Bellevue Cadillac

Once in a Blue Moon
Live in Athens New Years Eve 2010!

Once in a Blue MoonThe first blue moon in 31 years and on that night at the HALF NOTE JAZZ CLUB, Bellevue Cadillac nails it!! Beginning with solos wailing on the intro 2 Suit Strut, moving from american jazz genres from New Orleans, to Kansas City, Harlem to Bedlam.

"Snake Charmer" opens with a killer hammond b3 solo by Miles Long, shakin' and shimmyin' like a New Orleans cat house, "1 Girl 2 Pretty", the horns set the stage for a Las Vegas night of gambling and sinning with a killer tenor solo by Jimmy 2 Suits Capone (he was Sam Butera's tenorman).

"Guilty" opens with a horn section sounding twice as big as it should due to Bobby Breeze's arrangement with a searing guitar solo and a finale moving up an octave. "Cruisin" a wild Kansas City/motor city groove sing along has the audience singing "turn it up" after the band sings got the "seat back, top down, radio"...... "Ja Ja Opobo" a caribbean piece with flute and trombone and story about a deposed Nigerian king changes pace with a great trombone solo at end. "Perfect Crime" has that pink panther, west side story vibe and another great b3 solo by Miles Long with big ending.

Another change of pace using ukulele and a sing along with the greek audience "Monkey Tune" has them howling in the isles, "Ships" moves the ukulele to France where the story and solos are orchestrated from melodica to clarintet, trombone, trumpet and finally baritone sax (Goose McGrath) moving into the zorba the greek folk dance and the crowd goes wild.

"Summerset" changes the pace yet again with a pastoral and harmonic mood with a song about Woodstock in America and the summer of love, a huge and breathtaking moment in the night with Dimitri Popodopolous on a soaring and majestic trumpet solo, "Blow Wind Blow" a wild conga line breaks out in the house with the cuban/caribbean sing along with the audience singing along on the choruses. Laughing, singing, screaming and conga lining, the audience is in the zone.... all of a sudden we are transported to a cool New York City jazz club with walking bass line by Andy B and a spoken slam poetry 50s beatnik tale unfolds with "Lay Your Money Down" ........the solos are pure NYC hip.......... beginning with guitar disappearing into trombone and finally muted trumpet, suddenly cut time and Goooose McGrath let's loose with an alto sax solo that just plain sears! Standing ovation for the goose......... finally the encore, a New Orleans rave up "Under Your Spell" set's the final moments ablaze with the joyous and infectious basin street strut you only find in the quarter!

This is a VERY special evening in a very special city one you won't soon get out of your head, or player IT IS INDEED ONLY ONCE IN A BLUE MOON!

Lyrics

Snake Charmer Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

A restless feelin’ in a lonely room Crawlin’ kingsnake gonna be my doom No more doggin’ round playin’ cat n mouse I’d pay the devil to put love back in this house (chorus) Snake charmer, snake charmer Snake charming what I need, take everything I own Tame this crawlin’ kingsnake make a black cat moan (bridge) There are places only vipers go Deadly silent in the night So cold blooded you can’t feel the heat or hear the rattle, before they strike……..

I believe I’m dreamin’ when I open my eyes Damn legless demon can’t be satisfied Ol john lee’s moanin blind lemon said it all When a king snake starts to crawlin’ All you can do is howl………

Snake charmer, snake charmer Snake charmin’s what I need Take every thing I own Tame this crawlin’ kingsnake Make a black cat moan

1 GIRL 2 PRETTY  Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

This fool is crazy Shut the door and turn out the lights Details are hazy Whiskey, women, bars and Saturday night Figures lie and liars figure Ways to play the game Every time I add it up Still comes out the same

(chorus) one girl 2 pretty 3 rounds, 450, 5 card stud rigged 6 ways to Sunday up by 7, come 11 lost my inhibition odds are 10 to 1 this games a losin’ proposition

(bridge) don’t be a loser, if you abuse her you can’t win if you abuse her you’re sure to lose her things aren’t gonna turn out like you planned

