Rory Hoffman | Swing Expedition

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Swing Expedition

by Rory Hoffman

A gypsy jazz arrangement of a Star Wars theme, a bossa nova rendition of a classic country song, an all-harmonica treatment of a Cole Porter standard; these are just a few highlights presented on one of the most unique instrumental records of the decade.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. Autumn Leaves
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2. Cantina Band (Imperial March intro)
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3. Obligatory Blues
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4. Begin the Beguine
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5. It's So Easy
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6. Another Night
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7. Oh Lonesome Me
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8. Avalon
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9. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
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10. It's All Right With Me
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11. Shall We Gather at the River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listening to Swing Expedition is like putting your IPod on shuffle. It's a swing record (mostly), but there are going to be some unexpected twists along the way.
With this latest release, Rory Hoffman solidly establishes himself as a multi-instrumental force, not easily matched.
Amply demonstrated here are his skills on guitar, piano, accordion, organ, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, bass, percussion, even autoharp and Jews Harp, along with inventive arrangements and clever improvization.
Also featured on this album are three original compositions, ranging from the melancholy ballad "Another Night", to the New Orleans inspired "It's so Easy" and "Obligatory Blues" evoking the whimsical flair of Thelonious Monk.
While grounded in the classic sounds of America's golden age, the variety of instrumentation and arrangement ensures a fresh and intriguing listening experience.


When I started this project 4 years ago, I didn't know I was making a record. I was just recording some ideas I wanted to try in my spare time. Eventually, I did enough of these experiments that I decided I might have the makings of a record. It's definitely a departure from my Gospel and country music heritage, though traces of those roots can still be heard. My hope is that you will enjoy exploring some of the paths my musical imagination has wandered.

On many of these songs, I did everything myself: created the arrangement, played all the instruments and engineered the recordings. I had help from Dave Martin (upright bass) and Tommy Wells (drums) on Another Night, Autumn Leaves, Avalon and Obligatory Blues.


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Pat Judy

It's a rare occasion-
--when a CD grabs you- like this one does- tasty, soul-stirring musical diversions from the norm - just when you thought you could put a label in it , it pulls the rug out from under you- and all from one geltle giant of a musician- plays all or most of the instruments himself- guess noone told him this was all but impossible, especially being without sight, and if they did, he just ignored them! As a career musician myself, having performed with Rory was a humbling as well as truly enjoyable experience- I know everyone who hears this CD from Rory Hoffman will have an enjoyable 'Swing Experience' themselves!

tony madalone

AMAZING!!!
Song after song, surprise after surprise ... a musician so gifted it defies definition ... anyone would LOVE to have the talent to play any ONE instrument as well as Rory does, let alone play SO many with such skill ...
A truly talented musician who has put together an absolutely AMAZING eclectic collection of music !!!
BRAVO, Mr. Hoffman, and PLEASE, keep the music coming ...