Duke Heitger and His Swing Band: Rhythm Is our Business
But what makes this session literally fly is the play list. While there are a few familiar standards present, most of the tunes are those which aren't heard all that often. After hearing them performed by Heitger's group, one wonders why. Ellington is represented by "Swing Pan Alley" and "Stevedore Stomp". On the latter there's some incredible hot clarinet by Fischer. Hear him also on Roy Eldridge's "Swinging on the Famous Door". Kilgore does a modified version of "Murder He Says", not nearly as frantic as Betty Hutton's when she introduced it in the film Happy Go Lucky. There's some unNew Orleans' like tenor sax by Messrs. Ogilvie and Fischer. Chestnuts by Lester Young, Jimmie Lunceford, Gene Krupa and Roy Eldridge, and Louis Armstrong are part of the out of the ordinary program. Heitger who chips in from time to time with his Jack Teagarden like vocals, sticks mainly with his hot trumpet, but not so hot as to become boorish.
It's gratifying to know that there are others than the "old time" musicians out there keeping this great music alive and very well, thank you. Heitger and crew have put together a great swinging session. The combination of good tunes, fine musicians, engaging solos and solid ensemble work makes for a highly recommended album.
Track Listing: Swing Is here; Rhythm Is our Business; Yours and Mine; Swing Pan Alley; Stevedore Stomp; Murder He Says; Jammin' the Blues; That's My Home; Swingin' on the Famous Door; It's Been So Long; Heah Me Talkin' to Ya?; On the Sunny Side of the Street; My Buddy; I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music; Watch Out; I'll Always Be in Love with You
Personnel: Duke Heitger - Trumpet/Leader/Vocals; Dan Barrett - Trombone; Brian Ogilvie - Tenor Sax; Tom Fischer - Clarinet/Tenor Sax/Alto Sax/Soprano Sax; David Boeddinghaus - Piano; Rebecca Kilgore - Vocals/Guitar; Hank Mackie - Guitar; Kerry Lewis - Bass; Chris Tyle - Drums
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing