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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Rattle Them Bones

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Like most genre revivals, the neo-swing craze of the ’90s was neither meant to last long nor to be taken very seriously. But although the bands that ushered in that revival-Big Bad Voodoo Daddy toward the top of the heap-were never embraced by the hardcore jazz audience, BBVD nevertheless introduced their fans, if by default, to music that did once define jazz, and the band has never wavered from that commitment. More than 20 years in, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, still led by vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter Scotty Morris, does not sound appreciably different than they did at the start, which is a good thing: Rattle Them Bones accomplishes what it’s supposed to-it swings like mad, it feels good, it’s familiar. But that’s not all it does; the new set also serves as a compelling reminder that this is a collective of superior players, deserving of attention outside of the niche they helped spawn.

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