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When Summer Is Gone

by The Singapore Slingers

This eclectic mix transports the listener back to another time- When Summer is Gone is a musical 'over-the-counter' remedy for the modern ailment... sophisticated, youthful, and optimistic, this is just what we need in today's troubled musical world.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Diga Diga Doo
3:42 $0.99
2. My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now
3:14 $0.99
3. Alone
5:05 $0.99
4. The Sheik of Araby
3:57 $0.99
5. Mamma Loves Papa
2:45 $0.99
6. Ethiopia- A Rag
4:18 $0.99
7. When Summer Is Gone
4:06 $0.99
8. My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna (But My Wisdom Tooth Says No)
3:34 $0.99
9. Siboney
4:09 $0.99
10. Waltz Me Around Again, Willie
2:54 $0.99
11. Palesteena
3:03 $0.99
12. The Easy Winners
3:30 $0.99
13. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
3:10 $0.99
14. In A Sentimental Mood
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Tolentino's vocals, coupled with his eclectic mix of lost-in-time tunes, transports the listener back into a time capsule era when the American world view was at once knowledgeable & naïve. Optimistic and carefree and always alluring, the Slingers showcase a sensibility both joyous and raw with an undercurrent of youthful yearning.

This wonderful orchestra, loaded with musical talent to spare, is giving rebirth to a playbook that was otherwise at risk. These artists reawaken us to the feelings of being healthy of heart, young and, yes, in love. Adult and sophisticated in an uncontrived best sense. Transported to a time in which one probably never lived but instinctively held an unrecognized undiagnosed private nostalgia.

The Singapore Slingers remind us how it felt to not question the future nor dwell on the past. To savor the immediacy of musical happiness. The cure for our chronic longing has now available the perfect prescription for an over-the-counter cure; the vibrant new CD release by Matt Tolentino and his Singapore Slingers Orchestra: “When Summer Is Gone."

~Rawlins Gilliland, NPR



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Glen Richards

I'm biased - but this is a *Great* album!
I'm a member of the Singapore Slingers, so let me acknowledge that I am indeed biased regarding this album. I play tenor sax and clarinet in the band as well as provide some musical direction. I've led a number of vintage dance bands over the years, but *this* band is the one I'm most proud of.

"When Summer Is Gone" represents the hard work of some 18 musicians, most of whom have "day jobs" - to bring together such a diverse group to make such wonderful music is an amazing feat. Matt Tolentino sings and plays with such freshness and authority, backed up by the bands' solid authentic musical style. The music clips tell just a little of the story, but the proof of the pudding is in the tasting (err, in the listening?). The ten dollars you spend to download this album will be amply repaid by the glorious sounds that issue forth.

Looking for some danceable vintage Fox-Trots? They're here! How about a turn-of-the-century waltz, or a famous rhumba, or traffic-stopping performances of some of the finest ragtime music ever written? Yep, they're here too. Wait 'til you hear a big build-up by the full band, then have it all fall away to the shimmering intimacy of the string ensemble sweetly playing... *that's* MUSIC, by golly, and it's real, and authentic.. and it's what makes listening to this band so compelling.

Jazz Fantic

Trad-Jazz at it's most joyful!
As a long-time fan of traditional jazz, I've spent many years following such bands - both period as well as re-creation. The 1920s and 30s presented a great era in popular music - but for such a wonderful genre, it can be awfully difficult to find a group that plays the work well, without caricaturing the sound. I've been lucky enough to catch several of the best groups in person, during my years in New York City... so imagine my delight, upon first hearing the Singapore Slingers, after relocating to Dallas.

But first. This group hardly fits into the "band" category - with 18 pieces, they produce a full, broad sound that knocks your socks off. Cello, in a foxtrot? They've got that. Viola, in a Charleston? Why not? This is what sets the Slingers apart - the range of instruments lets the music sing in a way that one seldom hears. It doesn't hurt that the musicians are well-seasoned, and their leader, Matt Tolentino, clearly knows how to bring the best out of them. Seeing the orchestra perform live tells all - these players love this music, and their enthusiasm practically dances from the stage.

The selections featured on "When Summer is Gone" are delightful - starting out with Ellington's rhythmic "Diga Diga Doo", that opens with a sensuous strain, arranged by Mr. Tolentino. "My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now", is well-known by vintage dancers, as an ideal foxtrot piece. "Alone", from the Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera" is just beautiful, fluid and romantic - followed by the well-loved piece, "The Sheik" - long associated with Rudolph Valentino. "Mamma Loves Papa" is a lesser-known foxtrot by Abel Baer, fully deserving of the attention given here. "Ethiopia", the first of Robert Edwards' solo piano rags on the album, is played beautifully. The title track is a woefully obscure song - a true treasure from the deep - Mr. Tolentino discovered this piece thanks to a 78 record, found at a local estate sale. "My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna" is another lost goodie, presented here at a rollicking tempo, perfect for a Charleston. "Siboney" sways with Latin flavor, featuring great percussion and string work. "Waltz Me Around Again, Willie" is the earliest selection on the album, written in 1906 - a great parlor piece - followed by the iconic "Palesteena", an instant favorite. "The Easy Winners" again features Robert Edwards on piano, with the cheerful "The Wedding of the Painted Doll" coming up after. Finally, back to Ellington, with a soothing rendition of "In a Sentimental Mood".

While it's always the finest delight to catch such an orchestra live, I can say that this debut album certainly does the job to wonderful effect. The sound is full and strong, and each instrument is heard with crispness and accuracy. I honestly cannot recommend it enough.

Have a listen, and see what I mean - this group is wonderful, and us folks in Dallas are very, very fortunate to have them as part of our cultural landscape. I'm so proud to get the word out about them in the larger Internet community - I know you folks will enjoy them just as much as I do. Have fun, and dance along!