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Swingin' Shufflin' Smokin'

by Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Chicago Blues and West Coast Swing.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. 1955
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2. Rocking
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3. Mean & Evil Ways
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4. Dance Little Mama
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5. Humboldt Slide
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6. Standing Around Crying
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7. I'm in Love
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8. Signifying (I'm a Man)
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9. Young Fashioned Ways
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10. Train Kept A - Rollin'
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11. Can't Hold on Much Longer
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12. Straighten Up Baby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Morry Sochat and The Special 20's are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing from the 1940’s and 1950’s. They’re influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.

Morry Sochat moved to Chicago from Texas in 1990. He started playing harmonica in 2000, taking lessons from renowned teacher, Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He played with The Shakes and Tongue & Groove before starting The Special 20s in 2005. Their first, self-titled release, was received with great reviews, taking the 20s from playing one or two nights a month to constant bookings all over the city. Morry has been playing around the city learning from the greats in Chicago, playing with Billy Flynn, Dave Specter, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Barrelhouse Chuck.

In 2007, Sochat took the next step and went out on his own. He hired some of the best musicians in Chicago to round out The Special 20s. The current line up featuring Ted Beranis, Marty Binder, Doug Corcoran, Shoji Naito, and Jim St. Marie is sounding better than ever. Other players who play with the band are Harlan Terson, Jimmy Sutton, Kenny Smith, Carl Davis, Greg Campbell, Marty Binder, Ariyo, Barrelhouse Chuck, and Bill LeClaire, the best musicians that Chicago has to offer.

Morry took the band back into the studio in 2008 to record his solo debut. With the help of Nick Moss, who produced the new disc, they recorded the whole CD in one day. Debuting in May 2008, Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ is going to take the band to the next level. Morry will be hitting the road playing all over. I can guarantee more good blues coming your way.


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PHIL

morry sochat - swingin;shufflin;smokin
ok shaggers and shag djs heres one of the hottest shag songs of 2008 track number 1 - 1955 . man what a floor fliller cant get enough of this tune its in my rotation. like the titles saids swingin;shufflin;&smokin . also tracks 9 and 12 works well . dr.philgood of dem shaggin blues syndicated radio show

Paul

Smokin'
As the title says, this one smokes. Hard to stay still on all the tunes. Band it tight and give you the right anmount of energy.

Erick Diard

« Le CD magique du trimestre… »
Quand j’avais écouté et, of course chroniqué, le premier album des Spécial 20s (La savate du n°40), je m’étais laissé aller à écrire : « Morry Sochat (Chant, Harmonica) c’est le taulier, le mec à la voix de velours parfaitement placée, qui sait se faire rocailleuse quand l’faut, bon harmoniciste, il sait se retirer et lâcher ses comparses pour des solos bien sentis » ben j’étais loin de la gourance, c’était bien lui le patron ! Bon c’est maintenant total affiché que c’est lui le boss… Fait que rendre régule une situasse évidente.
Bon, ceci dit passons à la rondelle.
Ce qu’il faut savoir d’entrée c’est que c’est Mister Nick Moss qui se la fait producteur, donc d’évidence s’ra pas d’la daube, et c’en est même très loin. La régalade te fait saliver dès les premiers accords, c’est du classique comme on l’aime, un mixe savant et savatoïde de Chicago Blues et de swing des années 40-50, quand c’était encore fait dans le spontané, le vrai… Pis pour coller plus à l’ambiance les gars se la sont mise en boite en à peine une journée, jamais plus de trois prises par titre, parfois juste une et jamais, oh jamais de bidouillage maudit. Faut dire que question zicos Le père Sochat s’est entouré de ce qu’il fallait, après un remaniement léger, mais efficace, du Spécial 20. S’est gardé le grateux, Jim St Marie, l’aurait été complètement con de s’en séparer d’ailleurs, ce mec est une vraie bête et sans en faire des tonnes te colle l’hérissonade grand modèle, total « Zinnesque » comme je l’avais osé dans la chro du premier cd du Spécial 20s, l’a gardé aussi le ronronne man Ted Beranis, véritable poutre de la bande, on retrouve également Nick Krebs et son harmo sur 5 titres, bon ça c’est les anciens, on sait qu’ils assurent grave, mais les nouveaux ?? De ce coté les emplettes ont été plutôt bonnes avec pour commencer un deuxième gratteux pas mou du manche, un certain Shoji Naito (serait pas japonais à des fois ??), illustre inconnu en ce qui me concerne mais un client question riffonades, ensuite sur les ivoires Dave Ross et pour finir la Rolls Royce des drums Mister Kenny Smith. Comprend pourquoi l’enregistre s’est faite dans le velours ??
12 titres, une bonne moitié de Sochat, une de Naito et des reprises de Morganfield, Dixon, Smith et W Jacobs, rien que du bon joué dans l’esprit Chicago, c\'est-à-dire pas de leader bouffe tout, non un groupe où chacun peut et doit se mettre en évidence, mais tention avec classe et concision, des interventions propres et bien senties sans être ostentatoires…. (tudieux châtié le langage)
Fait du bien de voir que les jeunes zicos savent encore jouer le blues….
Une superbe rondelle totale jouissive, file banane, du gros bonheur bien ripatonnant. (Banane qu’aurait bien tendance à se mettre en berne en regardant les affiches estivales de certains festives dit « de blues »…… M’enfin il en reste quand même, en cherchant bien)

