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Alligator Wings

by Duke Way

Wise and witty spoken word recitations set to creative modern jazz music. Social commentary at its finest!
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Yet Another Public Service Message
5:46 $0.89
2. On Hearing Some Moron Use the Phrase "Drunk as a Skunk"
3:40 $0.89
3. Lobster Insect Man Flies Again
3:16 $0.89
4. Legends of the Fall, Pt. Two
3:27 $0.89
5. Crop Circles
3:52 $0.89
6. One Summer Sunday
3:40 $0.89
7. Ballad of the Battle of Balihu
5:17 $0.89
8. Lazy Afternoon
4:25 $0.89
9. Johnny the Lip, Act 1
3:41 $0.89
10. Johnny the Lip, Act 2 (Daddy Chops)
4:51 $0.89
11. Johnny the Lip, Act 3 (The Search)
3:57 $0.89
12. Johnny the Lip, Act 4 (Mammy Magic)
7:19 $0.89
13. Johnny the Lip, Act 5
5:24 $0.89
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Album Notes
"It's been many years since I've heard fluid lines and strange thoughts as well-spoken as these! ... I can't tell you how sweet it is when the words marry up (correctly) with the jazz; but Duke can!" -- Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation

"'Alligator Wings' is a fascinating, twisted, beautiful, cracked work of art, and highly, highly recommended." -- Doug Bennett, The Valley Planet

"Duke knows how to swing a lyric when he's speaking it." -- Microwave Dave Gallaher, WLRH Radio

"[Duke] avoids too much intellectuality, but he's damn smart, creative, and full of love. This is an enjoyable and carefully-crafted collection, and a tribute to the participants and the producers. It might be just the thing to listen to when everything else starts to sound the same. I’ve never heard anything quite like it." -- Marylyn Coffey, UAH

Duke Way performs as a percussionist and poet in Huntsville, Alabama. 'Alligator Wings' contains (mostly) spoken word narratives set to music that can be classified as jazz, but also includes touches of funk, gospel, world music and more. A Louisianna influence percolates throughout, as Duke grew up in Hammond and Port Sulphur and went to college at LSU Baton Rouge.

Precedents for Duke's philosophical speechifying range much further than just beat generation artists such as Jack Kerouac, Ken Nordine, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others. They also include the stand-up comedy of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, the offbeat children's stories of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, and even the recent bizarro work of William Shatner. But Duke brings a musicality to his monologues that is entirely his own. His verbal timing is as interactive with the music as any first-rate jazz soloist.

The five acts of "Johnny The Lip" tell the story of a young trumpet player's quest to find "the note that isn't there." The tale draws you in like a great movie or play. You'll find yourself rooting for Johnny just like his New Orleans audience does in the story.

The album not only showcases Way's percussion, poetry and storytelling artistry, but also spotlights much of the jazz scene in his current home city of Huntsville. Bands such as Keith Taylor Trio, Rolling Jazz Revue, Dawn Osborne Band and Trio El Camino, and many other guests contribute to a brightly varied music scene in Huntsville that serves as the colorful backdrop for Duke Way and his beat-era poetry.

FAIR WARNING: Salty language uttered occasionally! Clean versions of tracks 1, 4, and 10 are available free of charge with album purchase by contacting Startlingly Fresh Records listed under Album Links to the left.

Drums: Mike Dendy, Tom Branch, Soloman Grable, Aaron Cox
Percussion: Duke Way, Shawn Webster, Jeff Woods, Mike Dendy
Bass: Nick Walker, Andrew Sharpe, Jim Cavender
Keyboards: Newt Johnson, Keith Taylor, Jim Cavender
Guitar: Jim Cavender
Saxophone: Mike Agee, Steve Motz, Walter Robinson, Nikki Russell, Judy DiMaso, Eric Rogers
Flute: Steve Motz, Terri Cavender
Trumpet: Ken Watters, Mark-Daniel Mitchell
Trombone: Billy Bargetzi
Theremin: Emily Bodnar
Harmonica: Tom Barker
Vocals: Duke Way, Dawn Osborne
Backing Vocals: Newt Johnson, Andrew Sharpe
Producer: Jim Cavender
Engineering: Jim and Terri Cavender
Mastering: Stephen's Reason
Album Art: Janie DeNeefe
Lettering: Jim Cavender and Emily Bodnar
Composition (lyrics): Wellington Way
Composition (music): Wellington Way (tracks 9-13), Jim Cavender (tracks 2-7), Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn (track 8)



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