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J. & F. Band, The : Cajun Blue (Long Song Records)

Following their first record with this powerful blues rock & jazz album, the Italian/US J & F Band of Tiziano Tononi (drums), Joe Fonda (bass), drummer/percussionist Jaimoe and Pach, Peewee Durante (keys), Alberto Mandarini (trumpet), Beppe Caruso (trombone) and Gianluigi Paganelli (tuba), with guest guitarist David Grissom and vocalist Lamar Williams Jr.

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UPC: 8032089002110

Label: Long Song Records
Catalog ID: LSRCD153/2020
Squidco Product Code: 30717

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Italy
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Orlando Music studio, in Milano, Italy, on Feburqry 9th, 2021, by Stefano Spina.


Joe Fonda-bass, vocals

Jaimoe-drums, percussion

Tiziano Tononi-drums, percussion

Lamar Williams Jr.-vocals

David Grissom-guitar


Peewee Durante-keyboards

Alberto Mandarini-trumpet

Beppe Caruso-trombone

Gianluigi Paganelli-tuba

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The J. & F. Band with CAJUN BLUE manages to bring together the coolness of jazz and the sincere roughness of blues, and then psychedelia and avant-garde and soul music. With rock'n'roll guitars and a New Orleans brass section, in a two-day recording this band was capable to evoke the fury of the sessions that echoed in the Muscle Shoals studios in the 70's" (Luca Salmini, Buscadero Rock Magazine).

"Cajun Blue is a torrid and generous record, a hymn to joy in music declined according to the verb of a jam-rock steeped in blues, jazz and soul. Sessions on fire and torrential, where it seems almost to see the flow of the Singing River, Tennessee as the Native Americans called it, and along whose banks, in Alabama, Muscle Shoals stood, the place of many memorable engravings during the seventies" (Nazim Comunale,

Following the massive critical success of the first record "From The Roots To The Sky" the J. & F. Band is back with a new amazing effort, shining with new soul elements and impressive bluesy guitar work, thanks to the contribution of singer Lamar Williams Jr. and legendary Texan guitar player David Grissom.

Joe Fonda says: "This is the second J. & F. Band recording. We reached a new level of depth and deliverance, execution and groove on this recording. I also want to comment on the material that both I and drummer Tiziano Tanoni arranged and composed - I think it's on another level. This is a band that will most certainly just keep rising to new heights . Prepare yourself - we're getting ready to do a third recording in the near future. In the meantime enjoy this recording and go check out the first one - all full of pure musical Joy"

praise for the first record FROM THE ROOTS TO THE SKY:

"Beautifully recorded, this album belongs in the collection of all serious jazz and Allman Brothers fans"

"A double disk as in the old days, but out of any time: much less predictable than I told it, much more beautiful than I could say"

"The J. & F. Band features a myriad of seasoned musicians who use new record From The Roots To The Sky to show off ideas, showdown with each other, and jam to their heart's content. From The Roots To The Sky is a record of free flowing ideas from skilled musicians at the top of their game". 4/5!

Artist Biographies

"Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator.

An accomplished international Jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States ,Canada , Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton ,Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, , Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang.

Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet, octet, tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation. He has also performed with the 38-piece Tri-Centric orchestra under the direction of Anthony Braxton, and was the bassist for the premiere performance of Anthony Braxton's opera, Shalla Fears for the Poor, performed at the John Jay Theater in New York, New York, October 1996.

As a composer, Fonda has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions From Meet the Composer New York and the New England Foundation on the Arts . He has released twelve recordings under his own name. (Reviews and recordings available). Fonda was also a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum directed by Leo Smith, and was the bassist with the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City, directed by world renowned tap dancer, Brenda Bufalino.

In 1989, Fonda performed with Fred Ho's Jazz and Peking opera in its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1986 Fonda was the bassist and dancer with the Sonomama Dance Company. An independent producer since 1978, Fonda is the founding director of Kaleidoscope Arts an interdisciplinary performance ensemble and is the producer and musicial director for the Connecticut Composers and improvisors Festival from 2001 to 2011.

Currently Fonda has been recording and touring extensively with the Fonda-Stevens Group, Conference Call , The Fab Trio, The Nu Band and Bottoms Out , with performances at the Bim huis in Amsterdam, Holland, Prague Jazz Festival, Czech Republic, Jazz Halo Festival, Belgium, Jazz Festival Thurinsen, Weimer, Germany, Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany , Jazz Im Agusto Festival Lisbon Portugal, Natt Jazz Festival Bergen Norway, The Vision Festival New York, New York, Jazz and More Festival Sibiu Romania, Bakau Jazz Festival ,Azerbijan, Tondela Jazz Festival Tondala portugal , Vancouver Jazz Festival ,Vancouver Canada, Guelph Jazz Festival ,Guelph Canada .

Two of Fonda's most recent projects are From the Source, The Off Road Quartet.

From the Source is a group that incorporates the tap dancing and poetry of Brenda Bufalino and the healing arts of Vicki Dodd, and four jazz musicians. The group has released their first CD entitled, Joe Fonda and From the Source, on Konnex Records.

