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Groove Duets

by Mary Witt & The O-Tones

A fun mix of groove-oriented songs sung as duets by an array of talented singers backed by superb instrumentalists!
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Livin' It
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2. Leavin'
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3. Drop On Me
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4. At Long Last Love
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5. Consequences of Falling
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6. Who's Gonna Help Brother
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7. Trust in Me
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8. Baby, You've Got What It Takes
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9. Thought It Would Be Easier
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10. Adam and Eve
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11. Last Chance Love
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12. More Than One Way Home
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13. The Walk
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14. The No Soap, No Hope Blues
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15. Without Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The O-Tones band has been playing for public and private events all over New England for 22 years and is a dynamic entity. Over this lifespan various singers and instrumentalists have lent their talents to the band’s Swing, Motown, Blues, and Soul sound. The basic group is a 6-piece band with three singers, sax, guitar, piano, bass, and drums, but the group
performs regularly in many forms, ranging from a duo to the full 6-piece.

In 2012, the group even expanded to a 14-piece big band for the annual tribute to Benny Goodman at The Springfield Armory. This event launched in 1943 when Benny’s full orchestra played there. Three singers fronted The O-Tones Big Band with horn players added to embellish the lush sound of the big band arrangements. Over 800 people picnicked and danced to the nostalgic sounds, which also included more contemporary numbers by Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, and The Drifters. The O-Tones Big Band also recorded an hour of their show at GCTV, which can be viewed online.

The evolution of The O-Tones continues in 2015, when Mary Witt (band leader, singer, bass player) decided to take advantage of the vast array of talent that has worked with the group over the years, including many superb female and male singers, as well as an array of incredible instrumentalists. The Groove Duets CD, an exciting collection of songs, brings all these people together to record some fun, groove-based songs. Mary Witt sings duets with 12 different singers on 15 songs, backed by a
full band, including a rockin’ horn section! Mary carries the inspiration
from working with all these musicians into her daily life.

Musicians featured on Groove Duets:
Songs: Duet Singers:
1. Livin’ It • Mutlu Annie Patterson
2. Leavin’ • Shelby Lynne Anand Nayak
3. Drop on Me • James Hunter Samirah Evans
4. At Long Last Love • Cole Porter Jim Henry
5. Consequences of Falling • Steinberg, D’Ubaldo, Nowels Tracy Grammer
6. Who’s Gonna Help Brother? • Allen Toussaint Anand Nayak
7. Trust in Me • Wever, Milton, Schwartz Ellen Cogen
8. Baby, You’ve Got What it Takes • Otis, Stein, Benton Tom Mahnken
9. Thought it Would be Easier • Shelby Lynne, Bill Bottrell John Caban
10. Adam & Eve • Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli Ann Percival
11. Last Chance Love • Brooks Williams Max Cohen
12. More Than One Way Home • Keb’ Mo’, John Lewis Parker Barbara Ween
13. The Walk • Cohen, Stephens, Alexander-Sule Jim Henry
14. The No Soap, No Hope Blues • Adler & Ross Annie Patterson
15. Without Love • Danny Small Liza Constable

Rhythm Section:
Jeff Dostal, basses
Jim Henry, guitars
Mary Witt, bass • 2, 9
Pieter Struyk, drums
Chris Haynes, piano, keys, accordion

Soloists:
Guitars:
Jim Henry • 1, 3, 5, 11, 13
Anand Nayak • 2, 6, 8, 12, 15
John Mason • 4, 7
John Caban • 9

Misc:
Chris Haynes • Piano & Keys, all tracks, Accordion • 3, 5, 11
Jim Henry • Dobro • 11
Tracy Grammer • fiddle • 11

Horn Solos:
Kerry Blount • tenor sax, 2, 4, 7, 10
Don Anderson • trumpet, 1, 10, 14
Charles Neville • tenor sax, 3, 6

Horn section: 3, 6, 10, 13, 15
Kerry Blount, Don Anderson, Charles Neville
Jon Weeks, bari & alto sax
Joe Sabol, trombone

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Sam and Connie

CD Perfection!
We heartily agree with all the accolades of the other reviewers. This is the best CD purchase we have made in some time. Listening to the fine selection of songs will make your day better! Mary's singing is top notch and blends well with all the other singers.
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Yvonne Williams

Groove Duets is a winner!
Expertly put together, this music is soothing and relaxing without putting you to sleep! Great to play while doing housework or to make the miles go by in the car! This group's awesome talent makes you feel so alive!
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Wendi

Mary is the Groove Queen!
Every track on this CD pays careful attention to the groove FIRST, and then builds upon that solid foundation. This is a CD for which you will not be able to sit still as you listen.... grab a dance partner, put the volume up to 10 and enjoy! This is a joyful celebration of Mary's collaboration with some very fine musicians. Their excellent chemistry comes through on every cut. What fun!!!
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Elise

Love it!
Great songs, great arrangements, awesome band - the key is in the singing - so many great harmonies and arrangements. I give it a 10 - definitely can dance to it!!!
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Girls From Mars

Luscious & savvy!
An incredible mix of songs, arranged and mixed to perfection! Mary Witt brings us a 5 star musical experience. Groove! plus excellence! plus talent!
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vtb

Wonderfully relaxing
Beautifully done! A wonderful compilation with stunning vocals. So much talent. Relaxing and soothing vocals create a warm ambiance. Pure joy.
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Adam

Great Fun/Catchy Album
I was really pleasantly surprised by the album. It had a lot of variety due to the number of different artists on tracks, but maintained a sense of consistency as Mary was featured on all tracks. Well produced, which is a big plus/important piece for me. To me, a perfect album for dancing around while doing weekend chores or a long drive... much recommended!
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Floss

Groove Duets is Awesome!
This entire album is wonderful! Great songs; wonderful vibe. The harmonies are lovely and Mary's voice is so smooth and beautiful.
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Richard Cowles

Amazing CD
Groove Duets is an Amazing CD . . . sweet harmonies, superb instrumentals and a groove that doesn't quit.
Around the house or in the car . . . you must have this.
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BeeDee Williams

Groove Duets is Groovy
Smooth, laid back and sultry with a twist of funky rhythms....good mood music! Go for a spin and give it a spin!
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