JazzTimes - 10/95, p.149
"'Good Time' is the label and good time is what these New Orleans-based traditionalists are about..."
Scott Black's Hot Horns includes: Scott Black, Duke Heitger, Tom Ebbert, Tom Fisher, Buck Evans, Tom Sauders, Charlie Fardella.
Recorded in August 1993.
Personnel: Scott Black (vocals, cornet); Tom Saunders (vocals, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, tuba); Buck Evans (vocals, piano); Thomas Fisher (clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Duke Heitger (trumpet); Thomas Ebbert (trombone); Charlie Fardella (drums).
Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans.LA (08/23/1993-08/25/1993).
Photographers: Bronson Saunders; Ray Avery.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Charlie Fardella; Duke Heitger; Scott Black; Tom Saunders .
Cornetist Scott Black leads a septet (which also includes trumpeter Duke Heitger, trombonist Tom Ebbert, clarinetist Tom Fisher, pianist Buck Evans, Tom Saunders on bass and tuba, and drummer Charlie Fardella) for a variety of good-time standards, performed in a style not that different from Lu Watters's Yerba Buena Band of the 1940s. There are a few tolerable musician vocals, some unique trading off on two bass saxes (played by Fisher and Saunders) and plenty of heated and frequently exciting ensembles. Other than the completely unknown "Hindoo Man," all of the songs had classic recordings cut in the mid-to-late '20s but these new treatments (which hint strongly at New Orleans jazz, Bix Beiderbecke and Chicago jazz in addition to Watters) are fresh and enthusiastic. Dixieland fans are advised to check this CD out. ~ Scott Yanow