The Spicy Pickles have only just begun to swing. Forming in early 2013, the group has already recorded their self-titled, 12 track debut CD.
The Spicy Pickles
Release date: September 24, 2013
Available media: mp3/FLAC/AAC downloads
The Spicy Pickles are led by trumpet player, Joe Smith, who started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers something to swing to.
They're much more than a dance band, The Pickles are preservationists who are helping keep the spirit of a uniquely American form of music alive. The quintet play a mix of cover tunes of Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Gutbucket Blues and Swing.
Smith has been playing music since he was ten years old. He spent his summers marching in drum and bugle corps. At the University of Iowa, Smith helped run the Hawkeye Swing Festival where his interest in vintage Jazz and dance music grew into a passion.
Guitarist, William Hatchet has been surrounding himself with jazz music since he was a teenager in Chicago, IL. Hatchet was also an attendee of summer music camps and was mentored by Jazz guitarist, Bobby Broom, as a part of the Ravinia Jazz Mentors program.
Larry Mullica, the Man of Mystery, plays bass and tenor guitar. New Pickles in the jar include Kyle Einck on drums and Brian Hutzell on trombone and bass. All the members, save for Einck, share vocal duties. They all are swing dancers.
Musicians, swing dancers, fans and students of America's musical heritage, The Pickles draw their influence from legends of American Jazz like Count Basie and Louis Armstrong, Slim and Slam and current acts like Two Man Gentleman Band, and Glenn Crytzer.
The album was recorded and mixed at the Sound Farm Studio Recording Environment in Jamaica, Iowa with engineer Ryan Thomas Martin. This album was mastered at Tone Proper Mastering Studios in Oregon.
The group chose to record this particular selection of covers to provide updated renditions for a new generation of dancers in the Lindy Hop and Blues community.
- Shorty's Got to Go – 3:12
- Flat Foot Floogie – 3:51
- It Ain't Right – 2:43
- Sweet Lotus Blossom – 4:41
- Honeysuckle Rose – 3:52
- Mr. Rhythm (feat. Josh Duffee) – 3:36
- Jive At Five (feat. Josh Duffee) – 2:56
- Bill Bailey – 3:56
- 8, 9, 10 – 2:46
- St. James Infirmary – 4:56
- Pork Chops – 3:03
- All the Cats Join In (feat. Josh Duffee) – 3:29
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