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Happy Feet

Happy Feet

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The Feetwarmer's second CD release, 'Happy Feet' is a generous 60 minute gallop through 19 lively standards and obscure chestnuts that make up the band's repertoire. Piano great Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin are all represented on this album. Music from the early jazz days of Bing Crosby, traditional New Orleans Jazz and three songs rooted in Jug Band music also appear on 'Happy Feet.' On the release, the Feetwarmers are joined by two 'Doctors' of the clarinet: Frank Brown, Doctorate of Music, a music educator for 42 years who performed with such diverse acts as Cab Calloway, the Dukes of Dixieland and Liberace and the late Joe 'Doc' Slovak, retired Doctor of Medicine, who became close friends and physician to legendary jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and jammed with many famous stars of the 30's such as Glenn Miller and Bunny Berrigan. Adding a colorful presence to the album is Katherine Kramer, one of the country's most well-know tap dancers. Her percussive tapping on the title tune, 'Happy Feet' and on Fats Waller's 'Say It With Your Feet' recall the fancy footwork of Fred Astaire who recorded with jazz bands in the 1930's and 1940's. Liner Notes for REGGIE'S CD Happy Feet The first time I saw and heard Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers was on a beautiful summer day under the elms at New York's famed Saratoga Race Course. My wife, Mary, and I had driven 2,000 miles from West Texas to experience what is reputed to be the most beautiful rack track anywhere with the world's best racing. What we had not been told was that the race course includes many acres of unbelievably beautiful grounds, filled with the sound of music -- all kinds of music. One afternoon we were leaving the Clubhouse for the Paddock when we heard jazz coming from one of the picnic areas. At first I thought it was a recording, because this jazz was not a modern version; it was the real thing -- like Joe Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong -- as played in New Orleans at the turn of the century. Surely, I thought, no band can play that kind of music hundreds of miles north of New Orleans. Maybe the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the grounds. It was authentic; that good. I then saw the band, a New York group that had brought Bourbon Street to Union Avenue in Upstate New York. I soon learned they had a repertoire that runs the gamut, from pop music to old favorites to traditional jazz selections. Whatever I or others requested, they played, and played well - That's A Plenty, Beale Street Blues, Georgia Camp Meeting, etc. When they I learned I was a music historian and had written a biography of Bob Wills and his western swing, they even worked up a Wills medley for me that included a unique jazz arrangement of Wills' San Antonio Rose. They love all kinds of music and play it all well. The Feetwarmers' music represents the best of New Orleans jazz idioms -- beat, rhythm, syncopated melodies, improvisation and creative solos. The band has a traditional New Orleans front line trumpet, tailgate trombone and clarinet with a rhythm section of tenor banjo and string bass. They're what musicians call a tight group, meaning they play so well together. Because the Feetwarmers are so popular in Saratoga, their audience includes everyone from two-year-old children to mothers, fathers and grandparents, with teenagers and middleagers in between. Without taking anything away from their musical ability, we concluded that a principal reason for their popularity is the fact that their music is always fun and upbeat. It makes people forget their troubles; to escape, if you please, from the problems everyone has in life. The title of this package, Happy Feet, says it all. It makes people happy. Try it! When you get a little down or blue, listen to this recording, (or either of their previous ones -- Saratoga Shout or Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers Volume I). Their song, Dr. Jazz, makes the point well: 'When I'm troubled, blue, and mixed, He's the one who gets me fixed, Hello Central, give me Doctor Jazz!' I wish we lived closer to Saratoga, so that we could enjoy The Feetwarmers music and friendship more often. I will just have to be content to listen to their recordings back in Texas until we make our annual mid-summer pilgrimage to the Adirondacks of New York, the mecca of thoroughbreds and jazz music. Charles Townsend, Emeritus Professor of History at West Texas A & M University, is the author of San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills (Urbana; University of Illinois Press) and winner of a Grammy Award for his liner notes for Wills' last album, Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys: For The Last Time (United Artists). Dr. Townsend received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Artist: Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers
Title: Happy Feet
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 13/06/2000
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 735885201722

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