Ralph Carney’s Serious Jazz Project
Do you long for a time when jazz players were born in brothels and used heroin to stay up all night? The guys (and gals?) in Ralph Carney’s Serious Jazz Project seem pretty sober, but they play music from an era that certainly didn’t play it straight. Though not a Disneyland-worthy recreation, this is a throwback of sorts, hot jazz that I’d place around 1933, written by Ellington and Rogers and Hart and other ne’er-do-wells before they became dignified Ken Burns heroes. Get this if you want loud horns and jazz you can dance to while the breadlines form outside.
-D. M. Collins