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The Hot Sardines Self-Titled Debut Album for Decca, Produced by Eli Wolf, Releasing on October 7

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 05, 2014 01:29 PM EDT

Set to release October 7, you'll definitely want to hear the ever inventive Hot Sardines' unique stylings on their debut disc for Decca/Universal Music Classics. Produced by Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Al Green), the record features both early jazz standards and original Sardine tunes.

The first single and video from the album is the remarkably upbeat "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," ("To Me You're Beautiful"), a song made popular by the Andrew Sisters--who also recorded for the Decca label back in 1937. Other notable tracks include "Wake Up in Paris," Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur," the fast-paced, calypso-tinged "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," as well as original numbers "Zazou (Sweet Sue)" and "Your Feet's Too Big" (a little homage to the lovely Fats Waller).

According to the pre-release notes:

Bandleader and pianist Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with their very own tap dancer to play hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king. The ensemble encompasses a blustery brass lineup, a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso and Elizabeth's vocalizing in both English and French.

As for shows, The Hot Sardines have sold out 15 straight gigs for their residency at New York hot spot Joe's Pub. And they've showcased their versatility by performing at venues as diverse as André Balazs' Top of the Standard (Boom Boom Room), the Montreal Jazz Festival, the playfully naughty underground speakeasy experience of Shanghai Mermaid and even Boston's Symphony Hall--where they recently performed to sold-out audiences in collaboration with the Boston Pops.

In October, the band will launch a 50-plus city U.S. tour.

If you just can't stand to wait for the disc proper, here's their single. Out now.

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TagsThe Hot Sardines, Decca/Universal, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Evan "Bibs" Palazzo

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