The Heat Is On! The debut album from Leon Chavis is a good solid album. With 12 tracks ranging from traditional Creole music, Zydeco, Southern Soul, R & B and jazz, The Heat Is On is a multi-faceted project that is rooted in tradition, yet clearly incorporate contemporary musical elements and experiences of today's musicians. Chavis’ accordion playing exudes steady timing, accurate phrasing and a solid, buoyant tone. With Chavis and his Zydeco Flames supplying plenty of punch, smack and snap to the proceedings, every one of these dozen originals is toe-tapping and infectious enough to entice everyone within earshot to secure a spot on the dance floor and homestead it until closing time. His occasional finishing touches are intriguing, like the squelchy keyboards (“Intro”), funky bass notes (“Hot Girl”) and jazzy trumpet lines (“Casinos”) that recall the day when Warren Ceasar blew a hot horn in Clifton Chenier’s band.
Tracklist: 1- Intro (3:22) 2- Country Woman (4:11) 3- Hold Me Tight (3:06) 4- Dear Love (3:02) 5- Heart Of A Lion (2:58) 6- Hot Girl (4:13) 7- Don't Work, Don't Eat (3:43) 8- Hey Momma (3:42) 9- The Heat Is On (4:05) 10- Allons Zydeco (3:33) 11- Casinos (3:59) 12- Vas Manger (2:44)
Personnel: Leon Chavis – Accordion, Vocals, Trumpet Joseph “Chopper” Chavis – Keyboards, Vocals Russel Labbe – Scrubboard, Vocals Gabriel “Pandy” Perrodin – Guitar, Vocals Derick Woods – Bass Eric Singleton – Drums