Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Rattle Them Bones
429 Records / Universal
If some enterprising young television exec were to create a series which married Mad Men with the likes of Boardwalk Empire, then the obvious choice to soundtrack said series would be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. These nine cats are the real deal, from the top of Fedora’d heads down to wing-tipped feet, shuffle beats and big horns straight out of the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, into 2012 with aplomb and then some.
This, the group’s eighth cut since their 1994 debut, continues on with their swing revival ethos – finger-snapping big band tunes, a heady mix of originals along with a smattering of covers, including Gimme That Wine from scat-king Jon Hendricks, the James Joyce of Jive. Nothing new to offer here, but what they’ve got, they do better than anyone else.
Samuel J. Fell