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Chromatic Swing by Chet Williamson

Although this disc is not "jazz" in the true sense of the word, it brings back the sound of the swing classics.

Veteran harmonica player, Chet Williamson, leads his quartet through a nice mix of tunes made famous by Basie, Goodman, Chick Webb, Ellington and others. Joined by pianist Will McCabe, bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Steve Ramsey. Williamson plays in the tradition of Larry Adler and Toots Thielmans.

The tunes include Blue and Sentimental, Undecided, Jive At Five, I'm Confessin', A Smooth One, Body And Soul, Down For Double and more. A total of ten tracks for your listening and dancing pleasure. Pianist Matt McCabe, late of "Roomful Of Blues" is a really fine swing style player but seems somewhat restrained on this session. The leader and bassist really show their stuff on Body and Soul.

Nice material, well executed but not for the jazz purist.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chet Williamson
  • CD Title: Chromatic Swing
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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