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Indigo Swing
All Aboard
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
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The swing revival of the late 1990s has been a boon for many acts that have been jumpin' and jivin' for years, San Francisco's Indigo Swing among them. But where many of those acts are hybrids of traditional swing mixed wi...  more »


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All Artists: Indigo Swing
Title: All Aboard
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Time Bomb
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Release Date: 7/14/1998
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 709304351725, 709304351749

The swing revival of the late 1990s has been a boon for many acts that have been jumpin' and jivin' for years, San Francisco's Indigo Swing among them. But where many of those acts are hybrids of traditional swing mixed with punk, ska, or rockabilly, Indigo Swing stick much closer to a traditional, jazz-boogie version of the form. With a couple of hoppin' exceptions ("Blue Suit Boogie," "Drinkin' It Up"), this record is filled mostly with a hardy selection of down-tempo, horn- and piano-based ballads that are finely suited to Johnny Boyd's smooth, soulful croon. Even when they cut loose, Indigo Swing invoke a sophisticated, bluesy style far removed from much of the kitschy, rock-&-roll-based swing of their contemporaries. --Donovan Finn

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Steven Mashin | Portland Oregon Lindy Hopper | 03/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a delicious collection of music this treat is! Dynamic & danceable throughout. This is Neo-Swing @ its finest. Looking for that special something that is `all meat & potatoes'? Tired of the ` kibbles & bits' so prevalent in the releases of recorded music? (Usually one purchases a CD, & gets 2 or 3 nice pieces, & the rest is filler). This collection is easy to dance to, vibrant & happy, or steamy & sensual. Exciting music, so alive w/ lots of fun breaks, runs, & accents- emphasizing horns & a stride/jazz woogie/boogie woogie piano. Harmonies delicately blending in and out to unquestionably quantify their musicality understanding. Then, there is Johnny Boyd.... Johnny Boyd IS the vocals that are very smooth, about as smooth as you can get them. He repeatedly exercises that special & velvety sound- melting in that extra smoothness, almost as if they were built for swing music. Watch out for those saxophone accents, you can almost see them building!!! I have memorized all the breaks & accents & a better collection of music is far & few between. In regards to dancing- This IS Lindy Hop & East Coast Swing, with a tempo (I'd say is 100-160ish BPM). In closing, there are very few pieces of music I would classify as a `gotta have', but this is a true gotta have. Okay, don't/can't dance? Fine. It's all GOOD!! The lyrics of this album SWING of Beauty, Hope, Life & its flavor and passion that sums up what both life and love are about...good times, regrets, fun, and more fun! "Regular Joe" & "How Lucky...," just the titles alone, sums up what this whole disc is about and the good things that happen to regular people (Oh, what a dance number!!!!). `How Lucky Can One Guy Be', often brings me sunny days when the clouds of life overcast my views of things. Graciously Yours, Steven R. Mashin- Oregon City, Oregon.

Great Fun and good tunes
Robert Miller | St. Louis, MO United States | 04/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is a blast. The songs are catchy and infectious. I regret not hearing these guys when they were together. If you want a good, bubbly album that doesn't have one bad song on it...this is it. I would compare their style more to the Louie Jordan school.....almost a bridge between traditional swing and early rock/boogie woogie styles. I can even hear a catchy ska sound on some of the tracks. Fantastic album."
Indigo Swings "All Aboard"
Kent A. Richards | Los Angeles, Calif. | 01/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a huge fan of music in general and can trivialize with the best of you. This is one of the most solid discs I own, from track number one all the way to the end. A few slower rythmical and highly danceable love ballads, a few fast dance double steps and a whole lot of serious big band sounds. What a sleeper treasure. If you love the swing era and love big band sounds this disc will become a main stay for all of you. My favorites are How Lucky Can One Guy Be, Way We Ought To Be, I'm Glad I'm Not Dead, and Memory Of You, one of the sweetest little songs of all time. Buy it or don't. It's your loss if you don't."