In Full Swing

In Full Swing

by Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio
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In Full Swing

By now it’s pretty obvious that Mark O’Connor can play just about anything -- from classical to country, pop, and other assorted musical genres. The violinist's appearances on over 450 albums prove how versatile he is. It’s also obvious though that he harbors a soft spot for the Gypsy swing music made famous in the 1930s by violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt with their Hot Club of France ensemble. Leading a compact trio, featuring Frank Vignola on guitar and Jon Burr on bass, O’Connor also brings in two high-profile guests --trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and singer Jane Monheit -- to assist him in exploring music inspired by his heroes. Everyone rises to the occasion. Sweetness and smoke coexist when O’Connor puts bow to instrument; he brings out the poetry in tunes like “Misty” and “As Time Goes By” and goes into overdrive on such workouts as “Tiger Rag” and “Limehouse Blues.” Vignola and Marsalis are right with him, while Burr holds down the fort with consummate style. Monheit also fits in well, sounding appropriately chirpy (“Honeysuckle Rose”) or mellow (“Misty”) when called for. O’Connor, for his part, may be a jack of all trades, but this album firmly establishes that he’s certainly a master of swinging jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998788022
catalogNumber: 87880


  1. In Full Swing
  2. Honeysuckle Rose
  3. Tiger Rag
  4. Misty
  5. Stephane and Django
  6. Fascinating Rhythm
  7. 3 for All
  8. As Time Goes By
  9. Limehouse Blues
  10. One Beautiful Evening

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio   Primary Artist
Jon Burr   Bass
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Jane Monheit   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Jon Burr   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Mark O'Connor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
David Foil   Liner Notes
Gus Skinas   Engineer
Philip Braham   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Laura Kszan   Packaging Manager
Steven Epstein   Producer

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In Full Swing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is just what you need to warm up a cold winter night. The addition of Wynton and Jane take this music into a smokey nightclub of yesterday....and I can't say enough about the playing of Mark and his trio....It's a CD you'll wish would go on all night, along with the dry martini...