The Joint is Jumpin'
A Little More to Love
I'm in the Mood for Love
The Jumpin' Jive
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Rags to Riches
Your Feet's Too Big
Is That Train Ever Comin'
Night and Day
Don't You Go Away Mad
Gelato is not exactly backward in coming forward. He monopolises this
record with his singing and his tenor sax, while the sleeve-note doesn't
even tell us who plays what in the rest of the band. There's just
a list of "The great guys in the Band: Danny Marsden, Andy Rogers,
Paul Booth, Mike Janisch, Gunther Kurmayr, Matt Home". From other
sources, I have discovered that Marsden is on trumpet, Rogers on trombone,
Paul Booth on saxophone, Janisch on the bass, Kurmeyr at the piano,
and Matt Home at the drums.
pretext for this CD is that Ray Gelato "salutes the great entertainers"
but one is left with the feeling that Ray is actually saluting Ray
Gelato. His vocals are nothing special: indeed, they sometimes only
approximate to the tune, so that the melody is not always distinct.
But his sax playing packs a punch, with a big sound reminsicent of
the Texas tenorists, especially when he solos powerfully on Boulevard
of Broken Dreams. And his saxophone speaks with convincing emotion
any rate, Gelato and his band have built up a reputation for swinging
music that is good for dancing or partying, borrowing especially from
the jump-jive styles of Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. Maybe it wasn't
the best idea to start the album with The Joint is Jumpin',
which arouses comparisons with Fats Waller's classic version. However,
the track is saved by some sparkling piano from Gunther Kurmayr. In
the same way, I'm in the Mood for Love stands out for its hot
trumpet solo. In fact, the band makes this album special, even though
the group is subservient to Ray Gelato's ego.