Dead Ringer: Atomic Cocktail

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Titled after Slim Gaillard’s "Atomic Cocktail," Dead Ringer’s album speaks to the swing revival as well as to mainstream jazz lovers. Kathleen Frasca delivers familiar stories and charms the listener with her natural approach and fresh articulate vocal style. Providing music for relaxation, the singer entertains with overdubs, key changes, some instrumental improvisation, occasional sound effects, and clearly-defined lyrics. Tender ballads such as "It Ain’t Necessarily So," "Angel Eyes," "No Moon at All," and "Comes Love" are treated with respect. "Swing, Brother, Swing" provides the audience with a danceable rhythm and familiar lyrics to enjoy. Reminiscent of an early Anita O’Day, the popular Joanie Sommers and several other well-liked singers, Frasca entertains to a comfortable rhythm while making sure the lyrics remain her prime concern.

Track Listing: Ridin

Personnel: Kathleen Frasca- vocals; Ron Rennells- guitar, concertina, synthesizer; Marty Buttwinick- double bass, electric bass; Steve Matyas- drums, percussion.

Record Label: Wowsville

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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