Good Music For You is the new monthly digital track-drop from the Panorama Jazz Band, an all-acoustic party outfit from New Orleans. The sounds come from anywhere people like to play, dance and celebrate: especially New Orleans, the Caribbean, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
"Serpent Maigre" (aka "Sepan Meg") is a biguine from the repertoire of Martiniquan clarinetist Alexandre Stellio (1885-1939) who led a band in Paris in the 1920s and '30s. Charlie discovered it a couple years ago on a biguine compilation he ran across and we started messing around with it at our weekly gigs.
Steve's "pocky way" tuba groove gives this reading a New Orleans second line feel, Aurora takes the solo on the A section at the repeat of the form. Listen for Charlie's hot obligato behind the reeds on both B sections.
Recorded April 7th, 2014 @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA.
Ben Schenck - Clarinet, shaker
Aurora Nealand - Alto saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Steve Glenn - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drums
Session engineered by Mike Seaman
Track mixed by Bill Deputy
Thanks to Michael Schweppe for helping out in the studio
Graphic design by Daniel Murphy
Cover photo by Greg Miles