Richie Kaye's Music & Mirth | The Last Whoop-Dee-Doo! (feat. Tony Lavorgna)

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The Last Whoop-Dee-Doo! (feat. Tony Lavorgna)

by Richie Kaye's Music & Mirth

Get this album and get happy! -- Scott Yanow
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. The Days of Wine and Roses
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2:26 album only
2. Over the Rainbow
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1:57 album only
3. Put On a Happy Face
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2:58 album only
4. Beboperoni Here Comes Tony
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1:41 album only
5. Black Orpheus
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2:34 album only
6. Sittin' On Top of the World
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2:59 album only
7. I've Got a Crush On You
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1:53 album only
8. Zip Zappity (To the Tune of My Blue Heaven)
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1:48 album only
9. Lady Be Good
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1:45 album only
10. Jeepers Creepers
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1:59 album only
11. I'm Through With Love
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2:18 album only
12. Honeysuckle Rose (feat. Sam Kuslan)
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2:01 album only
13. Take Five
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1:53 album only
14. Clarinet Medley (Sweet Sue / Frenesi)
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2:41 album only
15. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
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1:54 album only
16. My Old Flame (Live At the Syracuse Jazz Festival)
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2:44 album only
17. Clarinet Ragatony
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1:54 album only
18. I Can't Get Started
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3:10 album only
19. La Mer
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3:27 album only
20. Green Dolphin Street (feat. Sam Kuslan)
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4:05 album only
21. Out of Nowhere
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3:10 album only
22. (In a Shanty in Old) Shantytown
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3:32 album only
23. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
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1:43 album only
24. Harlem Nocturne
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25. I Love Lucy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Down in the dumps? Need a pick-me-up? You've got a smile-maker in your hands! 25 tracks of classic American jazz for your entertainment and delight. No heavy lifting needed with this album. It's all melody, all the time. Lyrical and fulfilling, with the occasional comic air that will make you say, I'm glad I listened!

Go ahead, put this album on your player! You'll hear two (and sometimes three) happy-go-lucky music-makers who play acoustic instruments without modern gimmicks. Guitar and saxophone aren't often recorded together so simply and plainly -- not since the swing era -- just these two make a really full sound. Almost like an entire (gulp) orchestra!

"We know that people are aching to hear familiar, upbeat American song," says Richie Kaye. "We know because they tell us so, wherever we play, even in the subway," where the duo performs with the Music Under New York program. "The biggest tips are given whenever we play something upbeat and positive, something that reminds people that life is pretty darn great."

Whether that tune is "The Days of Wine and Roses," the opening number of this album, done in a spirited Latin style, or "Put on a Happy Face," from the 1957 musical, Bye Bye Birdie, with its jaunty, peppy hook and abundant good feeling -- listeners relax their tense shoulders and smile, oh, so broadly. Hey, I'm happy!

And the musicality of this duo (and sometime trio) is spectacular, as you can hear in the virtuosic saxophone playing of Tony LaVorgna on "I Can't Get Started," amply complemented by Richie Kaye's nuanced rhythmic support on archtop guitar. Sam Kuslan adds a delightful touch of youthful and spirited piano excellence in "On Green Dolphin Street," moving it forward with a pulse which will make you want to get up and dance.

Once in a while, the duo ventures into the bittersweet of life with moving renditions of "Black Orpheus," from the Brasilian movie of the same name, one of the few recordings on which clarinet plays the melody, and "Over the Rainbow," from the 1939 film everybody loves, "The Wizard of Oz." Tony's haunting tone echoes a humanity that is entirely captivating.

The duo love to play what used to be called "novelty numbers" in variety performance -- a genre that has all but disappeared. Going down south for an old time revue number, "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," you might imagine yourself in a club in the French Quarter. And how many jazz musicians have ever recorded "I Love Lucy?" Richie does a mighty fine Ricky!

Listeners will love the variety: ballads, swing, stage numbers, novelty, Latin, comedy. This album has something for everyone. If you listen to it, you'll be smiling. And then you'll listen again and again!

RICHIE KAYE (guitar, voice) was seen on vaudeville stages in a past life. He finds inspiration in the comic stage performers of the first half of the 20th century as much as he does in the jazz guitar players of the latter half. Richie has performed in clubs, on theatrical stages, in audiobooks and on TV in the US and Asia, including Tokyo TV, East China TV, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and other venues.

TONY LAVORGNA (saxophone, clarinet) was on the road by age 19 with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and more recently the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as featured soloist. His own CD, The Atlanta All-Star Quartet Plays Bill Evans won the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences award for best jazz recording. Tony recently recorded with Benny Goodman band bass player, Bill Crow.

SAM KUSLAN (piano, tracks 12 & 20) lives in New Orleans, where he plays piano and sings. He was 17 at the time of this recording. Sam has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, New York City’s Steinway Hall. the New Orleans Mint and clubs in the French Quarter.


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