Billy Brandt | City Noir

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City Noir

by Billy Brandt

City Noir -This raindrop-glistening record offers Brandt’s most sincere talents as a pulp writer, performer, and elegant singer, as well as his biggest step forward as an artist, proving honesty and craft always win the day.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. City Noir
4:21 $1.50
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2. Ooh Sha Dooby
4:37 $1.50
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3. Frances Doesn't Care for the Blues
4:49 $1.50
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4. Gonna Be Those
4:09 $1.50
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5. One of a Kind
3:15 $1.50
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6. Beau & Cello
4:31 $1.50
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7. Tango Happiness
4:27 $1.50
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8. Ooh Sha Dooby (Cuban Reprise)
5:31 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Billy Brandt is an alley cat singer and steel-toed storyteller. Standing as the steam rises from the street’s sewer grate, this squinting-eyed, herringbone newsboy cap-wearing lyricist reports on what he sees: a melancholy and malleable city with bents equally toward invention and woebegone worries, yet the musician maintains love in his heart. Though, like any working class fellow, he makes no room for fools. With a voice like a horn resurfaced from a trunk got off a rough deal, Brandt observes as his band buoys behind him
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This raindrop-glistening record offers Brandt’s most sincere talents as a pulp writer, performer, and elegant singer, as well as his biggest step forward as an artist, proving honesty and craft always win the day.


How this album came to be:

"It started in the middle, a lot of things do. The beginning was too long ago, too far away. In order to get there, he would have to think with the end in mind.

The radio in his truck played a song about a Beau & Cello. He was stopped in traffic and he listened as he looked around. He could see the city unfold in front and around him. There to the west rose beautiful skyscrapers of steel and glass and to the east on the hill sat the modern tent city homes of blue tarps and shopping carts sprawled out along the highway. “This certainly isn’t the end.” He thought. “This was just another movie”. Another scene from the middle of a film that he thought he had watched before.

The city had changed. For a moment it was as if the color had washed away and the city became like a film noir; the detective, the criminal, the femme fatale, the patsy and the loser all jockeying for space on the city streets. And it’s the city, always the city, like the old movies, that is the main character, the main player in this tale. He had always liked the color of black and white and here it was, a post-modern film noir and its sound stripe playing out in his mind as he drove a traffic-laden highway. Add jazz; add bongos, a crime, a love story, a card game, a saxophone, and Tango Happiness. Add Frances Doesn’t Care For The Blues, One Of a Kind, Gonna Be Those, Ooh Sha Dooby each is its own theme, each its own melody. That is how this album came to be.

Now he is at the end.
You are at the beginning. . .
The beginning to the soundtrack of the motion picture from your imagination in the City Noir…"

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