Victor Mecyssne

Hush Money

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Victor Mecyssne is almost a throwback to the Southern-bred musician of the early 20th century who was brought up on a diet that included jazz, blues, Dixieland, pop, country, and a dash of Cajun spice. Very rootsy in both his musical foundation and execution, Mecyssne seems to be as much a part of a Tennessee Williams play as he is a citizen of modern America ready to embark upon the 21st century. Coming across like a hot, humid, lazy summer afternoon, Hush Money is the perfect choice for lounging around when things heat up. It goes remarkably well with lemonade and mint juleps, and causes the listener to doze off into another world. With equal parts Al Hirt, Bessie Smith, and Count Basie, Mecyssne makes the kind of music too often forgotten by those who know better, and unknown to newer generations. A big sound that swings, special guests include Duane Jarvis, Lucinda Williamsb and Tim Carroll. Unusual instruments, flügelhorn, euphone, and petit pormophone among them, and elaborate arrangements make this a treat in any part of the world, no matter what the weather, Mecyssne is unlike anyone else. Highlights include "Drinkin' on a Dollar," "Going to New Orleans," and "Uma's Bluebirds/Lower Broadway." An impressive project to say the least.

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