Samoa Wilson with the Jim Kweskin Band is reviewed by Jersey Jazz with their new album “I Just Want To Be Horizontal”

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Samoa Wilson

JERSEY JAZZ

July-August issue of Jersey Jazz
by Joe Lang

Samoa Wilson

It is a constant joy to discover how many current performers are keeping the music of the 1920s and 1930s alive and vibrant. Among them are SAMOA WILSON with the Jim Kweskin BAND. They have recently released I Just Want to Be Horizontal (Kingswood Records), 17 songs that will bring a smile to your face. Wilson has a voice and approach to these evergreens that is spot on. Among the selections are “After You’ve Gone,” “Trust in Me,” “That’s Life I Guess,” “Me, Myself and I,” “Kitchen Man,” “He Ain’t Got Rhythm” and “Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down.” Kweskin’s band includes a couple of NJJS favorites, Mike Davis on trumpet and cornet, and Dennis Lichtman on clarinet, fiddle, mandolin and alto sax. They lay down a perfect bed of sounds for Wilson’s highly listenable vocalizing. This collection will bring back many memories, but these folks bring a freshness to the music that keeps it from sounding dated. (jimkweskin.com/www.somoawilson.com)

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