Sean Daly

Sean’s Contributions


December 2000    Albums

Merry Go Round
Freddy Cole

Talk about your sibling rivalries: Being the younger brother (and a piano player and singer, to boot) of pop icon Nat King Cole has gotta be a pain in the ass sometimes. But despite his heavy family tree, Freddy Cole has an easy-going and natural sense of...


December 2000    Albums

Rhythm is Our Business
Duke Heitger and his Swing Band

Considered a "secret weapon" by former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Tom Maxwell on that band's best-selling 1996 album, Hot, 32-year-old freelance trumpeter Duke Heitger has finally made a home for himself. Backed by his very own swing set, bandleader Heitger...


December 2000    Albums

Rosemary Clooney

Flirting throughout Brazil with the puckish samba guitar of John Pizzarelli, grand dame diva Rosemary Clooney signs, stamps and sends 16 laid-back, lovely postcards from the land where "the mountains and the sea [are] bathed in a lavender light I had never...


November 2000    Hearsay

Will Calhoun

In 1993, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, and Doug Wimbish—a.k.a. the genre-bucking rock-soul-funk band Living Colour—unleashed an album that bodyslammed societal ills with gut-check lyrics and sledgehammer musicianship. The ferocious recording was...


November 2000    Albums

Bedlam Ballroom
Squirrel Nut Zippers

Although demonstrative Squirrel Nut Zippers co-leader and playfully peculiar frontman Tom Maxwell bolted for solo pastures last summer, the remaining Chapel Hill, N.C., swingers don't sound too sad about his absence on new album Bedlam Ballroom. In fact...


October 2000    Albums

Miss Midori and the Jazz Inquisition
Miss Midori and the Jazz Inquisition

Before you listen to Chicago's Miss Midori work through the 12 original and standard swing tunes on her debut album, check out her revealing glossies in the liner notes: low-cut nurse's uniform, stand-up cleavage, thigh-high garters, stiletto pumps, pouty...


September 2000    Features

The Genres: Sean Daly on Neo-Swing

Forget about those Squirrel Nut Zippers: You wanna know who’s really responsible for the rebirth of swing? Heather Graham. That’s right: sweet, sexy, saucer-eyed actress Heather Graham. You don’t believe me? Listen up: The year was 1996, the movie was Swingers...


September 2000    Albums

Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!
Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Half Bettie Page (physical), half Dinah Washington (vocal), whole heartbreaker (ugh)-and voted one of the sexiest people of 1999 by Los Angeles magazine-Lavay Smith leads Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers through 16 tracks of big-band cocktail-hour cool on her...


September 2000    Albums

The Hotel Child
Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos

New Orleans chanteuse Ingrid Lucia knows what boys want, too-the decidedly sudsy doe-eyed beauty frolics in a penthouse bathtub on the cover of The Hotel Child-but she downplays her sex appeal with a cool-jerk smirk and a detached Lady Day delivery (read...


September 2000    Albums

Capable Egg
Lullaby Baxter Trio

Born Angelina Teresa Iapolo, 29-year-old Canadian Lullaby Baxter has a smooth, smoky voice and a straight, sweet delivery. But any degree of sexiness is significantly shot when you listen to the self-penned lyrics on her debut disc, Capable Egg: Wrapped...


September 2000    Albums

Dick Suave

British native Tara "Zoome Zoome" Duff and Salt Lake City's Dale "Big Daddy" Lee guide this nine-piece "swing-oriented" band through 10 tracks that borrow from lounge, Latin and Dixieland, as well. The lyrical approach is often irreverent-"Dick Suave," anyone...


September 2000    Albums

Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee
Connie Evingson

Fair-haired and too-cool Connie Evingson became a full-fledged celebrity in Minneapolis last year after performing in the musical biography Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee, which ran for five hot-ticket weeks at the city's Illusion Theater. Evingson-who looks...

September 2000    Albums

Songs for Swinging Sophisticates: Volume Two
Bradley Williams and his Original 21st Century Review

On Bradley Williams' second exhaustive collection of the most popular bossa nova, bop and swing tunes of the last century, the Chicago pianist, who sharpened his chops playing with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, pays tribute to jazz composers ranging from...


July/August 2000    Albums

Playing by Heart
John Barry

For this soundtrack to last year's underperforming romantic comedy starring Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands, John Barry, the legendary composer of the greatest film theme of all time (hint: James Bond), invokes the tragically romantic vibe of last-call in...

July/August 2000    Albums

Cool Blue
Robert Moore

A fan favorite on Birmingham's local-music circuit, proud Southerner Robert Moore indulges his split personality on the double-disc Cool Blue, an equal blend of quirky brunch jazz and down-low (but not that low) Chicago blues. While the production on both...


July/August 2000    Albums

Tom Maxwell

In August of last year, Tom Maxwell, the high-coiffed co-leader of North Carolina's swing revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers, decided to part ways with the band for "various reasons," one of which being the utter dismay he felt from the Zips' ever-looming...

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