After all of these years, after 5 studio albums and hundreds of requests from fans and supporters around the world, Jake has finally made that official *LIVE* album featuring the seven piece Big Rude Jake band and special guests. Live & Out Loud was recorded live off the floor in front of an enthusiastic audience at Toronto’s world famous Drake Hotel.
The new recording features an excellent collection of new material, fun cover songs and 'Jake' classics, each given that cheeky ‘Jake’ treatment. It may well be the one official CD that truly captures the inimitable experience of a live Big Rude Jake show.
It’s loud, brassy, bluesy and upbeat as one would expect from Canada’s notorious ‘Swing Punk’, jumping on a sophisticated foundation of gifted songwriting, stellar musicianship and top quality production.
The band sounds red hot!!! They are: Kevin Barrett (guitar), Glenn Anderson (drums), Wes Neal (bass), Alison Young (sax), James Stager (trombone), and Howard Moore (trumpet). They're joined by special guests Maple Blues award winning Pat Carey (sax) and the incomparable BRJ Gentleman Player alumnus Michael Louis Johnson (trumpet) as well as the sweet sounds of backup singers Gillian Margot, Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman and Terra Hazelton. Sonya Cote charms in her role as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Check out Wildy's World's review here: http://wildysworld.blogspot.ca/2013/07/big-rude-jake-live-out-loud.html
Why did I decide to finally do this project? It all came together during a recent tour of France. Most of those shows were simply duets. Me on guitar and Alison on sax. I thought that we would come across as “mellow and cool,” but that definitely was not the case. The tour turned out to be one big party after another.
One crazy night, with my suit dripping with sweat and the crowd screaming for more, I looked over at my fellow musician and asked, "What the hell is going on? Why are these people so energized by our little duet?'
That tour changed everything. I realized that BRJ is destined to bring folks to their feet and bring joy and excitement to listeners everywhere. We should celebrate this phenomena, and create a recorded document that says, "Jake is here to make you jump up and shout!"
So that's what inspired this “live” recording project. What makes it all the more amazing is that it was my first experience with crowd funding. I can't tell you how inspiring it was to see the outpouring of support from friends and fans around the world. We did this together!
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See you on the dance floor, baby!