is a recording that I recently did with the group
Air Mail Special. The ensemble is based
in Chicago and performs at clubs, society
parties, and corporate events. There are seven members
in the group and the instrumentation is vibes, piano,
trumpet, saxophone, bass, and drums. Three of the
members share vocals.
This particular cut was recorded at our rehearsal
room. The instrumental track laid down was the second
run through. The vocals were recorded later at a
local recording studio. This tune captures only
a fraction of what the group is capable of.
of the tunes the group performs are arranged to
allow for as much improvisation as possible. A number
of tunes call for the extensive use of " trading
fours." That being said, the group prides itself
on being known as " a great dance band."
Air Mail Special does material covering a wide spectrum
of artists and songs. It's not uncommon to hear
songs from Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
Benny Goodman, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan--
all in one set. Playing in this band is truly a