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Doodles, Volume One

by Wang Dang

Wang Dang is a groundbreaking instrumental and vocal duo in the tradition of Hot Tuna that is influenced by many different styles of music, performed with the unusual combination of National Resonator guitar and 8-string electric bass.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doxy
3:21 $0.99
2. Mercury Blues
2:45 $0.99
3. Soul Serenade
3:20 $0.99
4. Bang A Gong (Get It On)
3:52 $0.99
5. White Summer
3:22 $0.99
6. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
4:06 $0.99
7. Time Is Tight
4:16 $0.99
8. Gin Soaked Boy
2:41 $0.99
9. Chameleon
3:37 $0.99
10. Monkey Around
2:45 $0.99
11. Resta Cum Me
4:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Wang Dang is Billy Courtman (National Resonator guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals) and Jeff Ganz (8-string electric basses, piccolo bass, vocals). Billy and Jeff have earned eclectic resumes, having worked with varied performers such as Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, Edgar Winter and Gerry Mulligan. Their music features unique interpretations of vocal and instrumental material from a broad range of artists and musical styles.

"Astounding musicianship; your doodles are spectacular!" was the reaction from Will Lee, the highly respected bassist from "The Late Show with David Letterman". Expressions such as "fun", "innovative" and "blew me away!" have also been used to describe Wang Dang's live performances and their debut CD, "Doodles, Volume One".

Not limited by any pigeon-holing with regard to repertoire, the CD gets down to business with the Sonny Rollins jazz standard "Doxy".

An energetic workout for the boys on "Mercury Blues" is next, with Billy on lead vocals.

"Soul Serenade", long associated with King Curtis, features a lyrical performance by Billy on National Baritone guitar.

The T. Rex rock anthem "Bang A Gong" (Get It On) has Jeff doing lead vocals, backed by a spirited children's chorus that features Adam Boyko and Jesse Courtman.

An innovative rendition of Jimmy Page's classic acoustic composition "White Summer" showcases Jeff on solo piccolo bass.

Billy's passionate guitar and vocal work highlight the next track, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", the Bob Dylan chestnut.

This version of Booker T. and the M.G.'s "Time Is Tight" proves that drums are not always needed to cop a powerful R&B groove.

The gutsy "Gin Soaked Boy" by Tom Waits has Jeff on 5-string upright bass and lead vocals, with Billy playing Dobro.

A daring rendering of the fusion masterpiece "Chameleon" follows, reminding the listener of Wang Dang's courage to try anything in virtually any musical style.

"Monkey Around" is Delbert McClinton's roadhouse rocker that seems to hook kids as well as grownups. Jeff is on lead vocals.

The CD concludes with a beautiful solo instrumental performance by Billy of "Resta Cum Me", a ballad made famous by the Italian vocal legend Domenico Modugno.

Wang Dang has come up with a musically intriguing concept, and delivers a charismatic CD that has something for everyone.



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Carey Ziegler

Just got my Wang Cd. Wow!!!! Hope they come to Baltimore!!

Lynda Benedetto (vocalist)

Masterful... Meticulous...Mesmerizing.

Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

Mike Swan

This here's the real deal!
I've known these guys for years. This goes to show that you can always be surprised with what your friends are into. This is hot, tasty and full of soul.


Highly recommend!
Loved the solo of Resta Cum Me, great rendition.

Julie Budd

Wang Dang is a WOW !
Jeff Ganz and Billy Courtman are, I think, two of the best !

Chris Jisi from Bass Player magazine

I listened - I like!
Original, fun, fresh, refreshing; two heavy veteran cats having fun and drawing us all in with their enthusiasm and musicality. My faves are the slap solo on "Mercury Blues", the vocals/bass on "Bang A Gong," the piccolo performance on "White Summer," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (and "Resta.." too), and the swingin' version of "Chameleon."

Roger Sadowsky

It is really a wonderful project!
Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much I love the Wang Dang CD. Billy's playing is the best I've heard this side of Ry Cooder! Keep up the good work!

Fred Fried (7-string jazz guitarist; www.fredfried.com)

I really love this CD!
It’s just wonderful to hear what great stuff can come from two master musicians playing what they want to play. Billy Courtman and Jeff Ganz, individually great soloists, seem to have that indefinable chemistry that adds up to the whole being even greater than its' parts. I’m amazed that without drums they can generate such infectious grooves. I’m equally blown away by the diversity of the material, and the fact they arrive at a sound which is uniquely their own.

Joanne Pius

Please, Sir, may I have some more?
It's the kind of music that no matter who is in the room, and what their tastes are, they will love this - with a capital L.

Dick Shurman

I like the CD!
Strong playing and very tasteful in a low key way. It's an obvious reflection of genuine teamwork along with quality musicianship and singing, always an exemplary combination. Good choice of material, too. Congratulations and good luck!
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