Vavoom!

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949073329
  • Catalog Number: 490733
  • Sales rank: 14,803

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Primary Artist
Brian Setzer Indexed Contributor, 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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Setzer and Vavoom!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome--Dig It!

    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.

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