I learned my lesson Momma didn’t raise no dumb ass fool Double or nothin’ Next week we’re playin’ High stakes pool

(chorus)

Guilty Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

Let’s get serious darlin’ Don’t play me a fool I caught you red handed You know the rule Gotta stand up and admit it Tell the whole world you did it You’re guilty

This ain’t no laughin’ matter Serious as a heart attack They say revenge is sweetest When you pay somebody back I knew each time you did it I lied to myself and hid it You were guilty

(chorus) Guilty, don’t need the wisdom of a judge guilty, the evidence is clear I knew you’d be convicted By a jury of my tears

(bridge) Now you may beat one count Maybe 2 counts But doncha count on sympathy Girl it’s over, you know it’s over I hear murder in the first degree

I knew it would happen With a stroke of a pen You can play by the rules I play to win Now just look who’s rich Payback is a bitch You’re guilty

(chorus)

Cruisin' Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

Rev up that engine Sounds pretty good Big ugly power Under the hood Can’t let it sit idle Over heat and blow a seal Gotta keep drivin’ Not spinning my wheels

(chorus) Sit back behind the wheel I’m cruisin’ Way back behind the wheel I’m cruisin’ Got the seat back, top down, radio (turn it up) and ride

highly buffed body polished and primed finely tuned motor starts everytime every inch of tailpipe is solid chrome top off the tank with high testerone

(chorus)

(bridge) I’ll keep drivin’ so fast The sins of the  past Can’t catch up to me I’ll never change I would if I could But I can’t so I won’t I don’t have time to explain

Sleek lookin’ chassis Sharp pointy fins Big enough backseat For all kind of sin Pull in your driveway Honkin’ on the horn Look at that paintjob Baby you were born…….for

Ja Ja Opobo Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

Ja ja was a mighty king Beloved by his people Till a fat cat diplomat Take his power with a steeple

They sail him away To a sunny place Make Sunday go along Build him a home Of molasses and stone That’s why we singing his song

(chorus)

King ja ja opobo African hobo Green Caribbean, Barbados, grenedines Canary islands where he die And not opobo Ja ja oh no, ja ja oh no Green Caribbean, Barbados, grenedines Canary islands where he die And not opobo

He make no crime But the English kind King ja ja in de way Much money made In the palm oil trade Enough to make ja ja go way

The king, he want to see Sunday schooled So to  England boy child go To learn all these things That make hobos of kings All things good Englishmen Know (chorus)

long way roam, long way roam long way long way long way home

Perfect Crime Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

Now who has the power To stop the clock tower Way before time takes it’s toll But you know the second The minute the hour Of every heart that you stole And this thing that you do Where you haven’t a clue And you’re leaving the scene Of the crime There’s a will and a way I’ll find it one day At a time

You know the city Doesn’t take pity On poor fools who Have to ask why So be more selective When choosing detectives Or you might have to call CSI And this thing that you do Where you don’t have a clue And you think that you’ll Never do time There’s a will and a way And I’ll make you pay For your crime

(bridge) one day at a time is easy like a fine red wine and that wine makes it easier to solve any crime and this thing that you do where you haven’t a clue and you’re leaving the scene of the crime there’s a will and a way I’ll find it one day, at a time

At firs so persuasive Then you’re evasive Intrigue is your stock and trade So full of surprises And clever disguises Like the cool cary grant in charade Yeah this thing that you do Where you haven’t a clue And you think that you’ll Never do time There’s a will and a way I’ll make you pay For your crime

Monkey Tune Words and Music: Doug Bell and Clarence Williams III, Half Seas Over Music

I can tell by your hair You got monkey in you somewhere You’re bound to look like a monkey When you get old When you get old When you get old Bound to look like a monkey When you get old

I can see by the smile You’ve known tarzan Quite a while You’re bound to look like a monkey When you get old When you get old Bound to look like a monkey When you get old

There’s something that’s just wrong About king kong in a thong with that red lipstick, makeup and that crazy hair I wrote you this song But you don ‘t sing along You just go ooh ooh eee ah ha And then you stop and stare………..

