Where technology meets art
The Fat Babies, Thumpin’ and Bumpin,’ 26 April 2017—Chicago Illinois
Groups that play early-period (pre-World War II) jazz are very rare. Even rarer still are groups that can do so competently and convincingly. The Fat Babies are the real deal. Consisting of an eight-member jazz band, they enthusiastically embrace the music of the pre bebop era (pre Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) and do so with drive, energy, and muscle. Their love for the music of this period in jazz manifests itself in a buoyant and uplifting energy that is absolutely infectious. Here they are recorded with the natural ambience of a 1930's nightclub straight to a custom Studer/Revox 8-track complete with old-school tube and ribbon microphones reminiscent of the era. The result is a rare, sonic and musical treasure.