Smiles and Chuckles
Celebrating the Music of the Six Brown Brothers
CBC Records MVCD 1160
Smiles and Chuckles / Torrid Dora / At the Chicken Chaser’s Ball / Laf’n Sax / Passion Dance / Lucille / Kitten Scamper / Golden Spur March / The Silver Strand Waltz / Egyptland / Bull Frog Blues / Russian Rag / Comedy Tom / That Alabama Jasbo Band / Kismet / Laughing Vamp / The Story Book Ball / Tucker Trot / Hey Paw! / Tom Brown’s Saxophone Waltz / Parade of the Elephants / Break’n Sax / Bonus tracks.
During the second and third decades of the twentieth century, the Six
Brown Brothers from
Their music, however, has lingered with collectors, and now the Royal
City Saxophone Quartet, also from
Arrangements are of the period, and many are done by names familiar to
ragtimers such as F. Henri Klickmann,
My favorite track was Bull Frog Blues, a bluesy fox trot with lots of “smears” by the bass sax. Other highlights included the title cut, Laf’n Sax, Lucille (a tango), Russian Rag, Tucker Trot (dedicated to Miss Sophie herself) and the bonus tracks at the end, which, again through the science of overdubbing, seamlessly weave two original Brown Brothers recordings into Royal City recordings on reprises of Comedy Tom and Smiles and Chuckles.
This is an outstanding recording and I predict that you will be charmed as well as impressed by the music. The liner notes are wonderfully complete as they recall the history of the Browns and describe the pieces as well. The talented Royal City Saxophone Quartet, as the notes say, has “revived both the spirit and the music of their countrymen” and this CD will hold its own against any other disc in your collection.
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