Blue Moon Marquee -
Scream, Holler & Howl marks the sixth release from the duo of A.
W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette. Their unique way of
blending blues, jump, jazz, soul, rock-n-roll, and country creates a sound
which is captivating, and with Blue
Moon Marquee - Scream, Holler & Howl it may be their
best release to date. The release contains 11 original tracks and 2 covers from
the legendary Lonnie Johnson.
Blue Moon Marquee - Scream, Holler & Howl
Blood Brothers: Scream,
Holler & Howl, Thunderbird, Hound Dog On A Chain, Thick As Thieves,
Lowlands, Come On Down, Long Black Train, Country Man, My Wild Rose, Medicine
Man, Old Alberta, Red Dust Rising, Another Night To Cry
Personnel: A. W. Cardinal: Guitar, Vocals; Jasmine
Colette: Upright Bass, Vocals, Drums; Duke Robillard: Guitar; Darcy
Phillips: Piano, Hammond Organ; Jerry Cook: Tenor and Bari Sax; Matt
Pease: Drums; Paul Pigat: Guitar; Bonnie Northgraves: Trumpet;
Señor Erik: Tambourine
Blue Moon Marquee -
Scream, Holler & Howl was produced by the band, Duke Robillard
and Erick Nielsen, and released on the band's own Blue Moon Marquee Music label. The dynamic
duo of A. W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette (a.k.a. Badlands
Jass) have been creating a unique groove since 2013 releasing six albums
and touring across Europe and North America.
The title track, Scream,
Holler & Howl, opens the release with a haunting upright bass beat that
is countered with a snare drum beat, A. W. Cardinal's guitar licks, and
culminates with A. W.'s unique deep vocals and Jerry Cook on Sax that brings it
all together. A great introduction to a masterful release that crosses genres
of blues, jazz, rock-n-roll, country, soul, and more.
The track Thunderbird
is A. W. Cardinal at his best as he belts out, "She's My Thunderbird Baby,
She's My Thunderbird Baby, When She Shakes Her Hips, It Makes Me Go Crazy..." The
guitar work is well crafted, and the baseline draws you in and will have you
moving in time to this catchy track.
Next on the
playlist is Hound Dog On a Chain featuring the sultry vocals and fast
fingering of the upright bass by Jasmine Colette along with great finger work
on the Hammond organ from Darcy Phillip. As much as Jasmine's vocals are a
contrast to A. W.'s, their vocals are also a complement to their music styles
creating an enthralling sound.
The song Lowlands
leads with a jazz / swing intro from Jerry Cook on sax opening the door to
Jasmine's vocals as she sings "Woke up in the afternoon, Found the same old
race, I push back the curtain, .... And I'm stuck in some town, ...They are waiting
for me..." They understand the rigors of touring and the challenges of always
giving better than their best each night.
Transitioning to a
blues track is Come On Down with Jasmine's engaging vocal style that
embraces the bari sax work from Jerry Cook resulting in an alluring, sexy, and engaging
tempo. The cover of Long Black Train, written by Lonnie Johnson, is
taken up tempo from the original, and in the hands and fingers of A. W. and
Jasmine they show how over time this song still holds its own.
The track My
Wild Rose is pure swing tempo with guitar work that will have guitar
aficionados taking notice and especially on the transitions throughout the
track. Coupled with that unique vocal style of A. W. the result is a finger
snapping song. The song Old Alberta
opens with a contagious upright base series of chords and moves slowly along to
a piano bridge and into Jasmine's captivating blues vocals.
Keeping with the
blues is the track Red Dust Rising, that features A. W.'s soulful vocals. The release closes with Another Night To
Cry, a cover of a Lonnie Johnson song. For this cover they introduce the
track to a slower time signature than the original, which shows the pure beauty
of this song as every chord change is simple soulful blues. A fitting close to
a momentous release from Blue Moon Marquee.
Websites where you
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