Down Beat - 8/00, pp.74,773.5 stars out of 5
- "...Her voice is rich and powerful enough to evoke the spirit of her time in the limelight....Keely lights a real fire under all of the 16 selections..."
Personnel: Keely Smith (vocals); Pat Tuzzolino (guitar, background vocals); Sal Lozano, Danny House (alto saxophone); Don Menza (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Pete Christlieb, Joel Peskin (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Frank Szabo, Pete Candoli, Rick Baptist, Carl Saunders (trumpet); Jim Self (trombone, tuba); Andy Martin, Charlie Loper, Charlie Morillas (trombone); Dennis Michaels (piano, background vocals); Chuck Berghofer, Richard Simon (acoustic bass); Kenny Wild (electric bass); Frankie Capp (drums); Don Williams (percussion); Toni Prima, Luanne Prima (background vocals).
Recorded at Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California in April 1999. Includes liner notes by Tony Bennett.
Adapter: Keely Smith.
Personnel: Keely Smith (vocals); Don Menza (clarinet); Sal Lozano, Danny House (alto saxophone); Joel Peskin, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Pete Candoli, Rick Baptist, Frank Szabo, Carl Saunders (trumpet); Charlie Morillas, Andy Martin , Jim Self, Charles Loper (trombone); Chuck Berghofer, Richard Simon (acoustic bass); Ken Wild (electric bass); Frank Capp (snare drum); Don Williams (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Keely Smith; Frank Capp; Bobby Milano; Charles Paakkari.
Liner Note Authors: Frank Capp; James Darren; Tony Bennett .
Recording information: Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, CA (04/1999).
Arranger: Don Menza.
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. ~ John Bush