Hoke and his Orchestra Bop!
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1. Let Me Off Uptown
3. Tunnel of Love
4. I'm Gonna Live Til I Die
5. Why Don't You Do It Right
6. Big and Tall
7. Diggin' On Dexter
9. Ruby's Rhumba
10. I Love Lucy
11. Killin' Myself
12.St. Duncan of Donuts.
Hoke and His Orchestra Bop! ©1999.
A co-production with Jim Hoke, Randy is featured on sax and vocals. Up tempo and humorous tunes, from originals to uptown swing standards. Also features vocalist Kristi Rose.
Jim's first "small big band" venture featuring most of the musicians who would become the Nonet, plus vocals by the amazing Kristi Rose. Song list draws from jump blues and jazz masters of the 30's and 40's. Their hilarious version of "Eighteen" has made Alice Cooper an honorary member of the "Rat Pack".
This captures the group at it's swingin' - est, during their period of weekly residency at Wolfy's on Broadway, where Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell would often sit in. Kristi Rose belts and coos Sarah Vaughn and Peggy Lee tunes and there's some 50's TV crime jazz and a lounge tango. Great fun from a great band.
Alice Cooper hasn't jumped onto the neo-swing bandwagon. But Nashville saxman Jim Hoke and his Orchestra Bop have flipped and freaked the neo-swing scene by covering Cooper's hit "Eighteen".
Listen to Hoke and company's vintage swing version of the Coop's song, replete with suave vocal from Hoke, and you realize that if Alice had been born several decades earlier, he might have given Sinatra a run for his money. Well, maybe.
Other cool tunes abound on the new self-titled album by Hoke and His Orchestra Bop. The album finds Hoke, who also plays flute and clarinet, striking a near-perfect balance; he treats vintage big-band swing with equal parts reverence and whimsy.
Along with takes on Duke Ellington's "Killin' Myself" and Horace Silver's frantic "Diggin' On Dexter", Hoke and company do the "I Love Lucy" theme and the Hoke-penned "St. Duncan of Donuts". The later is a slice of slinky, big-band noir that Hoke's press bio calls "Crime-jazz". By the way that's Kristi Rose who provides nifty, now-torchy, now-sassy vocals on various tracks.
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