We decided to record a couple of songs in the spirit of Mardi Gras for folks' enjoyment this year.
The first two tracks are Mardi Gras classics: Mardi Gras Mambo (a cover of the 1954 recording by The Hawketts) and It's Carnival Time (a cover of the 1960 recording by Al Johnson). Both of these songs are free of charge.
The third song is a band original. Robin began writing Starówka Stomp some years ago in Gdansk, Poland, and the band fleshed it out in 2018 while performing with the Ashton Brothers in the Netherlands.
We recorded these songs at a band practice in Robin's backyard in the weeks before Mardi Gras 2021. Max Bien-Kahn recorded us on his 4-track cassette recorder. We're joined by Magda, Robin's wife, on bass drum.
released February 12, 2021
Cornet: Shaye Cohn
Trombone: Barnabus Jones
Clarinet: Craig Flory
Resonator Guitar: Max Bien-Kahn
Guitar and Vocals: Gregory Sherman
Tuba: Todd Burdick
Snare Drum: Robin Rapuzzi
Bass Drum: Magda Boreysza
This album is magical. Every track is supreme. Engineering is top notch... the clarinet just bursts forth, horns are so vibrant, rhythm section is perfectly balanced. Just when Savoy Blues seems like it might be a little forgettable Haruka comes in and makes it a party. Well done! cdefball