Symon's New Blue Diamonds | Cram It Down

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Cram It Down

by Symon's New Blue Diamonds

Progressive Comedy Jazz/Rock performed by a six-piece rock band with horn section.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. I Found Out
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2. Sailor Bob Takes A Stern Approach
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3. Arnie Likes It
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4. My Father's Fingers In Too Many Pies
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5. Mr. Popularity
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6. Here Come The Dicks
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7. Cola Ann Housework
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8. Big Friendly Guy
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9. Summer (And Snowy Walk)
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10. Baby's Got A Dayload
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11. Backwards Chicken
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Symon's New Blue Diamonds is a six-piece instrumental rock band that features the music of Symon Michael, an avant garde jazz composer who paints musical narrations and landscapes using a rock pallete rather than the traditional jazz fare.

A standard power trio (bass, guitar and drums) is augmented by a three-piece horn section consisting of two tenor saxes and a trumpet.

The overall effect is LOUD and at the same time very tasty - biting rock melodies offset by a comical wedge of horns. Unique, unpredictable, and always a lot of fun!

Historical notes about the music and the band:
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A lot of this music was originally written for film and advertising when Symon worked as a composer and transcriber for The Music Workshop in S.F. After writing advertising jingles and thematic pieces for local films for a few years, one of Symon's friends suggested that he simply rescore some of the pieces for a live stage act. When it was noted that "It sounds like some damn carnival band!", the suggestion was made that the band simply dress the part and go with the festival atmosphere that the music invoked.

So, that's exactly what happened - "Symon's New Blue Diamonds" was born, and from the very start began appearing on local stages in full clown costumes and makeup. If you were in San Francisco during the early 1990's and caught one of the shows, you were priveledged to experience one of the most unique "scene" bands of the era. If not, you can still purchase the CD and relive the magic...

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Currently, Symon is working on various projects, including a video shoot and the release of the brand new Symon's New Blue Diamonds album titled "One Hundred Nights Of Passion". The new album will be available in February of 2008 on CD Baby, along with some other fun stuff!

Be sure to check out Symon's discography on the new California King Music website: http://www.californiakingmusic.com


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Wreaky Havoc aka Peregrine Maese

Audio Defibrillation
Cram it Down is a farcical romp through the smoke yellowed lounges, mosh pits, and massage parlors of the carnival world. Hold on to your chair as ringmaster Symon Michael whips his troupe of trained musical monkeys through aural gymnastics. Shiver in ecstasy as Lola the Sax Sextress strokes you with her horn. Cower in fear as "Killer" Kane eviscerates Neal the Wonderhorse with stilleto sharp guitar gyrations.

This album is bursting with angular melodies, razor blade solos, and booty shaking drums. The high quality production allows you to listen deep into the mix, owing in no small part to the clever arrangements. Don't listen too deeply though, or you might not be the same when you get back. Think Zorn and Zappa joyriding Brubeck's stolen Ford to LA on a diet of schnapps, cigarettes and cheese. Buy it, borrow it, steal it - just get it! And love it.