M.H. and His Orchestra!

Artist: The Throes

Title: M.H. and his Orchestra: The Throes

Released: 2012

Label: The Champe Ford Recording Co

Format: CD / Digital

Genre: Big Band / orchestra, jazz

This is a first for the blog- thus far, I can’t say I own any big band styled music dated after the 1940s, so as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to get this press kit and even more excited to get the actual music.  The band calls D.C. and Richmond, VA., home.  So if you’re in either city, you stand a good chance to catch them live as they tour frequently through the area.

Honestly, I am amazed music like this is still being made.  This is the stuff you see in classic movies.  And, despite that, this has the least amount of gimmick.  I mean, a lot of big band / lounge acts I’ve listened to over the last twenty years tend to come equipped with some sort of gimmick or shtick that either gets people’s attention or just to make their music… funny?  This group, however, doesn’t need it.  The instrumentation is perfect and the vocals are as smooth as they come, calling us back to the old days.

And yet, despite the old-time feel, there’s a lot here keeping it modern. Some tracks open with guitar or neo-classical piano before launching into the more traditional styles of big band. And others indulge in a bit more synth before diving into almost a marching soul section. It’s hard to describe, really, you kind of just need to hear it to get what I mean.

Standout tracks include: ‘The War,” “Cobblestone,” “The Train,” and “A Song for Singers.”

Honestly, if you’re a fan of this genre or are looking for a modernized version of it, this is a good album to check out.  I enjoyed it and hopefully, you will too.

4.7 out of 5.

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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