Casey MacGill & The High Five | Am I Blue?

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Am I Blue?

by Casey MacGill & The High Five

Authentic 1930s swing with a contemporary freshness, great vocals, catchy arrangements and a solid sweet grove.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Am I Blue?
3:13 album only
2. Blue Light Boogie
4:35 album only
3. Diga Diga Doo
3:41 album only
4. The Panic Is On
3:24 album only
5. Embraceable You
3:27 album only
6. Yacht Club Swing
4:06 album only
7. Why Don't You Practice What You Preach
4:49 album only
8. The Red Jumps (Live)
3:22 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Casey MacGill is a swing classic with a style all his own. In the new release of standard swing tunes from the late 20s and 30s, Casey MacGill and the High Five deliver rousing rhythms, tasty riffs, and swinging solos. Whether its hot, sweet or slow, check out their original sound that fits right in the pocket of the swing era.

Long time musical colleague Matt Weiner brings his extensive musical knowledge and passion to the groove whether it's slap, arco or pizzicato. Eric Eagle blends percussion with tone and taste. Jacob Zimmerman and Saul Cline conjure sounds on clarinet and saxophone from the Ellington palette, strong and subtle colorations, weaving solos of intimate tales while the rhythm section swings below.

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, Casey evokes classic Hollywood in appearance and style. He plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano, blows a lyrical jazz cornet, but his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle ( with the Blue 4 Trio and most recently with the High Five). "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual players. It gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, switching intuitively between the ukulele, piano and cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.



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