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The Gambler (Isolation Sessions #4)

by Michael Gamble and his Very Swinging Friends

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The Gambler 03:31
Sunday 03:42
Cotton Tail 02:46
Night Bloom 03:33
Bottoms Up 02:58


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


Laura Windley - Vocals on 4
Keenan McKenzie - Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
Jacob Zimmerman* - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Gordon Au - Trumpet
Lucian Cobb - Trombone
Jonathan Stout - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Chris Dawson - Piano
Michael Gamble - String Bass
Josh Collazo - Drums

* Thanks to Jacob for some fine additional editing work on Cotton Tail!

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.

Something to Pat Your Foot To (165 bpm)
The Gambler (120 bpm)
Smokey Shoulders (145 bpm)
Sunday (175 bpm)
Cotton Tail (250 bpm)
Night Bloom (115 bpm)
What's the Fuss? (130 bpm)
Bottoms Up (195 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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