Vavoom!

Vavoom!

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by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
     
 
Brian Setzer was getting into the swing when most of today's revivalists were still dragging mom and dad to the swing set on the playground -- which helps give his music a sense of effortless authenticity that's sorely lacking in so many latecomers. The former Stray Cat knows when to play it cool -- as on a sultry rendition of "Mack the

Overview

Brian Setzer was getting into the swing when most of today's revivalists were still dragging mom and dad to the swing set on the playground -- which helps give his music a sense of effortless authenticity that's sorely lacking in so many latecomers. The former Stray Cat knows when to play it cool -- as on a sultry rendition of "Mack the Knife" -- and when to heat things up to the boiling point, which is reached on originals including "Jumpin' East of Java" and " '49 Mercury Blues." There's never been any disputing Setzer's skills as a string-slinger (which are manifested here), but he's often relied on glitz over substance when it comes to tossing off arrangements for his orchestra. That's remedied to a large extent on this 14-song platter, which is chock-a-block with clever takes on classics such as Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000," presented here with a nice blend of reverence and exuberance. Yes, Setzer can try to wear too many hats at times -- with the crooner chapeau being particularly ill-fitting -- but there's a charm to his shtick that elevates it past trendiness and timelines. Spin Vavoom! and there'll be good rockin' -- and a good bit of slow dancin' -- tonight.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vavoom! is Brian Setzer's first album since "Jump Jive & Wail" from Dirty Boogie became a huge, unexpected hit in 1998 and sent the retro-guitarist into his second round of hipness and commercial success. He earned a lot of fans with Dirty Boogie because he was faithful to jump blues, swing, rockabilly, R&B, and early rock & roll, but played fast and loose, finding songs that weren't played all that often and having fun kicking them out with a big band. Here Setzer covers "Pennsylvania 6-500," "Mack the Knife," Ellington's "Caravan," and "Americano," fresh in the public consciousness thanks to Matt Damon and Jude Law's rip-roaring performance of it in The Talented Mr. Ripley, released just six months before this album, and the covers form the backbone of the album. Setzer fares quite well on his originals, largely because they sound even fresher next to the covers. Setzer is a good bandleader with a good band.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949073329
catalogNumber:
490733

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Setzer Orchestra   Primary Artist
Brian Setzer   Guitar,Vocals
Bernie Dresel   Percussion,Drums
Ray Hermann   Saxophone
George McMullen   Trombone
Tim Misica   Saxophone
Mark Winchester   Bass
Robbie Hioki   Trombone
Kevin Norton   Trumpet
Mike Himelstein   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Peter Collins   Producer
Brian Setzer   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Glen Ballard   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bill Finegan   Composer
Jerry Gray   Composer
John Holbrook   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Mark Winchester   Composer
Renato Carosone   Composer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Rick Bell   Composer
Dave Darling   Producer
Mike Himelstein   Composer

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Vavoom! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the Dirty Boogie,and I'm digging the beats in Vavoom.It's Va-Voom!If Jumping East of Java doesn't make you go and get some coffee on,you don't have the beat down.This is a solid swing and Brian Sezter is the Stray Cat King.Comeback Kid.I need Ignition now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man its awesome..if you like to swing and slow dance then this disc will get the job done. Setzer just keeps putting out music that gets the feet moving...unlike that generation-X junk! Hey, this is America and its time to get the big stinky cigars out and lighten up.