Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
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A great album, but...
bobtec | Redlands, CA | 09/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"a more accurate discription of the album is in order. Terry Zwigoff (the director of the film, fellow member of Cheap Suit Serinaders,friend of Robert Crumb, and fellow 78's of 20's & 30's music collector) wanted to use King Oliver, Tiny Parham, and Bix Beiderbecke for the soundtrack, but a restricted film budget didn't allow it. So he got a friend that played really great piano rags (David Boeddinghaus), & a street musician guitarist he met and then played with weekly at Pauline's in San Francisco (Craig Ventresco). They perform all but 2 of the songs. Terry also brought in 2 really good songs recorded in the 30's by Geechie Wiley ("Last Kind Word Blues" and "Skinny Leg Blues"). In both cases of song & performance, the Publisher is unknown, but the songs are great. David Boeddinghaus & Craig Ventresco are not members of the Cheap Suit Serinaders, and CSS is nowhere on this album.
However, the music is great. First of all, I've never heard of either one of these musicians, but I would definately pay to see them (some intimate small places like "The Ice House", "The Troubidor", "House of Blues", etc.)
Second, I've heard lots of musicians on stage that weren't famous that have sounded very good. A few that come to mind are Casey Anderson, Peter Alsop, Teddy Lee Hooker, and Joe Marchiano. Just because you're not well known doesn't mean you're not good. David plays piano better than Joshua Rifkin, and Craig sounds every bit as good a Leo Kotke.
Third, I'm not sure how much longer this album will be available, so it might be worth your while to check it out."
An Appreciation for Vintage Music
R. Cousineau | New York USA | 06/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is the soundtrack of one of the best documentaries of all time so naturally the soundtrack has to be just as great,and it is.While even Terry Zwigoff himself says that because editing a movie can take so long at least the music should be something you could listen to over and over again.Being a collector of vintage music on old 78`s,he used originals when he could (like the spooky and incredible Last Kind Word Blues) and had modern musicians interpret on,piano and guitar, some really fine jazz and blues songs from the 20`s and early 30`s from the likes of originators like Jelly Roll Morton,Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb.Add in a couple of songs from the Cheap Suit Serenaders (an old time string band that includes Zwigoff and Crumb)and you have a great cross section of really great music.
The film is worth a peek and the Cheap Suit Serenaders are also worth checking out if you love this old time music as much as I do.Have fun."
Get it while you can
Ryan McNabb | Ooltewah, TN USA | 01/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Snap it up. This is obviously not being reprinted now and I've never seen a new copy. If you like this music, grab this disc. It's vital for one reason above all others: "Last Kind Word Blues" is probably one of the loveliest American songs ever recorded, and I don't know if it is available anywhere else. The rest of the disc doesn't fall far behind in listenability. And see the movie too - it'll broaden your horizons."