[Dixielandjazz] CD - To Mac With Love

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 19 22:03:38 PST 2003

Just heard that Barbone Street's first CD will be at my door in quantity
about April 4th. So if anybody on the list is interested send $15 to
Steve Barbone, 124 Lower Hopewell Road, Oxford, PA 19363 and I'll pick
up the postage. (In the USA, that is. Overseas orders add $5 for
shipping/handling) Don't forget to include your snail mail address.

Warning: It may not be your kind of music. It is "Condon Style". It was
done with single takes, and the squeaks/clams are left in so as not to
sound like the sterile faux music you get on most CDs (of any music
genre these days). Here are the particulars:

Title: "To Mac With Love". Dedicated to MacMcClaeb, our long time
cornetist who passed away in September 2002. The first and last songs
are live from a jazz concert he played with us earlier in 2002. The rest
are from a studio session in January 2003.

Playing Time 68:36

Song list: Sweet Georgia Brown, Wonderful World,  Please Don't Talk
About Me When I'm Gone, Struttin With Some Barbecue, C Jam Blues, Black
& Blue, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Jazz Me Blues, I Want A Little
Girl, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me, Someday You'll Be Sorry and
Tiger Rag.

Personnel are Steve Barbone, clarinet; Paul Grant Trumpet; Glenn Dodson,
Trombone; Joe Mongillo, Drums; Sonny Troy, Amplified Guitar; Ace Tesone,
Double Bass.

Mac is on cornet and Dick Glass is on piano and fluegelhorn on Sweet
Georgia Brown and Tiger Rag, Replacing Paul Grant and Sonny Troy.

The CD was made after repeated requests from our local fan base. I had
long resisted it because of costs and because the band didn't feel like
the world needed another Dixieland/Swing CD. After all, many of us
recorded 40 and 50 years ago with legends like Clifford Brown, Mel
Torme, Charlie Ventura, Artur Rubenstein, Isaac Stern and others,
including Chubby Checker. (Ace Tesone needed the money and that famous
"Twist Again" record made him a bunch of it.) Barbone Street does not
compare to them. However, fan pressure was irresistible.

This is the music our fans love. It swings, it is fun, it is a more
modern take on Dixieland. Even the tunes might be mundane to many of
you. But, I think you will find some of the performers to your liking
and if you like the "Condon New York" style as played with fire and
energy, you will like this album.

A second album is being mastered as we speak. This one live in concert
from this year's West Chester University Jazz Festival with singer
Connie Rainis. As soon as I break even with costs, on the first one, I
will produce a large quantity and release the second one.

Copies will be sent to American and Mississippi Rags for reviews on or
about April 4.

Steve Barbone

PS. If in the area, come see us in Reading PA at the 10 day Berk's Jazz
Fest. We have a lunch gig at Boscov's East Greenery Restaurant, and then
an evening headliner appearance with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the
Lincoln Plaza Hotel. Both on Wednesday, March 26. Lunch venue sold out,
but I'll get you in if you don't mind standing. Evening gig is $30
ticket, for music only. Food and Drink at additional cost. Or see us
Friday night, March 28 at Unionville PA High School, near Kennett
Square. This concert is at 8 PM and is FREE, sponsored by the Hadley
Memorial Fund For The Arts. (a biggie in this area)

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