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PMR-019 "Bug Alley" © 1980


Karen Young
Vocal, Shaker
Liz Tansey
Vocal
Steve Cole
Vocal, Guitar, Banjo
David Thompson
Vocal, Basses
Andre' White
Drums, Piano, Bell
Doug Walter
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones,
Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Piano
Mike Pinsonneault
Vocal, Alto Saxophone
Charles Ellison
Trumpet
Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyyr
Trombone
Christine Beckett
Viola
John Rudel
Congas, Bongos, Bell

Bop Follies (Mike Pinsonneault) 3:42
Down for the Count (Frank Foster and Jon Hendricks) 4:30
Bijou (Ralph Burns and Jon Hendricks) 2:34
Art's Oregano (Art Pepper) 5:16
Steppin' Around (P.D.) 5:56
Boswell Medley 4:37
Dinah (Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young and Harry Akst)
Heebie Jeebies (P.D.)
Everybody Loves My Baby (Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams)
Sancho Suite (Mike Pinsonneault) 6:18
Footprints (Wayne Shorter) 4:39
Daybreak (Steve Cole and Mike Pinsonneault) 4:26
Milestones (Miles Davis) 3:17

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A stunner -- bold and fresh.

Every once in a while, an album comes along that stuns a listener by its boldness and freshness. Such records are rare, rarer still when they happen to be Canadian.

Bug Alley is such a record.

A remarkable debut.
Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun


Their music swings and goes down so easy it's only a matter of time before they can woo the pop audience.
Matt Radz, The Montreal Star

"Daybreak," Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" with Mike Pinsonneault's lyrics, and Art Pepper's "Art Oregano" with Young adding the lyrics are real treasures. The group sparkles throughout, making it a superlative endeavor.
Harold Fuller, Spin Off

Once in a very great while, a recording appears that forces us to... simply listen. Bug Alley is such a recording. This Canadian vocal/instrumental group leaps across eras and styles with dizzying abandon, and in the process creates music that is as accessible to Benny Goodman or Charlie Parker fans as it is to followers of contemporary groups such as Weather Report or Manhattan Transfer. The "secret" of their success is commitment to -- and respect for -- their sources... Bug Alley cares. So will you.

Bug Alley should appeal to listeners of practically any stylistic preference, and this album is one of the rare recordings that show "hit" potential without overtly pandering to commercial exigencies. I can think of no other recent release that is so immediately ingratiating and full of fun.
Bill Barton


"Bug Alley," in speakeasies of the 1920s, that meant May Day, and now it means a singing group that stresses vocal jazz, in the big band groove. Versatile indeed.
Jack Burke, Daily Journal

Bug Alley is among the more tasteful and musically satisfying of the current crop of vocal and instrumental groups which draw their material primarily from big swing bands and small jazz combos.

And taste and musicianship permeate the group's new album, titled Bug Alley, for P.M. Records.

The members of this group... are excellent singers and capable instrumentalists at the very least. They perform a very pleasant and often exciting set of tunes with a satisfying awareness of the music.

Bug Alley is certainly one of the standout vocal-instrumental groups to show up on records and seems to have a bright future.
Georgia Urban, The Knickerbocker News


They... cover everything from rag to Miles ("Milestones" is especially good) seeming to put no stylistic limitations on themselves. It's this kind of varied jazz/pop music that we could do with a lot more of.
Eric Snider

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