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Swing Swing Swing
Keely Smith
Swing Swing Swing
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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The mid-'90s lounge music revival has come and gone, the music of Louis Prima has been used to sell khaki pants, but--strangely enough--vocalist and Prima ex-wife Keely Smith has remained relatively quiet. Until now. With ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Keely Smith
Title: Swing Swing Swing
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Concord Records
Original Release Date: 2/22/2000
Release Date: 2/22/2000
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Blues, Jump Blues, Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013431488224

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The mid-'90s lounge music revival has come and gone, the music of Louis Prima has been used to sell khaki pants, but--strangely enough--vocalist and Prima ex-wife Keely Smith has remained relatively quiet. Until now. With the appropriately titled Swing, Swing, Swing, Smith proves she still has the perfect timing, pitch, and vocals that she had on those classic collaborations with Prima. Also, the late trumpeter-bandleader's spirit seems to permeate this infectious disc. Smith starts with a lively medley of "When You're Smiling" and "The Sheik of Araby," does Prima favorites "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" and "Robin Hood," and includes plenty of unique numbers she can call her own (just check out "Keely's Boogie"). "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," "Yata Hei," and the album's title track are some highlights--upbeat numbers where the 17-piece Frankie Capp Orchestra provide all the jazzy energy of Smith's old bandleader, Billy May. There are a few disappointing tunes--"Let the Good Times Roll," a studio performance meant to sound like a live lounge recording--and "Palm Springs Jump," but this is still a great comeback. --Jason Verlinde

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CD Reviews

Keely's Back!
Peter Kline | Coral Springs, FL United States | 03/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This fantastic fun album marks the return to recording for Keely Smith. (Actually an album of Sinatra songs was made before this one but has not been officially released yet). Keely's in great voice and Frankie Capp's swinging big band is sensational as well. The arrangements ARE NOT BY BILLY MAY as stated in another review (by "me"). They are by Dennis Michaels and Don Menza. Debuting March 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart at #17. Way to go Keely!"
Keely's back and better than ever!
Leigh Anne Bramlett | Louisiana | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a Keely Smith fan, or even if you are just a fan of swing music, you must own this CD. It's packed with fun, swinging numbers, including several that pay homage to the Prima style (check out "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me" and "Sunny Side of the Street") Keely sounds amazing, and is embracing more of a jazzy style these days. I've been listening to this CD non-stop the past few days, and it's put me in a great mood! Go grab it! (Keely, if you're reading, you absolutely have to do a show in New York soon!)"
Keely Still Swings
R. Angeloni | Northern California, USA | 11/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Three simple words. This CD swings. From the first cut to the last, "Swing, Swing, Swing" will have you moving, if not dancing!
Backed by the Frankie Capp Orchestra, Keely still proves that she has the chops to sing these songs. Certainly, at 70 her voice is not the same as it was when she was 30, but it still remarkably strong, and quite honestly, her voice and talents clearly surpass many of today's so-called divas.
Some highlights of the CD are "Jump, Jive, and Wail," "When You're Smiling/The Shiek of Araby," and the extended version of "Swing, Swing, Swing."
My only complaint, and it's minor, is the CD length. At about 47 minutes, I was hoping to hear more. But still, if you like swing, jazz, or music that moves, this CD is highly recommended."