Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Bluelounge - STdotdotdot
artworkFirst off, just for clarity, Bluelounge is not a surfband. They are a lounge jazz band that features Martin Cilia (Atlantics). Second, it's far afield from what Reverb central is all about. However, I was struck by the shear pleasure of listening to Bluelounge's music. So, if you're not totally boxed in by surf and would like to listen to something soothing and fun in a jazzy blue vein, give this a try.
Picks: Wes, In Walked Mike, Cruise-O-Matic, Ticket To Rio, Medication, South American Dream, What's Next?, One Night Standard, Junction Street, Elevator Blues, Bluelounge, Melonhead, I Take My Hat Off To You

Track by Track Review

Wes dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

As you might guess, "Wes" is in many ways a tribute to the guitar styling of Wes Montgomery. The as plays the lead, which is a simple and catchy line somewhat reminiscent of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got the Swing)." In small combo format, this is simply fun and a little suave too.

In Walked Mike dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

"In Walked Mike" swings softly with a saucy sax line and jazz guitar. The brushed drums and soft bass are easy grooving.

Cruise-O-Matic dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

With a hint of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," this romps in an easy groovin' kind of way. There's something catchy going on in the simplicity of this piece. The sax work and guitar solos are very nice.

Ticket To Rio dotdotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

"Ticket To Rio" is a splendid track that would fit beautifully between two coastal surf instros. Its tropical rhythm and seductive melody are very cool indeed, making the kind of connection well done music does. The arrangement is very well thought out, and the end result is a superb track. Great sax and guitar, supported by a splendid backing track. Really nice!

Medication dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

"Medication" is a lovely and easy riding piece with a soft horn and light hearted acoustic guitars. This very jazzy number is perfect for an evening with friends and conversation.

South American Dream dotdotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Big wah-wah, saucy sax, and bongos. There's drama and a totally infectious rhythm too. "South American Dream" is a splendid journey to exotic lands that you simply must take. Very catchy and fun!

What's Next? dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

This is a very jazzy number with a light sound and fifties blue-jazz structure. It reminds me somewhat of Georgie Fame.

One Night Standard dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

"One Night Standard" is an easy number with a sound that would easily back up a smoky club scene in an old movie. Just a nice track.

Junction Street dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Jumpin' and bumpin' with great drums and saucy sax. "Junction Street" is a smooth track with energy and a grin.

Elevator Blues dotdotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Finger poppin' and groovin' and jammin'. "Elevator Blues" is a bluesy number with a light edge and catchy rhythm. It's fun and hard to not like.

Bluelounge dotdotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Cool flute and soft sax lead the way with a tropical beat and easy verandah sound. "Bluelounge" is one heck of a nice track for an afternoon with somewhere to go.

Melonhead dotdotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

"Melonhead" bounces and grooves with the kind of infectious structure that Booker T. & the MG's occasionally created. Really quite fun. It's funny, but the sax work and writing remind me of Melonhead, the artist.

I Take My Hat Off To You dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Ending the disc is a soft and easy floating piece with piano and sax intermingled over brushed drums and bass. It's a late night smoky bar kinda number.