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On Air

by Sue Palmer

Blues, Jazz and Swing, Recorded live "On Air" at San Diego's KSDS Jazz 88.3, Celebrating 20 years of Instrumental Women.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Springroll
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2. C Jam Boogie (c Jam Blues)
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5:03 $0.99
3. Soundtrack To A B Movie
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4:09 $0.99
4. Take the A Train
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5:02 $0.99
5. Clipjoint
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4:04 $0.99
6. Swango
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3:48 $0.99
7. Sue's Boogie
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4:36 $0.99
8. East of the Sun
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2:45 $0.99
9. Gotcha On My Mind
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10. Big Bossman
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11. Mustang Sally
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12. Just A Fool
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"Sue Palmer was Candye (Kane's) piano player for several of her earlier tours and cds(9 years and 5 cds) and she's back now with a CD recorded live on KSDS 88.3 San Diego in May of this year (2009). KSDS is a jazz station and this is a terrific band. The subtitle of the CD is "Celebrating 20 years of Instrumental Women with DJ Janine Harty." Indeed the core of the band are all female players-I always think it makes fantastic chemistry to have both women and men playing hot music together this well! It was a great show, and now you can be there even if you weren't there." Marc Bristol, Blue Suede News, Seattle, Fall 2009


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Dirk Corre

The Beachcomber, News and Views of Greater Long Beach
"The Queen of Boogie Woogie lives! Recognized from Paris, France, to Paris, Texas, Sue Palmer, piano player extraordinaire has recently released a new live CD,"On Air: Sue Palmer&Her Motel Swing Orchestra." Recorded live in her hometown of San Diego by KSDS Jazz 88.3, Ms. Palmer, a frequent visitor to Long Beach and the surrounding blues clubs, snaps, crackles, and pops with Her Motel Swing Orchestra.

Sue Palmer and cohorts lead the listener through American pop music history. Combining instrumental arrangements and vocalized renditions of "Take the A Train" and "Mustang Sally," the band jubilantly weaves iconic signatures that salute the Big Band Era of the 40s.

Many will recognize Palmer from her dedicated stint with another Diva of the boogie and blues community, Candye Kane and the Swingin' Armidillos. Together these invigorating rockers have toured the world. She has fronted several other coastal bands, including Tobacco Road, based in San Diego and has appeared with luminaries, Dave Alvin, KIm Wilson, and San Diego legends, The Paladins.

Perfect for uplifting holiday spirits, Palmer's extended catalog can be purchased through Get converted to the classic era of big band sounds and spread the gospel of boogie"

Paul Hormick

The San Diego Troubador
"On Air, a recording of a recent KSDS "Jazz Live" performance broadcast of Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra gives us everything that we've grown to expect throught the years-some snapping fingers, tapping toes, and maybe a smile or two.

Palmer's forte is barrelhouse boogiewoogie, and for such music you won't find a better piano player in town. Throughout this disk, boogie or other strong rhythms make up the musical backbone, fromm the rocking "Mustang Sally" and "Big Boss Man" to the up tempo "Sue's Boogie." Even Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues," usually given a jazz treatment, is put through the boogie-woogie processor.

While Palmer's background is the barrelhouse, the other musicians of the MSO have obviously been steeped in other genres, such as swing, blues, and jazz. There may even be a few reformed rock-n-rollers among the ensemble. You might expect a cacophony from this musical amalgamation, but the effect is addictive in a good way. During the performance the soloists have a playful tug-o'-war with the rhythm section to see which direction the music will take. A little blues, jazz, and maybe a little be bop from April West, Jonny Viau, and Carol Chaikin, who play the trombone and saxophones. And guitarist Steve Wilcox channels some ancient Chicago bluesman on his solos. It would be interesting to find about the time machine he has too. The one he uses go back to 1951 to buy those amplifiers that give him the best guitar sound possible.

While we're concentrating on the MSO personnel we should mention that bassist Pete Harrison and Sharon Shufelt hold the rhythm section together. Shufelt plays with verve and spunk. There is not a livelier drummer in San Diego. Her sense of time is so good you can set your watch by her. Continuing her long association with Palmer, Deejha Marie sings on a few of the tunes, including a fairly up tempo rendering of "East of the Sun." KSDS radio personality Cynthia Hammond joins in on a couple of the vocals as well. With about as much moxie as anyone should be allowed to have, Lady Dottie steals the show on "Mustang Sally" and "Big Boss Man," singing with the rough edge that those tunes call out for.

Palmer's playing and compositions are always clever and fun, and none more so than "Swango." As the musicians make their way through a section of said tango, the anticipation that they have to take the tune into the swing section builds and builds. You can hear how much fun they're having with it. The ninth greatest composition in the history of Western Civilization is is Billy Strayhorn's "Take The A Train." No other tune mixes pluck and elegance like this one, and the MSO performs it to a fare-thee-well."