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Live In The Alley

by Swing Speak

Swing Speak's "Live In The Alley" was recorded at the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington DC. This is world-class jazz by of one of the Washington, D.C. area's finest working jazz ensembles.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Them There Eyes
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
6:13 album only
2. Love for Sale
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
6:40 album only
3. Blues for Ray Brown
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
8:03 album only
4. You've Changed
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
7:18 album only
5. Deed I Do
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
5:25 album only
6. Hit That Jive Jack
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
3:56 album only
7. Etude 16
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
7:55 album only
8. Just Squeeze Me
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
7:44 album only
9. Tea Bag
Steve Wolf & Swing Speak
7:21 album only


Album Notes
"Jazz combo Steve Wolf & Swing Speak can indeed swing, as its name indicates, but it can also play straight-ahead jazz with the best of them." The Washington Post

After years of backing a legion of top local and national performers, some of Washington DC's finest sidemen have come together to form one of the Mid Atlantic region's finest swing/jazz ensembles. Swing Speak's repertoire reflects influences from American Swing & Jazz, Latin, Blues and even Gospel. Jazz aficionados will appreciate the finely honed musicianship of Swing Speak, but their style is listener-friendly and entertaining to audiences of all ages.

Named by Goldmine Magazine as "one of the best bass players on the East Coast," and a frequent WAMA (Washington Area Music Awards) nominee, Steve Wolf has been performing and teaching for over 35 years. Wolf has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Performance credits include stints with such notables as Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, The Nighthawks, Deanna Bogart, Ron Holloway, and a diverse group of national artists ranging from Chuck Berry, The Coasters and Bo Diddly to Doctor John and sax man, Clarence Clemmons. His well-respected work in the blues arena has led him to back Chicago blues legends Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Margolin and Guitar Junior. Steve has also garnered an impressive list of recording credits as both a performer and as a producer, including Swing Speak's 1998 award winning, debut recording "Well Spoken."

Drummer Barry Hart is a technical master, who is as much fun to watch as to listen to. His solid work has landed him gigs with the likes of: The Tommy Dorsey Band, The Ink Spots, Bob Hope, Lou Rawls, The Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Cab Calloway. Since Hart and Wolf first played together while backing Danny Gatton, they have both sought out every opportunity to practice their brand of rhythm section magic.

Since moving to DC from North Carolina in 1981, saxophonist Bruce Swaim has solidly established himself as one of the "first call" elite on his instrument. He is a regular in area recording studios and has performed with Tom Principato, Danny Gatton, The Spinners and Washington Jazz legend Keter Betts.



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Denis S

"Live In The Alley" is a remarkably radiant recording, filled with positive energy, light, warmth, and enthusiasm. The band hops jubilantly through a variety of standards and also delivers a very inspired and impressive performance on the original track "Blues for Ray Brown", co-written by Steve Wolf (bass) and Bruce Swaim (sax), which in itself is well worth the price of the CD. To say that Swingspeak is an AMAZING jazz/swing band is an understatement. They are so tight and play so well together, I often have to wonder if this is really a live show or a studio recording -- each musician is so masterful at his craft, and as a band they just really know how to make it all come together, whether it's a finger-snapping swing or slow blues. This is independent music at its best, and it's the kind of music that will make you want to snap your fingers along with the rhythm or tap your foot at the very least. I listen to this CD both in the car and at home, and it's not uncommon that I play it two times in a row -- it's so addictive, you just don't tire of it.