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All in Stride

by Lewis Franco & The Missing Cats

Vocal rhythm swing tunes that sound classic, but are mostly original. Clever lyrics, catchy melodies, 3-part harmonies, jazzy guitar and mandolin solos.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. Slapstick Comedy
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2. Desperate Buyers
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3. All in Stride
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4. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
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5. Ibuprofen
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6. Robinson Cemetery
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7. Shenandoah
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8. Nickel and Dimin' Me to Death
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9. Hey, Wow!
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10. Oh, Maple Creemee
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11. Heart to Heart Talk
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12. The Day That We Embark
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13. Stay With Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the follow-up to 2007’s Swingin’ in Daddyland, Lewis Franco & The Missing Cats
offer more of their signature sound with All in Stride, creating
mostly original tunes that blend together swing styles such as gypsy,
jive, bebop, Dixieland, jump blues and ballads. Vocal arrangements
feature close three-part jazz harmonies, and lyrics offer a light touch
to topics such as the financial meltdown, global warming, addiction,
community, and not taking oneself too seriously.

Praise for Swingin’ in Daddyland
The Missing Cats’ family-oriented recordings have recently garnered
high praise on a national level, from USA Today to Downbeat
Magazine. “Stomp, Stomp” was featured on the award-winning “Jazz
Playground” world music compilation, released in March 2010 on the
Putumayo Kids label.

In his review of Swingin’ in Daddyland, Dan Bolles of Seven Days
called Franco “a masterful songwriter,” praised The Missing Cats
for “serving up some seriously hot swing,” and deemed the album “a
rock solid swing record.”

Rob Williams of Vermont Commons said, “Lewis Franco is one of
Vermont’s best-kept musical secrets,” calling him “one of the Green
Mountains’ most gifted musicians, a performer who is able to wrap
well-crafted lyrics around catchy musical melodies, and possesses
the guitar chops and musical sensibility to match.”

Origins of The Missing Cats
Lewis Franco has been playing with virtuoso guitarist and collaborator
Dono Schabner since 2001, creating music influenced by Django
Reinhardt, Nat King Cole, Fats Waller and others. In 2005, they
were joined by the incomparable Will Patton on mandolin, naming
their band “The Missing Cats” (an homage to The Cats & the Fiddle,
an obscure vocal rhythm string group from the 1930s). The recent
addition of Clyde Stats on upright bass has rounded out the band and
completed their unique sound.

Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats have been performing together
for over six years at venues such as The Big Picture in Waitsfield,
The Brick Church Concert Series in Williston, The Music Box in
Craftsbury, the Langdon Street Café in Montpelier, and The Ripton
Community Coffee House in Ripton, as well as the Middlebury
Festival on the Green, Valley Stage Music Festival and the
Champlain Valley Folk Festival.

About the Album
As Franco explains, All in Stride marks a departure lyrically, but not
musically, for the band. “In the past we’ve done a lot of songs about
parenting and children, because of the influence of my kids on my
songwriting. But with this album we wanted to delve into deeper

territory, exploring mature themes without losing the sense of whimsy
and fun in the band’s musical sound.”

Franco says the experience of recording the album is his favorite part
of the songwriting process. “With swing music there’s a fair amount of
improvisation built into the songs, so it’s really exciting to hear what
choices the other musicians make in the studio – you never know
quite what you’re going to get. And although we work hard, these
guys are also a lot of fun, so there’s plenty of goofing around during
the sessions. We have a good time together, and I think that comes
across in the final result.”

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