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Woods and His Rocket 88's are the torch bearers of a great
American musical heritage. Taking
their inspiration from the great jump n' boogie outfits and swingin' little big bands of the 40's, they breathe fresh life into the vanishing brand of music that gave birth to rock 'n' roll.
Mitch takes his cue from his jumpin' n' jivin', shoutin' n' honkin',
pumpin' n' poundin' predecessors, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway,
Joe and Jimmie Liggins, and Louis Prima, just to name a few. Mitch's
pile drivin' piano licks and energetic stage persona combine with
the Rocket 88's swingin' horns, thumpin' bass, rockin' guitar
and jungle drums to send a crowd into dancing delight.
are one of the first bands on the West Coast to reach back to an
earlier time in American music using humor, style, musicianship and
showmanship to forge their own swinging brand of music -- which they
Call it Nouveau Swing or
whatever, Mitch Woods & the 88's have distilled the
essence of jump, swing and boogie woogie, made it their own, and
deliver it to the present.
Woods was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to the San Francisco Bay
Area in 1971 and began performing as Mitch Woods & His Red Hot
Mama, featuring his boogie woogie piano and the sultry voice of the Red Hot Mama (Susan Savoy) on tunes by Billie Holiday,
Bessie Smith and Fats Waller. The band broke up as Mitch moved to Hawaii to embark on a solo career in the late
70's. He returned in 1981 to form the first incarnation of the
Rocket 88's with former members of the David Bromberg Band,
including John Firmin on sax, now leading his own swingin' big band, The Johnny Nocturne Band.
Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's have built a large
national and international following as they perform at clubs and
festivals worldwide. Look for tunes by Mitch & the 88's on "Next
Generation Swing Vol. 2"
Squirrel Nut Zippers,
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Swing
Sucks" (Liberation) with Royal Crown Revue, and
"Swing This, Baby
Vol. 2" (Beyond/BMG) with New Morty Show, Lavay Smith, Steve Lucky.
better way to go than kicking up your heels with a smile on your face,
jumpin' and jivin' to Mitch Woods & His rocket 88's.
Mitch Woods and the 88's recorded their first of four albums for the
Blind Pig label entitled "Steady
Date" in 1984. Hailed by Billboard as "a Whitman sampler of
American jump, bump and boogie," it features Lance Dickerson on
drums (of Commander Cody fame).
- Their second release, "Mr.
Boogie's Back in Town" (1988) features Danny Caron on guitar,
who has since gone on to become blues legend Charles Brown's
- Mitch's third release "Solid
Gold Cadillac" (1991) features a stellar lineup of special guests, including
Charlie Musselwhite, The Roomful of
Blues Horns, and Ronnie Earl. The Washington Post goes on to say
about this swingin' album: "Woods is a rising figure in the
boogie-woogie and jump blues revival."
- On their fourth release, "Shakin'
the Shack" (1993) Woods
and the 88's combine the elements of jump/swing with New Orleans inspiration on 11 original tunes,
of which Relix Magazine says: "If Shakin' The Shack doesn't
get your toes tapping, shoulders swaying, fingers snapping and hips
gyrating, it's time for resuscitation!"
- Mitch's solo project, "Keeper
of The Flame" (1996) on Viceroy/Lightyear distributed
worldwide through WEA, is Mitch's tribute to the blues masters
that inspired his career. On it he plays and sings duets with
Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Johnnie Johnson (Chuck
Berry), Earl King, and Lee Allen (Fats Domino). Hooker enjoyed
these sessions so much that he asked Woods to join him in his own
recording "Boom Boom" (Pointblank/Charisma).
songs include --
What others say --
"Woods rocks the joint with
some of the jumpin'est piano we've heard."
heart and soul to jump blues...Woods sings with smooth ebullience and
hammers the piano keys with the unchecked gaiety of mentors Fess
Longhair and Amos Milburn."
-- Frank-John Hadley
"Piano master Mitch
Woods is one of the brightest exponents of West Coast swing,
Kansas City boogie-woogie and Chicago blues. Woods also has a fine
touch for New Orleans' piano polyrhythms."
-- Scott Jordan
"It's not easy to play that
Professor Longhair piano lick those rippling rumba triplets in
the right hand against a driving, eight-to-the-bar boogie in the left
but San Francisco's Mitch Woods plays it as well as anyone
outside New Orleans ever has. This may be complicated music to play, but
it's very easy music to hear. There's something about the
syncopated bounce of boogie-woogie that lifts one's spirits even as it
shifts one's shoulders and hips."
-- Geoffrey Himes
San Francisco Examiner:
"Few pianists around have
better captured the definitive boogie-blues, eight-to-the-bar styles of
Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Otis Spann, Meade Lux Lewis...and all the
rest Woods is one of them."
-- Philip Elwood
New York Post:
"One of the top
boogie/blues piano men around."
-- Dan Aquilante
San Francisco Bay Guardian:
"As a keeper of the
flame, Woods has always been able to blast headlong through the
inferno on the strength of his dazzling boogie-woogie chops."
-- Derk Richardson
""Keeper of The Flame"
has to be one of the most uplifting recordings to have vibrated my
woofers in a long time. It's like witnessing one of those breathtaking
moments of music where the unspoken communication and the resulting
musical dialogue can raise a goose bump or two. It has the power to
charm and to entertain, the power to inspire and to motivate. Definitely
do not miss out."
-- Maureen DelGrosso
"If it takes 88 keys to
open the door to your heart, then pianist Mitch Woods ought to be
-- Bill Kisliuk
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