One of Canada’s most beloved jazz groups of the past 10 years serve up a really “good thing”, playing the music of Eddie Harris, Shirley Scott, Hank Marr and other purveyors of ‘greasy jazz’.
Usually a two horn front-line, this edition of the Nightcrawlers features the tenor saxophone of Cory Weeds at the helm. Filling out the sound of the band is percussionist Jack Duncan. Hailing from Vancouver, Nightcrawlers are a collective of musicians dedicated to preserving the sound and vibe of the great 1960s Hammond B3 organ bands.
Inspired by the music of Brother Jack McDuff, “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland, Big John Patton, and Booker T and the MG’s, the Nightcrawlers play gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time.
Featuring critically acclaimed drummer Jesse Cahill, the band playing on Do You Know A Good Thing, includes a who’s who of the Vancouver jazz scene with Weeds on tenor sax joined by Dave Sikula on guitar and Chris Gestrin behind the Hammond organ. Before recording this album, The Nightcrawlers were on what appeared to be a permanent hiatus.
After the coronavirus put a stranglehold on the world, Weeds decided he wanted to do something fun. He said: “During the first two or three months of the pandemic, I was listening to a ton of organ music and I was inspired to make another organ record. I called Jesse and asked whether he would consider reuniting The Nightcrawlers for a recording... Although he didn’t say yes, it wasn’t no... Eventually, through some prodding, he came around and we started conceptualising.
“Jesse was hearing something different for this record. He wanted one horn instead of two and wanted to add congas to the mix. It was fantastic to have Jack on board. He elevated the sound of the band.
“This recording came at a time when we all needed a bit of normalcy in our lives. We needed to forget about what was going on in the world, have some fun and make some joyous music.”
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