NEW RELEASE: Carolina Tiger Milk
Sway. Bop. Swing. Waltz. Tap. Get down. Repeat.
In their third album, Carolina Tiger Milk, Peter Lamb and The Wolves collaborate with 18 fellow North Carolina based musicians to create an album with kaleidoscope type appeal. They're just as likely to play Fats Waller as Tom Waits or Louie Prima or The Spiders. The ten track album opens and closes with gospel greats that will invoke upon, even the unreligious, the sentiment of toe tapping and swaying in wooden pews of an old southern church. Bullfrog Willard McGhee kicks things off by lending his guttural blues style vocals to the Wolves in Just a Closer Walk With Thee while a deluge of (7) horns, featuring the King of Funk Saxophone, Maceo Parker, along with one of the greatest tenor saxophone players of our time, Stephen Riley, bring the album to a close with His Eye Is On The Sparrow.
While the beginning and end are certainly noteworthy, tracks 2 thru 9 do not disappoint. Trumpeter, Paul Rogers, who is featured on Smoke Rings, is also responsible for the handsome arrangement of the song. Mary Boone, Assistant Principal of the NC Symphony, is accompanied by former student, Murphy Chang, on Marymurph, a song that band leader, Peter Lamb, wrote specifically for the duo. Husband and wife team, Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb, of The Mint Julep Jazz Band, make being evil sound pretty good on track 5. Both Clark Gable and Fred Astaire would be made breathless by the quick tempo of Puttin’ On The Ritz on track 6, which features one of the greatest, unknown, bass players of all time, George Knott with brothers Peter Lamb and Paul Rogers on tenor sax and trumpet. Lead singer for Sidecar Social Club, Lisa Veronica Wood, harmonizes so beautifully alongside PLATW’s Mark Wells, with the rest of Sidecar backing them up, that you would never know this was the first time the two had performed together. Listeners get a special treat on Louisiana, executed by The Square Trio, which showcases the incredible voice of Mark Wells while playing stride piano with pals Peter Lamb and George Knott on tenor sax and bass. Finally, with his unsettling, woeful, electric guitar, Django Haskins warns against the foolishness of falling in love, while accompanied by his bandmate from The Old Ceremony, Mark Simonsen, in Under Paris Skies.
Peter Lamb and The Wolves are: Peter Lamb – tenor saxophone, Mark Wells – vocals & piano, Stephen Coffman – drums, Paul Rogers – trumpet, & Pete Kimosh - bass
Peter Lamb and the Wolves
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'Peter Lamb and the Wolves" is the perfect antidote for fans who think jazz has become too self-absorbed. Tenor saxophonist Lamb's self-produced album covers the waterfront from New Orleans second-line jazz to tango jazz to rhythm and blues crossing over into early rock 'n' roll. Recorded live at Marsh Woodwinds in Raleigh, where Lamb repairs instruments by day, it offers good grooves and good times. And you can dance to it.
Lamb is a generous leader, and the album features Mark Wells' New Orleans-rooted piano and blues-shouting vocals more than Lamb's tenor. But when Lamb chooses to solo, as on the well-known standards "Mona Lisa" and "Temptation" (among others), he unleashes irresistible rhythmic drive and melodic ingenuity. (You might compare his leaping style and full-throated tone to Bennie Wallace, the Tennessee-born tenor man who composed the soundtrack to "Bull Durham," the 1988 baseball movie filmed at the old Durham Athletic Park.)
Trumpeter Al Strong (who solos fluidly with nice ideas on "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), bassist George Knott (who doubles on bass saxophone) and drummer Stephen Coffman round out the Wolves. F.O. Finch III sits in on baritone saxophone on "Just Because."
Raleigh News & Observer
From Raleigh N.C. These bad boys lay down a Sunday afternoon jam session at a metaphorical Snooky's Bar and Grill... in other words, these 20 something hipsters channel the late fifties vibe when Jazz was popular music and collard greens tinged with the noisesome air of chitlins hung like stratus clouds above the imbibers still in their church finery. On several cuts Pianist/vocalist Mark Wells has a voice like two fingers of Canadian Club on the rocks with a dash of bitters and plays tremulous riffs a la Professor Longhair, you know adept and flowing like seaweed on the floor of the Caribbean sea. Check out their "Mona Lisa". Al Strong on trumpet is is clarion clear and sinuously insidious. Check out "Libertango" and "Temptation". He hums wails or whispers with taste and aplomb. George Knott doubles on upright and bass sax and keeps everyone in line while pulling it together with a tight and invisible rhythmic string. Steve Coffman on drums is one of those melodic cats who makes his skins sing. Finally Leader Lamb on tenor has effortless style you know, like James Moody or soulful Stitt, but it's all his own. It's not showy, it's just right. And the arrangements, it's like a rehearsal at Fats Domino's house. Five Stars.
Jazz Director, KUCI Radio
University of California, Irvine