The Off Road Quartet is comprised of four musicians from four different countries. Ux Fengia from Beijing China , Carlos Zingaro from Lisbon Portugal , Lucas Niggle from Zurich Switzerland and Joe Fonda New York USA. The Off Road Quartet blends the musics from all four of these musicians cultures into a unique musicial and visual experence."

-Joe Fona Website (

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"Jai Johanny Johanson (born July 8, 1944), frequently known by the stage name Jaimoe, is an American drummer and percussionist. He is best known as one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.

Johanson came up in the R&B world and began drumming at an early age, often accompanied by friend Lamar Williams on bass. Johanson backed soul singers, including a membership in Otis Redding's touring band in 1966, and afterward touring with the acclaimed soul duo, Sam & Dave. After joining up with Duane Allman in February 1969, he quickly became the first recruit into Allman's new group, soon joined by bassist Berry Oakley, fellow drummer Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts and lastly Allman's younger brother, singer, organist and pianist Gregg Allman. The group, quickly named after the brothers Allman, began recording demos that April in Macon, Georgia, which became the group's home base. [...]"

-Wikipedia (

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"Tiziano Tononi (born November 18, 1956, Milan) is an Italian percussionist and composer.

Tononi taught himself to play drums in a pop/rock idiom as a youth, then turned to playing jazz and classical percussion in his late teens, studying with Andrew Cyrille and Bob Moses. Playing locally in Milan in the early 1980s, he joined the Democratic Orchestra Milano and co-founded the Nexus ensemble with Daniele Cavallanti, as well as the group Moon on the Water toward the middle of the decade. Through the 1980s he played in a variety of idioms with musicians such as Pierre Favre, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Maggie Nicols, Barre Phillips, Dewey Redman, Giancarlo Schiaffini, and Gianluigi Trovesi.

In the 1990s Tononi played with the Jazz Chromatic Ensemble and the Italian Instabile Orchestra, as well as in a trio with Beppe Caruso. His Multiphonics Tuba Trio, with Renato Geremia and Michel Godard, was founded in 1997; he also did composition and arrangement work, including the soundtrack to Ketchup and tributes to Don Cherry and Roland Kirk."

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"David Grissom has toured and recorded with artists such as Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, John Mayall, and Ringo Starr. His songs have been recorded by John Mayall, Rita Coolidge, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, and Storyville among others.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. He joined Texas legend Joe Ely's band in 1985 and toured and recorded nonstop until 1991 when he joined John Mellencamp's band. David made 3 records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Texas to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including four Buddy Guy records, and scores of Americana releases, along with touring with the Dixie Chicks from 2003-2007, and playing hundreds of live gigs, designing signature guitars and amps with PRS Guitars, and producing his solo CD's."

-David Grissom Website (

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"Percussionist / Drummer and foot fetish (socks, clogs with open heels, red nail polish, etc. ..). I was born in Milan in 1970 under the sign of Capricorn. I studied drums with Enrico Lucchini and Tiziano Tononi, and percussion with Candelo Cabezas and the great Naco."

-Long Song Records (

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Peewee Durante is an Italian keyboardist and singer. He is known for the groups Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, Tiziano Mazzoni Acoustic Blues Band.

-Discogs (

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Alberto Mandarini: "Born near Trino Vercellese in North Italy in 1966.

From a very early age he began to play with small jazz combos, with various Italian symphony orchestras (Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Torino, the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia and the Filarmonici di Torino) as well as with several brass chamber music ensembles. With the latter he performed at festivals such as Settembre Musica, Asti Teatro 14/15 and Piemonte in Musica and won prizes at competitions in Stresa, Moncalieri, Asti and Busalla.

In addition to his work with ensembles of classical music he has been a very active jazz musician, playing with some of the most important figures of the contemporary Italian creative jazz scene. He is currently a member of the Enrico Fazio's Sextet, of Riccardo Brazzale's "Lidian Sound Orchestra", of Stefano Maltese's "Open Sound Ensemble"; of Sandro Cerino's "Crescendo Big Band"; of the Giancarlo Schiaffini's Quintet; of the Enten EllerQuartet, of the Giorgio Gaslini's "Proxima Centauri Orchestra", of the Italian Instabile Orchestra (which has performed at many of Europe's most important jazz festivals and recorded more CDs, including one for ECM and one for ENJA).

He has also been a member of the Grande Orchestra Nazionale di Jazz conducted by Giorgio Gaslini, as well as of many other groups all over Italy, playng with important musicians such as Elton Dean, Tim Berne, Tony Scott, Maria Schneider, Charlie Mariano and Cecil Taylor.

In 1994 he started the Trumpet buzz duo with Guido Mazzon and the Brasserie Trio with Carlo Actis Dato and Lauro Rossi.

From 1995 to 2005 he was a member of Paolo Conte's Orchestra and played with him on his European tour.

In 1997 he founded the "Phoebus Ensemble", a nine-piece band, primarily as a vehicle for his own compositions, though the group's repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary jazz.

From 1997 to 1999 he was director of the Hasta Big Band. He is currently director of the "CVM Jazz Orchestra".

