Thursday, 16 May 2019

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ‎– Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (1976)

Style: Disco, Big Band, Latin Jazz
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: RCA Victor

A1.   I'll Play The Fool
A2.   Hard Times
A3.   Cherchez La Femme / Se Si Bon
A4.   Sunshower
B1.   We Got It Made
B2.   You Got Somethin' / Betcha' The Love Bug Bitcha'
B3.   Sour And Sweet / Lemon In The Honey

Bass, Vocals, Lyrics By – August Darnell
Drums – Mickey Sevilla
Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Arranged By, Music By – Stony Browder
Percussion – Don Armando Bonilla
Vibraphone – Andy Hernandez
Vocals – Cory Daye
Arranged By [Horns, Strings, Orchestrations] – Charlie Calello
Producer – Sandy Linzer

I hated this the first time I played it, which turned out to mean that I had encountered a clear, uncompromising and dangerously seductive expression of a vision of life that was foreign to me. Call it disco-sophistico: a version of post-camp nostalgia that celebrates the warmth (OK) and class (ugh) or a time irretrievably (and safely) past. Since they're not white, the Savannah Band never make you feel they love the '40s because there were no uppity muggers back then, though I still wonder about their get-thee-behind-me dismissal of hard r&b, not to mention their fashion-mag potential. But it's a pleasure to admit that their music is a fresh pop hybrid with its own rhythmic integrity, and that its sophistication is a lot brighter and more lively than most of the organic bullshit making it to the rock stage in the mid-'70s
Robert Christgau 

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