***The new Grand Marquis CD "Hold On To Me" is now out!***
IMPORTANT: "Burlesk" has VERY Limited physical stock; reflected in physical price. Digital price much lower!
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Mumbling secrets to a flummoxed doorman, slipping dead presidents into his hand, then past the dark door, all speakeasy-like. Through the walls, the crack and thud of drums, the crisp punch of an upright bass slapping time, horns thriving on the riff, guitar wailing testimonials that would coax Trouble to check his bags at the door. The Grand Marquis are guardians of a musical portal, weaving catchy originals with classy covers. Music meteorologists, if you will, concocting their own brand of weathered styles. It's old-school jump blues, rockabilly and fiery jazz balled up into one big hit of red hot Rhythm 'n' Roll. Once injected, don't be alarmed; you might see through blurry eyes and nicotine haze the ghosts of America's musical past, conjuring delusions of 30's KC, 50's Memphis, Village hangouts, or the jazz jungle of Harlem. Yet these are merely roots from which their music grows; twisting and blending, melding until you catch a glimpse of things to come. Awaken from the intoxicating fog while their songs linger on your ear, echoing the chant of the Blue Devil, and you're sure of one thing: you gotta go back for more.
Burlesk is the Grand Marquis' Debut release from 2000. Lots of raw energy and quality original material are the hallmark of these tracks. Recorded live in studio, this captures some of the qualities that make the Grand Marquis a fantastic band to hear in person. Play it over and over.