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The State of Swing

by Jack's Cats

Exciting, intelligent, and fun, the Cats could swing any nightclub in the Golden Age of Jazz with this collection of all new, original music in a small combo, "Pre-Bop" style.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The State of Swing
4:15 album only
2. Ain't Gonna Be Blue
5:06 album only
3. The Call of the Cicada
3:37 album only
4. Something Latin This Way Comes
4:08 album only
5. Our Own Affair
3:28 album only
6. My Friend
3:17 album only
7. The Cricket
4:43 album only
8. Chasin' the Rabbit
4:20 album only
9. A Minor Interruption
4:16 album only
10. Return of the Romantics
4:10 album only
11. Phil's Boogie
2:26 album only
12. When You're Bad (That's Good)
4:05 album only
13. My Friend (Instrumental)
3:07 album only
14. The Call of the Cicada (Instrumental)
3:02 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


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About The Album
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 Jack's Cats
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.

The Musicians
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.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.
All music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom, except “Phil’s Boogie” copyright Philip Small. (Naturally!)



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