Monday, October 14, 2013
Baze and his Silly Friends - The Best Day Ever! - A CD Review
CALDWELL, NJ -- After garnering a Parents' Choice Award for their 2009 album, Toddlerville, New Jersey-based kindie rock band Baze and His Silly Friends decided to rev it up a notch by producing an all-star lineup of "Guest Silly Friends" on the band's third kids'/family CD, The Best Day Ever! (Doodle Hollow Records, $13.99, for ages 3 - 7, run time 29 minutes.)
Joining Baze and His Silly Friends are kindie music faves Lucky Diaz,Suzi Shelton, Kira Wiley, Yosi, and Dave Lambert (The Fuzzy Lemons), as well as Stacia Newcomb ("Star" on PBS KIDS Sprout'sThe Good Night Show), Andrew Freeman (The Offspring, Lynch Mob), and the legendary Tom "Bones" Malone, one of the original Saturday Night Live band members and an original Blues Brothers Band member, who currently plays trombone in the CBS Orchestra for The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as with almost everyone else in the music biz.
The Best Day Ever! finds Baze and His Silly Friends in the groove with what Jeff Bogle (Out With The Kids) called "rock solid, toe tapping, kiddie rock-n-roll," and even sets the band's music firmly on a new level, updating musical styles grounded in tradition with a snappy, new 21st century relevance.
Says Marc "Baze" Bazerman, founder/leader of Baze and His Silly Friends, "Every song on this album emerged from my daily experiences as the father of two small sons. The songs came effortlessly, as the boys and I shared the rhythms of each day. This album is a snapshot of our times together, and, while it absolutely rocks, it has both an edgy and a laid-back feel at times. It's a reflection of life!"
The Best Day Ever! barrels out of the chute in a spirit of unabashed irresistibility with "Poor Mother Goose," a happy, banjo-driven tune with Dixieland drenched rhythms punctuated by Tom "Bones" Malone'stailgating slide trombone, embellishing nursery rhyme lyrics that glow with the radiance of an old soul. The mood shifts in the second song, "Fly," to a folk-inspired reflection of the late '60s, backed up by choral work that gives 21st century listeners a tour of the The Fifth Dimension. Stacia Newcomb of The Good Night Show contributes vocals to the album's ode to the environment, "A Little Green." The all-star kindie lineup of Lucky Diaz on banjo, Kira Wiley on violin, and Dave Lamberton harmonica brings a Nashville pop sound to the up-tempo, two-beat "Riverside," a fun song about using your imagination for make-believe river adventures. Suzi Shelton's beautiful vocals embellish "Wake Up (It's Time to Go to Bed)," about the universal challenge of settling down to sleep just when many kids rebound with their "second wind." "School Days," a mashup of The Ramones and The Bay City Rollers, is a great rhythm song that gets kids excited about being in school.
Marc Bazerman is an in-demand NYC post audio engineer who has booked many years of experience recording and mixing TV and radio commercials, TV shows, and feature films for clients such as A&E, Lifetime, ABC, Spike, USA Network, The History Channel, and HBO. Bazerman's talents have contributed to such Broadway success stories as Young Frankenstein, Hair, Memphis, Billy Elliot, West Side Story, andRent, as well as countless popular animated TV shows, including ABC'sDoug, Disney's PB&J, and Nickelodeon's Little Bill. Marc Bazerman is a requested favorite of such celebrities as Bette Midler, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Mel Brooks, Angela Bassett, and Sigourney Weaver.
Baze and His Silly Friends is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks, and a portion of the band's CD sales goes to help autism awareness.
If you are looking for a rock inspired kid's CD that even adults will enjoy, then look no further than The Best Day Ever! Reviewing this CD in the last few weeks was my first exposure to Baze and His Silly Friends, but it certainly will not be the last. This is the perfect CD to pull out on days where the weather does not cooperate to get outdoors and moving! Inside, with music like The Best Day Ever, will having everyone who is within ear shot moving and grooving to songs like Poor Mother Goose (a great introduction to Mother Goose Rhymes), Fly (a science lesson in a song) and Dah Day. Each song is easy to sing to and has fantastic lyrics and rhythms. The song is full of energy, and your kids will be too, once they start listening!
Our fave tracks, other then what I have already mentioned include: Superhero, Wake Up and Wonderful Day.
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can pre-purchase The Best Day Ever through iTunes, and Amazon, until it releases Oct 29, 2013
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***