Pennies From Heaven

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Pennies From Heaven, the Susie Arioli Swing Band's sophomore release, would prove to be Ralph Sutton's last recording session. The stride piano master appears on a hushed, haunting "Don't Explain" and a boogie-woogie romp called "Walter's Flat," composed by Arioli's fabulous guitarist, Jordan Officer, who again gets front-cover billing. Arioli's vocals are chipper and versatile, taking plainspoken delight in songs by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and more. In a quirky twist, Arioli also serves as the band's drummer, softly tapping out four with brushes on a snare drum. Officer, bassist Solon McDade or Colin Bray, and acoustic guitarist Michael Jerome Brown ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Pennies From Heaven, the Susie Arioli Swing Band's sophomore release, would prove to be Ralph Sutton's last recording session. The stride piano master appears on a hushed, haunting "Don't Explain" and a boogie-woogie romp called "Walter's Flat," composed by Arioli's fabulous guitarist, Jordan Officer, who again gets front-cover billing. Arioli's vocals are chipper and versatile, taking plainspoken delight in songs by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and more. In a quirky twist, Arioli also serves as the band's drummer, softly tapping out four with brushes on a snare drum. Officer, bassist Solon McDade or Colin Bray, and acoustic guitarist Michael Jerome Brown round out the group's offbeat, minimalistic lineup. Jeff Healey walks on for a Django-esque acoustic solo flight on "Having Fun," a Memphis Slim tune that one could imagine being sung by Patsy Cline. But the chief attraction is Officer, whose twangy, old-school archtop sound and sparse, witty phrasing suit everything from Nat King Cole-style swing "No Regrets" to rockabilly "Jordan's Boogie" to Chicago blues Otis Rush's "Sit Down Baby".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944018123
  • Catalog Number: 181
  • Sales rank: 153,879

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pennies from Heaven - Jordan Officer (3:55)
  2. 2 Honeysuckle Rose - Jordan Officer (2:21)
  3. 3 Night and Day - Jordan Officer (4:53)
  4. 4 Foolin' Myself - Jordan Officer (3:15)
  5. 5 Jordan's Boogie - Jordan Officer (2:55)
  6. 6 Don't Explain - Jordan Officer (5:17)
  7. 7 I'll Never Smile Again - Jordan Officer (2:55)
  8. 8 Having Fun - Jordan Officer (3:24)
  9. 9 Sit Down Baby - Jordan Officer (3:28)
  10. 10 Walter's Flat - Jordan Officer (3:00)
  11. 11 He Needs Me - Jordan Officer (3:17)
  12. 12 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me - Jordan Officer (3:46)
  13. 13 No Regrets - Jordan Officer (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susie Arioli Primary Artist, Vocals, Snare Drums
Jeff Healey Acoustic Guitar
Colin Bray Upright Bass
Michael Jerome Browne Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Officer Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Solon McDade Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Danny Greenspoon Producer, Engineer
Simon Pressey Mastering
Billy Szawlowski Engineer
Jim West Executive Producer
Richard Flohil Liner Notes
Ruth Lowe Composer
Éric Plourde translation
Jordan Officer Arranger
Mark VII Composer
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