Swingin' on the Moon

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Journeyman singer Perry Danos has an elastic, breathy tenor voice with a smoky edge. There's just a hint of grit when he turns expressive, but it's more Bob Seger than Steve Tyrell, and that voice has given Danos a career in jingles and backup singing. He has also spent a decade fronting Pat Patrick's big band in Nashville, and that experience serves him well as he steps forward here for a collection largely consisting of swing arrangements of songs associated with his big influences, including Tony Bennett, Sam Cooke, Judy Garland, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Mel Torm?, and Stevie Wonder. There are quite a few pop
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Journeyman singer Perry Danos has an elastic, breathy tenor voice with a smoky edge. There's just a hint of grit when he turns expressive, but it's more Bob Seger than Steve Tyrell, and that voice has given Danos a career in jingles and backup singing. He has also spent a decade fronting Pat Patrick's big band in Nashville, and that experience serves him well as he steps forward here for a collection largely consisting of swing arrangements of songs associated with his big influences, including Tony Bennett, Sam Cooke, Judy Garland, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Mel Tormé, and Stevie Wonder. There are quite a few pop
ock names on that list, of course, but Danos leans to the softer side of them. His challenge in working with such material, of course, is making it his own in the face of his idols-turned-competitors. Ironically, a singer like this has the opposite problem in a recording studio from the one he has in a club. Performing live, he can lean on doing a familiar song that may even have been a request, and may have trouble working in obscure but meritorious material. On record, it's exactly the opposite. What hope does he have to distinguish himself from the Beatles' version of "The Long and Winding Road" or Garland's of "Somewhere over the Rainbow"? None. On the contrary, he's better off with those unfamiliar songs he can claim as his own. Happily, Danos, or someone close to him, has done some digging into song publishing files and found some gems, starting with the album's title song, a Tormé composition that Tormé himself recorded but that hasn't been heard much since. Another good choice is "That's All," a song of the same vintage which is to say, the early '50s that has been described as a standard and recorded many times, but for which there is no definitive version. Moving up a decade, "Snap Your Fingers" was a Top Ten hit for Joe Henderson in the early '60s and even became a country chart-topper for Ronnie Milsap in the '80s, but it still sounds fresh in Danos' hands. And there are other songs like that, vaguely familiar -- but really good -- tunes that had some brief currency but have fallen into relative obscurity, such as Tom Jones' Top 40 hit "Help Yourself" and Tony Bennett's easy listening hit "Yesterday I Heard the Rain," both of late-'60s vintage. All of these Danos performs excellently he also dredges up an early Bennett hit, "Because of You," and calms it down from the sub-operatic reading the young Bennett gave it, and that makes his only-OK versions of "You Send Me" and "Young and Beautiful," songs that really should be left to Cooke and Presley, tolerable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: HI FIVE
  • UPC: 894993001218
  • Catalog Number: 1003

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Perry Danos Primary Artist, Vocals
David Angell Violin
Sam Bacco Percussion
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
David Davidson Violin
Mark Douthit Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Bob Mater Drums
Doug Moffet Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Tidwell Trumpet
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Monisa Angell Viola
Chris Walters Piano, Keyboards
Kevin Madill Piano, Keyboards
Paul Carrol Binkley Guitar
Sari Reist Cello
Steve Willets Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Norman Mapp Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Grady Martin Composer
Armando Manzanero Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Tommy Dorsey Mastering
Jack Fishman Composer
Arthur Hammerstein Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Alex Zanetis Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Giulio Rapetti Composer
Dudley Wilkinson Composer
Labati Donida Composer
Kevin Madill Producer, Audio Production
Paul Carrol Binkley Executive Producer
Eugene Lees Composer
L. Donida Composer
J. Fishman Composer
G. Rapetti Composer
E. Lees Composer
A. Zanetis Composer
A. Schreder Composer
A. Brandt Composer
S. Cooke Composer
G. Martin Composer
D. Wilkinson Composer
A. Silver Composer
B. Haymes Composer
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