151

The Rick Brunetto Big Band: Stand Up and Swing

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
The Rick Brunetto Big Band: Stand Up and Swing What we have here is a dance band, and a pretty decent one, from Denison, Ohio. Stand Up and Swing, recorded six years ago, is essentially a showcase for vocalists Kelly McLennan, Brian Michael Smith and Dwight Lenox, as drummer Rick Brunetto’s band backs one of them on seven of the eleven selections.

Although it's hard to be sure, it sounds at times as though the ensemble had set the instrumental substructure in place, with vocals and solos added later. McLennan, Smith and Lenox acquit themselves rather well, while the band offers dependable support throughout. McLennan, who treads nimbly in spite of a tendency to lag behind the beat, is heard most often (“Day by Day,” “Embraceable You,” “The Very Thought of You,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”).

Smith is virile and enthusiastic on the Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse show-stopper, “Once in a Lifetime,” and a medley of five well-known standards, opening and closing with Vincent Youmans’ ‘Without a Song,” while baritone Lenox shows promise on Rodgers and Hart’s “Bewitched” even though he plays fast and loose with the lyrics. The ensemble has its say on two standards — “Easy to Love,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” — and two originals by Brunetto, “Stand Up and Swing” and “It Must Be Thursday.” Trumpeter Bill Ferguson is featured on “Swing” and with trombonist Kevin Baker on “Easy to Love,” tenor Errol Schlabach on “Thursday.”

I don’t know if the band remains active — but would hope that is the case, as the world can never have too much charming dance music.

Contact: brunetto@gurulink.com


Title: Stand Up and Swing | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: RB


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Attic CD/LP/Track Review The Attic
by John Sharpe
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Outside The Comfort Zone CD/LP/Track Review Outside The Comfort Zone
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 24, 2017
Read # 1 CD/LP/Track Review # 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Tetrawind CD/LP/Track Review Tetrawind
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Triplicate CD/LP/Track Review Triplicate
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "A Night Walking Through Mirrors" CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 20, 2017
Read "Destinations" CD/LP/Track Review Destinations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "Jinja" CD/LP/Track Review Jinja
by James Nadal
Published: February 11, 2017
Read "Triangulum" CD/LP/Track Review Triangulum
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 20, 2017
Read "Picking Order" CD/LP/Track Review Picking Order
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2016
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!