1997 – Atlantic

1. Stomp of King Porter
2. Sing a Study in Brown
3. Sing Motens Swing
4. A Tisket A Tasket
5. I Know Why And So Do You
6. Sing You Sinners
7. Java Jive
8. Down South Camp Meetin
9. Topsy
10. Clouds
11. Skyliner
12. Its Good Enough to Keep Air Mail Special
13. Choo-Choo-Ch-Boogie


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This collection of 1930’s and 40’s swing music with a jazz twist is what The Manhattan Transfer does best and this album is certainly among their best efforts.

Moten’s Swing, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, and Java Jive were recorded with Asleep At The Wheel.

Sing A Study In Brown, Topsy, and Nuages were recorded with The Rosenberg Trio. Nuages also features Stephane Grappelli.

Ricky Skaggs is featured on Skyliner and It’s Good Enough To Keep.

Mark O’Connor is featured on I Know Why, It’s Good Enough To Keep, and Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie.

About half of the tracks feature lyrics by Jon Hendricks. The re-mix enginner was Ed Cherney and the album was produced by Tim Hauser.

The COVER ART for Swing comes from a matchbook cover advertising “Hollywood’s Jitterbug House” located at 875 North Vine Street in Hollywood (long gone) which featured Louis Prima and his band. Tim found it in a book of classic matchbook covers called “Close Cover Before Striking” published by Abbeville Press in 1987. (see page 79)

Comments 4

  1. Agreed…this IS certainly Manhattan Transfer’s ‘stock n trade’ certainly ranks as One of their best CD’s (possibly, one of the best ‘modern’ jazz lp’s of the 20th century

  2. Hi. My friend gave me the ‘Swing’ CD. I can’t get enough of it! I must listen to it two or three times a day! I suffer from clinical depression. Whenever I feel down, I pop this CD in and literally, in a matter of minutes I’m tappin’ my feet and singin’ along! (Well, maybe not along with all of Janis’ notes!) Manhattan Transfer is better than perfect. Their harmony is unbeatable and the musical accompanyment is super. I’ve always thought I should have been born in the 30’s, and listening to this CD makes me feel like I was. Thank you for helping me keep control of my mind. God bless you all and have a merry Christmas!

  3. We didn’t even know much you four until we heard I know why on the radio. What a great sound!! Thank you

  4. I loved this album! I am curious to know who played steel guitar, violin and Spanish style guitar on “clouds” and “Choo Choo….”

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