The Dansettes + Fil Lorenz Soul-tet | Oh My! + Stinky Stinky

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Oh My! + Stinky Stinky

by The Dansettes + Fil Lorenz Soul-tet

Disc 1: R&B vocals with Stax quartet band. Disc 2: Jazz combo ala Blue Note & Lou Donaldson. Lots of Hammond organ.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Oh My! The Dansettes
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2. Money Tree The Dansettes
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3. I've Got a Feeling The Dansettes
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4. Oh My! (instrumental) The Dansettes
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5. Money Tree (instrumental) The Dansettes
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6. Stinky Stinky Fil Lorenz Soul-tet
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7. Amacallya Fil Lorenz Soul-tet
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8. Sassie Lassie Fil Lorenz Soul-tet
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PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE PURCHASING 2 DISTINCT CD'S. THE FIRST IS BY R&B VOCAL TRIO "THE DANSETTES" FEATURING THE FIRST 5 SONGS (AND THE COVER PICTURED). THE SECOND IS BY BLUE NOTE INSPIRED JAZZ COMBO "FIL LORENZ SOUL-TET" FEATURING THE LAST 3 SONGS. WE HAVE COMBINED THESE TWO EP'S TO KEEP THE PRICE LOW, BUT IF YOU WISH TO ORDER EITHER OF THESE CD'S SEPARATELY, THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.HAMMONDBEAT.COM, ONLINE, OR AT FINE STORES NATIONWIDE. BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT? HAMMONDBEAT ONLY PRODUCES THE VERY BEST ORGAN GROOVE!!!

2008 UPDATE: The Dansettes EP is nearing OOP status. This title will not be repressed. So get it while you can!!!

Hammondbeat Records is proud to release the debut ep's from NYC's The Dansettes and San Francisco's Fil Lorenz Soul-tet. Each with their own unique style but both distinctly fused with the Hammondbeat groove.

THE DANSETTES "OH MY!" [HBL 001 EP]
The song is Oh My! The sound is classic and classy R&B, and the total package is readymade for an audience ready for upbeat songs with powerful vocals backed by a tight and funky band.

New York City vocal trio The Dansettes, featuring the Hammond organ-Wurlitzer-electric-piano-driven backing four-piece combo The Bourbon Dynasty, are pushing a set of new songs in an evergreen blend: Stax / Atlantic / Tamla Soul, a touch of Brill Building Pop, and sweetly syncopated New Orleans rhythm & blues come together to make a kind of "mod" Americana, if you will...and you shall!

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of newly traditional styles that were once as new as tomorrow, and have never really left us, this is still the sound of young America: three women in their twenties who, with close harmony and close observation of the "old school", and well armed with a batch of fresh songs written expressly for them, are attracting attention and impressing audiences up and down the East coast and as far West as Chicago. It cannot be long before they are a coast-to-coast phenom-but they are here, now, in Manhattan's backyard.

The Dansettes are Jaime Kozyra, Jennie Wasserman, and Leah Fishman. Each in turn takes lead vocals while the others provide backing harmonies, producing a variety of vocal textures not typically possible on a single release.

The entire session was supervised by Gabriel Roth, an old school producer who recently gave the world the breakout album "Naturally" (Daptone Records) by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

Oh My! is also a wondrous glimpse of things to come when the debut full length album (now under construction) is released in '06.

FIL LORENZ SOUL-TET "STINKY STINKY" [HBL 002 EP]
Stinky Stinky is the debut recording by
The Fil Lorenz Soul-tet. These guys lay down a soul/jazz blend of smooth & smoky Hammond grooves with killer horn lines usually reserved for those backstreet jazz clubs of yesterday! The Fil Lorenz Soul-tet delivers a straight-up Lou Donaldson-esque Blue Note sound.

In the front-line are Fil Lorenz on tenor saxophone and Joel Ryan on trumpet. They compliment each other perfectly. Lorenz's attack and energy produce a muscular sound thick with boogaloo tradition while Ryan soars with longer lines that reach for the heights, fueled by a spirited soulfullness.

