12

Hot Town

  • 1 Hot Town (B. Carpenter, C. Stetson, F. Williams)
  • 2 Mo'Lasses (L. Roberts / B. Waters)
  • 3 Skag-a-Lag (T. Parham)
  • 4 Harlem Drag (C. Johnson)
  • 5 You Ain't the One (C. Johnson/A. Porter)
  • 6 Down Yonder (T. Parham)
  • 7 Bright Boy Blues (C. Scott)
  • 8 Springfield Stomp (C. Scott)
  • 9 Alligator Crawl (Fats Waller)
  • 10 Friction (T. Parham)
  • 11 You Can't Go Wrong (Fess Williams)
  • 12 Charleston is the Best Dance After All (Charlie Johnson)
...

About This Album

Hot Town follows up on where the wildly successful GTO debut Hothouse Stomp left off, with sophisticated new arrangements of music by four seminal bands from late 1920s Chicago and Harlem: Cecil Scott’s Bright Boys, Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Orchestra, Fess Williams’ Royal Flush Orchestra, and Tiny Parham and His Musicians. Award-winning artist Jonny Hannah provides the eye-popping artwork and hand-drawn lettering for the album.

The Ghost Train Orchestra features an outstanding roster of talent: clarinetist Dennis Lichtman, alto saxophonist Andy Laster, tenor saxophonist Petr Cancura, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, violinist and vocalist Mazz Swift, violist and saw player Jordan Voelker, banjoist Cynthia Sayer, tubist Ron Caswell, and drummer Rob Garcia. Full of loving attention to period detail combined with utterly contemporary energy and attitude, Hot Town features state-of-the-art production by Grammy award winner Danny Blume.

...

Credits

Musicians

Brian Carpenter
TRUMPET, HARMONICA (1), ARRANGEMENTS

Dennis Lichtman
CLARINET

Andy Laster
ALTO SAXOPHONE, BARITONE SAXOPHONE

Petr Cancura
TENOR SAXOPHONE, ALTO SAXOPHONE, CLARINET

Curtis Hasselbring
TROMBONE

Mazz Swift
VIOLIN, VOCALS

Jordan Voelker
VIOLA, MUSICAL SAW

Cynthia Sayer
PLECTRUM BANJO

Ron Caswell
TUBA

Rob Garcia
DRUMS

Colin Stetson
BASS SAXOPHONE (1, 9, 10)

Andrew Stern
TENOR BANJO (1, 2)

Production Credits

Produced by Brian Carpenter.
All music transcribed, arranged, and conducted by Brian Carpenter.
Recorded September 2013 by Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY.
Colin Stetson recorded by Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY.
Mazz's vocals and Brian's harmonica recorded by Bryce Goggin.
Additional recording by Rafi Sofer at Q Division Studios, Somerville MA.
Mixed Winter 2014-15 by Danny Blume at Hidden Quarry Studios, Woodstock NY.
Mastered by Scott Hull.
Artwork by Jonny Hannah.
Design by Heung-Heung "Chippy" Chin.