Jerry Costanzo with Andy Farber & His Swing Mavens: My Kind of Girl

Track

My Kind of Girl

Group

Andy Farber & His Swing Mavens

CD

Destination Moon (Semi-Quaver Jazz SQJ-001-2)

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Musicians:

Jerry Costanzo (vocals), Andy Farber (tenor sax),

Brian Pareschi (trumpet), Wayne Goodman (trombone), Jay Branford (alto sax), Kurt Bacher (baritone sax), Wayne Sabella (piano), Jennifer Vincent (bass), Stefan Schatz (drums)

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Composed by Leslie Bricusse

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Recorded: New York, 2004

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Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Walking a (very swinging) line between John Pizzarelli and An Innocent Man-era Billy Joel, singer Jerry Costanzo delivers a song with a loving nod back to the Rat Pack. I mean that in the best possible way. You might think that this kind of material has been done to death, and yet the robust swing of Andy Farber's Swing Mavens puts this far above schmaltz. Maybe it's in the subtle interactions between Costanzo and the horns. Maybe it's the cool-cat finger-snap/bass introduction ... or maybe it's that it almost makes me wish I was 21 again, opening that Billy Joel record and wondering what all the fuss was about.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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