If Darwin looked into your eyes He woulda won a nobel prize You’re bound to look like a monkey When you get old When you get old Bound to look like a monkey When you get old

Your bra is made of coconut You got a big red baboon butt Bound to look like a monkey When you get old, When you get old Bound to look like a monkey When you get old

Ships Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

There's a girl, trapped inside a woman The woman, hides the little girl There's a pearl in a locket, in her pocket She hides the key Cest la vie, cest damage, say bon uit Say anything you think will keep you safe at sea Ships, passing in the night Flashing you a light, seems so safe and warm Ships, passing in the night, bolts of flashing light A perfect storm There's a boy, trapped inside a man The man, hates the little boy There's a toy broken in his pocket A little rocket, no wind up key Cest la vie, cest damage, say bon uit Say anything you think will keep you safe at sea (chorus) Ships, passing in the night

In a world, made of man and woman Pearls and rockets, locks and keys Love's the pickpocket, picks the locks and lockets Empties all the pockets, throws away the keys

Throws away the keys

SUMMERSET Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

We thought we could change the world With just some flowers in our hair But by the time we got to Woodstock Change was in the air Everyone was there Music everywhere The beatles just declared “all you need is love, love, love” (chorus) there was magic in the music sweet dreams of California music, love was everywhere music, a California dream is over by summerset it was over

(bridge) Bright colored kites set sail on the wind High in the sky, they float and they fly They tangle and tumble, tangle and tumble Like you and I

Something changed along the way to altimont from Monterey and by the time we left the garden flowers fell upon heroes dead and gone beatles without john but we sang this song “all you need is love, love, love”

and the magic in the music sweet dreams of California music, love was everywhere music, a California dream is over……by summerset it was over, that summer the music sweet dreams of California “god only knows” my little surfer girl the music a california dream is over…………

Blow Wind Blow Words and Music: Doug Bell and Jeff Giacomelli, Half Seas Over Music

Up north it’s cold in winter I like the sun down south We got no money So me and my honey Gotta make the heat ourself

Rather be out walking Half naked on the beach So many clothes Every time that it snows I can’t even see me feets

So blow wind blow Blow me down south that’s an order Copa cabana surprise Blow wind blow Blow me back over the border Nobody get nervous Pay me lip service And kiss your assets goodbye

Political winds they are shifting Cigar smoke blows in the breeze Talk in manhattan, speaking pig latin In castro convertible ease You la tengo Americano Dance you round while I get rich Finders keepers hookers with beepers Just like Miami beach

No more snow Wrap your lips round my partega Have a Havana surprise No more dough Blow me back over the border Nobody get nervous Pay me lip service Then maybe nationalize

Lay Your Money Down Words and Music: Doug Bell and Michael Macrides, Half Seas Over Music

Cold dark streets Beneath the city lights Flash cars gleam In the pouring rain Bold black beauties Sell their sweet delights Whisper softly honey I’ll ease your pain

Don’t try to fight it We all here tryin’ to win Don’t be ashamed Just the name of the game (chorus) lay your money down on the table can’t you feel it pulling you in lay your money down on the table it’s all over before it begins lay your money down on the table the rule is gold and gold don’t hold a candle to a flame

(bridge) I see a world that would turn for free And every where we’d go there’d be Something for nothing

Awaken, shaken, taken in by neon knights Sharp cats lookin’ for an easy mark High roller, big spender, surrendered To the city lights You feel it cut just like the teeth of a shark

Don’t try to fight it We all trying to win Who you gonna blame The moth or the flame

(chorus)

lay your money down on the table can’t you feel it pulling you in lay your money down on the table it’s all over before it begins

Under Your Spell Words and Music: Doug Bell, Half Seas Over Music

Girl gives me the willies Something weird about her ways Must be some kinda voodoo Parylise me this away I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe I believe I fell under your spell

