Scott Ramminger: Alive and Ornery

You know when you have those family get togethers like Christmas, Thanksgiving or weddings, and there’s that uncle that the young boys love, the  young girls seem strangely interested in, the male guys kind of re-live their single days through, and the moms and aunts all say “Just you stay away from him!”? Well, that’s the kind of guy that vocalist/saxist/writer and leader Scott Ramminger comes across as during this two cd collection of “live” material in Virginia and Maryland.
He brings together a bluesy and boogie-ing team of Pete Ragusa/dr, Chris Brown/b, Vince McCool/tp, Ariel Francis-Wes Lanich/key and Clarence Turner-David Kitchen-Keith Grimes-g for the sweaty sets. His voice has an avuncular raspiness while the delivery is vintage Crescent City swing. Ramminger’s tenor sax is full of chewing tobacco as on the fun “It’s Hard to Be Me” and the shufflin’ ‘Linda Lu” while the songs themselves are both world wise and amusing in their street smarts, such as the  New Orleans-tempo’d “Advice From a Father to a Son” and boogaloos on “I Really Like Your Smile.” McCool  glistens on “That Runba Beat” and Brown lays down a thick line on “Ammamdale Girl” and the rhythm team takes you to Kansas City on ”Hokey Pokey Blues” and to Chicago on the blueser “Rebecca, Rebecca.” Lots of low brown and high stepping fun on this jumping juke joint of a set.

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