Swing, Swing, Swing

Swing, Swing, Swing

by Keely Smith


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Nearing the age of 70, without a recording session in more than 15 years, Keely Smith returned on the heels of the '90s rejuvenation of swing music. Recorded for the Concord label, Swing, Swing, Swing does just what the title promises. Smith rips through 16 songs with barely a pause for breath, including plenty of swing standards ("Kansas City," "Jump, Jive 'An Wail," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," and the title track) as well as a few obscure songs and at least one new one ("Keely's Boogie"). The backing -- by the Frank Capp Orchestra with arrangements by Dennis Michaels and Don Menza -- is big, brassy, and more than enough to contend with Smith's surprisingly strong voice. Walking a very fine line between nostalgia and real innovation, Swing, Swing, Swing throws enough chestnuts to the younger audience to qualify as generational crossover, but never compromises the high-class swing that Keely Smith has always championed.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2000
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431488224
catalogNumber: 4882
Rank: 62757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keely Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frank Capp   Snare Drums
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Don Menza   Clarinet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Acoustic Bass
Danny House   Alto Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Sal Lozano   Alto Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Joel Peskin   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Saunders   Trumpet
Jim Self   Trombone
Richard Simon   Acoustic Bass
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Ken Wild   Electric Bass
Donald Williams   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tony Bennett   Liner Notes
Frank Capp   Liner Notes
Don Menza   Arranger
Keely Smith   Executive Producer,Adaptation
Freddie Bell   Composer
James Darren   Liner Notes
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Alexis Davis   Product Development
Joey Lattanzi   Composer
Bobby Milano   Producer

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Swing, Swing, Swing 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.