Paul Bacon

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Paul Bacon is an OK vocalist who has a limited range but swings well. His likable vocals are heard on 18 songs introduced by Fred Astaire, including four written by the famous dancer/singer/actor, of which "I'm Building up to an Awful Let Down" was the closest one to being a hit. Although Bacon is fine, the main reason to acquire this CD is for the exciting playing by his backup group. Peter Ecklund and Jon-Erik Kellso alternate on trumpets and the group also includes Scott Robinson on clarinet, alto clarinet, tenor, and soprano; guitarist James Chirillo; Vince Giordano doubling on bass and bass sax; drummer Bill Reynolds; and the leader of the Manhattan Swingtet, pianist Keith Ingham. The ensemble has plenty of solos and the arrangements by Ingham of such tunes as "A Fine Romance," "Easter Parade," "The Way You Look Tonight," "I'd Rather Lead a Band," and "Putting on the Ritz" are inventive and swinging. This appealing CD is easily recommended to mainstream swing fans.

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