Tom Morley

Major and Minor Swing

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Tom Morley is a fine swing-based violinist whose roots are in country and Western swing but whose main influence is Stephane Grappelli. On this CD with his trio 78 RPM (which also includes guitarist Mike Lambert and bassist Doug Brunt, with three guest appearances by drummer Pete Wehner), Morley primarily explores the music of Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli and the Nat King Cole Trio. His occasional vocals are pleasing, but it is the interplay between the three (occasionally) four musicians that is most impressive, along with their solid sense of swing. They perform Morley's "Swingin' at Soundworks" and 11 veteran standards, including Django's haunting "Tears," "Topsy," "Route 66," "Straighten Up & Fly Right" and "Swing 42." A consistently delightful set.

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