Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

by Susie Arioli Swing Band


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Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven, the Susie Arioli Swing Band's sophomore release, would prove to be Ralph Sutton's last recording session. The stride piano master appears on a hushed, haunting "Don't Explain" and a boogie-woogie romp called "Walter's Flat," composed by Arioli's fabulous guitarist, Jordan Officer, who again gets front-cover billing. Arioli's vocals are chipper and versatile, taking plainspoken delight in songs by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and more. In a quirky twist, Arioli also serves as the band's drummer, softly tapping out four with brushes on a snare drum. Officer, bassist Solon McDade (or Colin Bray), and acoustic guitarist Michael Jerome Brown round out the group's offbeat, minimalistic lineup. Jeff Healey walks on for a Django-esque acoustic solo flight on "Having Fun," a Memphis Slim tune that one could imagine being sung by Patsy Cline. But the chief attraction is Officer, whose twangy, old-school archtop sound and sparse, witty phrasing suit everything from Nat King Cole-style swing ("No Regrets") to rockabilly ("Jordan's Boogie") to Chicago blues (Otis Rush's "Sit Down Baby").

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Justin Time Records
UPC: 0068944018123
catalogNumber: 181
Rank: 110877

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susie Arioli Swing Band   Primary Artist
Jeff Healey   Acoustic Guitar
Colin Bray   Upright Bass
Susie Arioli   Vocals,Snare Drums
Michael Jerome Browne   Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Officer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Solon McDade   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Louis Prima   Composer
Danny Greenspoon   Producer,Engineer
Billy Szawlowski   Engineer
Jim West   Executive Producer
Richard Flohil   Liner Notes
Ruth Lowe   Composer
Éric Plourde   translation
Jordan Officer   Arranger
Mark VII   Composer

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