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Swing Cafe by Gerry Beaudoin Trio

The disc starts off with "Just Among Friends," a spry, lively tune, written by Beaudoin and featuring some compelling solos by Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Novick. Following is a sweet version of Bill Withers’ "Ain’t No Sunshine" with David Grisman on mandolin offering up some interesting twists and turns throughout. Sonny Rollins’ "St. Thomas" is up next. Beaudoin and Pizzarelli on guitar flutter and glide while Grisman on mandolin tears it up. Marty Mooney on drums is exuberant, adding some sizzle and fire. Another original by Beaudoin, "Swing With Dr. Jake" is a gleeful, toe-tapper. "The Girl from Ipanema" adds a bit more of that sailing, summery feel. Nice work on this one! A couple of Ellington standards and a cover of "Django’s Castle" also add dimension and texture to this eclectic mix. Beaudoin’s "Nashville Nod" is also a swinger of note and "Airola," with Laire’s drum work, adds a bit more Rollins-esque flavor.

The collection in its entirety has a light, laid back feel to it. Although there is some high-powered and driving solo work, which adds depth and intensity, the mood remains casual and bright, reflecting the general feel of Sunday afternoon in wine country, cool, swinging jazz.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gerry Beaudoin Trio
  • CD Title: Swing Cafe
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: North Star Music
  • Tracks: Just Among Friends, Ain’t No Sunshine, St. Thomas, Swing With Dr. Jake, The Girl From Ipanema, In a Mellow Tone, Nashville Nod, Misty, Baby Boy Blues, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Django’s Castle, Airola
  • Musicians: Gerry Beaudoin (guitar), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar 1,3,5,8,10), Duke Robillard (guitar 4,6,9), David Grisman (mandolin 2,3,4,6,8,11,12), Bob Nieske (bass), Marty Ballou (bass 4,6,9), Grover Mooney (drums 1,3,5,7,8,10), Chuck Laire (drums 2,4,6,9,11, 12), Billy Novick (1,5,7,10)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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