Travellin´Brothers Big Band

February 27, 2012

The recording features 14 tracks, including both
original songs and covers of tracks by Albert King, Willie Dixon, Ray Charles,
B.B. King, Colin James and Nick Ashford, all guaranteed to surprise and delight
their fans. The DVD contains two tracks, the first of which reproduces the
entire concert.
The documentary, which lasts over an
hour, and which is contained in the second track, shows the human side of the
group: how they live and work together and the friendship which has arisen
between these six musicians, all of whom are fully committed to the project.
The story is told with simplicity, honesty, overwhelming spontaneity and a
healthy dose of humour.

Over 200 minutes of non-stop music and images. Blues, blues
and nothing but the blues, with a generous sprinkling of other styles such as jazz,
country, funk
and above all swing.

1. Let’s
Have a Natural Ball – provides an intense start to the concert. A track by
Albert King, perfect for the Big Band.

2. Into
the Blue – the first original track. A melodic song performed with a
great deal of sensitivity, in which the violin takes centre stage, and the
trumpet with mute which comes in at the end adds a touch of jazz to the

3. I
Thank You – second original track. A more funky sound to get your feet tapping. An intense
dialogue between the guitar and the wind section during the solos.

4. C.O.D.
– another track by Albert King, one of the band’s primary influences. Emerging from
the Chicago school, the Travellin’ Brothers have developed their own style,
lending a touch of Texas to their electrifying shuffle rhythm.

5. Hoochie
Coochie Man – a classic among classics. This great track composed by Willie
Dixon and made popular by Muddy Waters, is given a new twist by this wonderful
new Big Band arrangement, resulting in a unique and highly personalised
version. Jon’s
wonderful voice is accompanied by great piano and guitar solos, in which the
band shows its ability to play around with different levels of intensity, and
there are moments in which the only sound to be heard is the breathing of the
musicians themselves.

6. I
Got a Woman – a true genius, Mr Ray Charles. If there is
one musician who has influenced all the members of Travellin’ Brothers,
it is Ray. Another
great classic, which the audience recognises and joins in with.  The concert reaches another level of

7. I
Don’t Need No Doctor — another song by the
, Ray Charles. A fantastic song rearranged a couple of years
ago by John Scofield for an album by John Mayer, which inspired this version of
the track. A
touch of funk, guaranteed to get you dancing, with almost rap-like phrasing and
a compact, resounding finish.

 8. Payback
Time – composed by Alain Sancho. This swing track takes us back to the Music
Halls of the 1940s and gives the maestro the opportunity not only to flex his
compositional muscles, but also to demonstrate his saxophone playing skills
during the final solo. The lyrics by Jon talk about the return of Mack
the Knife.

9. I
Just Wanna Make Love to You – another song by the great Willie Dixon, who also
composed for Etta James. This track places the spotlight firmly on one of
the backing singers, Izar Herran, who offers us an impressive and unexpected
version of this classic, which is much more funky than the original.

10. Midnight
Train – a new track composed by Travellin’ Brothers and in all
likelihood, the hit single of the album. A journey on
a midnight train, which takes us right the way across the United States, from
coast to coast.
Violin, double bass, guitar, piano, wind section and a chorus of voices
which transport listeners right to the heart of New Orleans. A true dixie

11. Swing
& Jive – the highpoint of the show and another original track. An emblematic
song that is fast becoming one of the band’s hallmarks. They let it
all hang out with this frenetic swing track, a festive piece that is
guaranteed to get you up out of your chair!  A rockety sound, reminiscent
of Brian Setzer himself and his orchestra.

12. Sweet
Little Angel – composed by B.B. King during the mid-fifties. A slow blues
track in the purest Chicago style.  Building
up from a subtle, inspired acoustic opening, the song ends with an intense
finale to which the Big Band contributes its grain of sand with a great new

13. Rocket
to the Moon — a version of a not-so-classical classic, composed by Colin James
during the 90s for his project with the Little Big Band. Profound
lyrics, successive guitar, trumpet and trombone solos and a choral farewell: Bye
Bye, Babe Bye Bye

14. Big
Band Theme – song composed by Travellin’ Brothers especially for the
occasion. Lyrics
which talk specifically about the day and moment in which they are playing the
song – an appeal to the Big Band. A song with touches of jazz, a great deal of
feeling and a tremendous finale in which the Big Band, in a moment reminiscent
of New Orleans’ finest years, lets it all hang out and goes out into the
audience, letting rip among an enthusiastic public. The cherry on
the cake of a spectacular all-round show – excellent musical quality coupled
with an outstanding on-stage performance.

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