Tonton Erick

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

Swingin' Shufflin' Smokin'
Since leaving the inner city streets of Brooklyn, NY - at the age of fourteen, rarely have I ever yearned to leave the suburban lifestyle I've come to love over these past 45 years. However, every time I hear another great CD, from another great blues band from Chicago, I can't help but to ponder how cool it would be to live in that city. The latest band to arouse that fantasy is MORRY SOCHAT & THE SPECIAL 20'S, and their new disc, which swings, shuffles and smokes, just so happens to be called "SWINGIN', SHUFFLIN', SMOKIN".

The SPECIAL 20'S consist of: MORRY SOCHAT on vocals and harmonica; JIM ST. MARIE and SHOJI NAITO on guitar; TED BERANIS on electric and upright bass; DAVE ROSS on piano and organ; NICK KREBS on harmonica; KENNY SMITH on drums. The recording was produced by a person who has, on several occasions himself, had me wishing I lived in Chicago - NICK MOSS.

It didn't take long for this disc to start impressing me. The opening track, an original titled "1955", instantly had me shaking in my seat. This shuffle reminisces about the 1955 blues scene in Chicago. Man what an era that must have been.....Muddy, Buddy, Junior, Willie, Wolf and so many more. MORRY, NICK and DAVE heat this one up on vocals, harp and piano.

One of the several reasons this track is "ROCKING" is because of the outstanding rhythm. TED and KENNY, on the stand up bass and drums, are absolutely phenomenal. Your feet and fingers will get a workout on this one.

His baby's "MEAN AND EVIL WAYS" seem to be causing MORRY quite a bit pain. His scorching and emotional vocals will attest to that. This blues burner features some seriously slow and low down harp and blues guitar. Being the kind of stuff that floats my blues boat, this is certainly one of the discs best.

Getcha dancin' shoes on for this next one, 'cause "DANCE LITTLE MAMA" is gonna fill the floor. This one had my fingers doing aerobics on the keypad, yet there was no way I was keeping up. This swinger features a furious rhythm, hot guitar licks and wild piano playing from DAVE.

On another outstanding original, "I'M IN LOVE", MORRY'S cool style is very reminiscent of DUKE ROBILLARD. His suave and assured vocals, along with TED, KENNY and DAVE heating things up on bass, drums and organ, all highlight this one.

On "THE TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN", the guys make it sound more like the trains running at full throttle. This all out smokin' jam's going so fast I think it finished the three minutes and forty-two seconds it was supposed to be in two minutes and thirty seconds. This is some hot stuff right here. Tell me you sat still through this one and I'll tell you you're a liar.

Other swingers, shufflers and smokers on "SWINGIN', SHUFFLIN', SMOKIN" are:
"HUMBOLDT SLIDE", "STANDING AROUND", "SIGNIFYING" (I'M A MAN), "YOUNG FASHIONED WAYS", "CAN'T HOLD ON MUCH LONGER" and "STRAIGHTEN UP BABY".

Swing on over to www.special20s.com and pick yourself up a copy of "SWINGIN', SHUFFLIN', SMOKIN". While your there, after you tell MORRY that the Blewzzman sent ya, ask him to please send me the real estate section of the Chicago Tribune.

----- Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

ROOTSTIME

Swingin'Shufflin'Smokin'
Niemand minder dan Nick Moss zorgde voor de vakkundige productie van deze tweede cd van "The Special 20s", een cd die maar iets meer dan zeven uren in beslag nam om op te nemen, de meeste songs stonden er in één take op, en het geheel klinkt dan ook spontaan en ongecompliceerd, zoals blues moet klinken. Vanaf nu gaan deze jongens ook onder de wat langere naam Morry Sochat & The Special 20S door het leven. Morry is dan ook het gezicht van de band die zijn naam ontleent aan de “Hohner” mondharmonicas, die een type met die naam op de markt hebben (de 560 Marine band/special 20), een bluesharp met een bijzonder warme klank. De uit Texas afkomstige Morry Sochat woont ondertussen bijna 20 jaar in Chicago, maar speelt nog maar bluesharp vanaf het jaar 2000. Hun typische Chicago blues is gekruid met een stevige portie 40’s en 50’s swing en hun invloeden komen onder meer uit de Chess stal, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Junior Wells en andere Chicago grootheden bepalen hun blues. Naast wat songs van Sochat’s hand vinden we onder meer covers van George Smith (my all time favorite harper), Muddy Waters, en Little Walter’s “Can’t Hold Out”. Heel sterk is ook de swing “Train Kept A Rollin” van Tiny Bradshaw. De andere leden Jim St.Marie en Shoji Naito (Gitaar), Ted Beranis (Bas), Dave Ross (Piano/Orgel), Kenny Smith (Drums) en Nick Krebs (tweede Harpspeler) vervolledigen de Special 20S. Wat is “'Swingin' Shufflin' Smokin'” een perfecte titel voor wat Morry en de zijnen ons brengen, want heel wat swing en shuffles passeren de revue en they are smokin’. Sochat’s eigen gepende songs (zes van de twaalf) zijn sterk, en ook gitarist Shoji Naito’s “Humboldt Slide” een instrumental, mag er wezen. Verwacht echter geen slide gitaar, wat je zou kunnen doen bij een nummer met die titel en geschreven door een gitarist, maar wel een dubbele portie harp, wanneer Sochat en Krebs er volledig invliegen. Het sfeervolle en langzame door Morry zelf geschreven “Mean & Evil Ways” is voor mij toch het hoogtepunt op deze tweede van The Special 20S, ook al is het zowat de enige songs die niet voldoet aan hun drie belangrijke ingredienten:” Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ “.
(RON)
www. rootstime. be

bruce davies

GREAT RIP EM UP AND SLOW EM DOWN SWINGIN STUFF
Yep this is a bunch of very good muso's doin a great job, my fav's are tracks 1,8,9,10,..good CD baby.

bruce davies

CRAVEN MORHEAD
What is ROOTSTIME sayin???????...anyways track 9 sounds good..so i'll buy the lot.

Chris Spector Midwest Record

Swingin'Shufflin'Smokin'
MORRY SOCHAT & the Special 20s/Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’: A harmonica playing devotee of postwar Chicago blues, Sochat mixes equal parts Muddy Waters with Louis Jordan and a dash of Junior Wells for good measure. Coming to Chicago by way of Texas you can probably say he’s get some blues roots steeped nicely into his soul. He’s the kind of cat that digs authenticity enough that you shouldn’t write him off as some retro/ nouveau cat come lately. Giving classic westside Chicago blues a roadhouse run for its money, Sochat kicks it in fine form. Check it out

Bernard Boyat

Review in Cri du Coyote N°106
MORRY SOCHAT & SPECiAL 20’S :
Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’
Suite à l’impact du
premier CD de son
groupe, Morry a décidé
de se mettre plus en
avant et son nom figure
donc en tête de gondole.
Les Special 20’s,
réorganisés, comptent
actuellement Jim St.
Marie (gtr) Soji Naito (gtr) Ted Beranis (cbss)
Dave Ross (pno, org) Kenny Smith (bat) et
Nick Krebs (hca). Ce changement a été
bénéfique, car ce deuxième opus est un cran
au-dessus du premier, avec plus de titres
rapides, toujours dans le même style, dont
1955, I'm in love ou Signifying (I’m a man
réadapté). Il comporte aussi un peu plus de
variété avec l’introduction d’une ballade soul,
Mean & evil ways, qui rappelle un peu
Summertime, des titres bien R’n’R, Dance
little mama, Young fashioned ways ou Train
kept a-rollin' et un Humboldt slide, instrumental
très rockin’ rhythm’n’blues néo-orléanais