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No Nouvue Swing. Long Associated with the late bandleader Louis Prima ("...the Sheik of Sicily"), Dorothy Jacqueline Keely, aka Keely Smith, has been performing since the late 1950s. Nearing 70 years young, Ms. Smith shows no intention of slowing down with her recent Concord Jazz release, Swing, Swing, Swing. This disc is a sprite collection of swing favorites played with a very large and tight big band. This is music that aims to please. Rather than riding the coattails of the recent "New Swing" movement, Ms. Smith stomps on those coattails, pulling off the coat of the nouveu swing to reveal it for what it is...nothing new.
Compared to the new wave of swing, Swing, Swing, Swing breaks with the guitar-led big band, replacing it with the more traditional, piano-led incarnation. There is a greater emphasis on horn solos (most particularly, tenor saxophone) and the real difference is the vocalist herself. Ms. Smith sings with spunk, obviously enjoying herself with the material. Smith's "Jump, Jive, and Wail" sports a staccato chorus much more exciting than Brian Setzer's. The title song is what one would expect: a dance rave-up that is reprised in an extended form on the disc. A consummate professional delivers all of these chestnuts with a confident aplomb able to please the entire spectrum of big band enthusiasts.
Track Listing: . When You're Smiling/The Sheik Of Araby; Let The Good Times Roll; Oh Louis; Kansas City; Jump, Jive, And Wail; Keely's Boogie; Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,; Swing, Swing, Swing; Yata Hei; I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me; Palm Springs Jump; House Party Tonight; On The Sunny Side Of The Street; Giddy Up Ding Dong; Robin Hood/Oh Babe; Swing, Swing, Swing.(Total Time: 59:42)
Personnel: Keely Smith: Vocals; the Frankie Capp Orchestra.