Swingadelic, based in the New York City area and led by acoustic bassist Dave Post, is a working swing and jump blues band that varies in size from six to 10 pieces. This album, the group's second, incorporates the soulful Hammond B-3 sound throughout. (The album is dedicated to the late organists Brother Jack McDuff and Charles Earland.) Tom "T-Bone" Stinson and Don Militello split the keyboard duties.
Tunes such as Post's "BC Boogaloo" and W.C. Handy's "Loveless Love" (aka "Careless Love") mine the '60s soul-jazz groove. But the disc also includes classic blues (Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You"), classic swing (Basie and "Sweets" Edison's "Jive at Five"), Latin jazz (Willie Bobo's "Spanish Grease") and plenty of jump tunes.
The rhythm is infectious on each performance, though the personnel and soloists vary from track to track. The usual instrumentation is alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, organ, bass and percussion. Several instrumentalists also double as vocalists. Alto and tenor saxophonist and vocalist Buddy Terry is an asset in all departments. His Illinois Jacquet-style tenor is perfect on Post's "Meddlin' With Edlin." Trombonist and vocalist Neal Pawley also distinguishes himself, especially with his smooth vocal lead on "Cry to Me."
Swingadelic seems an excellent party band. It sounds authentic (as opposed to slick and faux retro). Its arrangements and solos make for fun listening as well as dancing.