Suzy Bogguss: Swing (2003)
This is not strictly a jazz record to be sure, and Suzy Bogguss is not the first artist to attempt to crossover into a jazz/swing genre. Where Ms. Bogguss chimes in with novelty is her foray into western swing. Joining Bogguss is Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson, who exerts a great deal of creative control over the recording, casting the songs in a more commercially appealing light than a hard western swing one. The absence of the pedal steel guitar, long a western swing staple, is to be owed for this softer brand of this genre. Ms. Bogguss has a perfect voice for this material, and I would hazard to say a better voice than many of the recent vocal jazz recordings crossing my desk. She brings a complete package to the table.
Ms. Bogguss includes both standards and original compositions on the recording, all offered in a light swing style. Of the standards, Nat King Cole’s "Straighten Up and Fly Right," Ellington’s "Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear from Me," and Billie Holiday’s "Comes Love" are the most effective. But added to this palette are the more contemporary songs of April Barrows, including the very innovative and clever "Burning the Toast" and "Cupid Shots Us Both With One Arrow." Benson’s trademark guitar is present throughout and Jason Robert’s fiddle provides just enough of the swing in this western swing recording.
Track Listing: Straighten Up And Fly Right; My Dream Is You; Comes Love; Sweetheart; Jumping Into Spring; Do Nothing
Personnel: Suzy Bogguss
Record Label: Compadre Records