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Yes, Indeed!

by The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet

Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. Yes, Indeed!
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2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
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5:22 album only
3. A Gal In Calico
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3:28 album only
4. Buzz Me Blues
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4:51 album only
5. It's The Talk of The Town
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5:15 album only
6. Zing, Went The Strings Of My Heart
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7. My Old Flame
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5:31 album only
8. The Way You Look Tonight
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3:59 album only
9. There'll Be Some Changes Made
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5:21 album only
10. Memphis In June
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3:14 album only
11. Under Paris Skies -Sous le Ciel de Paris
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12. Get Acquainted With Yourself
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13. Day Dream
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14. I Wish I Knew
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15. I Know That You Know
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Aaron Arnold

RK4 IS FAR MORE THAN JUST OK4 EXPERIENCING
While the name may have changed, The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet still features the same group effort, with just as much emphasis on all players. It's hard to say that it's "the same sound," since each previous effort stood on its own, and this too is a one of a kind cd, though loyal to the progression that they have taken. It hasn't skipped a beat in the name change, though forgetting about monikers, it's simply the best effort yet by this very capable quartet. The songs are nostalgic, though the cd is not; it's very modern and potentially innovative, as always. An intense vocal introduction followed by Dan's sweet and lively trombone solo foreshadows a perfect cd. Sy Oliver is channeled as the main course of the track comes at you, with as much strength as a big band conveyed by this quartet. As always, Rebecca Kilgore doesn't just sing, she acts, she embellishes, and she lives the song. The outro is as lovely as the intro. Then they delve into Gershwin territory and you just know when Fred Astaire introduced "They Can't Take That Away From Me," he couldn't have imagined the song could still sound this unique and original seventy-four years later. Hearing RK4 perform it is like hearing it for the first time. When Dan lets loose, it's even fresher. One example of a song long outliving the movie it was written for, "A Gal In Calico" from the 1946 film THE TIME, THE PLACE AND THE GIRL was intentionally anachronistic to begin with, and now Eddie Erickson makes it play like a celebration of its actual era, the 1940s, the innocence and purity of the early 1900s, and the relevance of the presence. Dan keeps all eras alive with cornet riffs that are both traditional and innovative. Joel's bass that leads up to Becky's rhythmic interpretation of "Buzz Me Blues" anchors the deep soulful side of the group. Jerry Livingston's 1933 classic melody of "It's The Talk Of The Town" is celebrated by a rare instrumental take that might as well be considered otherwise, Dan truly sings with his trombone on many occasions and this is a prime example. You never know how "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" might play out, sweet and endearing like Judy Garland's rendition, heartfelt and just plain fun like the Coasters, or very much alive and swinging like Kirby Stone Four. Had a hunch when I heard RK4 was doing the song that it would be all of the above, and yes indeed! Joel carries "My Old Flame" at first, only to be beautifully augmented by Dan's brilliant interpretation of the underappreciated melody, and then it works exquisitely with a call and response to Eddie's straightforward vocals. Worlds away from the wonderful Platters version (the greatest showcase for Zola Taylor), and it's amazing how the two versions beautifully compliment one another (wish she was alive to hear this!). So many versions of "The Way You Look Tonight" have been built around the "bigness equals greatness" reasoning, which makes this light and heartfelt rendition all the more special, with some unique twists like a light scat hum on Becky's part, and a quiet yet powerful trombone answer. Dan's turn on the piano is enough to make "There'll Be Some Changes Made" brilliant as an instrumental with the introduction, and then Eddie comes in and makes it twice as wonderful. If that's not enough, Becky channels Connee Boswell, sounding still so much like her one of a kind voice and nature has blessed the world with, allowing an outside inspiration to add yet another dimension. Joel even carries the song a bit, and keeps it powerful. They admittedly follow the arrangement of the Boswell Sisters classic recording, and the result is truly an original. "Memphis In June" is such an endearing Carmichael favorite, and do they ever prove it once again. Becky sporadically includes foreign language renditions, and thankfully, here she brings "Sous Le Ciel De Paris" to life with it's original French lyrics, then includes a few lines from the English rendition. The rest of the band gives it a European feel throughout. Dan returns to the cornet and also takes the vocals (which I wish he'd do more) on "Get Acquainted With Yourself" to do an immediately characteristic cheerful upbeat number, a song often associated with Willie "The Lion" Smith, though now as definitive of Dan. What a day for a "Day Dream" comes next. No, not the beloved Spoonful classic, it's the one of a kind Billy Strayhorn ballad, delivered with much charm by Eddie, and providing more bass magic by Joel. So glad they decided to record "I Wish I Knew," a very sweet Harry Warren/Mack Gordon number that time seemed to have forgotten, as it was written for the movie BILLY ROSE'S DIAMOND HORSESHOE and almost forgotten since "The More I See You" was so much more popular, and now the song is reborn, revived, or just plain introduced (it seems) by the one of a kind RK4 sound that makes a quartet more potent than a seventeen piece band. It's just the song for it, and just might top my list of the old hypothetical "desert island tracks" question if applied to songs of this group. Appropriately, they follow "I Wish I Knew" with the send off of Vince Youmans' "I Know That You Know." Quite simply a grand finale. As always it's a group effort, though none are afraid to say that Becky is the star of the track, and each has their place, making it a pleasing way to say 'goodbye' until the next cd. The group name may be different, and the cd is like nothing you've heard before, which is true of previous BED efforts, they just keep adding new touches to their already special style, and once again, they have not let us down.