Delco Nightingale | S'Wingin' It!

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S'Wingin' It!

by Delco Nightingale

Recorded live in the studio, this LP combines the soul of early jazz with the energy of rock'n'roll; showcasing a "desire to create something fresh and original, while keeping one eye on the past" (Samantha Melamed, the South Jersey Courier-Post).
Genre: Jazz: Jive
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Undecided
2:26 album only
2. It's Only A Paper Moon
2:29 album only
3. Stuff Like That There
3:11 album only
4. Fascinating Rhythm
3:07 album only
5. There Will Never Be Another You
2:25 album only
6. Murder, He says
2:52 album only
7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
3:14 album only
8. It's Magic
3:54 album only
9. Ridin' On The Gravy Train
2:27 album only
10. It's Been A Long, Long Time
1:49 album only
11. I Wake Up In The Morning Feeling Fine
1:44 album only
12. Moon River
1:29 album only


Album Notes
Delco Nightingale strips down big band era swing tunes and reworks them in their unique edgy fashion, combining the soul of early jazz with the energy of rock and roll. Their decidedly “punk-rock” take on jazz also translates to their attitude toward studio recording. Fed up with the over-compressed, over-produced sound of popular music today, the band’s three releases to date have all been recorded live.

“S’Wingin’ It!” was recorded by Quentin Jones of Lanark Records. With Quentin, the band recorded each song entirely live, including even the vocals. Eschewing studio “pixie dust” in striving for a traditional method and sound of recording, what you hear on a Delco Nightingale recording is exactly what you’ll get in a live performance. Between the song selection (which leans toward some of the more obscure songs of the era) and the delivery itself, many audiences find themselves enjoying swing-era standards without realizing that is, in fact, what they are listening to. In an article in the South Jersey Courier-Post, writer Samantha Melamed wrote about the band’s “desire to create something fresh and original, while keeping one eye on the past”.

That is exactly what Delco Nightingale intends to keep doing.



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Great First Album from Delco Nightengale
My paths first crossed with Erin Berry and the rest of Delco Nightengale several years ago when they opened for Cherry Poppin Dadies. While CPD did a great show, I went home humming "Yes My Darling Daughter" and trying to find out when they'd be playing again. Every show I'd pester the band about when they were going to record and now, after two years' wait, S'Wingin' It! is finally here!

Generally, it's worth the wait. DN gives some very enthusiastic performances with tight rhythms that any swing or rockabilly fan can get down with. I was very pleased to hear some of the newer additions to their repertoire, which greatly expand the band's range - if you only know DN from their shows you're in for a treat with this album. Everyone ups their game with a fantastic follow through, though I especially need to cite Sawyer Thomas's contributions on the upright base, which do as much to keep the band together as the drum work, and provide a cool counter to Berry's often over-the-top vocals. With their new range, the fast, energetic numbers fly at you while the slower ones have a deep groove that you can lose yourself in. For me, as a dancer I'm ecstatic at how much of the album is useable and can't wait to cycle it into my mix.

If I had one complaint about the album it would be that some of the numbers are a bit too polished. Having come to know DN from their live shows where they were tossing back drinks almost as fast as the crowd coming to see them, I'm used to a gritty, loose feel from the band. For the new, slow numbers this approach works but some of the band's anchor songs, such as "Undecided," have lost their punch. When Gaelic Storm was chosen to do the Irish music for Titanic their first covers were too clean so they re-recorded them with a case of Guiness on-hand; it might behoove DN to do the same for their next album, at least for the dirty numbers.

Overall, this is a great collection and well worth the wait. Listen to the demos and pick up the CD, then go check Delco Nightingale out live.