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Playboy Swing 2 by George McClure

The inclusion of poetry in the middle of a mariachi-themed jazz CD is quite unusual. Multi- instrumentalist George McClure releases Playboy Swing 2 with a host of different sounding songs and spoken poetry.

The two poems included, after a somewhat cocktail-ish tune called "Champagne Sunday," really set this CD apart from others. It has almost a dulling effect on the entire CD. You go from swing to cocktail to full stop poetry; maybe it may have been best to not include the poetry. The poem themselves are okay, just, maybe, save them for the end or separate them in the liner notes.

Before the poetry stop, McClure takes the listener on a half English/half Spanish sung "Mis Pensamientos." The vocals are somewhat low on this track, which takes away from what McClure is trying to say.

The CD opens with "Playboy Swing (Remix)," which may swing a bit, but the playboy aspect may be questionable. The trumpets of Steve Herrman and saxes of Jim Hoke set this song apart from the others.

The flamenco-tinged classical guitar by McClure on "El Dia De Los Muertos (The Matador)" is acceptable. Beegee Adair is fine on the C7 grand piano. This may be the only track that leads us back to Spain.

Overall, George McClure is a listenable album. With the poems and the inclusions of "Mass Grass" and "Playboy Loop (Playboy Swing)" themselves reprises of the first two songs on the album for somewhat unknown reasons. Playboy Swing 2 is not a bad album, it just needs more swing.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: George McClure
  • CD Title: Playboy Swing 2
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: JIP Records
  • Tracks: Playboy Swing (Remix), Mass Grass, Texas Blues, Mood Time, Mis Pensamientos, Crucifiqueme, El Dia Los Muertos (The Matador), Champagne Saturday, Untitled, Grey-Green Skies, Playboy Loop (Remix), Wahoo!, America, Mass Grass
  • Musicians: George McClure (guitars and banjo, narration), Bob Mater (drums), Jim Hoke (saxes), Steve Herrman (trumpet), Pat Bergeson (guitar), Beegee Adair (pianos), Dow Tomlin (bass), Andrea Zonn (violin), John Vogt (guitar), Jon Yudkin (fiddle)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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