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52 people found this helpful
on 18 November 2010
The Temperance Seven play calming, relaxing music with an affectionate and nostalgic appeal, plus an element of fun. The band specializes in 1920s and 1930s style jazz with its musicians attired in evening dress, sometimes including spats, to reflect the period - but it was late 1950s and 1960s when the Temperance Seven became popular and famous. Their first hit is the opening track of this CD: `You're Driving Me Crazy', There are a further 24 tracks including their signature tune: `Pasadena', and other memorable hits as `Sugar', `Everybody Loves My Baby', `Ain't She Sweet', `My Blue Heaven' etc. The choice of numbers is inspired with other favourites probably being `Dinah', `The Shake' and `Vo Do Do Dee O Blues', and the CD truly deserves `The Very Best Of' in its title. From memory I think the only one missing is `That's My Weakness Now'.
In addition to expected jazz band instruments of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone etc. the Temperance Seven relied on a sousaphone for a thumping bass together with megaphone, whistles, spoons etc. to add humour to what are carefully choreographed numbers played in impeccable manner. Over the years there were personnel changes yet the style and delivery continued - as well as their eccentric nature. It is generally accepted how with 9 members the Temperance Seven is `one over the eight' but this suggests `intemperance' and correctly it is `one under the eight' to stress `temperance'. On this CD the structuring displays sobriety with the band performing magnificently in ensemble, and also indicates all members as capable virtuosos. The Temperance Seven clearly enjoyed their performances of good time music to produce the very best of smooth and sentimental sounds and bring back fond memories. A great 5-star album.