Since 1999 he has taught trumpet and Orchestrals Practical works at the Courmayeur International Music Meeting. He also teaches trumpet at the Istituto Comunale di Musica "G. Verdi" in Asti, and at the "Centro Vercelli Musica Enrico Lucchini" in Vercelli.

In 2001 he has trumpet teachers at the "3º Seminario de Jazz y Flamenco" of Sevilla and at the "Corso di alto perfezionamento ad indirizzo jazzistico" of Lecco.

Alwais from 2001, he founded his own quartet, the Alberto Mandarini Quartet with Umberto Petrin, Giovanni Maier and U. T. Gandhi.

From the 2002 he is a member of the "Rara Jazz Quartet" with Roberto Bonati, Andrea Dulbecco and Roberto Dani."

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"Trombonist, tubist, trombone graduate at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan, Italy in 1989, in "Armonia Funzionale" and in "Armonia e Arrangemento Jazz" in 1992 with C.D.M. from Milan with the master Filippo Daccό. After collaborations with groups of R & B: "Treves Blues Band" Chuk Leavel and Dave Kelly and participations in television programs on the RAI 2 (DOC and Sereno Variabile) he begins collaborations with jazz formations: "Nexus", the "Jazz Chromatic Ensemble", "Gianluigi Trovesi Octet", "Italian Instabile Orchestra" etc.

He was leader of the bands "Mr C Trio", "Free Air Sextet", "Caruso-D'auria Duo" with whom he recorded several CDs.

Many projects and collaborations with musicians such as:

Lester Bowie, Herb Robertson, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pino Minafra, Keith Tippet, Louis Moholo Moholo, Gato Barbieri, Jimmy Cobb, Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Italian Instabile Orchestra, Eugenio Colombo, Carlo Rizzo, Roswell Rud, Paolo Damiani, Louis Sclavis, Jim Hall, Claudio Roditi, Michael Godard ... .....

In pop music he worked with Roberto Vecchioni, Tullio De Piscopo, Gino Paoli, Sergio Caputo and Zucchero Fornaciari."

-Trinque Fougasse (Translated by Google) (

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"Born in Bologna on 3 October 1971. Resident in Monzuno (BO) in via Rio delle bietole 4.

In 1991 he graduated from the Conservatory "GB Martini" in Bologna in trombone, specializing immediately in the bass tuba.

As soon as he graduated, he began working with some lyric-symphonic orchestras, including: Pisa Symphony Orchestra, Pesaro Symphony Orchestra, B. Maderna Orchestra, Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, Bologna Municipal Theater Orchestra. In the 1997/98 season he is part of the group "Solistinsieme" directed by Maestro Giuseppe Sinopoli. He soon chose to carry out his profession in areas that were not only classical. Hence collaborations in the jazz field with groups including: Jazz Chromatic Ensemble and Nexus with whom he recorded in 2001 the album "Seize the Time!" Winner of the "Jazz Music" classification as the best recording of Italian groups of that year.

In light music he took part in the "Da Me a Te" tour of Claudio Baglioni in 1998; while in 2002 he recorded with the "Quintorigo" some songs from the album "In Cattiv". In 2007 he recorded "Athlantis" by Eyvind Kang. In 2013 he collaborated with the contemporary music group "Icarus" for the recording of "L'Imbalsamatore" by Battistelli.

But it is mainly to chamber music that addresses its interests by collaborating, over the years, with musicians and various groups of brass including: "Quinte Eccedenti" directed by Renzo Brocculi, "Petronius Brass Ensemble", Made In Brass "," Tuscany brass quintet "," Fantasy Brass ", with which he won in 1995 the National Chamber Music Competition" D. Igino Baldini "of Comano and, in 1997, the third prize (1st and 2nd not assigned) to the VII" Trofeo Kawai "International Competition in Tortona. He is currently a member of the brass groups "Parma Brass Quintet" with whom he recorded the cd "La strada" in 2008 and "Songs & Melodies" in 2012; the wind concert "L'Usignolo" with which he recorded the album "Di buon mattina" in 2007 and "Strike of musicians" in 2009 "; "BimBumBrass" with which he made the musical for children "Il sogno di Mago Merlino" which debuted at the Piccolo Teatro Regio in Turin in 2004, the theatrical piece "Suona Napoli ... oppur muori" was staged for the first time in 2007 and the musical fables "Sasso rotondo" and "Riccardino non lava" which were recorded in the so-called "Fables in color" in 2011; the klezmer music group "Dire gelt". He has been teaching for more than 20 years in the "P. Bignardi "of Monzuno. He was a teacher of Music Education at the State Middle School of Savigno (BO). In 2007 he held a course on "Basic elements of music theory and music therapy" for the Modena Ausl. Since 2002 he has worked as a tuba teacher with the "La Lucciola" Integrated Therapy Center for Children."

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Track Listing:

1. Cajun Blue 11:18

2. Jazzica 14:15

3. Cold Shot 8:49

4. As The Years Go Passing By 13:47

5. Speech Fo(U)r Five 5:06

6. Crosscut Saw 5:05

7. We Night Riders 21:07

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