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Casino Music

Casino Music

  • By Swing Set
  • Release 15/11/2013
  • Music Genre Jazz
  • Media Format CD
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The Swing Set with Alex Cook, "Casino Music" Take a dash of Dean, a smidgen of Sammy, a pinch of Frank and a dusting of Steve Lawrence. Now, gently stir and embellish with a plush nine-piece jazz orchestra. The resulting concoction: The Swing Set with Alex Cook. This recently hatched ensemble features rapturous piano, nimble horns, slapping bass, smooth guitar, a crackle of percussion-and warm, inviting vocals with that timeless Vegas attitude. As a whole, Alex Cook's debut eight-song opus, "Casino Music," offers an authentic and infectious sonic liaison that serves as a testament to America's renewed love affair with a cherished era. From hit television shows to fashion, the swinging days of The Rat Pack are back, sunny side up. Mind you, the tracks that comprise The Swing Set with Alex Cook's "Casino Music" are far from another rehashed repository of overplayed standards (at last, "My Funny Valentine" left off a playlist!). Here, the juxtaposition of swinging classics and more current pop songs blends seamlessly into "Nightclub Music." His reading of George Duning's "Who's Got the Action," from the 1962 Dean Martin film of the same name co-starring Lana Turner, frets and frolics with the merriment of one more gin martini (extra olives, please); while George Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away from Me"-introduced by Fred Astaire in the flick "Shall We Dance"-sways ever so gently amid cool brushed percussion and muted horns. Alex Cook's finger-snapping take on the subdued Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer subdued standard "That Old Black Magic"-the album opener-more resembles Sammy Davis Jr.'s amped-up 1955 version, with a sensational sonic gambol complete with rubbery bass, a blur of rapid-fire piano and cymbal-crashing exuberance that wrings every iota of stamina out of his accompanying orchestra. And then there's the album's wickedly original-and wholly unexpected-Swing Set reimaging of a handful of modern pop songs, as Casino Music takes a sharp left turn. Would you have ever dreamed of Duran Duran's synth-pop "Rio" as a bluesy piano-tinkling refrain befitting New York's Rainbow Room? Or George Michael's "Faith" originating from a 1920s' speakeasy? How about a Bacharach-inspired reworking of "More than Words" from rock band Extreme? And the album's closing note: a greasy, grimy and oh-so-sensual take on "Bad Things," the Jace Everett jewel best known as the theme to HBO's "True Blood." The Swing Set with Alex Cook is the inspiration of actor & singer Alex Zavistovich, a musician-turned-actor-turned-musician who has entertained and performed in films, TV and onstage throughout Washington, DC, and in his dual domicile in New York City. He brought the concept to life via a collaboration with two Washington-based jazz musicians: the album's Music Director Brad Linde and Arranger Amy Bormet, of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, who provide the creative backbone for The Swing Set with Alex Cook's authentic 1960s sound. Recorded at Actiondale Studios in Annandale, VA, and Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD, the collection was produced in part by Grammy winner Charlie Pilzer, with other selections by Actiondale's Michael Harvey and Sam Rees. Indeed, the jazz big band's sonic signature is, in a word, cool-like a nightclub show at the Sands in vintage Las Vegas, a '66 Mustang convertible, a refreshing breeze on a sweaty summer night, or a martini at your own private table. Break out your tux and patent leather shoes or your black cocktail dress and pearls. There's a new Swing Set on the playground, and you're in for one satisfying romp. Chuck Taylor has been an entertainment writer for 25+ years, including more than a decade as an editor, columnist and critic at Billboard magazine in New York. A kinetic blend of big band, lustrous lounge and old school crooning, all dipped in a simmering kettle of swing, The Swing Set with Alex Cook's debut album "Casino Music" is the most refreshing release of the year. Filled with late night swagger, cocktail cool and miles of poise, this is a band that knows how to get into the groove and stay there...' Caught in the Carousel Editor in Chief Alex Green.

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Artist: Swing Set
Title: Casino Music
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 15/11/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 700261392776

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