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Matt Catingub's Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack: Shake Those Hula Hips!

Read "Shake Those Hula Hips!" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his 12-piece big band, Matt Catingub aims this second Big Kahuna album toward the baby boomer generation. With music, of course, those timelines are never distinct. “And the Angels Sing" and “In the Mood" come from an earlier, swinging generation. The television themes from I Dream of Jeannie and Hawaii Five-O combine with “Fever" and “Tequila" to represent the boomer generation fairly well. Catingub writes the band's stirring arrangements and doubles on alto saxophone & piano. He sings a ...

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Matt Catingub: George Gershwin 100

Read "George Gershwin 100" reviewed by Robert Spencer

This cheerful Gershwin hundredth-birthday tribute kicks off in high gear with “Blues for Mr. G," a tight medley of themes from Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess, and elsewhere. Catingub, arranger, alto saxophonist, pianist, and vocalist, shows off his mighty alto chops before a charged-up big band backdrop. Catingub commands a 15-piece band, plus guest stars Louie Bellson ("The Man I Love"), Rosemary Clooney ("I've Got a Crush on You"), Michael Feinstein (the little-known “Home Blues" and “Slap That Bass") ...


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