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The Novelty Salesmen by The Novelty Salesmen

This is an album of pure unadulterated joy. The harmony is as smooth as cashmere and as cool as a South Beach cocktail. The tunes are perfect choices with a few brought back from yesteryear with a grand flair.

"Route 66" Solid swinging in the singing....Paul Simons' Piano solo adds a nice groove to the mix....Bobby Troup would be happy with this fine arrangement.

"Witchcraft / The Coven Concerto....This tune casts a spell on the listener as the vocal ensemble struts along with self assurance. The strings weave a tapestry of beauty that enhances the overall effect beautifully. The Flugelhorn solo adds his magic to the piece and again harmonics reign supreme.

"Save The Bones For Henry Jones" I thought I was the only one left that knew the lyrics to Nat Cole's novelty hit of the past....Clever tune done cleverly.

"The Novelty Salesman's Blues" Shades of Willy Lohman permeate this tune penned by Paul Simons..Great lyrics. Some backbeat puts the punch in the title song as it moves along gracefully but with a little sass. A bit of darkness gives it a plaintive feel.

"Dream" Mercer's ballad is given a sweet and mellow treatment with romance filling the air....Again divine harmony

"Put 'Em In A Box, Tie 'Em With A Ribbon"...Sammy Cahn and Julie Stein wrote it and Nat Cole recorded it and The Novelty Salesmen give it life again, with stylishness and a bit of swagger....Simons' jaunty Piano solo is as cooly rendered as it gets.Every tune in this album has a common theme, great melody, fine arrangements, superb musicians and artistry to the maximum degree....This is a 5 star CD.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Novelty Salesmen
  • CD Title: The Novelty Salesmen
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Travlyn Music Productions
  • Rating: Five Stars
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