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Les DeMerle

Hittin' The Blue Notes, Vol. 1

ORIGIN 82405

“In the same way that, say, Art Blakey or Buddy Rich drove their bands, DeMerle establishes an undeniable presence that characterizes his band as well.”
Jazz Review

Origin is quite proud to introduce the latest CD from the appropriately named Dynamic Les DeMerle Band. Long at the forefront of modern jazz drumming, DeMerle features on "Hittin'..." arrangements of some of the great hits of the Blue Note record label and tunes that evoke the spirit of those recordings. All About Jazz said this about his last CD for Summit Records - "DeMerle plays with such power and grace as to make his quintet sound like a band three times that size...this disc is an embarrassment of riches..." "Hittin' the Blue Notes" is all of that and more!

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TRACKS:

1. Just Friends 4:16
2. Let The Good Times Roll 2:39
3. Movin' On 5:29
4. The Sidewinder 6:12
5. I Remember Clifford 7:32
6. If I Were A Bell 3:54
7. Song For My Father 4:12
8. Filthy McNasty 2:54
9. My Foolish Heart 6:52
10. First Light 6:59
11. More Soul 5:35

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Les DeMerle

PERFORMERS:

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band:

Les DeMerle - drums, vocals
Bonnie Eisele - vocals (4, 8)
Marvin Ferebee - trpt./flugelhorn
Keith Holmes - saxophones
Matt Vance - saxophones
Clarence Hines - trombone
Kevin Wilder - piano/organ
Ricky Revello - bass
Sam Rodriguez - percussion

REVIEWS:

JazzReview ()
There's no doubt from the downbeat of the first tune on Hittin' The Blue Notes--that tune being "Just Friends"--that this is a drummer's project. In the same way that, say, Art Blakey or Buddy Rich drove their bands, DeMerle establishes an undeniable presence that characterizes his band as well. First of all, Les DeMerle kicks off the track wit ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
Harry James band alum Les DeMerle comes out here with his first album since moving into the unknown northern Florida jazz scene. A number of academic players from the Jacksonville region join him for the recording, as does his wife Bonnie on vocals. The album is essentially a tribute to the old Blue Note catalog, culling its songs from the label's ...

 

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