Steelin' Crazy Rhythm
So what does the pedal steel guitar have to do with jazz? Plenty…
Musician Tom Hammel has combined his love of the pedal steel guitar and western swing and jazz music to create this 12-song album. It consists of mostly instrumental covers and one new song, “Out of Odessa”, written especially for the album. Hammel has been playing, writing, and recording music for decades with local Vancouver roots bands, and currently plays with alt-country band DerbyTown.
Vancouver guitarist Paul Pigat lends his guitar mastery to the album on five tracks along with upright bassist Jeremy Holmes and drummer James Badger. Toronto jazz singer Alex Pangman, Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing contributes her expressive and playful vocal styling to the song It’s All Your Fault.
© Tom Hammel 2022