Ian Hendrickson-Smith | Blues In The Basement

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Blues In The Basement

by Ian Hendrickson-Smith

An exciting Funky Soul Jazz Record captured Live in New York City featuring select members of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings joining forces with the city's most soulful of Jazz royalty.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Big Weeds
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2. Hello Stranger
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3. Jacob's New Crib
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4. Hey, Baby
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5. Chatterbox
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6. Blues In The Basement
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Blues in the Basement is an exciting new album coming out of years of touring and recording from NYC veteran sax man, Ian Hendrickson-Smith. Taped Live at New York City's Fat Cat Jazz Club in the heart of the Greenwich Village, you can literally see the sweat pouring off the band as they wail away stories of old and new. If you are a fan of funky, soulful, get-down, good-time music, you will want this record in your collection. With superior audio fidelity, this record reminds us of the classic 60's funky recordings of Eddie Harris and Cannonball Adderley while creating it's own unique, original sound that you don't want to miss!

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Tenor Saxophone
Dave Guy: Trumpet
Bosco Mann: Tambourine and Congas
Rick Germanson: Piano
Neal Miner: Acoustic Bass
Brian Floody: Drums

Ian Hendrickson-Smith
Blues In The Basement
Cellar Live
By George W. Harris

Recorded in concert at the Fat Cat, NYC, "BITB" takes the golden era of Blue Note Hard Bop, squeezes it through a puree, and presents the pulpy essence of foot tapping jazz. Combining the grit of the Jazz Messengers and the clever arrangements of Horace Silver's classic quintet, Hendrickson-Smith takes his trumpet/tenor front line through a set of mostly originals that are catchy, free wheeling and above all, begging the listener to get up and move it!

Hendrickson-Smith's tenor, with a tone and wail recalling Stanley Turrentine, mixes a gospel bluesy gruff with Dave Guy's bright and robust trumpet on catchy originals like "Big Weeds" and the breathtaking "Jacob's New Crib". His solo on the ballad "Hey, Baby" is delicious and fatty. The 60s classic "Hello Stranger" is a perfect vehicle for this riff loving band, with Floody's drums and Mann's percussion laying down an infectious groove. But the real hero of this gig is pianist Rick Germanson, who treats the piano as if he were in a Revival meeting, pounding out percussive rhythms that raise the roof. His finger numbing work on "Chatterbox" and ride-cymbal like tapping on "Jacob's New Crib" recall Bobby Timmons at his peak. This guy could put soul into a Kenny G disc! If you've worn out your Blakey and Silver releases, you're in for an oasis with this band.


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Jock. Tulsa,Oklahoma

Jock Loves
Sumit my review my girlfriend said to me. Ok Wanda,i did it. Happy 2008 and see IHSmith cause he gets his sax a hootin',puffing & blowing through the night. IHS Blues in the basement is High Wattage funky Jazz at its finest. Songs 2,4 & 5 are Blasters of the Universe Fun stuff. Jock scored a winner. I did not have to go to Scoreland either to grab it.

Brown Sugar Babe

A Taste of Crazed
Most interesting approach that this Hendrickson-Smith takes to Jazz? Beer bellied believers and concerting fans will relish the soulful takes and the general wattage demonstrated within. I to, did so just...over a quart of gin and a buck-shot full of white rhino. That all adds up to some volume specific tunage. The porous gross motor controls rendered me relaxed o the leather sofa. Great music,great musicians means more pleasures for your senses!!

Buzzsaw Wong

Burry the Beer & stash the Herb Waldo!!
When H.B.O. cancelled Lucky Louie i was depressed. When I.H.S. released his newest,liveliest disc i was awakened. Like a Wreck Beach erection during the ladies volleyball match. Coat racks, icy brews & brautwursts sold seperately? This is bluesy inspired jazz! I.H.S. assembled a first rate cast of seasoned vets & zany cats! Best live recording from N.Y. ever!!

Warm Vanilla Sugar

Yeah, daddy.
Ian's music makes a nice girl want to misbehave! Amazing originals (doesn't get any sweeter than Hey Baby) and gorgeous playing by all! This record has held me hostage since my first listen and it's not through with me yet.

Molly Yum-Yum from Northern B.C. University Canada

Tender cuddles & shimmying quakes!
Wow this older dude can make a coed melt in the pillowy snow. Like butter in a skillet. Well,like a generous portion of greasy beef brisket amongst winter vegetables(all cozy in my crock pot of love). Mr. Hendrickson-Smith makes a young lass(like this curvy masters student) swoon and wiggle with his bodacious bevy of booty bopping horns. Also his romantic solos are more in keeping with my warm sweaters and luscious leg warmers after yoga class. My glasses fog up with each songs caring caresses. My date tonight...for the symester,not unlike Mr. I.H.S., doesn't give this girl a chance. His beautiful blasts and bubbly belches render me incapacitated. I'm going...Oh no?

Serina Kong

I just saw Ian Hendrick-Smith (I.H.S.)play in Vancouver on Friday Dec 14th 2007. Ian was a classy, funny gentleman. His band was COOL. They had local musicians from Vancouver Canada supporting his horny horn. The Reed man, originally from New Orleans, was on fire. Blazzing interactive-dual horn attacks rendered the Cellar Club patrons mezmerized. Ian's solos were brilliant and seasoned with New York City chops and charisma too. Great Saxaphonist,great Club and a great concert. Mostly Blues in The Basement material. IHS is the man. His playing was incredible people. Grab this cd asap gals & gents. IHS can light em up BIG Time Folks!!

Tix the Cooker

Buy it now!
What a great CD. Ian and Dave play there hearts out...really came to play at this session...and Floody's groove is off the hook! Great compositions, great lineup, just an all around solid musical offering. There should be a copy on every jazz/funk lovers shelf. A must!


way to go
It's so nice to hear some greasy yet melodic material!
These days so much jazz stuff is sort of sterile and antiseptic sounding... I don't get it - but the music here is just the opposite - thanks!

Wilbur Chai-Pow

Pow Me Some More!
IHS as a few other reviews like to say has da goods. Mr. Smith or Smitty as he is known around NyC...is a new icon on the sax. Word. So people,please get a life. Smitty BLOWS the competition away. Much in the same way a 3rd grader can demolish those B-day candles. The cat has the tone and lungs to suppport his amazing talent on the stick. IHS is running amuk and Eric Alexander is mighty proud too. Inquiring Jazz Bots relish his puffin'!

Burt "Big Daddy" Bummer

Brilliant Work!!
Get your Fannies into the clubs asap folks. This recording is stellar. The "SUPERB Engineering" ensures that this live recordings will outlive your tattered old Motley Crew cd's. Ian Hendrickson-Smith dazzles your senses here...live at The Fat Cat Jazz Club. We all know the location. The recording was done by the Frugal Vancouverite,musician & Jazz club owner Corey Weeds. Look, Mr. Weed's wasn't smokin' any of that Green Herbal Export while mastering the controls on this project. Oh no! This robust recital occured without the aid of any mind altering products. You can be assured of that. I will put my Chubby ole Rep on the line for this disc. It does though kicks your Voluptuous Backsides across the dance floor. Even the young Cellulite-Ridden-Babes get their Gluets a Jiggling over Hendrickson-Smith's Rubenesque solos!!All to the delight of local Leroy's and the nervous intellectuals alike!
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