Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ted Sommer and Bill Lavorgna - Dancing 30's In Percussion


Who says you can't teach an old blog new tricks? Third Island has had a much needed overhaul. The link list on the right is now a list of Groovy Blog Sites You Should Visit, rather than a list of Mostly Defunct Sites That I Wish Were Still Going But Aren't. Also added is the List Of Artists - a quick overview of who has music here at Third Island.

Much of the credit for this new lease of life must go to the hidden partner in this outfit - the indefatigable Shadrac Blintz. He has supplied a collection of must-have vinyl rips that are ready to go. For the uninitiated Shadrac is in many ways the spiritual child of the original XYZ Cosmonaut and his brand of British cultural driftwood from the 60's and 70's. Indeed XYZ's post of Dad's Army stalwart Clive Dunn's spin off album "Permission to Sing, Sir" remains one of the most treasured items in my collection. The double entendre of the classic "Polishing My Rifle And Thinking Of You" simply cuts to the bones of the British psyche. Some of Shadrac's tastes are extreme (As you will find in the coming weeks) , some of it reflects his English folk roots (the man is a lapsed Morris dancer), but it's all plain fabulous and well worth a listen.

Shadrac has more strings to his bow, however, than simple Harvester of Pommy culture, and in this post his gives us some of the finest Space-Age-Pop you could ever wish to hear. Music Of The 30's, featuring Ted Sommer on the Lowrey Organ & Bill Lavorgna on percussion, is a delight from the first mallet glissandi to the final muted trumpet riffs. Moody, sultry, cool and swinging, with hints of exotica in the percussion and a sophisticated swing band accompaniment to give it that essential groove, it is simply a must have.

So what are you waiting for?

01 - I Could Write A Book
02 - There's A Small Hotel
03 - What Is There To Say
05 - Every Thing I've Got
05 - The Lady Is A Tramp
06 - My Gal Sal
07 - I Didn't Know What Time It Was
08 - People Will Say We're In Love
09 - Where Or When

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Shadrac Blintz via Mr Snookles