CD Swing [Original Broadway Cast] (CD 971432),
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Swing [Original Broadway Cast]

  • 1. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing / Jumpin' At The Woodside
    2. Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four
    3. Two And Four / Hit Me With A Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce
    4. Rhythm / Throw That Girl Around / Show Me What You Got
    5. Bli-Blip
    6. Harlem Nocturne
    7. Kitchen Mechanics' Night Out / Shout And Feel It
    8. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    9. Gi Jive
    10. I'm Gonna Love You Tonight
    11. I'll Be Seeing You
    12. In The Mood / Don't Sit Under Apple Tree
    13. Swing Brother Swing
    14. Caravan
    15. Dancers in Love
    16. Cry Me a River
    17. Blues in the Night
    18. Boogie Woogie Country
    19. All Of Me / I Won't Dance
    20. Stompin' at the Savoy
    21. Swing Brother Swing / Sing Sing Sing / It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89122

  • Credits
    ProducerSteven Epstein
    EngineerTodd Whitelock

    Principal cast: Ann Hampton Callaway, Everett Bradley, Laura Benanti.
    The "swing" revival in popular music in the late '90s was tailor-made for Broadway revivalists, always looking for a way to put dance onstage, so it's no surprise that somebody (actually, a large group of people, by the list of producers) put a musical revue called Swing! on in the fall of 1999. But like the "swing" revival it references, Swing! contains a lot of music that would not have been called swing during the Swing Era. The music neo-swing bands play usually sounds like what was called jump blues in the late '40s and early '50s, rather than the swing of the '30s and early '40s, and the same is true of much of the music here. When swing classics are selected, they are usually barnburners like "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "In the Mood." The show also features ballads that were popular during the Swing Era, such as "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Blues in the Night," as showcases for singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who is one of the best things about the production, but then Laura Benanti comes on singing "Cry Me a River," a song from 1955 that has nothing to do with anyone's definition of swing. The nine-piece Gotham City Gates, acting as orchestra and getting a few instrumental numbers of their own, feature enough electric guitar playing to be more reminiscent of Brian Setzer than Benny Goodman. Okay, so Swing! isn't exactly authentic, but it is lively, and the performances are often winning. The show is designed to show off the kind of flamboyant Lindy Hop dancing that has become popular all over again in recent years. On disc, that element is missing, but the mixture of music and the work of the singers is often very effective. Callaway is outstanding, as always, and Benanti and Everett Bradley also shine on occasion. Swing! may not be the show, or the CD, for anyone who actually remembers or is familiar with real swing music, but as an update meant to stir the dancing feet of the neo-swing generation, it's an enjoyable effort. ~ William Ruhlmann

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