The rhythm section's solid backing is grounded in the clean work of guitarist Sebastien Lanson, Brian Fishler on drums and Wil Blades on the Hammond B-3 organ. Lanson, considered by drumming legend, Louie Bellson to be "one of the world's brilliant young guitarists..." is a significant harmonic improviser, who posseses formidable command of his instrument. Fishler is always rock-solid; a no-nonsense drummer, who plays the kit like a workingman. Blades keeps everthing funky and jet-set cool, consistently turning in solid solos on the organ, while providing bass lines just like they used to, with left hand and foot. "He has a love for the instrument, and that comes out in his playing" (Dr. Lonnie Smith).

Find out much more at:
www.hammondbeat.com
www.thedansettes.com
www.collectivewestjazz.com

More Hammondbeat on the web:
www.hammondbeat.com/hammondbeatforums
www.myspace.com/hammondbeatrecords
www.live365.com/stations/hammondbeat


THE HAMMONDBEAT CATALOG
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HBR008 "The Erotic Cakes of Stoned Soul Picnic" [Oct 2006]
HBR007 Phat Fred "Don't Spoil The Soup!" [Oct 2006]
HBR006 The Link Quartet "Evolution" [Oct 2006]
HBR005 The Yards "Wit"
HBR004 The Special Agents "Bulletproof Beat"
HBR003 The Link Quartet "Italian Playboys"
HBR002 various artist "Wilson Chance: The Sound of Danger"
HBR001 The Link Quartet "Beat.It"

HBL006 The Dansettes "Boomerang" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL005 The Link Quartet "Decade" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL004 Baron Samedi E.S.Q. "Feed A Fever"
HBL003 Screamin' Retro "Scream On!" [mini album]
HBL002 Fil Lorenz Soul-tet "Stinky Stinky" [EP]
HBL001 The Dansettes "Oh My!" [EP]


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Blues Bunny

Let the Dansettes get groovy on your ass baby!!!
Five tracks, four guys, three girls, two instrumentals, one damn fine EP – Oh My! indeed. Evocative of swinging 60’s style & sound, blended with the ‘Rat Pack’ cool of Sinatra, Martin & Davis, this has the great groove of the early Tamla/Motown records, just a hint of southern soul, and a sprinkling of Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ that combine to make this fantastic fun. All done to a luscious Hammond organ driven sound that creates a retro-cool sound for the girls to provide harmonies that tingle your spine. You’ll want to play this over and over again.

Colin Bryce

East Coast soulful strut
A five-tracker of East Coast soulful strut (Meters/Booker T/classic soul) produced by Gabriel Roth. Fronted by three dapper young ladies (with each gal takin' gettin' a track each on lead) the band is rounded out with organ/electric piano, guitar, bass and drums. Once the ladies are finished their vocal turns the band then takes us out with instrumental takes on two of the five tracks.

Davy Peckett for New Gandy Dancer [UK]

Dansettes "Oh My!" - fun single
Talented funky keyboard / drums / bass and guitar line-up here with three equally gifted girl singers on all original material [Hammondbeat note: "I've Got A Feeling" is actually a cover of the Baby Washington classic.]. All cuts are worth a listen with "I Got A Feeling" (sic) probably the best vocal with its bluesy Ray Charles feel; strong song with a guitar twang towards the mid section. Jaime's vocal is missing from the instrumental title track to be replaced by a funky Hammond. The jazzier "Money Tree" is a joy with its laid back piano and percussion. Fun single.

David Walker

The Dansettes "Oh My!" - really impressive first release
A new band with a vintage sound impress on their first release.

The first release from New York combo The Dansettes sounds comes across as a kind of showcase for the band, but it’s certainly one that impresses me.

Single opener ‘Oh My!’ is probably the strongest track, a nice piece of funky soul that mixes vintage groove with contemporary edge thanks to a strong production job from Gabriel Roth, known of late for his work with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

‘Money Tree’ changes the tempo to an easy, almost loungey groove (without the cheese and with a bit more bite). Some nice harmonies and catchy hook.

‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ is a nice piece of bluesy soul that would certainly appeal to the Hideaway crowd in the UK.

The last two tracks are instrumental re-visits of the first two on the single, giving the backing of Bourbon Dynasty their chance to shine.

‘Oh My!’ has enough kick to carry without the vocal, but ‘Money Tree’ for me becomes a little bland.

But that’s a minor gripe. Overall this is a really impressive first release from the band on a label that rarely disappoints.

