- 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.
TRUMPET, HARMONICA (1), ARRANGEMENTS
ALTO SAXOPHONE, BARITONE SAXOPHONE
TENOR SAXOPHONE, ALTO SAXOPHONE, CLARINET
VIOLA, MUSICAL SAW
BASS SAXOPHONE (1, 9, 10)
TENOR BANJO (1, 2)
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.