Bobby Valentino’s new album, “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake”, is Handmade Music in the true sense of the term. What you hear is what the musicians played and sung at the time: no computers, no synthesisers, no sampling, no auto-tune and no drum machines were used in any way. This more traditional approach adds liveliness and an organic heart that makes the music breath in a very natural way. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
"Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake" is a very individual album showcasing as it does a particular take on a very stylised series of songs. Bobby Valentino has co-written twelve of the fourteen songs on the album and is backed by a stellar band that also features cameos from Martin Belmont and B J Cole. The songs hark back to an era where swing held sway, suits were sharp and lyrics were too.
Nobody who has seen Bobby lead his Americana-style band, Los Pistoleros , will be surprised that he has moved from being a sideman and into the spotlight. On “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake” it’s Bobby’s singing and song writing that comes to the fore. He’s definitely a born-again golden throated crooner in the Bing Crosby, Dean Martin vein giving it a lot of suave over tunes that evoke the pre-rock era and hint at the swing jazz of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Sixty years ago he would have been a huge star – “looks like Gable, sings like Crosby”.
Why is it called “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake”? Bobby says “It’s a quote from The Road movies; with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, you know “The Road to Rio” or “…Morocco” etc. I wanted to call the album; Land of Hope and Crosby’ but that title has already been taken by Sid Griffin & The Coal Porters.