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Dance

by Zupe

12 tracks of contemporary music that's perfect for ballroom dancing! But non-dancers will still find this collection worthwhile as Zupe and his various sidemen put together a stunning array of music in various genres!
Genre: Easy Listening: Ballroom
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1. Let's Dance
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2. Solamente La Samba
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3. Magnolia
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4. Never Again
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5. Indiscreet Tango
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6. Dreamland
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7. Dance For Me
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8. Belisima
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9. San Paulo
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10. I'm Hooked On You
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11. Martinique Mambo
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12. Saturday Night Honky Tonk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Zupe, known as Pennsylvania’s premier entertainer, has released an album of original songs for the ballroom dance crowd. “Dance” includes twelve tracks written, produced, and performed by Zupe and his talented cadre of musicians from western Pennsylvania. Non-ballroom dance enthusiasts will enjoy this collection of songs that crosses a myriad of musical genres. From the opening sounds of a bygone era to a rollicking honky tonk bar, listeners will experience a cornucopia of emotions. Even though it may be only a samba, dancers will appreciate the carnival atmosphere created by “Solamente la Samba” and then find themselves transported in time by waltz steps to the strains of “Magnolia.” Zupe’s lyrics encourage bystanders to “Dance for Me,” preferably the cha cha, while “I’m Hooked on You” will move the feet of merengue dancers and music lovers alike. Dances from foxtrots and mambos to tangos and boleros can be found in this collection while the music runs the gamut from country to Latin.

Zupe graces four tracks with vocals, co-written by longtime collaborator and guitarist Dave Nichols. The rest of the album showcases a variety of talented musicians including Chuck Knepper who co-wrote three tracks and also played guitar. Bassist Bill Smith, accordion player Dan Crosser (of Dan & Galla fame), violinist John Parrendo, pedal steel guitarist Gary Jacob, saxophonist Jamie Peck, flutist Vickie Jozefczyk, and acoustic guitarist Paul Kuzupas also contributed their considerable talents to “Dance.” Zupe plays the keyboards as well as the various brass instruments while handling all of
the drum programming heard on the tracks.

Zupe performs any number of his works at the various shows he headlines. His entire performance schedule can be found at his website, www.zupe.net.


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Barbara Kuzupas

Dance CD
Listen, just listen and you will know you can't sit still. Move to it in your kitchen or the ballroom. It is so absolutely great for your mind, your body and your soul!!

Dan MacIntosh

Zupe "Dance"
The next time you attend a wedding reception, do this informal poll: Watch the action out on the dance floor and notice what makes people dance. Some folks will only get their backfields in motion to oldies but goodies, while the younger crowd may not move a toe unless a record was released within the last year. In other words, dance music is a highly relative term. Zupe didn’t need to spy on every neighborhood wedding reception, however, to gather this insight. Instead, he knew it instinctively. This is why his CD Dance is filled with so much variety. He knows the phrase, ‘Different strokes, for different folks,’ particularly holds true when it comes to making music that causes people move their feet.

This disc’s variety can be starkly different, even from track to track. “Solamente La Samba”, for instance, is a hot little number, especially notable for its spicy trumpet work. Yet “Magnolia”, which follows directly after it, is a sweet ‘n soft country ballad, colored with twang-y guitar and empathetic fiddle. Getting back to our wedding reception analogy, the dance crowds would be completely different for each of these singled-out selections. By the way, country musical elements also enter into the picture once again with the descriptively titled “Saturday Night Honky Tonk”, which closes out this release. Hey, rednecks like to dance, too!

Zupe spells out his stylistic intentions many times throughout this work. To the point, mambo dancing is strongly suggested with “Martinique Mambo”, whereas the samba is at the forefront of “Solamente Samba”. And one of the truly fun songs on this CD is “Indiscreet Tango”, which is guided by gypsy accordion playing, as well as similarly plunked piano. While much of this music is beat heavy – you can’t get a whole lot of action out on the dance floor without a solid beat – there are also slower tunes, as well. After all, folks need to slow dance, too. “Dreamland” is a good example of a big band down tempo dance song. With its warm trumpet work, it sounds like something out of a post World War Two dancehall.

In a few places, Zupe has put the word “dance” right into his songs, which is not at all uncommon with dance music. The CD opens with “Let’s Dance”, which features a laid back vocal. “Dance with Me”, on the other hand, sports much more insistent singing. When the words, “dance with me” are sung during its chorus, this is a demand, not a request. The song is a lusty little Latin number, which brings the music of Ricky Martin to mind.

With the popularity of TV’s Dancing with the Stars, partner dancing has made a roaring comeback. And that’s a good thing, because, dancing has always played an important role in the human courting process. With Dance, Zupe has given us an extensive reminder of the great variety that exists in the world of dance. For those that are already accomplished dancers, this recording will give you plenty of sounds to practice to. But even if you have two left feet, you’ll still enjoy these tracks because there are no two alike. Furthermore, the musicianship is topnotch. An ability to switch from country music to Latin dance is not a skill shared by all players, yet Zupe has gathered together a troupe that can seemingly do it all.

If Zupe were to play the next wedding reception you attended, chances are good he would get an accurate read on the crowd and only play songs that kept the majority of celebrants on the dance floor. Sadly, dance music – to the ears of many music critics – is sometimes disrespected the way comedies are looked down upon by the Oscars. But just as being funny is not always as easy as it looks, creating dance music that makes people want to get up immediately and move can be extremely hard work. So give Zupe a little respect because he makes dance music look easy here.

Review by Dan MacIntosh

Anne C.

Lots of Fun!
I couldn’t tell you the first thing about ballroom dancing, but I can tell you that I adore this CD. It is so much fun from beginning to end. I found myself singing along to each of the vocal tracks and enjoying each and every mood swing on the instrumental tracks. I can’t believe it’s one artist performing all of the songs. It’s fun; it’s interesting; it puts a smile on your face. If ballroom dancing is as much fun as Zupe makes it sound, I might have to check into a few classes. Great job, Zupe!