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Swingadelic: Big Band Blues

Swingadelic, a self-labeled “little big band based in New Jersey,” varies from small combo to 14 pieces. This album, its third, makes a great promotional sampler, from the Basie-sounding “Hay Burner” chart by Sammy Nestico and the Delta-flavored church service of “Happyland,” arranged by leader-bassist Dave Post, to the laidback traditional jazz of “Way Back Blues.” The group also displays some blues-leaning, blush-inducing lyrics filled with innuendos such as “Don’t Do It,” straight from the frat house, and “Down Home Girl, peppered with Blues Brothers riffs. Among the many singers, Buddy Terry is a muscular-voiced standout. He’s also a fine alto player whose basic training included Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Count Basie. The latter explains why Terry’s alto is so reminiscent of Johnny Hodges’.

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