Swing, Swing, Swing

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Nearing the age of 70, without a recording session in more than 15 years, Keely Smith returned on the heels of the '90s rejuvenation of swing music. Recorded for the Concord label, Swing, Swing, Swing does just what the title promises. Smith rips through 16 songs with barely a pause for breath, including plenty of swing standards "Kansas City," "Jump, Jive 'An Wail," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," and the title track as well as a few obscure songs and at least one new one "Keely's Boogie". The backing -- by the Frank Capp Orchestra with arrangements by Dennis Michaels and Don Menza -- is big, brassy, and more than enough to contend with Smith's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Nearing the age of 70, without a recording session in more than 15 years, Keely Smith returned on the heels of the '90s rejuvenation of swing music. Recorded for the Concord label, Swing, Swing, Swing does just what the title promises. Smith rips through 16 songs with barely a pause for breath, including plenty of swing standards "Kansas City," "Jump, Jive 'An Wail," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," and the title track as well as a few obscure songs and at least one new one "Keely's Boogie". The backing -- by the Frank Capp Orchestra with arrangements by Dennis Michaels and Don Menza -- is big, brassy, and more than enough to contend with Smith's surprisingly strong voice. Walking a very fine line between nostalgia and real innovation, Swing, Swing, Swing throws enough chestnuts to the younger audience to qualify as generational crossover, but never compromises the high-class swing that Keely Smith has always championed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431488224
  • Catalog Number: 4882
  • Sales rank: 89,513

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keely Smith Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Don Williams Percussion
Frank Capp Snare Drums
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Don Menza Clarinet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Acoustic Bass
Danny House Alto Saxophone
Charles Loper Trombone
Sal Lozano Alto Saxophone
Andy Martin Trombone
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Joel Peskin Tenor Saxophone
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Jim Self Trombone
Richard Simon Acoustic Bass
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Ken Wild Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Tony Bennett Liner Notes
Frank Capp Liner Notes
Don Menza Arranger
Keely Smith Executive Producer, Adaptation
Freddie Bell Composer
James Darren Liner Notes
Ron McMaster Mastering
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Alexis Davis Product Development
Joey Lattanzi Composer
Bobby Milano Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Does a great disservice to Louis Prima

    On the plus side, Keely does swing and is backed up by a competent set of musicians. But that's all that kept me from giving this only 1 star. I couldn't listen all the way through this disk; by the end of the insipid "Keely's Boogie", I felt I owed a penance to Louis Prima and put on Capitol Collectors Series and was absolved. While I suppose that Keely's take on "Kansas City" is somewhat original, but hardly inspired, it's her shameless copying of Louis Prima tunes that I found to be the biggest turn off. For the tunes that are covers of Louis' hits, Keely copies his medleys, arrangements, and even scat singing (try comparing Keely's "Oh Louis" and Prima's "Oh Marie" off the aforementioned Capitol disk). There's also something less tangible, but no less present: while Louis always seems to truly be enjoying himself & infuses his music with that joy, Keely just sounds like her boisterousness is forced and simply part of the act, arranged right along with the instruments. Thus, Keely not only adds nothing of her own to these tunes, but she actually takes something vital away. The non-Prima tunes that I did get through have nothing notable to recommend them. You'd be better served picking up a Prima collection, where you can still hear Keely, where her talents we better integrated into Prima's songs. I'd like to note that I've never written a review before, so that should tell you how appalled I was when I heard what Keely did to Prima's tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    What a woman. 67 years young and swinging better then ever. Lot's of Louis Prima references. Frankie Capp's big band swings joyously behind Keely. Great arrangements too. Fun all the way.

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