Midwest Record Review…another rave for A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas

CHAISE LOUNGE/A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas:  Nothing beats a non gloomy Christmas down at the bar.  Lounging it up on originals and classics together, this is not strict 90s lounge revival sounds as the crew goes deeper into genre blending on their newest platter.  Easy rolling stuff that has lounge, pop, rockabilly, honky tonk and smatterings of other left of center sounds that show us what space age pop is like in the 10s.  As much as we loved them last time out, we love them even more now as this is a quasi-retro juggernaut of cool in top form.  It’s so groovy you can play it year round.  The hype sheet calls it an instant classic and they aren’t kidding.  Check it out.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record – midwestrecord.com

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A Very Chaise Lounge Review

A Very Chaise Lounge Review

No one reviews the cover.. but they should

This just in from the esteemed jazz writer Ken Borgers (also a  DJ at KKJZ in Long Beach, and JazzKnob.org) A review of “A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas”

 “Chaise Lounge is a delicious, subtle, swinging ensemble that, to borrow a phrase from Duke Ellington, is beyond category.  Steve Allen’s hip “Cool Yule” and the Kay Starr hit “The Man with the Bag” will bring a smile to jazz fans, and “Mr. Santa” out-Chordettes the Chordettes.  There’s even a non-annoying version of Garrison Keillor’s least favorite holiday song, “Little Drummer Boy,” which someone should pass along to him as proof that in the proper hands, anything can swing.  Add a little rockabilly and a couple of reimagined classics and here, at last, is new music for the season!”

Reflections from Marilyn on the Album Release Party

Reflections from Marilyn on the Album Release Party

I have thought of almost nothing else for the past 72 hours than the perfection of Saturday’s record release party at The Hamilton in Washington DC.  There were early signs that the evening would be difficult to leave behind; ‘farewells’ and ‘well-dones’ lasted for me until almost 3 o’clock in the morning.  (But wait, isn’t that when the song, Insomnia, begins?) But here it is, Tuesday evening, and I as I go through the motions of my week, I am mostly still there.

 This show went differently than most.  We mingled with guests before the performance, which did a lot for my sense of connection.  Knowing who had made a point of being there and seeing new, smiling faces before the house lights went down, warmed the large room and transformed the 300+ person audience into an intimate gathering of friends. 

 And still, the show felt big, bright and exhilarating.  I could have burst with appreciation for my band members.  We always have fun together but on nights like that, when the sound is great, the audience is receptive and the venue seems made for us, we get to realize a collective vision and there is nothing quite like it.  (Jeff, we love you and Gary, we missed you.)  

So as I defrost chicken, fold laundry and chase away my kids so I can finish Season 2 of Downton Abbey, I breathe a deep sigh of satisfaction.  I also chase away the blues that are creeping in with the pledge to do it all again, soon.

The Immediacy of Radio

Last night Chaise Lounge was featured on a radio show called “Everything Old Is New Again” on WBAI in New York.  I am amazed at how thrilling it was.  When everything is available all the time  on YouTube or on some web-based archive… it is amazing how exciting it is to hear something that is only on…now!  I was able to tune in via internet radio.   The fact that I was dropping in on a New York station from afar didn’t lessen the impact of the experience at all. They played 43 Good Excuses and I was wowed. Part of the thrill, I think, was the idea that any number of random people could have been listening to this.  In New York, or on the internet.  There is something just so “un-targeted” about this.  The difference between listening to live radio and ,say, Pandora is a lot. As perfectly tailored as Pandora is to your current listening needs, there is an awful sense of being manipulated while listening. Even to tracks that you have selected.  Sirius Radio is similar to me. The closer I can get to dialing in exactly what one wants, the less chance there is of  finding something really great, really surprising.   So here’s to old fashioned terrestrial radio. Huzzah

Airplay for Chaise Lounge!

It is a very exciting time when a bands music finally gets onto the radio playlists and Chaise Lounge has hit the radio waves with their latest release Insomnia:

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02:50PM Lou Donaldson “Aw Shucks” from alligator bogaloo (CD, Album, Jazz, 1987) on Blue Note
02:56PM Howard Alden “Shreveport Stomp” from it” delovely (CD, Album, Jazz, 2005) on sfj 003
03:03PM Karen Johns and Company “I Speak Woman, You Speak Man” from Peach (CD, Album, Jazz, 2012) on Parmigann Music ([email protected])
03:07PM Calvin Owens “Coffee Man” from The House is Burnin (CD, Album, Jazz, 2002) on Top Cat
03:12PM Chaise Lounge “Insomina” from Insomina (CD, Album, Jazz, 2012) on Modern Songbook Records ([email protected])
03:17PM Dan Adler “The Smudge” from Back to the Brodge (CD, Album, Jazz, 2010) on Edan Music ([email protected], USA)
03:25PM Clark Terry “Backwater Blues” from Arbors Sampler 2011 (CD, Album, Jazz, 1994) on Arbors
03:35PM Bob Florence “A Train” from Jewels (CD, Album, Jazz, 1992) on Disvover Records
03:45PM Frank Walton “The Back Step” from The Back Step (CD, Album, Jazz, 2012) on Frank Walton Mysic ([email protected])
03:51PM Rita Edmond “Gentle Rain” from A Glance At Destiny (CD, Album, 2010) on DaBomb Music ([email protected], USA)
03:58PM Bob Draga, Sextet @ Orch “Down n Honky Town” from Mood Swings (CD, Album, Jazz, 1999) on ivory music
04:04PM Steve Abshire &Paul Wingo “Jitterbug Waltz” from Detour Ahead (CD, Album, Jazz, 2010) on Patuxent Records ([email protected])
04:13PM Louis Armstrong “Mahogany Hall Stomp” from On the Road (CD, Album, Jazz, 1992) on laser light
04:19PM Gordon Goodwin “That’s How we Roll” from That’s How we Roll (CD, Album, Jazz, 2011) on Telarc
04:25PM Bill Harris Quartet “Little Rootie Tootie” from Inside Out (CD, Album, Jazz, 2012) on Pensatvia Music ([email protected])
04:34PM Mike Barone Big Band “Just Messin’ Around” from Live at Donte’s (CD, Album, Jazz, 1998) on VSOP Records
04:42PM Eric Farzier “Glory Of Love” from Live at Cecil’s Jazz Club (CD, Album, Jazz, 2009) on Frazier Music ([email protected])
04:43PM Chase Lounge “Ode to Billy Joe” from Insomina (CD, Reggae, 2012) on Modern Songbook ([email protected])