HAMMOND B3 PLAYER JOCELYN MICHELLE RELEASES LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA ON TONY MONACO’S CHICKEN COUP RECORDS
LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA is a follow-up to Jocelyn’s acclaimed debut CD, TIME TO PLAY. She recorded both CDs for Tony Monaco’s Chicken Coup Records. Monaco is a highly respected organist and teacher whom Jocelyn studied with for several years before inviting her to record for his label. Chicken Coup Records, a subsidiary of Summit Records, features some of the finest B3 players around today.
Jocelyn arranged all the tunes on this project and brought on board players based in Hawaii and Los Angeles. The Hawaiian component of her band includes sax player BILL NOBLE, trumpet player ANDREA LINDBORG, and her husband JOHN RACK. The L.A.-based contingent includes STEVE MANN on sax, TONY FARRELL on trumpet, drummer SAMMY K, and AL PERSON on percussion.
“Englewood Cliffs” is an homage to the soul jazz sound from the late 1960’s and Rudy van Gelder, who recorded some of the most the most important albums in the history of jazz. His studios were in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Jocelyn also wrote the lyrics to “Oh No, Could I Be in Love,” sung on this disc by acclaimed vocalist LAURA DICKINSON, whose lilting voice is heard on animation features on the Disney Channel. Dickinson also sings on Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” a song Jocelyn and the band play frequently back in Hawaii.
Jocelyn and the band perform two other songs that appeared on the previous studio album as well, “The Pink Panther Theme,” and “Last Tango in Paris.” Jocelyn, who was inspired by Jack McDuff’s version of “The Pink Panther,” arranged the tune for sax and trumpet, giving it an ultra-hip treatment. “Last Tango in Paris” is Gato Barbieri’s sexy composition from the eponymous movie. Jocelyn adds a funky groove to the piece but keeps its sensual mood.
The band keeps the seductive ambience going with “The Look of Love,” the 1967 Burt Bacharach/Hal David song. Jocelyn was particularly inspired by guitarist Bob DeVos’ rendition of the tune.
Jocelyn opens the CD with a swinging version of Carl Perkins’ “Groove Yard,” made famous by the Montgomery Brothers on their 1961 release. “Groovin” is the Young Rascals hit from 1967. Jocelyn arranged it with a relaxed, funky groove.
LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA is the kind of music you put on to get the party going. Jocelyn is adept at different musical styles, honing her chops on the club circuits on the East and West coasts and Hawaii. LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA captures the energy, spontaneity, and fun of Jocelyn Michelle’s live performances.
1. GROOVE YARD (7:43)
2. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS (10:24)
3. GROOVIN’ (5:32)
4. LAST TANGO IN PARIS (7:36)
5. THE LOOK OF LOVE (6:38)
6. OH NO, COULD I BE IN LOVE (5:15)
7. ONE NOTE SAMBA (6:05)
8. THE PINK PANTHER THEME (6:25)
9. A SISTER’S LOVE (5:51)
10. SYLVIA’S SONG (7:51)
JACK RACK guitar
BILL NOBLE alto & tenor sax
STEVE MANN alto & tenor sax
ANDREA LINDBORG trumpet
TONY FARRELL trumpet
SAMMY K drums & percussion
AL PERSON percussion
LAURA DICKINSON vocals
Arranged by Jocelyn Michelle Produced by Tony Monaco
She had been playing on the club circuit in the Miami area when she met her husband, John Rack, who had his own musical project. Jocelyn joined his band as a keyboard player, and the two went on to become both musical and life partners. They eventually released three CDs together. The couple moved to Los Angeles where they lived for many years, performing with their re-constituted blues band. In 2013, they took a trip to Hawaii, fell in love with the Big Island, and in short order, made Hawaii their permanent home where they play jazz and blues and make occasional trips to the mainland to perform.