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MICHAEL GAMBLE AND THE RHYTHM SERENADERS (Self-titled Album #1)
We recorded this album live at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, during the days following Lindy Focus XIV. With all of the energy of the event at our backs, making a live recording was the most natural thing in the world, and we're grateful for all the people who helped make that circumstance possible.
It was such an honor to make a record with this terrific lineup of musicians - hope you enjoy it!
GET RHYTHM IN YOUR FEET (Album #2)
For the second record, I wanted to showcase a hotter, older repertoire than the first, and to particularly hone in on songs that would've been known to dancers of the mid-to-late thirties: An imaginary "must-have" collection of greatest hits for lovers of the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Slow Drag, Shag; all the Peabody and One Step dancers, Savoy Ballroom regulars as well as followers of the Tin Pan Alley hit factories. Stomp tunes such as "Rigamarole" (by bandleader, early jazz disc jockey, and so-called "Mayor of Harlem" Willie Bryant) - a blazing tempo hop-across-the-coals for Jitterbugs of all stripes. Riff-fests like "Down Home Jump" and "Whoa, Babe!" (recorded by pioneering jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton) that served no higher purpose than to pull people onto the dance floor as if hypnotized by that infectious sound.
The other thing I tried to do was to serve up a sweet sample of some of the most beautiful songwriting from that time period, using as a jumping-off point the repertoire Benny Goodman seemed to hold onto over the years as his "cool down" pieces and small group features for himself. Tunes like "On the Alamo" and "Memories of You" are elegant demonstrations of the nostalgic sound that become popular as the Great Depression was winding down. The sentimental-but-smart elocution Laura Windley brings to the band pays respect to vocal performances by Kay Starr, Helen Ward, and of course Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, each of who's work is lovingly represented here.