The Blue-Hots | Collection Four: Moonshots (2016 -2018)

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Collection Four: Moonshots (2016 -2018)

by The Blue-Hots

Classic vocal jazz harmonies meet uptempo funk, world, and swing, creating infectious grooves and joyous moods in nine original compositions
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Two Cents
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2. Selling Utopia
3:30 $0.99
3. Knock Me Down
3:50 $0.99
4. Dancin'
5:07 $0.99
5. Alternate Route
4:18 $0.99
6. The Boy Loves You
3:14 $0.99
7. Talk to Her
4:57 $0.99
8. Island Bird
5:51 $0.99
9. What Will It Take
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Moonshots," the fourth collection from the Blue-Hots, takes them further along the twentieth century timeline of American popular musical styles and lands them in the era of groovy funk, soul, and even gospel. Their jazz roots still rear their heads on every track however, tinting the uptempo series of songs with musical depth. "Moonshots" is an intentional contrast to the laid back mood of the previous album ("Spells"). The resulting sound is an upbeat and exhilarating bash.

The nine tracks on "Moonshots" are presented in the order that they were written, rehearsed, and recorded. "Two Cents," the first track, was conceived as a swing tune over a decade ago (by songwriter, Ian Kane, who tends to save song ideas for years in a proverbial "icebox," a practice shared by his hero, George Gershwin), and was recorded first at the session. The last track, "What Will It Take," was written last and recorded last. The Blue-Hots continue to feature the jazz vocal trio (Ian Kane, Reni Monteverdi, and Carey "Butterball" Evans) on this album, but their voices tend to unwind more here. Each voice is often separated and layered, creating a polyphony different from the usual harmonic unit. The percussion is set free with Fox Smith's R&B influence charging the way, and Dan McMillan's hand drum chops spinning out energetic conga solos. Chris Skelly weaves out bass lines using the full range of his instrument, while Tom Boyce on guitar exuberantly throws out ideas like spatters of colorful paint. Boyce also receives authorship credit for the only instrumental on the album, "Alternate Route." Ian Kane is the founder, pianist, songwriter, and musical director of the group.

The music on "Moonshots" is consciously optimistic. It opens with brotherly advice about love in an uptempo tune called "Two Cents," and moves into further words of wisdom about consumerism with "Selling Utopia." The high spirits intensify with the pure love song, "Knock Me Down," and the anthem to childhood, "Dancin.' " The strangest hybrid of ideas appears on "Talk To Her," a song which originated from a scrap written by Kane in 2005. It was elaborated upon in 2017, twelve years later, to arrive at its final groovy, oddball incarnation here. The closing track, "What Will It Take," is meant to capture the moment that one feels the freedom to finally let him or herself cry.

In a sense, "Moonshots" took 13 years to make. Some song ideas can roll around in an artist's head for years, growing, adapting, and germinating. But any ideas from the past that found themselves on this album were changed-- morphed and restyled-- to match and merge with its ebullient momentum.



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