Archive for May 3rd, 2017

Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s

The group name is a play on the leader’s first name and the title of an AMC television series. Violinist Mads Tolling revisits an iconic decade of music with Mads Tolling & The Mads Men, Playing the 60s.

The Mads Men are Tolling, violin, viola and baritone violin; Colin Hogan, piano, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes and accordion; Sam Bevan, bass; and Eric Garland, drums. Special guests appear on a few tracks. “My Girl” features Kalil Wilson, vocals; and Susanna Porte, cello. “The Look of Love” brings Spencer Day, vocals; Ricardo Peixoto, guitar; Joe Hebert, cello; Dan Feiszli, bass; and Spencer Day, vocals. Vocalist Kenny Washington appears on “What a Wonderful World,” and bassist Stanley Clarke steps in for “Beautiful Savior – Dejlig er Jorden.”

Tolling kicks things off with “A Taste of Honey. The violin hums brightly during the verse, jumping an octave on the second pass. The Herb Alpert recording straddles the line between big band jazz and easy listening. Tolling goes all jazz with this arrangement. After the second intro, he stretches out with some cool, crisp, finger-snapping grooves by The Mads Men. Hogan takes a turn, then Bevan and Garland lick their chops in a sizzling interlude.

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