Swing Is Still the King

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Pianist John Sheridan has worked hard to keep the spirit of swing alive, both in other bands and as a leader. On Swing Is Still the King, he furthers his effort with the support of singer Rebecca Kilgore and an ensemble of nine other players, including guitarist Eddie Erickson, cornetist Randy Reinhart, and saxophonist Dan Block. Sheridan has named this combo His Dream Band, and the players are given a chance to strut their stuff on the first three instrumentals, including a nice take of Irving Berlin's "Always" and a six-and-half-minute version of "You Turned the Tables on Me." Although the ensemble is fairly large, the arrangements are spare and flexible. Kilgore ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Pianist John Sheridan has worked hard to keep the spirit of swing alive, both in other bands and as a leader. On Swing Is Still the King, he furthers his effort with the support of singer Rebecca Kilgore and an ensemble of nine other players, including guitarist Eddie Erickson, cornetist Randy Reinhart, and saxophonist Dan Block. Sheridan has named this combo His Dream Band, and the players are given a chance to strut their stuff on the first three instrumentals, including a nice take of Irving Berlin's "Always" and a six-and-half-minute version of "You Turned the Tables on Me." Although the ensemble is fairly large, the arrangements are spare and flexible. Kilgore joins the band on the fourth cut, "You're a Heavenly Thing," and her vocals play a large role on Swing Is Still the King, fronting the band on ten of the 15 tracks. Kilgore has good tone and works well within the classic medium of swing, and it's nice that she has chosen songs that are not overly familiar. She delivers a fine version of Mel Powell's "Shirley Steps Out," and is equally at home with ballads and uptempo numbers. With sympathetic vocals, a solid band, and good songs, Sheridan will easily convince listeners that Swing Is Still the King.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941133929
  • Catalog Number: 19339
  • Sales rank: 168,736

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Always - John Sheridan (4:35)
  2. 2 Ballad in Blue - John Sheridan (5:53)
  3. 3 You Turned the Tables on Me - John Sheridan (6:36)
  4. 4 You're a Heavenly Thing - John Sheridan (4:08)
  5. 5 Did You Mean It? - John Sheridan (3:27)
  6. 6 Sometimes I'm Happy - John Sheridan (4:11)
  7. 7 Keep Me in Mind - John Sheridan (4:28)
  8. 8 Behave Yourself - John Sheridan (4:27)
  9. 9 Shirley Steps Out - John Sheridan (4:24)
  10. 10 Don't Be That Way - John Sheridan (5:05)
  11. 11 Take Another Guess - John Sheridan (4:18)
  12. 12 I Had to Do It - John Sheridan (3:33)
  13. 13 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) - John Sheridan (5:09)
  14. 14 Gotta Be This or That - John Sheridan (5:00)
  15. 15 Goodnight, My Love - John Sheridan (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Sheridan & His Dream Band Primary Artist
John Sheridan Indexed Contributor, Piano, Leader, Vocals
Dan Barrett Trombone, Cornet
Jake Hanna Drums
Scott Robinson Bass Clarinet
Daniel Block Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Flanigan Bass
Russ Phillips Trombone
Rebecca Kilgore Vocals
Randy Reinhart Cornet
Ron Hockett Clarinet
Eddie Erickson Guitar
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Mel Powell Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Mack Gordon Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
John Sheridan Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Joe Young Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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