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Big Tubba Mista
Knock One Back

When I was first handed Big Tubba Mista's CD, Knock One Back, I thought to myself, "Ugh, another Big Bad Voodoo Daddy wannabe band." I expected lots of enthusiasm and little musical follow-through. Well, let's just say that I deserve a two-tone shoe in the butt for such a close-minded assumption. This band is green, but it's got pinache. Despite the unfortunate name and rather goofy inside jacket photo, Big Tubba Mista has put together a wonderfully danceable and enjoyable retro-swing album. In fact, it's the kind of rare disk you can pop


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Knock One Back

Big Tubba Mista
Quiet Whiskey
Killer on 37th Street

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in for 45 minutes of Lindy practice without having to touch the stereo. With the exception of "Quiet Whiskey," all of the songs on this album are originals, and the band does some interesting thinks with rhythm throughout the CD. In the opening number, "Killer on 37th Street," the tempo shifts frmo a typical swing 4/4 to a funk feel, while "Backstreet Brawler" changes from a would-be mambo into a heavy 4/4. Jonny Victor's energetic vocals are well-perrered with instrumantal solos. With quality musicianship and multi-instrumantalism, these cats acheive a full, rich sound so rarely found among the neo-swing bands. Well done, boys.

- Scott Friesen


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