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Help a Good Girl Go Bad

by Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz

This swinging hot and cool bluesy jazz album captures the vitality of a live performance.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Feet, Do Your Stuff!
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2. Everything I've Got
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3. No Moon At All
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4. Fever
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5. Better Than Anything
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6. Drinking Again
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7. Help a Good Girl Go Bad
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8. It Could Happen to You
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9. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You?
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10. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out!
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11. Whatever Lola Wants
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12. My Favorite Sins
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13. Lonely At the Top
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Help a Good Girl Go Bad" is an old-school concept album. The songs tell the story of Red, "a self-centered young woman who searches for love, falls hard but can't commit, and becomes the bad woman we've been warned about - spoiled, egotistical, rich, and famous..." The album contains 13 songs in three acts.

The “imaginary jazz musical" features several lesser-known jazz tunes along with a few more recognizable favorites – Peggy Lee’s “Fever”, a Carmen McRae-inspired version of “Whatever Lola Wants”, and Frank Sinatra’s classic ballad “Drinking Again.” Perhaps the edgiest arrangement on the album is Maxwell’s version of “My Favorite Things / Sins”, featuring a change in time signature and alternate lyrics. (Red rejects the typical "favorite things" in favor of her favorite sins - "firm taut young men with angelic faces"...) Maxwell and the band members create original arrangements of all the songs, varying tempos and rhythms, altering lyrics to suit the new mood or interpretation of the song. Recorded "live in the studio" in a mere 6 hours at The Press Recording Studio (Stockton), the album succeeds in capturing the vitality of the band’s live performances.

The CD cover and accompanying posters and handbills were designed by Maxwell, using commissioned cartoons by artist Sally Luntao. The packaging is reminiscent of a hip 1960s jazz cartoon.

This is a banner year for Maxwell and the band, with a MAMA (Modesto Area Music Award) nomination for Best Blues and Jazz Band, as well as live performances each month. Band members include Wendi Maxwell (vocals), Rick Russell (sax), Randy McMillan (vibraphone), Ken Cefalo (guitar), Brian Clark (bass), and Dax Compise (drums).

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