Trumpeter Morty Okin isn’t shy about his influences. He’s all-Vegas, baby. We’re talking 1950s glitzy Frank-Sammy-Dino Vegas. The booze, the broads, the all-night burners. Who cares if the bandleader and his backup group-most notably girl-among-wolves chanteuse Cynthia Lewis-are from San Francisco? No matter where the group gets together for a gig, the New Morty Show heads for Sin City anyway. This is the kind of big and brassy cocktail music-all arranged by Sandy Megas of Los Angeles jazz ensemble Hip Pocket-where setting the proper drinking mood is just as important as making them get up and dance.
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