Fourteen all new original swing tunes from Los Angeles, California.
The State Of Swing
Release date: March 29, 2019
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About The Album
Taken from their Bandcamp profile:
What is the state of this music we call swing?
Seeking new expression, art constantly evolves, expanding outward, exploding into countless new styles. But are fresh ideas only to be discovered in uncharted territory? What might result when the creative search for The New is focused within a past genre?
Our ongoing exploration of a style we call “Pre-Bop” — when jazz was popular music — led to this collection.
These all new, original compositions are performed in a more-or-less mid-century style, but be prepared for a surprise or two.
We hope you’ll discover what we have: The state of swing is alive, exciting, intelligent, danceable — and fun!
About The Band
Swing clarinetist and saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the late 1940s and arrived in present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers.
The Cats are grateful to maintain a very active schedule holding forth for audiences amused to discover their performances overflowing with hand-picked standards, forgotten gems and Jack’s Cats original tunes.
The show’s not all on the bandstand though — The Cats always attract a friendly, enthusiastic dance crowd.
Jack Malmstrom – bandleader, clarinet, tenor saxophone, vocal, producer, composer
Phil Small – piano, assistant producer, composer
Gretje (Kitten) Angell – vocals
Blake Handler – vibraphone, auxiliary percussion
Mark San Filippo – percussion
Bryan Dedlow – guitar
Marcus Buser – bass, vocal
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Wenzel at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, California in March 2019.
All music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom, except “Phil’s Boogie” copyright Philip Small.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.