Keely Swings Basie-Style With Strings

Keely Swings Basie-Style With Strings

by Keely Smith



The swing revival was custom made for singers like Keely Smith. Keely Swings Basie Style...With Strings follows 2000's Swing, Swing, Swing and 2001's Grammy-nominated Keely Sings Sinatra, capping off a trilogy of lovingly performed classic jazz. Smith's backward glance, however, isn't just pure nostalgia. Keely Swings Basie Style, for instance, begins with Count Basie-style arrangements and then applies them to a number of songs not necessarily associated with the bandleader. The addition of strings provides another distinctive layer. Smith begins with "April in Paris" and brings her warm vocals to bear on a number of other classics, including "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and "How High the Moon." There's a particularly lovely take on "Mood Indigo" and a bouncy version of "Cherokee (Indian Love Song)." Smith balances these standards with spry contemporary fare like "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and "Can't Take My Eyes off of You." The closing number offers something of a surprise, beginning with "The House I Live In" and then flowing into "Star Spangled Banner," ending the album on a patriotic note. The combination of tasteful arrangements, good song choices, and Smith's pleasing vocals guarantees that fans will warmly embrace Keely Swings Basie Style.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431213826
catalogNumber: 2138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keely Smith   Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Don Menza   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Barry Zweig   Guitar
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Lanny Morgan   Alto Saxophone
Frank Collett   Piano
Bryant Byers   Bass Trombone
Bob Efford   Baritone Saxophone
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
John Magnussen   Percussion
Andy Martin   Trombone,Soloist
Carl Saunders   Trumpet
Jim Self   Tuba
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Kirk Smith   Bass
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Kristin Fife   Violin
Steve Barnes   Drums
Hershberger   Violin
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Jim Stärk   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Don Menza   Arranger
Keely Smith   Executive Producer
Frank Collett   Arranger
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Dennis Purcell   Art Direction

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Keely Swings Basie Style...With Strings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On this tribute to Count Basie, Keely is accompanied by an 18-piece band and a 22-member string orchestra led by pianist/conductor Dennis Michaels. Keely definitely swings Basie-style, using his musical style to interpret timeless standards as ¿How High The Moon,¿ and ¿Mood Indigo.¿ The cd also includes swing versions of ¿How Sweet It Is¿ and ¿Can¿t Take My Eyes Off You,¿ which captures and re-introduces the beautiful essence of the big-band Swing music era. Keely Smith began her career as the female singer in Louis Prima¿s band which recently inspired ¿The Gap¿ to use ¿Jump, Jive, and Wail¿ in one of their ad campaigns. I¿m glad to see that Swing is back in swing, and this album is definitely a must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Keely Smith fan you will want this album. Or if you are a fan of big band arrangements then you will love Keely's new CD. The songs are great and Keely gives them new life only the way she can. This is her third album for Concord Records and it is simply fantastic. I have been a fan since the late fifties and I am happy she is recording once again. If you have never heard Keely before check out her earlier recordings for Capitol Records. Del
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