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Swing, Swing, Swing based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What a woman. 67 years young and swinging better then ever. Lot's of Louis Prima references. Frankie Capp's big band swings joyously behind Keely. Great arrangements too. Fun all the way.
On the plus side, Keely does swing and is backed up by a competent set of musicians. But that's all that kept me from giving this only 1 star. I couldn't listen all the way through this disk; by the end of the insipid "Keely's Boogie", I felt I owed a penance to Louis Prima and put on Capitol Collectors Series and was absolved. While I suppose that Keely's take on "Kansas City" is somewhat original, but hardly inspired, it's her shameless copying of Louis Prima tunes that I found to be the biggest turn off. For the tunes that are covers of Louis' hits, Keely copies his medleys, arrangements, and even scat singing (try comparing Keely's "Oh Louis" and Prima's "Oh Marie" off the aforementioned Capitol disk). There's also something less tangible, but no less present: while Louis always seems to truly be enjoying himself & infuses his music with that joy, Keely just sounds like her boisterousness is forced and simply part of the act, arranged right along with the instruments. Thus, Keely not only adds nothing of her own to these tunes, but she actually takes something vital away. The non-Prima tunes that I did get through have nothing notable to recommend them. You'd be better served picking up a Prima collection, where you can still hear Keely, where her talents we better integrated into Prima's songs. I'd like to note that I've never written a review before, so that should tell you how appalled I was when I heard what Keely did to Prima's tunes.