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High Tone Records
Austin's celebrated hot jazz and western swing trio crafted innovative instrumental arrangements and an unprecedented number of original songs for their fourth HighTone CD, produced by Gurf Morlix. Fiddle player Elana Fremerman contributes four songs that reflect her growing interest in more contemporary musical styles, although vintage jazz and western swing inflections still permeate her writing. »Forget-Me-Nots« features some wonderful vocal harmonic overdubbing by Fremerman, reminiscent of the classic Les Paul & Mary Ford hits from the late '40s. »Home« and »Before You« are romantic ballads that evoke memories of traditional parlor music from the 1920s, with sweet melodies and honest, hopeful, heartfelt lyrics.