Slam Stewart

The Cats Are Swingin'

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For this album, bassist Slam Stewart planned a wide-ranging program that (with the exception of "Flat Foot Floogie") would consist of lesser-known material, including two songs by his wife Claire Stewart. Mostly recorded 16 days before Slam's death, the date features vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pianist Richard Wyands, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, drummer Sherri Maricle, trombonist Kent McGarity and tenorman Al Hamme providing swinging playing and melodic solos. The project was nearly completed when Stewart became sick. Bassist Major Holley filled in on a few later bass tracks and guitarist John Pizzarelli helped out with a vocal on "Sertoma." The results are a fine close to Slam Stewart's productive career.