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Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio

by Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio

Small group swing with harmony vocals and good vibes. Nat King Cole meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Jeepers Creepers
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2. The Hatchet Man (Chop, Chop)
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3. Ain'tcha Glad
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4. Them There Eyes
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5. That's the Kind of Gal For Me
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6. No Moon At All
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7. Mr. Boogie Woogie Man
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8. Night Owl
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9. You Can't Do That
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10. Louisiana
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11. Stardust
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12. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio performs music that swings. Some have called it the Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Others have called it Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. Its music from the ''20's to the '60's, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of the sound are the bands sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings along in a variety of textures. Their debut recording as a group, "Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio", features 10 trio tracks and 2 quartet tracks. Says Casey: "My other projects were like oil paintings, constantly being tweaked and refined. The Blue 4 Trio CD is my watercolor, I put the paint on and what you get is what you get." The result is soft, loud, happy, sad, raw, mellow, with an honest mistake or 2 thrown in for good measure. It is a real band playing real music.

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for almost 30 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD "Jump") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle. "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual musicians. Its gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.

Mike Daugherty came to Seattle from Baltimore, Maryland--a fact that is not lost on anyone. He played drums in punk rock bands in his hometown. In the Pacific Northwest, he founded and led the Yes Yes Boys, a popular early jazz and hokum band that featured Del Rey on Ukulele. Almost everything about his style is East Coast, from his bowties to his whiskey-cum-loudmouth singing style. Brash, yes, but with a melancholy undertone. What is curiously understated is his drumming. "When I started playing with the B4T I had to change. The sound required a more understated rhythm thing, so I lost the bass-drum, the toms, some cymbals, and ended up with the little kit you see me using today. I use brushes mostly, sticks very occasionally. It allows us to stay close together on stage, and puts the focus on the song and the singing."

Bassist Matt Weiner's resume includes performances and recordings with The Flying Neutrinos, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Rani Arbo, Danny Barnes and Willy Mason. He hails from Boston, lived in New York City and Austin, TX before coming to Seattle. He eschews the modern "amplified" acoustic bass style for the plucky stomp of the early jazz bass pioneers like Walter Page, Pops Foster, Steve Brown and Jimmy Blanton. "When Mike, Casey and I got together, the fit was just right," says Matt. "Casey and Mike let me play bass the way I hear it, because that's the way they like to hear it." Matt relishes the challenge of playing bass and singing at the same time: "I'm playing two fretless instruments at once, so things can get squirrelly. That's why I'm not always smiling up there."

Together these three have started to leave their musical mark around Seattle and around the world. Weekly Seattle gigs at landmark music venues The Pink Door and Salty's on Alki have allowed them to hone their sound. Featured prominently is a lack of amplifications, allowing the real sound of the band and their instruments to permeate the room. It has also allowed them to build a devoted following of listeners, dancers and cocktail-sippers. More recently, Mike and Matt appeared in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Buddy, the Buddy Holly musical. In Europe, the trio have been an integral part of "Swing" alumni Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas' Camp Savoy and their dance troupe, and have performed at the camp for 4 straight years. They have appeared at the Fous de Danse Festival in Toulouse, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and a Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London.


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Amanda

Haven't heard the CD, but live they are great
What a fun evening!! Such a treat to have a live band of this caliber in Juneau! Thanks guys for coming and playing a variety of songs to dance to. Great music!!!

Jennifer

Great
Really love that CD.
Like to listen to it in my car and also great for dancing.
When will the next will be out ??

Linda

Toe Tapping Good

Mama Wolffino

Makes even the most dedicated couch potato stand up and dance!
Truly inspired music arrangement. Nostalgic and toe-tapping. Definitely provokes the need to learn Swing steps. You just fly to work and home if you listen to this CD during your daily commute! Encore, encore!

Rich

A candid demonstration of art and talent
The songs on this CD are, as described, recorded as if you were hearing them live. They sound great! Each track puts you right in front of Casey's talented trio as if they were playing to a very intimate audience. For Lindy Hoppers, you may find some of the tracks a bit slow.

I'm quite happy that there is no "filler" music, however I got to the end of the CD really hoping to hear more. This is the first Casey MacGill CD I've bought, and I loved hearing them live.

The ONLY reason I give 4 stars is because I wish there were more than 12 tracks and I would have liked to hear a few more upbeat songs.

Gary Boon

It's so cool - it's hot
A great album by a great band, Swing dancers accross the world should buy this album. If Fats was around now he would be proud of these boys, they are keeping it all just swingin' along in a cool way.

Africa78

Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio
Tout simplement génial !!!...

Muriel et Jean-Marc (Cap Swing France)

On adore!
Un CD aussi plaisant à écouter qu'à danser. Différent du premier album, le trio vocal, plus intimiste, donne un parfum rétro dont on ne se lasse pas.
Bravo! A quand le prochain album?

catherine

quel plaisir !
super album, on y retrouve presque le style de slim et slam,mais avec des sonorités modernes. plein de morceaux pour danser swing,un régal...

Jake

Gets you in the swingin' groovin' mood
Love the songs, mostly up-tempo with a few slow ones. This CD is great in the background while you're having a dinner party or just listening to it with someone special under the starry sky. Jeepers Creepers is the perfect song to start it out.
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