Hawaiian Swing

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431486022
  • Catalog Number: 4860
  • Sales rank: 101,161

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Peter Chatman Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Producer, Engineer
Shag Illustrations
Glen Barros Executive Producer
DJW Design Art Direction
Edwards Composer
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