Creme Brule, Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, California, 1997
L-R: Peter Feldmann, Pat Cloud, Ms. Francine, Stan Tysell, Tom Lee (hidden), Robin Frost, Jim Hutchison.
before the early 1950's, when rock 'n roll essentially killed off older
country music as played without drums and electric guitar, there was considerable
experimentation going on involving the combination of country singers
with urban jazz, pop, and classical music influences. Jimmie
Rodgers, for example, recorded with Louis Armstrong, miscellanoues Hawiian
groups, musical saw, and jazz bands, as well as recording his solo songs
with guitar. I've recently begun extending these ideas with my musical
Everybody Does It In Hawaii
Stan Tysell (seated), Peter, Gilles Apap, Jim Hutchison, Robin Frost
Among the members of Creme Brule: Stan Tysell is a consumate guitarist with a love for hillbilly jazz and western swing, along with a fine voice and a real talent for ragtime and jazz piano to boot. Jim Hutchison was the only Scots tuba player I know, and was secretary of the local American Federation of Musicians. Robin Frost is a fine composer, pianist and brass player, and has a great repertiore of pop music from America's golden age of jazz; the 1920's-30's. Tom Lee, a versatile jazz and bluegrass bass player, holds forth on numbers not calling for tuba. Pat Cloud is to my mind, the true first experimental banjo player, equally at home with bluegrass, jazz, contemporary, and old time music. Gilles is a superb violinist, a protoge of Yehudin Menhuin's, a fine teacher and gypsy fiddler, and can give a good accounting oh himself on those old time tunes in the manner of Clayton MacMitchen or Lowe Stokes. "Ms. Francine", a wonderful pop vocalist, contributes her fine voice and a sense of style to the proceedings.
NOTE: Selections from this group's playing may be heard on Peter's CD, Good Fellow.
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