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The Delegates
Delegatin'

Perhaps it's unfair to let a single woman review the debut CD by New York's homespun swingers The Delegates. After all, this is one of the best looking bands on the circuit today, the veritable pin-up boys of swing.

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Hear Samples of
Delegatin'

Travelin' Tune
Tell Me What's The Reason
Look Me In The Eye
Taking A Chance

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Visit the band at www.thedelegates.com

I will admit to harboring an unrequited crush on lead singer and bassist Jim Greene since first seeing him perform with The Flying Neutrinos a couple of years back. And now that he has his own talented combo, my admiration is that much greater.

But appearances aside, Jim's full-bodied tenor is a solid foundation upon which the band builds a fantastic first album. Neal Sugarman's raucous sax riffs and baby-faced Jeff McSpadden's sharp trumpet work are a delight to the ears, especially on "Travelin' Tune" and the instrumental title track, "Delegatin'." Guitarist Coleman Mellett (swoon...) has a chance to strut his stuff on "Taking a Chance," "Be Careful If You Can't Be Good," and "Tell Me What's The Reason." And drummer Matthew Jorgensen plays a backbeat throughout that is both subtle and strong. The 12 tracks--an even mix of originals and covers--run the gamut from the peppy "Look Me In the Eye" to the blues-inspired "Ain't You Got Me Where You Want Me."

Most of the album is composed of medium-tempo tunes ideal for smooth swinging, including "One Last Look," "Till My Baby Comes Back To Me," and "You Ain't No Good." Meanwhile, "If You Were Mine" will have you slow dancing with your honey like two kids on prom night. This disk is a delight, and these five cats look and sound just scrumptious."

- Leslie Rosenberg



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