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Bellevue Cadillac
Take Out Out Takes


It may seem like an oxymoron to use the terms "joyous" and "blues" in the same sentence. But you can't help putting the two together when describing the live set from Bellevue Cadillac on Take Out Out Takes: Live at Chan's Jazz Club (Bellevue Cadillac). With gospel exuberance and testifying moans, vocalist "Gentleman" Joe Cooper leads this octet-plus through 10 soaring numbers that cover most every shade of the blues. The live format of the disc works perfectly for the band, since a studio recording may have cleaned the grease from under their nails and extinguished the fire under their tails. As is, the horns are dripping and the rhythm section is ripping. Blues is one of those genres that can be limiting--there are only so many chords and progressions a group can play and still be defined as such. But Bellevue Cadillac works quite well within the boundaries, while putting their own stamp on tried and true basics by infusing a touch of Motown.

Visit the band at www.bellevuecadillac.com

- Gary Miller  



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