Les DeMerle

Hot Night In Venice: Live at The Venice Jazz Club

Origin 82816

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Led by Les DeMerle's dynamic drumming, his band swings hard with tight arrangements ...Bonnie Eisele is the powerful centerpiece of this exciting act adding just the right touch...
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The 10th recording of renowned drummer Les DeMerle for Origin Records, "Hot Night In Venice" captures the fire, excitement and bristling energy Les has been bringing to world stages for over 50 years. And a show it is, as his longtime quartet offers up tight arrangements of jazz classics and serious in-the-pocket blues, but most of all, the band is groovin' hard, havin' fun and swingin' big time. Bonnie Eisele's sensitive, sassy vocals highlight the set, creating an ambiance that adds to the feeling of being at the club enjoying the set. From his ground-breaking Transfusion band of the late '60s, taking over Buddy Rich's seat with the Harry James Orchestra for 12 years, or his tours with the Manhattan Transfer and Wayne Newton, Les DeMerle has always been about elevating the band, bringing a visceral, unbridled dynamism to the stage. "Eisele and DeMerle are a hot combination. Her powerful voice and natural feel for rhythm come across in an explosive stage performance. His energy is absolutely contagious." - Florida Times-Union


Track Listing:

1. Introduction :14
2. Perdido 4:28 - Juan Tizol
3. Down By The Riverside 5:40 - Trad
4. Manteca 4:30 - Dizzy Gillespie
5. All That Jazz 2:42 - Benny Carter
6. Frim Fram Sauce 3:46 - Redd Evans/Joe Ricardel
7. Day In Day Out 4:06 - Rube Bloom
8. Woe Is Me 2:54 - Lord Melody/Sir Lancelot
9. The Very Thought Of You 4:27 - Ray Noble
10. The Lady Is A Tramp 3:14 - Rogers and Hart
11.Peel Me A Grape 4:06 - David Frishberg
12. Girl From Ipanema 4:52 - Antonio Carlos Jobim
13. All Right OK You Win 2:49 - Mayme Watts/Sidney Wyche
14. Night Train 3:25 - Jimmy Forrest
15. Comin Home Baby 3:00 - Ben Tucker/Bob Durough
16.You Are My Sunshine 3:08 - Jimmie Davis/Charles Mitchell
17. Splanky 2:32 - Neal Hefti

Performers:

Les DeMerle - Drums/Vocals
Bonnie Eisele - Vocals
Johannes Bjerregaard - Piano
Chris Luard - Bass

Production Info:

Produced by Les DeMerle & Bonnie Eisele, Music Unlimited Productions
Recorded by Federico Nalesso, live at the Venice Jazz Club, Venice, Italy, August 16, 2014
Mixed by Johannes Bjerregaard at Amber Pennington Music, Lubbock, TX
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Productions, Inc, Mercer Island, WA
Original Cover Art: Peter Nixon; Photos: Caroline Blochlinger, Bonnie Eisele-DeMerle, Les DeMerle
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Hot Night In Venice: Live at The Venice Jazz Club

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
A working muso for over 50 years, he knows how to give a crowd what it wants but this is an important recording for him. In the past he's seemed like an affable cat playing pretty for the people but this time around, he's more in touch with his hard hitting jazzbo side than he's shown in the past. Leading from the back of the riser, he's energized ...



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