Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Everybodys Talkin Bout Miss Thing!2000 Fat Note Records
The Red Hot Skillet Lickers are:
Lavay Smith vocals; Allen Smith trumpet; Bill Ortiz trumpet; Bill Stewart alto saxophone; Jules Broussard tenor and alto saxophone; Herman Riley tenor sax; Ron Stallings tenor and baritone saxophone; Harvey Robb tenor sax; Danny Armstrong trombone; Marty Wehner trombone; Charlie Siebert guitar; Bing Nathan string bass; Sly Randolph drums; Mark Lee drums; Chris Siebert piano, musical director; David Berger arranger.
Folks, no matter how bad your day has been, this CD is guaranteed to make you feel better. Dan Aykroyd (aka Elwood Blues), House of Blues Radio Hour.
Lavay Smith follows up her successful debut CD, One Hour Mama, with her sophomore release. There is no sophomore jinx here. This is one solid CD full of great swing tunes guaranteed to keep your feet movin on the dance floor. In fact, this release is certain to be bigger than the first.
Smith has brought together some of the most talented musicians in the business. You will notice this on every single song. All of the songs allow for exceptional solos, including Now or Never, which features a fabulous sax solo, Roll the Boogie that lets the pianist, Siebert, shine and there is an excellent call and response between the drum and sax on Blow Me a Fat Note. Every song on this CD gives the musicians ample opportunity to shine and they know how to take advantage of that.
Smiths smooth, sexy vocals compliment the music very well. I particularly liked her on Gee Baby, Aint I Good to You? It really feels like shes coming right through the CD to sing to me personally. She also gets playful with her vocals on Honey Pie. I would have liked to see her be more playful throughout the CD. Dont get me wrong, she is an outstanding singer. Each song individually is solid, however, as I listened to the whole CD at once, I felt there was opportunity to bust out a little but Smith played it safe with her tried and true technique.
As a dancer, Im truly excited about this CD. There are a range of tempos and the variety of songs keep me interested and on the dance floor all night.
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