5 Guys Named Moe

Just Say Moe

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Named after one of Louis Jordan's most famous songs, 5 Guys Named Moe open this collection with their version of "Five Guys Named Moe" and it showcases the many strengths of this interesting band, starting with the tight vocal interplay between Myron Grant and Mary Seelhorst (her soaring fiddle is also featured prominently here), the clean, fluid guitar of Jake Reichbart, and the fundamental understanding the rhythm section (Eric Nyhuis on drums and Erin Zurbuchen on bass) has of jump blues. The joy this band has in doing this material is obvious and track after track has a bright, energetic feel. Highlights include Grant's vocal gymnastics on "Walking Stick," the fiddle and guitar trade-offs on "Java Jive," and the tight vocals and spooky energetic hop of "Devil With the Devil." The seven-minute jazz blues version of "Black Coffee" allows the ensemble to stretch out a bit and indicates how exciting 5 Guys Named Moe can be in a live setting, mixing swing and ,bluegrass elements into the gumbo, making this outfit far more than a one-trick jump blues pony.

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