Floyd McDaniel & The Blues Swingers – Let Your Hair Down!
Delmark DE 671
Compact Disc (1994)
Guitarist/vocalist Floyd McDaniel has been playing for over half a century in an urban hipster’s world of jump and jive, of rug cutters, geets and flivvers, all cited in the lyrics of his recordings. Its resources are T-Bone Walker – influenced blues, jazz of every variety with a Charlie Christian shadow, hokum, stage revues, washboard bands, a long run with the Ink Spots and success in the 1940s and 1950 with the Blazes on United Records. Recently he’s been involved with the Blues Swingers, a hard – swinging R&B band led by tenor saxist/arranger Dave Clark with four horns up front and a rhythm section kicked by veteran drummers Kansas Fields (records with Bechet, Mezzrow, BG, Condon, Byas, Bird, etc.) or Hindu Hendersen, a startling if belated discovery. Floyds played the Michigan Ave. bridge, mob joints, the Cotton Club, the ’33 World’s Fair, the Apollo and now – your CD player.