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Swingle Singers: Beauty and the Beatbox

Song NameArranger
A Fifth of BeethovenTobias Hug
Spain (I Can Recall)Scott Stroman
Dido's LamentTom Bullard
It's Sand, Man!Ward Swingle
Adagio in G MinorTom Bullard
BoleroTom Bullard
Cielito LindoItay Avramovitz
Straighten Up and Fly RightBertrad Groeger
Piano Concerto No 21, 2nd mvtJonathan Rathbone
Gotcha (Theme from 'Starsky & Hutch')Adam Riley
BachbeatWard Swingle

Directed by Tom Bullard

After 44 years of performing in concert and recording, the 2007 version of the Swingles are often asked how the group has changed. The answer is, slowly and naturally they have begun to add vocal percussion, which has made an exciting and indispensable impact on their live shows - and now on "Beauty and the Beatbox," the first Swingles disc where every track contains vocal percussion or human beatboxing. Shlomo, awe-inspiring beatboxer and a great friend of the group who was invited to join the group for an appearance at the London Jazz Festival in 2006, has a major and exciting presence on the album. Included in these 11 tracks are longtime Swingles favorites like "A Fifth of Beethoven, which segues into disco samples (LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" and the BeeGees' "Stayin' Alive"), "Spain," "Adagio in G Minor," "Bolero," "Cielito Lindo," a hot cover of "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (which has some very fine faux horns), and "Piano Concerto No. 21, 2nd mvt." Besides adding a rich bass dimension to the sweet Swingles leads, Shlomo's beatboxing adds a fresh, irreverent, sassy note to this familiar material that we find very appealing-this is fun, sexy, jazzy, let-it-all-hang-out stuff. Listen to the Starsky & Hutch theme "Gotcha," Ward Swingle's arrangement of Lambert, Hendricks & Lewis's "It's Sand, Man!", and the final cut, the dynamic "Bachbeat," to get a taste of the funky, tasty new Swingles.

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Item code: 7639C | 1 CD | $17.95 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | A Cappella | Mixed | England
SIGCD104

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