Band Box Boogie

by Rick Vito

“BAND BOX BOOGIE” is a collection of 13 great songs, all done in a style which blends rock & roll, jump blues, swing, and even Latin!. Included here are ten original Vito compositions which are some of his most compelling to date. Rick also performs songs from L.A. hipster Preston Smith, England's Big Town Playboys, and one from his favorite swing vocal groups from the 1930's, The Spirits of Rhythm. Each cut on the CD features the dazzling saxophone work of Jim Hoke, who layered both tenor and baritone sax to create a unique small horn section sound which stands apart from a typical "big band" approach. Drummers Ian Wallace (El Rayo X, Bob Dylan), Rick Reed (Amazing Rhythm Aces), and Greg Thomas (Thunderbyrd), all make their mark in tandem with the rocking acoustic bass of "Big" Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Glen Worf (Mark Knofler), Peter Feiberger, and Lee Hendricks. Many concert favorites are included here such as long-awaited "BLUES TOWN," the cool-rockin' "LITTLE SHEBA," "LAST CHANCE TO MAMBO," and Rick’s tribute to America's favorite 50's pinup girl in, "WHERE DID YOU GO BETTIE PAGE." Mick Fleetwood rates this CD among his favorites of all time and has this to say: “A total pleasure...absolutely incredible, impeccable, and soulful. Rick nailed some very serious stuff here. I love the album!”