There’s something about this album that makes me want to sip on a cocktail—it has a smooth, lounge-y feel. Tony Seville started playing music professionally in the mid ’60s. He toured the world for 27 years playing jazz, R&B, show tunes and even disco. Eventually he landed on Bourbon Street playing at The Famous Door, Storyville Jazz Parlor and The Bombay Club, among others. In 2013 he and his wife bought the Mahogany Jazz Hall, where you’re most likely to find him playing with this band today.
Even though Seville has traveled the world over and through many genres, you can still sense his roots in the late ’60s/early ’70s on this album. Tony plays sax, trumpet, flute and bongos, each with equal mastery. There’s a rhythmic Latin version of “Willow Weep for Me,” a swinging “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and the Isley Brothers classic “For the Love of You.” If the album makes you think of zebra print couches and martini glasses, it might just be due to the bongos and electric bass. One can’t help but wonder how it would have turned out if he’d used a more traditional rhythm section. I don’t think it’d be quite as much fun.