Spoofing UFO Capitol Roswell, NM, with cover and liner notes looking like they belong in a 1940‘s pulp fiction magazine, The Swingtips run the swing table from "Sam the Clam", an amusing take off on Dr. Seuss's Sam I Am, to a comparatively big production number like the "James Bond Theme". One of the earlier riders of the swing band revival wagon, this group was organized in 1994 by Kregg Barentine, after his two year stint with the Glenn Miller ghost band. Populated by players who also have good big band credentials, this six-piece outfit - - enhanced from time to time with additional vocalists and percussion - - give the impression there are more of them than they actually are, a trait fairly common among contemporary swing groups.
Barentine is the jack of all trades on this session (although most of the participants are also ambidextrous). He composed or co-composed most of the material, plays several instruments, does vocals and produced, engineered and mixed. Joined by backup singers, he takes the lead on a rousing musical adventure, his own "Whoa Babe". Even something as a traditional greeting as happy birthday gets tongue in cheek treatment on "Happy, Happy Birthday". Scott Yandel's lead trumpet on "Stardust", the only standard, shows that the group can be respectful and melodic recognizing there are songs not to be satirized, Hoagy Carmichael's classic being of one them. Although not engaging in the same depth of caricature or using the same level of sound effects, the spirit of Spike Jones is one of the UFO's lurking about. "Goodbye, Goodbye", combining 1950's rock and early Elvis Presley is a fitting coda to this happy album.
Track Listing: Roswell; Cantina Band; Limbo; Big Top; Sam the Clam; Jonny Quest; James Bond Theme; I Got U; Grim Grinning Ghosts; Chupacabra Cha Cha; Happy, Happy Birthday; Whoa, Babe; Stardust; Goodbye, Goodbye
Personnel: Kregg Barentine - Alto Saxophone/Woodwinds/Keyboards/Vocals/Guitar/Arranger; Gregg Delfiner - Drums/Percussion; Kyle Nix/bass; Jim Van Wagoner - Piano/Vocals; Mark Witt - Trombone/Vocals; Scott Vandell - Trumpet/Vocals; Bruce Miles - Narration; Angela K. Barentine, Amy Jo Halliday, Lady J, Cole Barentine, Cole, Jason Crawford, Autumn Hale, Jonah Johnson, Ryan Morris, Mead Myrick, Josh Reed, Mandy Stock, Mary Warren - Vocals; Scott Tegan, Kyle Barentine - Percussion; Steve Bige, Jim Roberts - Piano; Kurt Finchum - Trumpet
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.