While most jazz-loving moms and dads would like the kids to inherit our passion for music, there are not many tools available. Some top-notch New York jazz musicians got together under the nom de plume BINGO. The result is a CD that the younger population will enjoy.
Pianist, Roger Davidson and the quartet lay down a solid "kid friendly" groove. Reedmen, Oscar Feldman and Aaron Heick contribute some energetic licks that youngsters will appreciate. Jazz diva, Christy Baron, delivers the goods to the kiddies in fine fashion. Her enunciation is, of course, crystal-clear for the young audience.
Roger Davidson contributes a couple of original compositions in the form of "Sleep My Child" and "Lullaby Waltz." There is a fine oboe solo delivered by Susan de Camp on "Sleep." The charming "Baby Beluga" is penned by the international children's troubadour, Raffi. BINGO delivers "The Fox" in a hot calypso style that may prompt you to resurrect that old Limbo Pole from the attic. "Baa Baa Blacksheep" is a gem! The old favorite gets a great vocal by Christy Baron, some rollicking sax work by Aaron Heick and a "Peanuts" style piano solo by Davidson.
Jazz musicians have played children's music for decades but it's seldom that an entire album is dedicated to the little folks. The old Red Nichols version of "Three Blind Mice" or the Paul Williams Sextette reading of "Pop Goes The Weasel" wouldn't attract today's youngsters. BINGO
includes a colorful cover that young eyes will easily spot on your CD shelf. Considering the attention span of the intended audience, Roger Davidson wisely kept the length of the tracks quite short but included seventeen songs. Most songs don't exceed three minutes in length. BINGO
will be available at your favorite shop on September 1.