Consider It Swung

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The fact that Tom Wopat sings in addition to acting will not come as a surprise to those who have been following his career for a long time; Wopat did his share of singing when he was playing Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985. But what might come as a surprise to those who still associate him with that Southern-themed drama/comedy is the type of music he has been emphasizing in the 21st century. Wopat recorded plenty of country-rock in the '80s and '90s, which was appropriate given the good ol' boy stereotypes that The Dukes of Hazzard celebrated. But the Wopat of the 2000s and 2010s has favored a vocal jazz/cabaret/traditional pop approach, and country is...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The fact that Tom Wopat sings in addition to acting will not come as a surprise to those who have been following his career for a long time; Wopat did his share of singing when he was playing Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985. But what might come as a surprise to those who still associate him with that Southern-themed drama/comedy is the type of music he has been emphasizing in the 21st century. Wopat recorded plenty of country-rock in the '80s and '90s, which was appropriate given the good ol' boy stereotypes that The Dukes of Hazzard celebrated. But the Wopat of the 2000s and 2010s has favored a vocal jazz/cabaret/traditional pop approach, and country is hardly the focus of Consider It Swung. The closest this 2009 recording comes to being country-influenced is Wopat's bluesy interpretations of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" and Delbert McClinton's "Maybe Someday Baby," but even on those songs, his outlook is more Mark Murphy than Conway Twitty or more Dave Frishberg than Ray Price. This is definitely a jazz-oriented effort albeit a jazz-oriented effort with some cabaret-isms at times, and Wopat handles himself convincingly on a variety of material. Wopat performs a few Tin Pan Alley songs including George Gershwin's "But Not for Me," Cy Coleman's "You Fascinate Me So," and Harry Warren/Al Dubin's "42nd Street", but unlike others who operate in the vocal jazz/cabaret/traditional pop realm, he doesn't make the mistake of inundating listeners with a bunch of overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses that have been recorded by literally hundreds of artists over the years. Wopat who turned 58 in 2009 also finds the jazz possibilities in Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel," Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues," and Joni Mitchell's "Two Grey Rooms." And it should be noted that his version of "42nd Street" is a real surprise; instead of giving that standard the type of uptempo exuberance it usually receives, Wopat offers a post-bop version that is slow, haunting, and surprisingly moody. Not without its share of surprises, Consider It Swung is a rewarding non-country effort from the former Dukes of Hazzard star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788025924
  • Catalog Number: 259
  • Sales rank: 17,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's Life (4:48)
  2. 2 Spinning Wheel (3:58)
  3. 3 But Not For Me (4:33)
  4. 4 Ode To Billie Joe (5:15)
  5. 5 Two Grey Rooms (4:01)
  6. 6 Maybe Someday Baby (4:08)
  7. 7 Thailand Sea (3:25)
  8. 8 You'd Rather Have the Blues (5:35)
  9. 9 Deacon Blues (6:18)
  10. 10 50 Checks (3:23)
  11. 11 You Fascinate Me So (3:44)
  12. 12 42nd Street (4:04)
  13. 13 Natural Man (3:03)
  14. 14 The Last Night of the Year (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Wopat Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Malach Tenor Saxophone, Musician
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash Drums
Barry Danielian Trumpet
John Fedchock Trombone
David Finck Bass
Birch Johnson Trombone
David M. Musician
Bob Mann Guitar, Musician
Roger Squitero Percussion
Frank Basile Baritone Saxophone, Baritone
Tedd Firth Piano
David F. Musician
David Richenberg Baritone Saxophone
David R. Musician
Bob Milliken Trumpet, Musician
Peter Grant Drums
Jonathon Werking Piano
Brian Preschi Trumpet
Andrew Ezrin Piano
David Rieckenberg Baritone
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Donald Fagen Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Rob Mounsey Arranger
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Kelly Gordon Composer
Tom Wopat Arranger, Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Al Dubin Composer
David Finck Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
John Oddo Arranger
Marc Shaiman Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Michael Whalen Composer
Lee Lessack Executive Producer
Scott Wittman Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Tedd Firth Arranger
Randy Merrill Mastering
Dean Thompson Composer
T.W. Liner Notes
Andrea Johnson Booking
Joey Cobbs Cover Photo
David Frishberg Composer
Dave Hart Management
Sandy Barron Composer
Phillip Edward Galston Composer
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