Like two great tastes that taste great together, the collaboration of Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers raise the level of each (as if they could get higher) into music that will just set your stereo on fire. I happened to see Mindi with Randy at a club here in Dallas when she brought Sweet Pea on. You could just sense how magical it was.
I understand that the concept for this CD came about when Mindi sat in with the Boneshakers at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. Live In Seattle features Mindi’s hits but I can’t consider this simply a Mindi Abair live because of the strength that the Boneshakers add to the songs. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although it is strictly a CD release, you can piece together a pretty good DVD with the YouTube videos.
Mindi Abair of course is a featured artist on Deep Pockets Jazz. This two time Grammy nominated artist is on her sixth CD with Wild Heart. She also was part of the Summer Horns project with Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and Gerald Albright.
The Boneshakers are an outgrowth of Was (Not Was) and feature Randy Jacobs and Sweet Pea Atkinson (sorry, I have to post this). The group has put out five CD’s Book Of Spells, Shake The Planet, and Put Some Booty On It Volume 2 which feature Sweet Pea on vocals. Plus Put Some Booty On It All Volume 1 and Pouring Gasoline which featured Malford Milligan on vocals. All of Randy’s and The Boneshakers CD’s are available here.
Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers lineup:
Mindi Abair: alto sax
Sweet Pea Atkinson: vocals
Randy Jacobs: guitar
Ben White: bass
Les Fisher: drums