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Hawaiian Swing
     

Hawaiian Swing

by Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack
 
"You gotta have a gimmick," said a wise old stage mother -- and Matt Catingub (aka Big Kahuna and youngest son of the late singer Mavis Rivers) has chosen his home-state Hawaii as the calling card for yet another new swing band. If you close your eyes, though, Hawaii is hardly in evidence on this rather

Overview

"You gotta have a gimmick," said a wise old stage mother -- and Matt Catingub (aka Big Kahuna and youngest son of the late singer Mavis Rivers) has chosen his home-state Hawaii as the calling card for yet another new swing band. If you close your eyes, though, Hawaii is hardly in evidence on this rather ordinary recording where the jackhammer new swing
ockabilly beat is juxtaposed with more or less traditional big-band and combo numbers. Occasionally, a Hawaii-related tune like "Pearly Shells," "Blue Hawaii," or the concluding "Hawaiian War Chant" (which Tommy Dorsey beat the Kahuna to by over a half century) pass your way, but the arrangements are strictly mainland style, and most of the remainder of the songs date well before any of the band members were born (the oldest is trumpeter Dave Scott, 35). Catingub delivers the same brand of snazzy, high-energy vocals that you hear all the time in new swing circles, and he plays competent if not particularly individual alto sax. If anything, the factor that separates this band -- if "separates" is the right word -- from many of its competitors is its reversion to older swing era voicings in many of its instrumentals. In other words, let the good times roll, take 127.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431486022
catalogNumber:
4860

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Performance Credits

Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack   Primary Artist
Matt Catingub   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Linda Harmon   Vocals
Dave Scott   Trumpet
Doug Beavers   Trombone
David Blacker   Trombone
Chad Hollingsworth   Alto Saxophone
Jennifer Lovejoy   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Moretti   Drums
Mike Olmos   Trumpet
Dan Parenti   Rhythm Bass
Jason Ravina   Trumpet
Dave Wells   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Matt Catingub   Arranger,Producer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer,Engineer
Shag   Illustrations
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
DJW Design   Art Direction
Edwards   Composer

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