Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Let 'Em Roll
was a time when finding a swing band with a great horn
section was child's play. Now, it's a challenge to find
a group with the guts to focus on sax solos, hot licks,
and a swingin' drum beat. It's doubly hard to find one
that makes the grade. But King Pleasure & The Biscuit
Boys fit this exclusive bill, and their latest release,
the mini-CD Let 'Em Roll, is lucky sevens all around.
album opens with the fast, jumpin' title tune, a dancer's
delight that delivers on speed and performance. The vocals
are clear, and the twin saxophones (by King Pleasure and
Boysie Battrum) showcase the band's excellent instrumentation.
The next cut, "I Said It And I'm Glad", bears
this out, and each member of the ensemble has a chance
to shine on the more instrumental "Not Yet."
tempo slows for "Everybody Get Together", a
song that showcases the guitar talents of Bullmoose K.
Shirley, and the mellow mood continues through "Can't
Get Enough", which moves effortlessly from a rumba
beat to swing and back again. "Lover Come Back To
Me" delivers lots of satisfying bass lines (courtesy
of Shark Van Schtoop) and a healthy dose of sax. And the
closer, "Come Back To Sorrento", is a lovely
cuddle-up slow dance that leaves you wanting more.
to be clear, Let 'Em Roll is a dance album. There
are no thoughtful lyrics or soulful depths to be plumbed
from this highly-charged, super-sax ensemble. But it's
a lucky find, and so as a public service, I'm going to
tell you how to get this CD. UK imports from small record
labels can often be impossible to locate at your local
music store or even big online order houses. Go directly
and buy the disc straight from the band. They'll appreciate
the effort, and you'll dig the tunes.