Bonne Musique Zydeco: Buy
Smokin' Zydeco - CD
BMZ have proudly spread the zydeco gospel on the West Coast for more than a decade. But as this "Smokin' Zydeco" CD indicates, the band plays and appreciates a variety of music. Covers include a laid-back, horn-flavored version of the Hank Williams classic "Hey Good Lookin' and zydeco musician Joe Walker's "So Far So Good." The group tips its hat to zydeco king and Grammy winner Clifton Chenier on Chenier's "I'm A Hog For You," featuring lead singer and rubboard player Billy Butler.
The rest of the disc shows off BMZ's original songs, arrangements and skills as a show band with hot sauce flowing through its veins. Dennis Gurwell's nimble fingers on the piano, triple row and Cajun accordions can be heard throughout, along with drummer Andre Allen, guitarist Earl Alexander and Norman Weatherly on keyboards and horns.
BMZ gets down on "Get on Down," a musical tour of the clubs, musicians and venues that have made zydeco famous. Join the fun with your best line dance steps on the "Zydeco Slide." Glide across the floor in the arms of another on the "Bluesy Waltz." Hear the French slang of Deculus' roots on "Eh, La Bas."
The CD's eight originals either have "zydeco" in the title or in the lyrics, friendly reminders that Bonne Musique Zydeco is simple living up to its name - good zydeco music.
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Keep On Dancin' - CD
Keep on Dancin' is an apt representation of the live shows by offering a little something for everyone. Zydeco dancers will appreciate rollicking rug-cutters "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot," "Jambalaya" and "Tee Toe Hot Step," a song from Beau Jocque's father Sandrus Espre (AKA 'Tee Toe), which was also recorded by the zydeco giant on Lanor Records. Geno Delafose's "Je Va's Jamais La Voir Encore" glides effortlessly along while Clifton Chenier's "I'm a Farmer" is a resilient waltz with a resounding chorus.
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Gumbo Mix - CD
This recording plays like a warm night at a southwest Louisiana zydeco dancehall, with visiting musicians finding their way to the bandstand to take a turn at the mic. Fittingly, the music runs the gamut, from early tunes of Amede Ardoin and Clifton Chenier to the New Orleans-flavored "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront."
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