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Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
The Swing Album

Not so long ago, in the late '70s and the early '80s, a great English band called Squeeze created an innovative kind of pop that still sounds fresh today. The best known members of Squeeze were guitarists Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, but in the band's early years, a kick ass pianist who leaned heavily toward boogie-woogie helped formulate the band's unique sound. His name was Jools Holland.


Hear Samples of
The Swing Album

T Bag Shuffle
Well Alright
Skin That Cat
Dr. Jazz

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Now that swing and boogie music are gaining strength throughout Europe and Asia, Holland is back on the scene with The Swing Album (Coalition Recordings). He opens the floodgates with "T Bag Shuffle," which contains some of the best boogie-woogie piano work recorded in years. From there, he rolls right into the standard "Well Alright (Okay, You Win)," then charges into "Skin That Cat." "T-Bag" along with "Skin That Cat" will remind you of the early days of American rock, when Jerry Lee Lewis made it big by blending heavy boogie-woogie piano licks with hot rock-and-roll.

The 13-track CD also features covers like the romping rendition of Buck Clayton's "Avenue C," B.B. King's "Pauly's Birthday Boogie," and a driving version of "Jump For Joy." Occasionally, he experiments with other sounds as well: "I'm In A Dancing Mood" diverges to a Reggae beat, while "Dr. Jazz" is a live recording with a New Orleans feel. Holland has also penned six originals, two of which were collaborations with former Squeeze band member Difford.

The Swing Album is a tremendous recording of exemplary piano work with a full 19-piece band in support. Don't miss Mr. Holland's opus, and be sure to catch him on tour this summer.

-Smilin' Buddha Joe

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