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Crazy Rhythm

by Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander

A second album of great, rare and danceable small group swing from Los Angeles' finest in Swing, ala the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, and Count Basie's Kansas City 6 and 7.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Boff Boff (Mop Mop)
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2. Jacquet in the Box
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3. Honeysuckle Rose
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4. Somebody Loves Me
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5. Drum Boogie
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6. Hop Skip and Jump
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7. Comes Love
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8. Boog-It
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9. Dark Eyes
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10. Goody Goody
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11. Gotta Do Some War Work
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12. Why Don't You Right
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13. Savoy Blip
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14. Doin' at the Doing
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15. Massachusetts
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16. Six Appeal
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17. Bloodhound
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18. There'll Be Some Changes Made
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19. You Talk a Little Trash
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20. Sir Charles Boogie
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21. Crazy Rhythm
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Campus Five's second recording!

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander are Los Angeles' finest in small group swing and one of the most danceable swing bands in the world. We have traveled to London, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Cleveland, San Diego, Denver to play for Jitterbugs of all stripes, Lindy Hop, Balboa or Shag.

Don't dance? That's ok, although you'll probably want to after hearing this record.

The band delivers again with a whole new album of rare and unqiue tunes, and always danceable. Starting with the classic small group sounds of the Benny Goodman Sextet's "Six Appeal" and the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five's "Hop, Skip and Jump," the album also features some of the lesser-known small groups of Harlem in the 40's - the Cootie Williams Sextet "Honeysuckle Rose", Illinois Jacquet's "Jacquet in the Box" and Hot Lips Page's "Bloodhound". Hilary swings Peggy Lee tunes "Somebody Loves Me" and "Why Don't You Do Right", and Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa tunes "Massachusetts", "Boog It" and "Drum Boogie", the latter featuring vintage drummer extraordinare Josh Collazo. Jim Ziegler lends his voice to Cootie Williams "Gotta Do Some War Work". The Campus Five really rips it out on our versions of "Crazy Rhythm" (inspired by tap dancer Gregory Hines) and "Dark Eyes."

The album was recorded by vintage audiophile Dick Hamilton at his studio, the Doing, using vintage RCA 44 microphones to capture the traditional sound of classic small group swing. "Jammin' the Blues" features Los Angeles' best swing musicians, including Tenor Saxophonist and Clarinetist Albert Alva, Trumpeter and Vocalist Jim Ziegler, Pianist Christopher Dawson, Bassist Jim Garafolo, and drumming phoneme Josh Collazo.


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Damien (Fra)


This Cd is simply wonderful. I mean, a lot of groups can posses an idea of how swing may sound, but unlike Jonathan Stout combo,they often forget how much swing must stay inseparable from its social and musical interaction with dancers. Giving a tremendous want to go on the floor, they never borrow swingers with stereotyped or endless choruses, they just understood the swing not only as music, but also as a crazy expression of life with feets and ears.
Damien Fra. (MA. Ethnomusicology)

Ralph Sayers

Superlative swing!
I simply refer you to my review of Jammin' The Blues by this wonderful aggregation. All I said there is appropriate here! Buy! Buy! Buy!

Ronald K Hale


Watch the videos of their May 17, 2009, performance at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club
(clubcicada.com) for a real treat.

Shayne White

The 40's comes to CD
If CD players had been around back in the 40's, then this CD would be exactly what would be selling then. Even the name of their band -- Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, Featuring Hillary Alexander -- is completely authentic, as most swing bands seemed to name their groups in that manner.

It doesn't get better than this. The recording is excellent -- they even use vintage mics -- and they have a really tight sound, extremely professional. Hillary's vocals are great -- she has a slightly husky voice, but of course that's the style, and it definitely isn't TOO husky at all like a lot of people's voices are. Her pitch is right on and she has a good tone.

I loved the selections on the CD. I knew "Why Don't You Do Right?" from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (which they would probably be horrified to hear), and I knew "Drum Boogie" from "Ball of Fire." Of course there are nineteen other excellent tracks beyond those two which are equally good.

You absolutely must buy this CD! You're missing out on a world of fun if you don't!

lindyhopper uk

very good, better than the previous album
very good, better than the previous album with more guts & zest to the band. shame that there are not more original tracks on this album, but still some good covers.