0 We’re Chaise Lounge from the USA; You Must Be the UK

Thanks to Ann Alex of northeast England’s Bebop Spoken Here jazz blog for this astute review of Dot Dot Dot:

Charlie Barnett (guitar, piano, tenor banjo); Tommy Barrick (drums); Gary Gregg (tenor sax, clarinet); Joe Jackson (trombone); Marilyn Older (vocals); Pete Ostle (bass)

I enjoyed this CD so much that I played it twice, and no reviewer can give higher praise than that. And the inserts were a reviewer’s dream – all the song words were supplied, with a short and accurate description of each track, photos of all the musicians, not just the vocalist, and musicians listed as above in an egalitarian way, the drummer not left till last, nor the vocalist mentioned first. The impression given is one of genuine teamwork.

And the CD is full of jaunty fun, only one sad song, a CD suitable for parties and also for quiet listening. Indeed many tracks are very danceable too, so I’d recommend this disc to our local Newcastle Swing Dancers. It includes “Let’s Face The Music And Dance,” played with a distinct two-beat. There are 3 other standards; “Cool” (from West Side Story), “Via Con Me,” and “Old Man River.” Nine tracks are originals with lively, witty lyrics, and there is a short joke track which you can use to check out your stereo! Many of the original songs have a jazzy 1930s feel. To quote from one of the track descriptions for “It’s Always You,” “…Tommy Barrick’s groove with Pete Ostle is insistent and funky, the horn lines are as hip as can be, and the melody is an ear-worm….” For an example of amusing lyrics I quote from “I Just Want All My Stuff” (a song about divorce): “He hopes that we’ll stay friends/and that we’ll stay in touch/Me? I’m kind of hoping/He gets run down by a bus.” The title track, “Dot Dot Dot,” is about a love affair seen as sailing through choppy waters, so Morse Code is part of the song. Other song themes include a fantasy about little blue men, loving a man because of his trendy car and complaining about a date who keeps you waiting. The instrumental of “Old Man River” is fast with a stunning drum solo.

Chaise Lounge have been together for 12 years, are well known in the USA, and have 6 albums to their credit. The CD was issued in September on Modern Songbook Records.

Ann Alex

0 Gia Mora is EINSTEIN’S GIRL

Gia Mora is Einstein's GirlThe science of love… theoretically speaking. Smart sexy, sassy vocalist and comedian Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein’s Girl, unleashes her signature blend of intellectual prowess and animal instinct on an unlike pair of human languages: love and theoretical physics. Combining beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, Mora uses cutting edge mathematics as a metaphor for 21st century interpersonal relations. Einstein’s Girl takes her audiences on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of their hearts. See why audiences and reviewers alike are raving about this hilarious and deeply touching original one-woman tour-de-force. Featuring Charlie Barnett on piano. Meet Miz Mora: Gia Mora is an accomplished actor, a vocal dynamo with a four-octave range, and a writer with an astute sense of humor and pathos. She brings her unique blend of beauty and brains to her work on camera and on stage, and now as the newest artist signed to Modern Songbook Records (Einstein’s Girl, The Album was released in September). Known for both her original storytelling and compositions as well as her interpretation of standards, Miz Mora’s solo shows have played to sold-out audiences on both coasts. This year she made her TED Talk debut, and she also serves on the board of the SoCal Science Cafe as a science education advocate and ambassador. Videos and more at www.GiaMora.com. Meet Charlie Barnett: Composer, arranger, producer, and instrumentalist Charlie Barnett has thrilled listeners around the world. His wonderfully eclectic band, Chaise Lounge, just released their sixth album, Dot Dot Dot, to critical acclaim. On film, Mr. Barnett’s compositions have garnered many awards, including two Emmy nominations. He has also written music for Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Third Rock from the Sun, and Weeds.