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Keely Swings Basie Style...With Strings

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The swing revival was custom made for singers like Keely Smith. Keely Swings Basie Style...With Strings follows 2000's Swing, Swing, Swing and 2001's Grammy-nominated Keely Sings Sinatra, capping off a trilogy of lovingly performed classic jazz. Smith's backward glance, however, isn't just pure nostalgia. Keely Swings Basie Style, for instance, begins with Count Basie-style arrangements and then applies them to a number of songs not necessarily associated with the bandleader. The addition of strings provides another distinctive layer. Smith begins with "April in Paris" and brings her warm vocals to bear on a number of other classics, including "Happiness Is a Thing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The swing revival was custom made for singers like Keely Smith. Keely Swings Basie Style...With Strings follows 2000's Swing, Swing, Swing and 2001's Grammy-nominated Keely Sings Sinatra, capping off a trilogy of lovingly performed classic jazz. Smith's backward glance, however, isn't just pure nostalgia. Keely Swings Basie Style, for instance, begins with Count Basie-style arrangements and then applies them to a number of songs not necessarily associated with the bandleader. The addition of strings provides another distinctive layer. Smith begins with "April in Paris" and brings her warm vocals to bear on a number of other classics, including "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and "How High the Moon." There's a particularly lovely take on "Mood Indigo" and a bouncy version of "Cherokee Indian Love Song." Smith balances these standards with spry contemporary fare like "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You" and "Can't Take My Eyes off of You." The closing number offers something of a surprise, beginning with "The House I Live In" and then flowing into "Star Spangled Banner," ending the album on a patriotic note. The combination of tasteful arrangements, good song choices, and Smith's pleasing vocals guarantees that fans will warmly embrace Keely Swings Basie Style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431213826
  • Catalog Number: 2138
  • Sales rank: 94,358

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keely Smith Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Don Menza Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Barry Zweig Guitar
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Lanny Morgan Alto Saxophone
Frank Collett Piano
Bryant Byers Bass Trombone
Bob Efford Baritone Saxophone
Stefanie Fife Cello
Ronald Folsom Violin
Dane Little Cello
John Magnussen Percussion
Andy Martin Trombone, Soloist
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Jim Self Tuba
Haim Shtrum Violin
Kirk Smith Bass
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Kristin Fife Violin
Steve Barnes Drums
Al Hershberger Violin
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Irina Voloshina Violin
Jennifer Walton Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Jim Stärk Violin
Liane Mautner Violin
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
Don Menza Arranger
Keely Smith Executive Producer
Frank Collett Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Dennis Purcell Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keely definitely knows Swing

    On this tribute to Count Basie, Keely is accompanied by an 18-piece band and a 22-member string orchestra led by pianist/conductor Dennis Michaels. Keely definitely swings Basie-style, using his musical style to interpret timeless standards as ¿How High The Moon,¿ and ¿Mood Indigo.¿ The cd also includes swing versions of ¿How Sweet It Is¿ and ¿Can¿t Take My Eyes Off You,¿ which captures and re-introduces the beautiful essence of the big-band Swing music era. Keely Smith began her career as the female singer in Louis Prima¿s band which recently inspired ¿The Gap¿ to use ¿Jump, Jive, and Wail¿ in one of their ad campaigns. I¿m glad to see that Swing is back in swing, and this album is definitely a must-have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keely Sings & Swings like the old days!

    If you are a Keely Smith fan you will want this album. Or if you are a fan of big band arrangements then you will love Keely's new CD. The songs are great and Keely gives them new life only the way she can. This is her third album for Concord Records and it is simply fantastic. I have been a fan since the late fifties and I am happy she is recording once again. If you have never heard Keely before check out her earlier recordings for Capitol Records. Del

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    Posted July 25, 2009

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