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Casey MacGill & The Spirits Of Rhythm

Until now, few people living outside the Pacific Northwest have had the pleasure of hearing Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm, truly one of the hottest big bands to make the scene since swing first came into fashion more than half a century ago. But with the release of their long-awaited first album, "Jump," the band is about to take the rest of the nation by storm.

From start to finish, the album grabs the listener by the ears, swingin’ like the dickens with quality musicianship and authentic sound, but still maintaining a ‘90s edge. Casey MacGill proves that new tunes can be composed in a small combo format, with a vitality, and ingenuity that ultimately sets his band apart from the rest of the neo-swing pack.

After a bit of opening dialogue that could have been lifted straight from a 1940s gangster movie, Casey and his crew rip into a smokin’ rendition of "Swing Brother, Swing," one of only three cover tracks on the CD. The other seven tunes are original compositions by Casey himself, including the second number, "Rhythm," which will make your heart rate shoot straight into the red zone. The tempos vary throughout the album, from the smooth rolling beats of "Late Night Swing" to the sweet ballad "Love Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues." But most notable are the medium tempo numbers, particularly "Whaddya Want," featuring the deliciously guttural and soulful vocals of Miss Lee Lee. Another sweet rollicking original, "I’m Gonna Love You Tonight," starts and ends with the warm familiar scratch and pop of needle on vinyl, adding to the album’s authentic sound.

Lindy hoppers will delight in the range of tempos, most of which fall between the 130 and 195 BPM range. (As a courtesy to dance fanatics, the BPMs for each track are listed in the liner notes.) The webfoots in the Pacific Northwest herald Casey MacGill and the Spirits of Rhythm as the most danceable swing band around, and even Frankie Manning claims they’re one of his personal faves, so put your Seattle grunge rock back on the shelf and get a hold of "Jump."

- Chad "DJ Chops" Kincaid 

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