& The Big King Jive Daddies
Linda & The Big King Jive Daddies
Swing an American exclusive? Hardly. The neo-swing movement is
still growing in Europe, Australia and now even in Japan. The
self-titled debut CD from Osaka-based Linda & the Big King Jive
Daddies on Slimstyle Records announces Asia's new-found love of
big band and jump blues.
and a few of these Daddies had been doing rockabilly until they
came to New York and happened to catch a swing gig while out on
the town. Upon returning to Japan they put together the present
Big King Jive Daddies and cut their first CD. Loaded as it is with
11 fairly common neo-swing standardsincluding "Route
66," "Caldonia" and the "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
of the swing world, "Jump Jive & Wail"you might
not expect this album to be much different than the hundreds of
other neo-swing CDs released in every major city. But what sets
Linda & the Big King Jive Daddies apart is that they are not afraid
to sing in their native tongue! Linda sometimes muddles the English
lyrics while ripping through a fast song. But she makes up for it
by singing some of the verses entirely in Japanese.
Linda & The
Big King Jive Daddies
song selections appear to have been mainly inspired by the recent
recordings of Brian Setzer, Eddie Reed and the Big Kahuna. However
the combo does offer some often overlooked songs from the late
1950s and early '60s, including "I Want You To Be My Baby,"
"Johnny Jingo," "Tweedle Dee" and the Isley
Brothers' "Shout." Linda & the Big King Jive Daddies
are a fun trip on the tour of swing around the world. Don't miss