Remote Riffing: Volume 2 (Calbal Live)

by Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers

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If I wrote a song for you, sweetheart It would keep me company With its winsome melody In summer rain Well the verse would play its part Tell our story from the start Then I'd warm my tender heart With each refrain Let me take us note by note, floating On a tune as shimmery As the weathered memory Of love still new But there's a problem 'round the bend I wouldn't want the song to end It's time I'd gladly spend If I wrote a song for you
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I've got a man you haven't met But he's perfectly charming and sweet He's saved me a kiss I'd have to bet For the next time that we meet After the tour, I'll fly out west And we'll be together again But for now, I'll write my very best And I'll count the days 'till then My new romance is transcontinental Sea to shining sea Although you think it's all incidental We're happy as can be He signs his cards with hearts I return them all in kind He keeps my locket 'round his neck And I keep him on my mind The modern ways are now instrumental For love affairs to last Forgive me if I'm not sentimental Tradition is the past I can fly in the sky, to see my guy He's the one I want to most My new romance is transcontinental I love him coast to coast
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Whispering 03:30
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Lights Out 03:04

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5 tracks of remotely-recorded swing music, performed by the Riffers and the Keenan McKenzie Orchestra!

These recordings were originally commissioned as videos for CalBal Live, a remote swing dance weekend produced by the California Balboa Classic and the Pacific Swing Dance Foundation. All selections on Volume 2 were newly arranged for this event, including the big band numbers. To watch the accompanying videos, visit the Facebook or Youtube links (on the right of the page).

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this project possible, including Tai Heng, Sarah Jensen, Tina Jordan, Theresa Manny, Vasu Sharma, and the Paul Dances Community/Global Online Social!

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released March 4, 2021

Music arranged/produced by Keenan McKenzie
Painting by Collin Williams (@artbycollin)

1. OH, LADY BE GOOD! (210 bpm / George & Ira Gershwin)
- Sponsored by Sarah Jensen/Tina Jordan -
Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers: Gordon Au (trumpet), Dan Hitchcock (alto saxophone), Keenan McKenzie (tenor saxophone), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Shaena Ryan Martin (baritone saxophone), Jonathan Stout (guitar), Sean Mason (piano), William Ledbetter (bass), Josh Collazo (drums)

2. IF I WROTE A SONG FOR YOU (110 bpm / Keenan McKenzie)
- Sponsored by Anonymous -
Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers: Laura Windley (vocals), Gordon Au (trumpet), Keenan McKenzie (clarinet), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Jonathan Stout (guitar), Sean Mason (piano), William Ledbetter (bass), Josh Collazo (drums)

3. TRANSCONTINENTAL (175 bpm / Keenan McKenzie)
- Sponsored by Tai Heng -
The Keenan McKenzie Orchestra: Laura Windley (vocals), Aaron Hill (alto saxophone), Dexter Moses (alto saxophone), Keenan McKenzie (tenor saxophone), Shaena Ryan Martin (baritone saxophone), Ken McGee (trumpet), Renée McGee (trumpet), Gordon Au (trumpet), Isrea Butler (trombone), Emily Asher (trombone), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Jonathan Stout (guitar), Sean Mason (piano), William Ledbetter (bass), Josh Collazo (drums)

4. WHISPERING (190 bpm / John Schonberger)
- Sponsored by the Paul Dances Community/Global Online Social -
Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers: Laura Windley (vocals), Gordon Au (trumpet), Keenan McKenzie (clarinet), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Jonathan Stout (guitar), Sean Mason (piano), William Ledbetter (bass), Josh Collazo (drums)

5. LIGHTS OUT (238 bpm / Keenan McKenzie)
- Sponsored by Theresa Manney/Vasu Sharma -
The Keenan McKenzie Orchestra: Aaron Hill (alto saxophone), Dexter Moses (alto saxophone), Keenan McKenzie (tenor saxophone), Shaena Ryan Martin (baritone saxophone), Ken McGee (trumpet), Renée McGee (trumpet), Gordon Au (trumpet), Isrea Butler (trombone), Emily Asher (trombone), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Jonathan Stout (guitar), Sean Mason (piano), William Ledbetter (bass), Josh Collazo (drums)

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Keenan McKenzie Durham, North Carolina

Keenan McKenzie is a Durham-based saxophone and clarinet player, specializing in dance-oriented music. In addition to leading his own band, the Riffers, he appears with The Mint Julep Jazz Band, Michael Gamble, Jonathan Stout, The Rhythm Serenaders, and The Shakedown. ... more

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