Metz'n Around: A Late Night Party With the Metz Family
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This warmly swinging collection of small-group swing and traditional jazz is a family affair, the first recorded session to include pianist Ed Metz Sr., drummer Ed Metz Jr., bassist Tim Metz, singer and matriarch Joey Metz, and even the normally nonmusical Mike Metz (who lends his voice to the Can't Come In Chorale on "Red Riding Hood"). Supported by trombonist John Allred and saxophonist Terry Myers, the group trots and swings through a predictable but thoroughly enjoyable set of standards that includes a sweetly pensive rendition of the James P. Johnson composition "You Can't Lose a Broken Heart" and rollicking takes on "Goody Goody" and "Red Riding Hood," as well as several sassy turns by the gracefully aging Joey Metz, whose saucy take on "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll" is one of several highlights on this album. The Ed Metz Sr. originals are all excellent as well. Recommended.