Message from Mars

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Message from Mars


Norwood, Doug, IAJRC Journal


Echoes of Swing

Message from Mars

EOSP 4506 2

Colin T. Dawson (tp, vcl*) Chris Hopkins (as) Bernd Lhotzky (p) Oliver Mewes (d). Tonstudio Weinberg der Landesmusikdirektion, Kefermarkt, Austria, February 9-11 2010

Shake It And Break It/Message from Mars/The Ghost Of Marsden Grotto/Don't Explain*/Butterfly Chase/Goon Drag (Gone Wid De Goon)/Delirium/His Honor And The Vermin (Fleas In My Wig)/Moonlight Fiesta/Liebesleid/Twilightin' Hopkins/Don't Save Your Love for A Rainy Day*/Odeon/Bughouse/Spring Is Here/Gavotte TT: 58:39

Echoes of Swing, a very interesting swing revival group based in Germany, has been in existence since 1997. This is their fifth CD, but the first one I have had the opportunity to hear.

Those attending the IAJRC Convention in Hamburg in 1999 will recall Chris Hopkins as a fine pianist, equally at home with classic stride and with straight ahead swing. With this group, however, he confines himself to the alto sax. The selection of material is most imaginative, consisting chiefly of originals by members of the group, lesser known jazz standards and a couple of classical adaptations - Butterfly Chase (an adaptation by Bernd Lhotzky of a Chopin etude), Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler and Gavotte by Shasta - Shostakovitch? …

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