Peggy Cone

Peggy Cone & The Central Park Stompers

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The rise of the retro-swing movement in the 1990s gave many singers and musicians the opportunity to perform before dancers. Some of the performers fit right into the older style while others adopted showbiz trappings and a novelty approach. Singer Peggy Cone has an appealing voice, always swings and is colorful enough to stand out. Her debut recording with her band only has six songs that total up to just 20 minutes, so this CD is really more of a demo than a full-length effort; however, the music is first-class. Cone's band includes the talented trumpeter Jon Kellso, tenor saxophonist Chris Creviston, guitarist Satoshi Inoue, pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Andrew Hall (who also functions as a background singer) and drummer Stefan Schatz. The six numbers are all standards (only Wynona Carr's "Til the Well Runs Dry" is obscure) and although concise, Cone allows her sidemen plenty of opportunities to solo. Her joyful renditions of songs like "Flip, Flop and Fly," "Deed I Do" and "Daddy" capture the spirit of swing quite well and make this sound like a top-notch band circa 1944.

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