It’s like I’m in a daydream I keep walkin’ into walls Must be that ol black magic Stickin’ pins into those dolls I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe I believe I fell under your spell

Now who do that voodoo that you do so well When you do that voodoo well who do you tell

Burnin’ up with fever, Chills a cold cold sweat Baby’s come to doctor me A cure you don’t forget I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe I believe I fell, under your spell

Buzzin in my ear, Queen bee’s in her hive Every time she stings me Can’t believe I’m still alive I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe I believe I fell, under your spell

Who do that voodoo that you do so well When you do that voodoo well who do you tell

Don’t mess with crescent city, Streets are mighty mean Where lovers know marie laveau The queen of new orleans

Reviews

ROOTSVILLE CD REVIEW BELLEVUE CADILLAC (US)
Once in a Blue moon

Bellevue Cadillac is an American band that rotates around two decades by now, because in 1991 produced by Doug "The Professor" Bell. Bell is still the driving force, for he wrote many songs for the group (on this CD are all of them, partly with the help of co- writers of his hand) and also plays guitar and ukulele. Other is frontman Charlie Sorrento, aka "The Count", since 2004 the lead singer and keyboard player of Bellevue Cadillac. Continue to play (literally and figuratively) a prominent role in the brass sound of the band. They have been negotiating a series of CDs on their credited with, among others, whose music was used for commercials, TV programs and movies. Their tours took them earlier in countries like China, Japan and Russia.

Around the solstice years 2009-2010 they were the host for ten performances in the famous Half Note Jazz Club in Athens and "Once In A Blue Moon" is the recording of their concert on New Year's Eve.

That they are ten nights were booked in one of the most renowned jazz clubs in Europe will not yet say Bellevue Cadillac is a pure jazz band, far from there even. They cover a wide musical spectrum ranging from U.S. twentiesjazz on gospel, blues, soul, swing, rock 'n' roll and even calypso as they "Once In A Blue Moon" show with songs like 'Yes Yes Opobo "and" Blow Wind Blow ".

What the genre may be, it is always the intention of Bellevue Cadillac danceable and pleasant to the ear to play music and that they enjoy doing, there are clearly heard.

Live CDs are a genre where we usually are not too crazy about, there's easy on the core departed to play games with the public or numbers long drawn-out is certainly not always an added value. This CD, however, generally have our approval. OK, there are the obligatory songs ("Ships" and "Lay Your Money Down") to which all members are proposed by a solo and there are of course the obligatory also chats with the audience. This public show in anthen however peaceful and civilized thing to do except for applause (and a few mandatory and not very extensive vocal numbers like "Blow Wind Blow" in this way is indeed too long drawn out) let it not be heard and when it reaches the group remains the music (almost) all the time the main action.

In "Once In A Blue Moon" gets a well-oiled machine to hear what everyone has been playing together and enjoy what remains extremely important. More needs that sometimes we really are not. ROLA

The Band

Doug 'The Professor' Bell
    vocals, guitar and ukulele
Tim 'Miles' Long
    vocals, piano, hammond b3
    and melodica

Joey Stix
    vocals, drums and percussion
Jimmy '2 Suits' Capone
    vocals, tenor sax and clarinet
Bruce 'The Goose' McGrath
    bari sax, flute, soprano sax
    and alto

Robert 'Bobby Breeze' Holfelder
   trombone
Dimitrius Popodopoulos
    trumpet
'Andy B' Bergsten
    upright bass and fender bass

Songs and Lyrics

Intro - 2 Suit Strut
Snake Charmer
1 Girl 2 Pretty

Guilty
Cruisin
Ja Ja Opobo
Perfect Crime
Monkey Tune

Ships

Summerset

Blow Wind Blow

Lay Your Money Down
Under Your Spell

Production

Barry Ober
    Producer
Michael Christodoulou
    Asst. Engineering
George Panagiotakopoulos
   Boardmix
Fuller Sound
   Mastering
Cool Breeze Music
   Horn Arrangements
Melissa Clark
   CD Cover Design
Andy Bergsten
   Photography

Reviews

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