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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cadillac Jones still blowing that homegrown

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A decade has passed since the members of Cadillac Jones grew so tired of playing jazz standards at restaurant gigs night after night that they took matters into their own hands. Back then, they were called the Highland Jazz Combo. "It was a steady paycheck, but we weren't adding much to the music," says bassist Hutch Renaud. By branching into areas of funk and soul, Cadillac Jones was born when it conjured its first original number, "Concourse '73," which Renaud still considers one of the band's best. "It captures that time when everything came together for us."

Since then, the group has cycled through dozens of players, but the core of Renaud, guitarist Gary Kurz, trombone player Jonathan Lloyd (of Lloyd's Rocksteady Revue), and several others, including keyboardist Chris Case, have remained. Throughout four CDs, the group has fleshed out instrumental jams where the titles do the talking – the most fully formed of which was the faux-'70s exploitation soundtrack, The Big Takedown.

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