The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46624   Message #812674
Posted By: wysiwyg
27-Oct-02 - 04:37 PM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: Review: Bradley Litwin, YOU RASCAL YOU
Bradley N. Litwin, who looks and dresses like a 1950 Jewish accountant, has released a CD that sparkles with wit, polish and authenticity. Mr. Litwin, as his legion of fans well know, is our community's coolest exponent of that crossover blues/rag/jazz idiom that is so entertaining that even the most anti-trad modernists permit themselves the indulgence. In this collection (You Rascal You), Litwin offers a tasty survey of tunes from the mid 20's to the early postwar years-- in essence, the Golden Age of popular jazz. Root singers like Blind Blake and Robert Johnson are covered as well as icons like Josh White and the King Cole Trio. The performances are clean and crisp and exciting (Jon Cooper did a fine job of careful and unobtrusive production). The ensemble is tight, but it is Brad Litwin's razor sharp guitar that defines this recording. You can find out more about this CD by pointing your mouse to

-Mike Miller for PFS
Reprinted from PFS "Tune Up," by permission