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Mora's Modern Rhythmists
Call of the Freaks

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Call of the Freaks

It's Over Now Because We're Through
Call of the Freaks
Honeysuckle Rose
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In the liner notes to Mora's Modern Rhythmists' new CD, Call of the Freaks (Mr. Ace Records), bandleader Dean Mora explains that he has struggled with defining the sounds presented here. He settles on "vintage swing," which he hopes will distinguish his recordings from both neo-swing outfits and big band recreationists who focus strictly on WWII-era sounds. And vintage swing it is. Think 1930s. Think Fats Waller. Think early Ellington, Basie and Chick Webb. And then stop thinking and start enjoying, because while this may be vintage, it's not a museum piece. These sides are delivered with a loving energy and are meant to be appreciated in the here and now.

The Rhythmists are at their most powerful on the instrumental selections, although the vocals, while occasionally bothersome, are certainly acceptable. In one vocal highlight, 93-year-old Leonard Reed, choreographer of the famous Shim Sham Shimmy, sings "It's Over Because We're Through," which he composed in 1932. His appearance is but one of the many pleasant surprises on this disc's 20 tracks.

-Gary Miller



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