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Jim Hoke - The Floating Zone
"News of a new Jim Hoke recording project is always good news! I've been a fan since I first heard him playing saxophone with NRBQ... This new project contains 10 original songs that began, in one shape or another, in Jim's dreams, and it's further proof that he's a man with a vivid imagination and the means to turn it all into varied and captivating sounds. Besides the usual plethora of instruments he plays, it features Jim singing, which is a new and welcome development. And for good measure he's joined on some songs by John Oates, Terry Adams of NRBQ and the beyond-legendary Duane Eddy."
-Bob Brainen, DJ, WFMU.org and lifelong music obsessive.
Available on itunes, spotify, amazon, etc. - purchase with downloadable booklet of liner notes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-floating-zone/1447659466
or email Jim Hoke for a CD. Vinyl albums coming soon!
aqua velvet - exotic sounds in country music
Jim indulged his love of Country Music and blended it with rhythms and chords from other musical neighborhoods on Aqua Velvet's newest CD. Featuring the impassioned vocals of Kristi Rose, the arrangements create a depth of mood to give these direct and simple melodies fresh impact.
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Aqua Velvet - Hey Everybody, Let's Fall In Love
Teaming up with Randy Leago, Hoke turned to pop songs of the 60's and 70's, refracting them into un-typical sonic colors and textures. The CD features sitar, ocarina, pedal steel, bass flute and also some strange instruments. Janis Ian appears on a Fleetwoods song; other than that it's all instrumental.
Aqua Velvet - A SPlash Of Aqua Velvet
This follow-up to "Hey Everybody..." has an overtly Hawaiian vibe, featuring marimba, vibes, steel guitar, uke and percussion. Vocal cameos by Kristi Rose and Swan Dive add variety. Stand-out track is a Brian Wilson-Todd Rundgren mash up called "Hello Carolyn. No, It's Me".
Merry Aqua Velvet
Breathtaking re-inventions of your favorite holiday tunes. The joy of the season shines through the sometimes-startling musical variations and detours. "The Chipmunk Song" starts as a vocal harmony-drenched waltz, then shifts into a big-band romp with horns. Swan Dive's guest turn on "Winter Wonderland" is Stereolab-soporific.
A quasi-classical chamber group of cello, vibes, woodwinds and pedal steel. This unique blend is fully exploited on works by "serious" composers like Satie, Milhaud and Prokofiev, and "pop" musicians like David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson... and Hoke himself. Formerly available only in Europe, you can now enjoy this beautiful, singular CD.
Hoke And His Orchestra Bop!
This jump-blues band featured Kristi Rose on vocals and nine of Nashville's finest players. Their regular Tuesday nights on lower Broad drew big crowds. Hoke wrote the charts, played sax, walked the bar and knocked over people's drinks. Mitch Mitchell came to lots of their gigs and would sit in if he was in the mood. This CD captures the energy and excitement of that band.
ManAtee Waltz - The Jim Hoke Nonet
The Orch Bop! morfed into The Jim Hoke Nonet, an all-instrumental vehicle for his original music. They found a home at Bean Central, a coffeehouse hang for Vandy students. Jim led live rehearsals every Tues. night where new tunes would be premiered, tweaked, rejected, expanded, de-constructed, etc. in front of an audience of rapt or confused listeners. The CD is a culmination of their efforts.
Aqua Velvet - A Bit Of Burt
Familiar and obscure Bacharach gems are Velvet-ized in this collection. The result is music as richly detailed as the original versions. Especially notable is "Me Japanese Boy" which goes from languid balladry to surf combo speed and back again. Ravel-esque poly-chordal flights of fancy enhance "You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart".
This delves into the world of Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and their ilk. While many of these songs are jazz standards, this isn't a jazz CD; while brief solos abound, the main focus is the Esquivel-esque arrangements. You'll hear smoky sax, languid reed sections, spiky woodwind and vibes textures, and some of the coolest steel guitar since Alvino Rey. Orchestra Tropicale features a stratospheric Bill Huber trombone
turn on "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You".
turn on "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You".