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)