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If Dreams Come True

by George Gee And The Jump Jivin' Wailers

The NEWEST recording by The Jump, Jivin' Wailers featuring HOT classic big band jazz for listening and dancing, recorded in 2007 by New York City's premiere swing dance big band.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. All The Cats Join In
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2. Gin For Xmas
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3. Shorty George
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4. Sent For You Yesterday
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5. Down South Camp Meeting
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6. If Dreams Come True
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7. Puttin' On The Ritz
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8. It Had To Be You
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9. Ball Of Fire
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10. You Can Depend On Me
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11. Lulu's Back In Town
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12. Topsy
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13. Victory Stride
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Now in 2007, George Gee and his more compact 10 piece swing big band "The Jump, Jivin' Wailers" has released GJazz Records GJ3568, "If Dreams Come True." After nearly three decades as an established swing bandleader in the big band industry, George Gee realizes that this is a "Dream Come True!" Little did he know that when he started his first big band on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1980, that it would lead to a continuing lifetime fulfillment of his passion for the big band art form and it's style of music. Fueled by the recent resurgence of interest in Big Band Swing and Lindy Hop and the mass addition of new swing jazz music lovers, George Gee has taken advantage of the climate by presenting a fun and high energy showcase of the Big Band style and ideology. The 10 pc. Jump, Jivin' Wailers (formerly The Jump, Jive & Wailers)was created in 1999 by Musical Director/Trumpeter/Vocalist Walt Szymanski and bandleader George Gee as a way to economically perform and tour with a smaller orchestra with a "Big Band" sound. Walt wrote custom-tailored musical arrangements that still took advantage of the original orchestrations and retained the full, classic and swingin' sound. "If Dreams Come True" features dancefloor-proven, classic Savoy Ballroom favorites and the arrangements of Mr. Szymanski (with a few additional contributions by Dan Barrett, Jordan Sandke and Michael Hashim). Classic big band swing jazz, meant for both listenin' and dancin', with a nod towards the jump styles of some of George's favorites: his musical idol and mentor Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Fats Waller and Jimmy Rushing. Special appearances by Grammy nominee vocalist Carla Cook, vocalist John Dokes and clarinetist Dan Block.


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John Book, Music For America

For fans of a style of jazz from yesterday, made for today and the future
If jazz from an earlier era suits your needs, you'll want to pick up If Dreams Come True by George Gee & The Jump, Jivin' Wailers Swing Orchestra.

Gee started out 27 years ago in college, and while jazz trends have come and gone from the pop mainstream, for jazz lovers the rise of swing jazz has been a dream come true. Gee has worked extensively with his orchestras, and for this album he has reduced his orchestra to a lineup of ten musicians, but the impact is as powerful as a band with twice as many people.

While swing and big band jazz is made for the dancefloor, what I enjoy about If Dreams Come True is how clear and bold it sounds, where one can get a true sense of how they are live. I mention this because, unless you're going to these performances, most people might associate this style of jazz to older recordings. All but one of these songs were recorded in 2007, and these guys blaze along as if they never wanted the sun to come up, it's that kind of community spirit between the musicians and potential listeners that keeps this album jumping. Even when they take time for a breather by playing songs with a featured vocalist, you allow yourself to breathe but anticipate the energy that's coming around the corner. All of the songs are powerhouses, especially "Gin For Xmas", "Down South Camp Meeting", and "Victory Stride", which may bring to mind the great big band recordings of Duke Ellington or Tommy Dorsey. Swing it, daddy-o, oh swing it!

Joe Montague

The first few bars of “All the Cats Join In” rolled out featuring Dan Block’s cl
The first few bars of “All the Cats Join In” rolled out featuring Dan Block’s clarinet and I oooed to nobody in particular, ‘This is going to be a good CD.’ George Gee and the Jump, Jivin’ Wailers Swing Orchestra’s If Dreams Come True lives up to the CD cover billing of “classic big band jazz for listen’ & dancin’.

If you are a fan of having your jazz with a lot of horns, you will enjoy this album. Musical director Walt Szymanski’s trumpet solo on Count Basie and Harry Edison’s “Shorty George” is masterful. The tune honors Shorty George Snowden, a barely five foot tall dancer at the Savoy Ballroom during the late 1920s and early 1930s, and considered to be the innovator of the lindy hop dance step. Throughout the CD Brian Bonvissuto (trombone), Mark Gross (alto sax/clarinet), Michael Hashim (tenor sax) and Alex Harding (baritone sax) are at the top of their game.

Being too young to remember the heyday of big band swing jazz in the thirties and forties, my only impressions of that era have come from period movies or bands such as this one. The cinema screen of my imagination however was flashing with pictures of all those old or period movies and the romance of the day.

Smooth and completely unblemished is the best way to describe the band’s recreation of tunes such as the title track “If Dreams Come True” and “Sent For You Yesterday.” John Dokes gives a wonderful vocal performance on the later tune, while Willard Dyson goes soloing on drums during “If Dreams Come True.”
Throughout the CD If Dreams Come True in terms of excellence, bassist Marcus McLaurine matches the horns step for step. McLaurine is particularly noticeable on Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

The critically acclaimed singer Carla Cook is simply outstanding with her interpretation of “It Had To Be You,” surely evoking heart palpitations among men everywhere. When the Grammy nominated Cooks sings, “Nobody else gave me a thrill,” you want to believe that it is you she is singing to. There are no wasted or misspent phrases in her vocal performance.

Another highlight to look for on this CD is “Lulu’s Back In Town” with another sparkling clarinet performance from Dan Block and an incredible vocal interpretation by Walt Szymanski. The singer’s rich, deep vocals make this song worth spinning over and over again.

This reviewer gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to bandleader George Gee and Jump, Jivin’ Wailers Swing Orchestra for creating a spectacular album with If Dreams Come True. Symanski has created some very good arrangements.