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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject: new GEORGE GEE CD is ready! Reply with quote

Hello Music Lovers:

I am proud and happy to announce that our newest recording,"If Dreams Come True," with The Jump, Jivin' Wailers on GJazz Records is available for consumption! It is a project that I am particularly proud, as it a collection of some of my favorite classic big band dance tunes (perfect for Lindy, Balboa and Charleston)- all dancefloor-proven from our many swing dance performances in our hometown of NYC and throughout the country. (it was BIG hit during our recent Southern California Swing Tour, in which we swung at five packed ballrooms on five straight nights!). This 10pc. band has a full Big Band Sound, featuring the musical arrangements of our Musical Director/Trumpeter/Vocalist Walt Szymanski. Dancer John Dokes and Grammy nominee Carla Cook both make guest vocal appearances, along with world-renown Benny Goodman clarinet expert - Dan Block. Recorded in modern Hi-Fidelity in pristine Stereo Sound.

CD's and sound clips are available at:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/georgegeeatjjw

and can also be downloaded on iTunes at:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=253907396

We have six CDs in the George Gee Collection and this newest recording is our most deluxe work (but it is a close tie with our previous CD we did with Big Band legend Frank Foster, "Settin' the Pace").

Thank you for your time and I hope you take a moment to check out the new CD!

Musically,

George Gee




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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: new GEORGE GEE CD is ready! Reply with quote

Buddhaboogie wrote:
along with world-renown Benny Goodman clarinet expert - Dan Block. Recorded in modern Hi-Fidelity in pristine Stereo Sound.


WOW! He really comes out loud and clear on "All The Cats Join In". I imagine it would be hard to do that song without someone of his expertise. Well done, George!! ::jammin right now::
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is one of the first reviews on http://www.jazzreview.com/cd/review-18823.html

“The first few bars of “All the Cats Join In” rolled out featuring Dan Block’s clarinet and I oooed to nobody in particular, ‘This is going to be a good CD.’ George Gee and the Jump, Jivin’ Wailers Swing Orchestra’s If Dreams Come True lives up to the CD cover billing of “classic big band jazz for listen’ & dancin’.”

If you are a fan of having your jazz with a lot of horns, you will enjoy this album. Musical director Walt Szymanski’s trumpet solo on Count Basie and Harry Edison’s “Shorty George” is masterful. The tune honors Shorty George Snowden, a barely five foot tall dancer at the Savoy Ballroom during the late 1920s and early 1930s, and considered to be the innovator of the lindy hop dance step. Throughout the CD Brian Bonvissuto (trombone), Mark Gross (alto sax/clarinet), Michael Hashim (tenor sax) and Alex Harding (baritone sax) are at the top of their game.

Being too young to remember the heyday of big band swing jazz in the thirties and forties, my only impressions of that era have come from period movies or bands such as this one. The cinema screen of my imagination however was flashing with pictures of all those old or period movies and the romance of the day.

Smooth and completely unblemished is the best way to describe the band’s recreation of tunes such as the title track “If Dreams Come True” and “Sent For You Yesterday.” John Dokes gives a wonderful vocal performance on the later tune, while Willard Dyson goes soloing on drums during “If Dreams Come True.”

Throughout the CD If Dreams Come True in terms of excellence, bassist Marcus McLaurine matches the horns step for step. McLaurine is particularly noticeable on Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

The critically acclaimed singer Carla Cook is simply outstanding with her interpretation of “It Had To Be You,” surely evoking heart palpitations among men everywhere. When the Grammy nominated Cooks sings, “Nobody else gave me a thrill,” you want to believe that it is you she is singing to. There are no wasted or misspent phrases in her vocal performance.

Another highlight to look for on this CD is “Lulu’s Back In Town” with another sparkling clarinet performance from Dan Block and an incredible vocal interpretation by Walt Szymanski. The singer’s rich, deep vocals make this song worth spinning over and over again.

This reviewer gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to bandleader George Gee and Jump, Jivin’ Wailers Swing Orchestra for creating a spectacular album with If Dreams Come True. Szymanski has created some very good arrangements. “

Reviewed by: Joe Montague
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome CD!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Bug:

put in a good word for us, we want to come back to SLC!! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

another new review:

CD Review: http://cdhotlist.btol.com/cddetail.cfm?yy=2007&mm=7

George Gee's big band specializes in a sound that lies somewhere between traditional big band swing and the jump blues of Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway. The focus here is on dancing, not on showing off -- though there are plenty of hot solos and nifty arrangements. Imagine yourself in the Savoy Ballroom on a Saturday night circa 1942, then take the tempo up just a touch. Sound like fun? Then buy this disc. (RA)

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CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries
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