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Diggin’ in the Den (Isolation Sessions #3)

by Michael Gamble and his Very Swinging Friends

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Scuttlebutt 03:16
Tumble Bug 03:31


Michael Gamble presents some carefully curated, remotely-recorded swing music for dancers and lovers of early jazz and swing. Enjoy!


Laura Windley - Vocals on 3, 5
Keenan McKenzie - Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Au - Trumpet
Jonathan Stout - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Craig Gildner - Piano
Michael Gamble - String Bass
Riley Baker - Drums

All recordings from this series were made remotely, each of the 18 musicians (from 9 states) playing either in their homes, home-studios, or whatever they could make work! Despite the logistical challenges, we were determined to make an artistically cohesive and exciting project. Sections were pieced together painstakingly to make sure that no part was recorded prior to something that it needed to react creatively to, which often required multiple takes by the same musician on the same tune, spread over weeks. We believe the result — while certainly different in feel than prior Rhythm Serenaders albums which were recorded live in a single room — is a special set of recordings with their own completely unique flavor. We hope they’ll be enjoyed for years to come!

Artwork based on photo by Piqant Photography, taken at Ljubljana International Swing Academy 2020.

Good Morning Blues (100 bpm)
Diggin' in the Den (135 bpm)
I'm Painting the Town Red (125 bpm)
Scuttlebutt (200 bpm)
It’s Like Reaching for the Moon (110 bpm)
Tumble Bug (155 bpm)
Honeysuckle Rose (205 bpm)


released September 3, 2020


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Michael Gamble and his Very Swinging Friends Asheville, North Carolina

Michael Gamble, known for his swing festival group the Rhythm Serenaders, leads various hard-swinging and stylistically- faithful ensembles created in the mold of the late 1930’s, early 1940’s dance band. Their sound is characterized by an aggressive four-on-the-floor time-feel, thick & riffy horn arrangements, and an eclectic songbook that ranges from sweet and sentimental to hot and jumping. ... more

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