Top Shelf Jazz's "Fast and Louche" — part Cab Calloway, part Atomic Fireballs, all good smutty Prohibition jazz

Top Shelf Jazz, a British retro "Prohibition" jazz act, has released its debut album, "Fast and Louche" and it kicks ass. Combining smutty rhythms with comic touches and real jazz virtuosity, the Top Shelfers capture a swinging sound that's part Atomic Fireballs, part Cab Calloway, and entirely delightful. I saw Top Shelf perform at a steampunk White Mischief night at London's Scala and they were superb live — show-stoppers who transfixed everyone who peeked into the upstairs room, dragged them in and got them dancing. I'm so glad to have their music in my possession now!

Fast & Louche, Amazon

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