This is one of the finest Traditional Jazz CDs available. It features many new arrangements of standard tunes and features the playing of Detroit's most prominent jazz musicians. Ron Kischuk plays trombone and leads the band, along with Charlie Gabriel on clarinet and tenor sax, Nate Panicacci on trumpet, Chuck Shermetaro on piano, Mike Karoub on bass and Bill Cairo on drums.
Track 1 is a straight ahead version of China Boy. Legend has it that this was one of the original "cutting tunes" at early jam sessions. Listen to the band tearing through this up tempo version as if they were trying to "cut" each other.
Next is Up The Lazy River, played in a laid back style and featuring horn breaks on the solos. The arrangement's mood is perfectly established by Chuck on the piano and the rest of the band just follows suit.
After You've Gone starts with the flowing verse on trumpet, continuing through at the slower tempo before going into a full blown ripping double time. The solos are all first rate providing a refreshing rendition of an old standard.
Poor Butterfly is a trombone feature ballad, and one of the prettiest versions you will ever hear of this tune.
This unusual arrangement of Avalon begins with a full drum chorus at the top and adds just the tenor sax for the second chorus. The "Lester Young" style tenor playing is followed by the trumpet and trombone trading 4s with plunger mutes, probably the best exchange on the disc.
Limehouse Blues starts nice and relaxed going back and forth on the first chorus between straight time and a moving double time. From the end of the first chorus on to the end of the tune the band rides the double time to a rousing finish.
Sweet Substitute again features the tenor sax of Charlie Gabriel. The unusual but melodic changes along with the slightly enhanced form at the end of the tune, along with 2 solo choruses each provide the band a vehicle for a really enjoyable relaxed ride on the tune. Especially enjoy the buzz wow muted trombone solo.
Lady Be Good starts out in a Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman style of soloing over the floor tom, but features Nate on the trumpet rather than using the clarinet. This up tempo classic revisits the trumpet floor tom exchange again later in the tune following the creative bass solo of Mike Karoub.
Back Home Again In Indiana is a perpetual modulation changing back and forth every half chorus between the keys of F (the original key) and Ab (the bebop key). It's an extremely fresh and entertaining arrangement, and one that definitely keeps the players on their toes.
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me was not originally intended to be on the CD. We started playing around with the idea of a new arrangement of the tune at the end of the session and didn't know Jack Brokensha was still rolling tape.
This cut is truly a one take wonder. We hope you enjoy the Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band.