Erica Smith Makes a Jazz Record

by delarue

OK – one more Kickstarter and that’ll be it for awhile here. This is a sultry vocal jazz album by Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams. Historically speaking, it’s notable for being the final studio recording featuring the late great drummer Dave Campbell, whose brushes and sticks and irrepressible joie de vivre also propelled psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7, and jazz bassist Pascal Plantinga’s band, among others. The band’s Kickstarter project has til October 5 to meet a rather modest $1200 goal; they’re currently a little less than $800 short. Many rewards are offered for contributing: for example, $500 will get you an album, a big thank-you in the liner notes, a rare unreleased track, a poster and a house concert by Erica which, if you have enough room, could actually pay for itself if you charge a nominal cover.

Early mixes of the album reveal it to be a torchy, retro Mad Men era project. You’d never know that a chanteuse who grew up on early Judy Collins, a psychedelic rock guitarist lately dedicated to keeping the Beefheart flame alive, a bassist whose main gig for awhile was covering every obscure surf rock song ever written, and a Brazilian-hearted jazz drummer who signed his emails “Elvin” because he knew he could get away with it would blend together so seamlessly. Watch the whole video here.