Magazine article IAJRC Journal

18th & Racine

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

18th & Racine

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The Fat Babies

18th & Racine

Delmark DE 255

Beau Sample (ldr, b), Andy Schümm (cnt), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (tb), Paul Asaro (p-vcl), Jake Sanders (bjo), Alex Hall (d). Chicago, May 28-29, 2013

Liza/Till Times Get Better/The Stampede/ Mable's Dream/Nobody's Sweetheart/I Can't Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants)/18th & Racine/King Kong Stomp/El Rado Scuffle/Oh Baby/Stardust/I'll Fly To Hawaii/Oh Me! Oh My!/The Chant/Blueberry Rhyme. TT 50:55.

Following on the heels of their critically acclaimed first CD (Chicago Hot, DE 253), Delmark's Bob Koester has brought the Fat Babies back into the studios for another recording session. Named after the intersection in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood where the band holds supreme every Sunday evening at Willie Wagner's Honky Tonk BBQ, this session reaffirms the fact that this is a genuine working band, not just a pick-up group for a studio session. In addition to the Sunday venue, the Fat Babies also play at the storied Green Mill in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood every Tuesday as well as at frequent gigs elsewhere in Chicagoland. The band has now extended its geographic horizons by being invited to appear at the 2014 Choo Choo Jazz Fest in Chattanooga. The current CD pays homage to its Chicago heritage with updated versions of Liza and Nobody's Sweetheart from the historic 1927 recordings by the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans. More obscurely, the band picks up tunes from [Brad] Gowan's Rhapsody Makers (I'll Fly to Hawaii), Jimmy Noone (El Rado Scuffle), Jabbo Smith (Till Times Get Better), and Joe Robichaux (King Kong Stomp) among others. …

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