I look forward to the long player.

Alan Oakley

Fil Lorenz "Stinky Stinky" - Load, play listen and enjoy
If the previous HammondBeat releases have evoked visions of bad ass spy flicks with the kind of film scores that sees Commander Bond either supping on cocktails in some groovy Soho club, or perhaps being led down to some vile shark infested water to become the main course, you'd probably expect more of the same – wouldn't you?

Well not this time!

Forget the Go Go girls. Cast aside Dr No and his Pussy. Disregard those swirly cocktail grooves. For this time Hammondbeat have decided to do a hand break turn at the junction and speed toward previously unchartered territory courtesy of the Fil Lorenz Soul-tet.

Soul Jazz is the name of the game here, and “Stinky Stinky” is the EP that heralds a new chapter in HammondBeat's evolution.

Think Bluenote & Prestige and then squeeze “Stinky Stinky” between the two and you get some idea of the boldness on display. Throw in to that visions of sleazy backstreet jazz clubs dropping smooth n' smoky Hammond with killer brass lines and you really do start to appreciate the new direction Hammondbeat is taking.

But is it any good?...Yes it is. The EP is a real pleasure to listen to, and makes me feel good that proud music like this can still be made and promoted in today's polluted music climate.

Load, play listen and enjoy.

Nice one!

Dusty Groove

A really wonderful little groove!
THE DANSETTES: Modly soulful work from the Dansettes -- a surprisingly great group with a really wonderful little groove! The trio take us back to a sound that was bubbling strongly on the London scene over 40 years ago -- a color-blind style that didn't care if it was rock, soul, or jazz -- just so long as the end result was nicely grooving and deeply soulful. Of course, a good part of that sound is the right sort of backings -- and fortunately the girls are working here with support from an organ combo recorded at the Daptone studios -- who help to keep the spirit of the album in the right place, and even bring in a bit of funk. ################# FIL LORENZ SOUL-TET: 3 tracks of modly grooving jazz -- all done with a blend of organ tenor that feels like it was lifted off some mid 60s jukebox singles for Prestige Records! The group's a young one, but work here with a classic style -- reminding us a bit of the McDuff-inspired sound of Sugarman Three in their early years, but also pushing forward with a bit more of a jazz-tuned focus overall. The lineup includes Hammond organ, trumpet, tenor, guitar, and drums -- all cooking nicely on 2 originals "Stinky Stinky" and "Amacallya", plus a version of Harold Ousley's "Sassie Lassie"!

Mr Blue Boogie for BillyBop

...so good, that nobody would recognise it as being made in 2005
The time we were listening to classic 6t’s R&B bands like The Ronettes, The Shirelles or The Criystals is long gone by but with this release by the Dansettes it’s time again to dig out those old albums & relive again these tunes.

The Dansettes are around already for some time tearing up the greater New York City area and are now for the first time reaching out to the rest of the world. With the release of this super 6t’s sound, based on old-school female vocal bands in 3-part harmony backed up with funky & jazzy sounds, this could be the breakthrough they where waiting for.

Two funky instrumental tunes, full of great guitar hooks & pumping Hammond sounds + 3 shaking songs with the lovely voices of Jaime, Jennie & Leah are presented on this EP, that was released late last year. To back up this release a number of gigs are already booked for 2006 and a full-length record is in progress.

Title track “Oh My!” is one of the four originals on this EP, featuring Jaime Kozyra. A well-arranged up-tempo song that easily can stands next to the originals from the sixties. Something that is proved on the third track when they cover “I’ve got a feeling”, that was originally done in 1962. Second in line is “Money Tree” which is at least as good as “Oh My!” and with its Hammond intro leans even more towards the original sound.
Here the combination of Hammond & guitar is so good, that nobody would recognise it as being made in 2005 amongst a bunch of originals.

The two instrumental tracks however are a bit disappointing. Not because they are not good or so, but simply because it is Oh My! & Money Tree that are done without vocals.
Luckily the tunes are spiced up with extra Hammond sounds and guitar & bass riffs. (Or at least they sound more clearly now).
But disappointing because it keeps me longing for more from the Dansettes., which of course might be the complete idea behind it. Anyway as soon as we have the full album here at Billybop you’ll hear it from me, cause this is way to good to keep for myself.