Delco Nightingale strips down big band era swing tunes and reworks them in their unique edgy fashion, combining the soul of early jazz with the energy of rock and roll. Their decidedly “punk-rock” take on jazz also translates to their attitude toward studio recording. Fed up with the over-compressed, over-produced sound of popular music today, the band’s three releases to date have all been recorded live.
“S’Wingin’ It!” was recorded by Quentin Jones of Lanark Records. With Quentin, the band recorded each song entirely live, including even the vocals. Eschewing studio “pixie dust” in striving for a traditional method and sound of recording, what you hear on a Delco Nightingale recording is exactly what you’ll get in a live performance. Between the song selection (which leans toward some of the more obscure songs of the era) and the delivery itself, many audiences find themselves enjoying swing-era standards without realizing that is, in fact, what they are listening to. In an article in the South Jersey Courier-Post, writer Samantha Melamed wrote about the band’s “desire to create something fresh and original, while keeping one eye on the past”.
That is exactly what Delco Nightingale intends to keep doing.