Caiazza and Swing Factory
the quality of Dennis Caiazza and Swing Factory's work, I
am amazed that they are not as well-known nationwide as they
are in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Enhanced
(Swing Factory Entertainment), Caiazza's second album, is
a masterful rearrangment of classic and semi-obscure songs
from the 1930s and '40s. The disc offers 12 smooth jazz and
big band tracks that make your feet long for a pair of two-tones
in which to trip the light fantastic.
album kicks off with the Jimmy Lunceford classic "Jeep Rhythm,"
featuring the smooth trumpet playing of Joe Gransden and trombone
work of Bob Lewis. "Blues in the Night," the Harold Arlen/
Johnny Mercer standard, is delivered in a smooth, sultry fashion
with clever vocals that are reminiscent of how Gene Krupa's
entire band played with songs.
earns his right as crooner with the romantic "You Stepped
Out of a Dream," while Swing Factory chanteuse Angie Driscoll
melts the listener with "Knock Me a Kiss." Other songs of
note include the playful Duke Ellington melody "Jack The Bear,"
Raymond Scott's cartoon favorite "Powerhouse," and a speedy
rendition of Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," which highlights
flutist Eric South and pianist Randy Hoexter. But the album's
coup de gras is the bouncing version of "I Can Cook,"
which features Driscoll's near perfect vocals.
will appeal to dancers and listeners alike, and The Swing
Factory are talented musicians who should not be overlooked.
What's more, when played in your computer's CD-ROM drive,
the multimedia CD provides detailed information about the
musicians and a link to the band's Website.