Monte Procopio | A Swingin' Time

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A Swingin' Time

by Monte Procopio

Includes 14 songs from the Great American Song Book featuring hot new 13-piece arrangements by Grammy Award winner Robert M. Freedman. With a total time of 59:59 "A Swingin' Time" promises to be an excellent choice for music lovers and dancers everywhere.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. All or Nothing At All
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4:27 album only
2. The Best Is Yet to Come
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4:41 album only
3. That Old Black Magic
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4:11 album only
4. The Very Thought of You
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4:40 album only
5. Sway
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4:37 album only
6. Route 66
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4:46 album only
7. Fly Me to the Moon (in Other Words)
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4:08 album only
8. Someone to Watch Over Me
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5:12 album only
9. More
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3:47 album only
10. Night and Day
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4:22 album only
11. Nature Boy
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5:35 album only
12. It Had to Be You
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2:54 album only
13. Witchcraft
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3:55 album only
14. Smile
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2:39 album only


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Monte Procopio grew up with a love for the music of the all-time great singers, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and others. Today he showcases a tradition of wonderful music from the classic songs of the old masters to the smash hits of their contemporary counterparts.

Monte had always performed for his family and friends and as a young man decided to make entertaining his career. The first step Monte took towards his lifelong dream of becoming an entertainer was to organize and book his own band. One of his first professional engagements was the 1985 Miss Arizona-USA Beauty Pageant. Shortly after that, Monte began working at numerous nightclubs, resorts, and cruise ships. After a four-year run as the headliner at Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ, he was booked to perform with the legendary Carol Channing at ASU’s Sundome Center for the Performing Arts. Monte received rave revues for his performance and since then has performed with Alan King, Vikki Carr, Phyllis Diller and others.

In 2002, Monte received The Arizona Republic’s “Rep’s Best” award for Best Male Vocalist and shortly after began planning the production of his first album which would eventually be titled “Swingin’ With Style”. During this planning stage, Monte had the very good fortune of meeting Emmy and BMI award winning music producer Clarke Rigsby owner of Tempest Recording, and together they embarked on the creative journey to make a Big Band vocal record. Recorded with a 13-piece band, the concept behind "Swingin’ With Style" was to present some of America’s best-loved songs in a classic swing band format using new arrangements that represent Monte’s energized approach to the music. Monte released "Swingin’ With Style" in February 2004 under his own independent label and it was very well received.

Following the success of “Swingin’ With Style” it was apparent to Monte that he must get back in the studio and record a follow up album. With Clarke Rigsby and his wonderful production skills already in place, Monte wanted to make this new project truly special and to do this he knew exactly what he needed, a world-class arranger. Following a suggestion from Clarke, Monte met with Grammy Award winning arranger Bob Freedman and was able to get Bob to sign on to the project. After assembling an outstanding line up of musicians for the recording sessions, and with all the pieces in place, Monte, Clarke, and Bob proceeded to record Monte’s latest album which is titled “A Swingin’ Time”. Like Monte’s first album, the songs for “A Swingin’ Time” were arranged for a 13 piece band, the difference is that all of the arrangements are very unique and have been arranged so that the band has a featured section in each of the tracks. So reverse of the 40's and the 50's, instead of a Big Band with a featured vocalist, what we have now is a vocalist with a featured Big Band.

“A Swingin’ Time” includes 14 timeless songs from the Great American Song Book such as "All Or Nothing At All", "The Very Thought Of You", "That Old Black Magic", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Route 66", and "Night And Day", to name a few. Also included is an introduction by James Gavin, the author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker. “A Swingin’ Time” is an outstanding sophomore effort for Monte and an excellent choice for music lovers everywhere.

From the beginning, Monte has been determined to share his passion for the great music of the past with audiences everywhere. Each and every performance is filled with an
enthusiasm and intensity that reawakens these classic songs and allows them to shine once more. Whenever you see the name "Monte Procopio" on the marquee you can be sure of one thing, your going to get everything he's got!


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Lisa B.

I Love This Singer's Style!
"Fly Me To The Moon," that's what Monte Procopio does when I listen to his new CD "A Swingin' Time." I love this CD and enjoyed reading the introduction booklet. The CD looks like a record (remember those), and takes you back to that era. "A Swingin' Time" is a masterpiece, music and presentation. It's my #1 Valentine's Day gift. 10 STARS!

Lisa B.

