Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Has Top Selling Jazz Album Debut
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the award winning purveyors of American big band, jumpin' jazz and blues are back with an all new recording for Savoy Jazz, RATTLE THEM BONES-their ninth studio album. Released on September 4th, the album has made an impressive debut reaching #1 on the Jazz Album Chart on both iTunes and Amazon and was the highest debut on the Billboard Jazz Chart entering at # 2. Founding members Scotty Morris and Kurt Sodergren, plus the five other original members continue to keep their sound fresh coming off the 2009 release of their tribute to Cab Calloway. Described by NPR as an ensemble with "big-band ideas with a contemporary, high-energy flavor, " All Music calls RATTLE THEM BONES, "Neo-crooner jazz…solidly crafted."
Produced by Morris and Joshua Levy with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band has honed their musicality to a fine point, effortlessly striking a balance between respect for traditional jazz/blues/Dixie/swing and the original ideas they incorporate into the mix. RATTLE THEM BONES is in celebration of twenty years of bringing an irrepressible groove to adoring fans worldwide- a sound that spans many eras-think the prohibition era of "Boardwalk Empire" to the lounging swing of 60's "Mad Men." The band features Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo), Joshua Levy (piano, arranger), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (acoustic bass, vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet) and Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone, vocals).
The album's first single is "Diga Diga Do" with a corresponding video featuring the band in full performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNC4QImD1N8.
With RATTLE THEM BONES Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has put together a twelve track album of originals and hand-picked covers that would evoke a certain mood-a mood influenced by some surprisingly diverse sources ranging from Mark Twain to Randy Newman, Django Reinhardt to George Gershwin.
Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at Los Angeles' Brown Derby nightclub, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, have sold millions of records while their music has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows. They have sold out shows from the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Hall to Lincoln Center and Constitution Hall, while their videos have been regularly featured on MTV and VH1.
RATTLE THEM BONES is available everywhere and the band will be touring throughout 2012 and 2013.
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