If you remember the start of the Acid Jazz movement in the 1980s then you will know Tommy Chase; four landmark albums and a live reputation that no one could rival. Then there were the infamous, legendary gigs at The Wag, The 100 Club and Dingwalls. The energy on stage from the band was only matched by the frantic enthusiasm of the audience. This is the first time the excitement of The Tommy Chase Band live experience has been captured on record, and it lives up to all expectations.
Although Jazz means different things to different people there is no beard stroking introspection here. This is a powerful, chaotic, dangerous genius that positively tears up the dancefloor. If your foot isn't tapping and your fingers clicking by the first few bars of Googa Mooga, I can only presume that you have no soul. If you ever saw the Tommy Chase band play live then you know what I am talking about; swinging, tight grooves, sharp, melodic riffs, solid bass lines and, of course, the powerhouse drumming that results in dancefloor anarchy.
The music speaks for itself - a mixture of original tunes & hard bop classics, all previously unissued and all swinging hard! The album was recorded live in one take with no overdubs and definitely represents The Tommy Chase band live at its most exciting.
Tommy Chase: 'Googa Mooga'
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"Throughout it's a big sound for a small ensemble and if you enjoy the likes of James Taylor and Hammond doyens like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuffand Jimmy McGriff you'll find lots to enjoy here."
Bill Buckley, Blues & Soul, June/July 2000
"The emphasis here is firmly on the dancefloor with pounding drums and fast, furious organ runs, Googa Mooga and Killer Joe will tear up many dancefloors."
Sanjiv Ahluwalia, Blues & Soul, June/July 2000