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4.1 out of 5 stars

TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 13 December 2001
In spite of the name Hot Suff this is not rollicking jazz; it may be an up to date approach to early jazz but for me it is a little too laid back. However what it may lack in punch it makes up for via an excellent choice of numbers.
The band is fairly recent though the musicians have been around for some time and will be recognized for their contributions to many well known bands including those of Ken Colyer, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk amongst others; and also from playing alongside many famous visiting musicians such as George Lewis, Mezz Mezzrow and many more. Hot Stuff is made up of Chez Chesterman on cornet, Mike Pointon on trombone, Dick Charlesworth on clarinet and saxophone, Barney Bates on piano, Jim Forey on guitar, John Rodber on bass and Graham Scriven on drums. Their music is pleasant and easy listening, but for me is suited to background rather than detailed attention. It is in a swinging sort of style with classic instrument leads and emphasis on piano and rhythm support.
The 17 tracks, of which 6 are vocals by various members of the band, have obviously been carefully chosen, and embrace early numbers by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others. I believe the face lift treatment has led to tired results being something less than original performances. However the playing is professional and special mention must be made of the feeling injected into "Delta Mood", the ensemble playing on "Candy Lips", a wonderful drum introduction on "Moppin & Boppin", a sympathetic treatment of "Dippermouth Blues", lilting soprano sax on "Someday Sweetheart", lively performance on "Oh Sister Ain't That Hot" and a more traditional input on "Put 'Em Down Blues".
So perhaps I shouldn't be so critical. If you like early jazz numbers and prefer your music for atmosphere rather than active jazz, then this CD has a lot going for it.
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on 5 July 2009
As something of a fan of the Hammond B3 organ, I've found it surprisingly difficult to find many good albums of the genre, but this one's not bad at all, with Ms. Dennerlein ably supported by Andy Sheppard on tenor sax (replacing the amazing Ray Anderson on trombone), Mitch Watkins (electric guitar) and some nifty black dude called Mark Mondesir on drums (replacing Ronnie Burrage).

It's all instrumental, mostly originals and spoilt only by the somewhat harsh digital recording (in Ludwigsburg, Germany). Not much more to say about it really, but definitely worth checking out and to my ears rather more accessible musically than any of her later albums that I've sampled.
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on 3 May 2014
Another fantastic album from this fantastic Hammond B3 Player she is Brilliant if you love JAZZ FUNK BLUES then its all here check this ladie out and buy
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