudio Weinberg
der Landesmusikdirektion, Kefermarkt, Austria
Recording Engineer: Wolfgang Schiefermair
Mixing & Mastering: Klaus Scheuermann