I Love This Singer's Style!
"Fly Me To The Moon," that's what Monte Procopio does when I listen to his new CD "A Swingin' Time." I love this CD and enjoyed reading the introduction booklet. The CD looks like a record (remember those), and takes you back to that era. "A Swingin' Time" is a masterpiece, music and presentation. It's my #1 Valentine's Day gift. 10 STARS!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck - - the #1 jazz news re

Procopio is one such artist that compels to keep reaching for his CD to hear it
First Monte Procopio was Swingin' With Style now he is having A Swingin’ Time. It looks like swingin’ is his thing. Monte is staying with the same formula on his second album performing timeless classics again. Michael Buble has penetrated the charts with his tribute to the jazz classics, Michael Bolton recorded his own cover album recently, and Tony Bennett is 80 and still rolling right along covering the timeless classics. Many have tried with varying degrees of success but few can do it to make it a memorable experience, stirring emotions and making one feel they are reliving special moments in time. Procopio is one such artist that compels to keep reaching for his CD to hear it again. Now more than ever artists are reaching back to the past to reignite or start a career covering these great tunes.

Monte offers 14 classic tracks on this CD and it finds him in a good place once again. I think he has improved upon his delivery since the last release. He is smoother and sings with even more emotion than he did before, which makes each track sound like they were meant for him to sing all along. Some of the best cuts for these ears were “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Route 66” and “It Had To Be You.” Admittedly, those are personal favorites but just the same, he does them all so well! I particularly enjoyed the bright horn sections in these tracks and noticed how beautifully the rhythm section kept everything in time so well.

Having a strong musical backing for your voice is indispensable and once again, the music is spot on and better than ever, and it goes without saying how the production aspects went from a B to A, the difference between his debut CD and this one is quite noticeable. The musicianship is beyond reproach on all of these tracks and Grammy Award winning arranger Robert M. Freedman does a fantastic job putting this together to make the magic happen again for Monte and Company. It is always the goal to improve upon your last effort and with A Swingin’ Time this artist has done just that.

Monte is creating his own personal legacy that will continue to build on the solid foundation already laid down with two solid albums. It looks like singing classic jazz tracks were built for his vocal style and passion for great music. No other genre embraces timeless compositions as jazz does and I know one name that I cannot forget now, his name is Monte Procopio.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

November 6, 2006

01. All Or Nothing At All (4:27)
02. The Best Is Yet To Come (4:41)
03. That Old Black Magic (4:11)
04. The Very Thought Of You (4:40)
05. Sway (4:37)
06. Route 66 (4:46)
07. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (4:08)
08. Someone To Watch Over Me (5:12)
09. More (3:47)
10. Night And Day (4:22)
11. Nature Boy (5:35)
12. It Had To Be You (2:54)
13. Witchcraft (3:55)
14. Smile (2:39)


Robert M. Freedman: Piano
Warren L. Jones III: Bass
Todd Chuba: Drums
Clarke Rigsby: Guitar
Hugh Lovelady: Alto Saxophone
Bryon Ruth: Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Pino: Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Donato: Baritone Saxophone (Tenor Saxophone Solo on song 6)
Fred Forney: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Coolidge: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Miles: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Foy: Trombone
Steve McAllister: Trombone
Joe Corral: Alto Flute, Alto Flute Solo (song 11)
Christina Steffen: Alto Flute (song 11)
Dom Moio: Percussion (songs 5, 9, 10)

Peter Brown

A Swingin' Time
Who else can take a standard and make it their own? Monte can. Why is he not known on the BBC in England - this is an excellent CD better the Micky Bubble and equal to Peter Cincotti - buy and enjoy let's get it on teh BBC

K. Preston

Dynamite Talent With a Fresh Take On The Great American Songbook
After enduring the last few years worth of insipid, me-too, elevator-grade CD's of standards by vocalists better known for their work in other musical genres, I have to say that Monte Procopio's second CD knocked my socks off. With nifty new arrangments and superb vocals by an artist who really lets his personality and creativity shine, you cannot lose with this CD. Check out "More" and "That Old Black Magic

bill mitchell

This cd swings
this cd rates with the best Ive heard in a while-If you like big band and a guy with a great set of pipes-buy it

Brian Griffiths

Monte's CD A Swingin' Time is one of our favorites.
Monte's CD, A Swingin' Time, one of our favorites, is a great CD to relax to on a Sunday afternoon or for music in the background while we entertain. Guests will inevitably ask ..who is that guy, he is remarkable! Wonder how The Best is Yet to Come when it can't get much better than this!!

Chantal Sickle

Monte's music at it's best
Monte is so impressive with his great arrangements and
superior voice. It's Monte's music at it's best with
style and energy. You want to start swingin' everytime
you listen!

Lynne Ernst

Monte Swings Again
It's exciting to hear this new CD by Monte Procopio, reprising these wonderfully timeless songs. Especially with the terrific Big Band sound that accompanies him! My favorite, Sway, is done in a completely new style that's slow and so easy to dance to!! I highly recommend this CD to everyone who loves the music of the Big Band Era.