Friday, May 3, 2013

Alex Pangman Have A Little Fun Justin Time 2013

Have a Little Fun

Justin Time records will be releasing the latest from Toronto native Alex Pangmen titled Have A Little Fun on June 11, 2013. Joining Pangman is special guest Bucky Pizzarelli whose career has spanned seven decades while playing with other icons including Les Paul, Benny Goodman and Stephane Grappeli. The Pangmen band, The Alleycats are as real deal as they come and have a new member in trumpet phenom Brigham Phillips. Toss all these elements together and you are suddenly going "Back To The Future" with swing was king and passion was the rule of the day.

While currently in the middle of my own health crisis, the amazing part of Pangman's musical D.N.A is that she was born with lung disease which resulted in a double lung transplant in 2008. The fact Pangman is still with us is amazing, the ability to pursue her own passion as one of Canada's leading jazz vocalist is nothing short of miraculous. Tunes from the 1930's are the wheelhouse from which Pangman operates and given Bucky Pizzarelli's resume his appearance is a perfect fit and he clearly shows despite the fifty year difference in their age, he has plenty of gas left in the tank. "Out Of Nowhere" along with "Stardust" and "Melancholy Lullaby" are but three of the seven tunes Pizzarelli sits in on and all with the unabashed joy and panache that captures the mood if not music of the day with a special blend of authenticity made current thanks to some marvelous arrangements of these timeless classics.

Pangman is far from a one trick pony as a vocalist. An accomplished lyricist she composes with the in the moment spontaneity that exemplifies the early days of jazz when this was the popular music of the day. Tunes from Pangman such as "It Felt So Good To Be Bad" could easily pass for something from the Great American Songbook. Pangman is held in such high esteem that the late guitar great Jeff Healy produced her first two releases.

Now a tireless advocate for organ and tissue donation in Canada, Pangman comes at you straight from the heart with a sincere appreciation for life, music and the gift to connect with an audience which is sometimes rare even from seasoned veterans twice her age.

Pangman is an inspiration and while facing the possibility of an organ transplant myself, I can not begin to tell you how important organ and tissue donation truly is. Music has the ability to touch the heart and heal the spirit and Alex Pangman is as good as it gets.

Tracks: Some Of These Days; Are You Having Any Fun Yet; The Fog Song; The Panic Is On; I'm Confessin'; It Felt So Good To Be Bad; Just One More Chance; Shanghai Lil; Out Of Nowhere; Stardust; Melancholy Lullaby; Topsy Turvy; Undecided; Intro: Some Of These Days.

Personnel: Alex Pangman: vocals; Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar (1,2,5,7,9,10,11); Drew Jurecka: violin (1,2,5,7,9,10,11); Brigham Phillips: trumpet (4,6,8,12,13); Ross Woodbridge: clarinet and tenor sax (4,6,8,12,13); Laurie Bower: trombone (3); Peter Hill: piano (3,4,6,8,12,13); Jesse Barksdale: guitar (3,4,6,12,13); Chris Banks: bass (3,4,6,8,12,13); Glen Anderson: drums (3,4); Michael Herring: bass (1,2,5,7,9,10,11); Chris Lamont: drums (6,8,12,13).