Keely makes a triumphant return to the recording studio with her Concord Records debut Swing, Swing, Swing.
Backed by a top-flight big band, Keely sails through tunes that are true swing classics. Her voice has lost none of the sheen and power that made her one of the most beloved jazz-tinged vocalists of all time. Conceived as a tribute to her late partner and former husband, Swing, Swing, Swing features Smith singing a rollicking program of tunes such as "Jump, Jive and Wail," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "House Party Tonight."
Powered by the firm hand of producer Bobby Milano, who chose veteran big band drummer Frankie Capp and his 17-piece band, Swing, Swing, Swing includes such high-powered soloists as tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, trombonist Andy Martin, trumpeter Pete Candoli, saxophonist Joel Peskin, saxophonist Don Menza and pianist/conductor Dennis Michaels. The Dennis Michaels and Don Menza arrangements are tight and concise with more than half the tunes coming in at under three minutes. But this is Keely’s show and she leaves no doubt why she draws SRO crowds night after night. With its powerful shuffle beat, Keely’s music combines the youthful energy of rock and roll while maintaining the musical values of jazz.