Swing [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The "swing" revival in popular music in the late '90s was tailor-made for Broadway revivalists, always looking for a way to put dance onstage, so it's no surprise that somebody actually, a large group of people, by the list of producers put a musical revue called Swing! on in the fall of 1999. But like the "swing" revival it references, Swing! contains a lot of music that would not have been called swing during the Swing Era. The music neo-swing bands play usually sounds like what was called jump blues in the late '40s and early '50s, rather than the swing of the '30s and early '40s, and the same is true of much of the music here. When swing classics are selected, they...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The "swing" revival in popular music in the late '90s was tailor-made for Broadway revivalists, always looking for a way to put dance onstage, so it's no surprise that somebody actually, a large group of people, by the list of producers put a musical revue called Swing! on in the fall of 1999. But like the "swing" revival it references, Swing! contains a lot of music that would not have been called swing during the Swing Era. The music neo-swing bands play usually sounds like what was called jump blues in the late '40s and early '50s, rather than the swing of the '30s and early '40s, and the same is true of much of the music here. When swing classics are selected, they are usually barnburners like "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "In the Mood." The show also features ballads that were popular during the Swing Era, such as "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Blues in the Night," as showcases for singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who is one of the best things about the production, but then Laura Benanti comes on singing "Cry Me a River," a song from 1955 that has nothing to do with anyone's definition of swing. The nine-piece Gotham City Gates, acting as orchestra and getting a few instrumental numbers of their own, feature enough electric guitar playing to be more reminiscent of Brian Setzer than Benny Goodman. Okay, so Swing! isn't exactly authentic, but it is lively, and the performances are often winning. The show is designed to show off the kind of flamboyant Lindy Hop dancing that has become popular all over again in recent years. On disc, that element is missing, but the mixture of music and the work of the singers is often very effective. Callaway is outstanding, as always, and Benanti and Everett Bradley also shine on occasion. Swing! may not be the show, or the CD, for anyone who actually remembers or is familiar with real swing music, but as an update meant to stir the dancing feet of the neo-swing generation, it's an enjoyable effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998912243
  • Catalog Number: 89122

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ann Hampton Callaway Vocals, cast
Steve Armour Trombone
Everett Bradley Vocals, cast
Lance Bryant Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Daniel Hovey Guitar
Jenny Thomas cast
Scott Fowler cast
Matt Hong Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Robert Royceton cast
Laura Benanti Vocals, cast
Scott Neumann Percussion, Snare Drums
Casey MacGill Ukulele, Vocals, cast
Jonathan Smith Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Laureen Baldvi cast
Kristine Bendul cast
Carol Bentley cast
Caitlin Carter Vocals, cast
Geralyn del Corso Vocals, cast
Desirée Duarte cast
Beverly Durand cast
Erin East cast
Ryan François cast
Kevin Michael Gaudin cast
Edgar Godineaux Vocals, cast
Aldrin Gonzalez cast
Gotham City Gates Vocals, cast
Michael Gruber Vocals, cast
Conrad Korsch Bass
Janine LaManna cast
Rod McCune cast
J.C. Montgomery cast
Douglas Oberhamer Trumpet
Arte Phillips cast
Carlos Sierra-López cast
Keith Lamelle Thomas Vocals, cast
Maria Torres cast
Technical Credits
Ann Hampton Callaway Arranger
Steve Armour Arranger, Orchestration
Everett Bradley Arranger
Peter Fitzgerald Sound Design
Yaron Gershovsky Arranger
Ian Herman Arranger
Harold Wheeler Orchestration
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Michael Rafter Arranger
Robert Wolf Editorial Engineer
Scott Fowler Choreographer
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Jon Cowherd Arranger
Casey MacGill Arranger
Jonathan Smith Arranger, Music Direction
Jeanine Tesori Arranger
Rich Conaty Liner Notes
Ryan François Arranger, Choreographer
Paul Kelly Original Concept
William Ivey Long Costume Design
Thomas Lynch Scenic Design
Rod McCune Choreographer
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Director, Choreographer
Steven Epstein Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Fantastic All the Way Through

    Lots of old classic tunes with a brand new spin. From beginning to end, this album is jampacked with lots of swinging showtunes. My favorites are All of Me, sung a a duet, and the medley of In the Mood & Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree. A great CD!!

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