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Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips: The '90s Swingers
     

Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips: The '90s Swingers

 
The mid- to late '90s saw the rise of a so-called "swing revival" that in many cases was closer to the jump blues and early R&B of Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner than the big band swing of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman,

Overview

The mid- to late '90s saw the rise of a so-called "swing revival" that in many cases was closer to the jump blues and early R&B of Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner than the big band swing of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Jimmie Lunceford. For members of the World War II generation who were old enough to remember the '40s, it must have been quite amusing to see their post-baby boomer grandchildren doing the jitterbug and the Lindy hop while sporting fedoras and pin strips (or poodle skirts and bobby-soxer attire) and looking like they'd just stepped out of a Betty Grable film. But more important than the retro fashion was the music, some of which was -- as this 15-song compilation illustrates -- rather good. Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips was recorded from 1996-1998, but the African-American music of the '40s is the inspiration on infectious tunes by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ("Go Daddy-O"), Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums ("Jumptown") and the Flying Neutrinos (whose lead singer Ingrid Lucia brings her enthusiasm for Billie Holiday to "Mr. Zoot Suit"). Also enjoyable is Lavay Smith's remake of the Little Esther Phillips hit "Oo Poppa Do" and the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra's "Bill's Bounce" (the CD's only instrumental and its only real big band offering). Jazz's hardcore will tend to dismiss this collection because very little of it is hardcore jazz, although fans of '40s type jump blues and early, jazz-influenced R&B will find it to be a lot of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0076744012920
catalogNumber:
40129

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Performance Credits

Royal Crown Revue   Track Performer
Bill Elliot   Track Performer
Diana Krall   Track Performer
Brian Setzer Orchestra   Track Performer
Red Hots   Track Performer
Blues Jumpers   Track Performer
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Track Performer
Jumpin' Jimes   Track Performer
Indigo Swing   Track Performer
Big Time Operator   Track Performer
Ron Sunshine   Track Performer
Set 'em up Joe   Track Performer
Flying Neutrinos   Track Performer
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers   Track Performer
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums   Track Performer
David Berger   Drums

Technical Credits

Ben Vaughn   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Dae Bennett   Producer
Bill Elliott   Producer
Andy Ezrin   Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Paul Santos   Art Direction
Ted Templeman   Producer
Red Young   Producer
Steve Lucky   Producer
Chris Siebert   Arranger,Producer
Bill Ungerman   Horn Arrangements
Joe Dastolfo   Producer
Skeets Tolbert   Composer
John Alston   Composer
Alex Alstone   Composer
Ron Sunshine   Producer

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