Big Band Blues

Released: 2005
Label: MediaMix Entertainment

1. Down Home Girl
2. Hay Burner
3. Don't Do It
4. I Want a Little Girl
5. 'Deed I Do
6. Gonna Build Me A Playhouse
7. Lost Mind
8. Castle Rock
9. Wake and Bake
10. Happyland
11. Lonesome Train
12. Way Back Blues


As its name implies, Swingadelic, a "little big band" from Hoboken NJ, focuses primarily on music from the Swing Era, especially the blues. There are vocals on eight of the album's twelve tracks, three each by guitarist Fausto Bozza and trombonist Neal Pawley, one by pianist John Bauers, and another by alto saxophonist Buddy Terry.
As bassist/leader Dave Post writes, "It's all about having a good time," and in that respect the album is a success, as everyone seems to be doing exactly that. …this listener can report that the band is well-rehearsed (thanks in part to its twice monthly gig at Maxwell's in Hoboken), the vocals decent, the instrumentals snug and swinging. These include Post's "Happyland", AL Sears' "Castle Rock", Duke Ellington's "Way Back Blues", and Sammy Nestico's Basie chart "Hay Burner." Solos are fairly brief but on the whole respectable, with Bozza, Terry, Pawley, tenor player Dan Alvaro, clarinetest John Martin, and pianist/organist Tom "T-Bone" Stinson among those making an impression.
...what the band does, it does well, and those who are partial to blues with a swinging facade should find Swingadelic quite entertaining. This, by the way is the band's third album, following Organ-ized! and Boogie Boo!

-Jack Bowers, All About Jazz, October 2005

The third release from NJ's Swingadelic continues their excellent tradition of horns and organ-heavy R&B. The vocal round robin of trombonist Neal Pawley, guitarist Fausto Bozza, piano man John Bauers and saxophonist Buddy Terry maintains a cool frontline over tracks penned or made famous by Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield, Amos Milburn, T-Bone Walker and various members of the band: the playlist is salted with instrumentals like the high- powered "Castle Rock" and Ellington's easy going "Way Back Blues." Buddy Terry's playing is super-smooth on "Deed I Do", Ronnie Rauso and Bozza smoke on guitar, and Tom Stinson's organ simmers and catches fire throughout. Fans of agressive jump blues, or the titular Big Band Blues, get in line. (MediaMix1003)

-Blues Revue, Feb/Mar 2006 issue

Looking for some great Big Band Blues Music? Look no further, I just found it for you. "BIG BAND BLUES", by SWINGADELIC is loaded with it. After just one listen you'll be spit shinin' the old Patent Leather Shoes, pressing the old Zoot Suit and practicing some of those old moves you used to dazzle the dames with at the local swing joints.
"BIG BAND BLUES" is the third CD released by the New York Metropolitan areas "Biggest Little Swing Band" - SWINGADELIC, and it is the second one that this writer has had the privilege to review.
The talented bunch, and I do mean bunch, of musicians that make up the 2006 version of SWINGADELIC are: FAUSTO BOZZA, guitar and vocals; JOHN MARTIN, baritone sax; NEIL PAWLEY, trombone and vocals; JOHN BAUERS, Piano and Vocals; BUDDY TERRY, Alto Sax and Vocals; ALBERT LEUSINK, Trumpet; ROB SUSMAN, Trombone; DAVE POST, Bass; DAN ALVARO, Tenor Sax; CARLOS FRANCIS, Trumpet; PAUL PIZZUTI, Drums; TOM "T-BONE" STINSON, Organ; LES ROGERS, Trumpet; JASON PHARR, Drums; RONNIE RAUSO, Guitar; ANDY RIEDER, Guitar.
The opening track, "DOWN HOME GIRL", features FAUSTO at his finest on vocals. It's a soft, slow number which he finessed to perfection. Of course, as on all tracks, the horn section is superb, with JOHN excelling on Baritone Sax on this one.
"DON'T DO IT", pumps it up a few notches. This is a hot one with the horn section jumping. NEAL and DAN are the top dogs on this one. NEAL'S baritone vocals are perfect for this tempo and DAN tears it up on tenor solos.
"I WANT A LITTLE GIRL" is one of those songs where even the wall flowers become John Travoltas and head to dance floor. Of course once they get there they don't do anything but stand and sway, but what the hell, this one's all about the romantic moment anyway. This one's all JOHN - on the vocals as well as on the piano.
"GONNA BUILD ME A PLAYHOUSE" was one of my particular, personal, favorites. This one's full of da blues. With his scorching vocals and guitar licks, FAUSTO makes this one sound like Big Band Chicago Blues. The whole horn section and TOM'S organ make the whole thing come together. This is a hot one.
"CASTLE ROCK" is the kind of tune that I'm sure SWINGADELIC uses to introduce the individual band members at a live show, it's an instrumental that features everyone - at their finest.
If a little bit of Dixieland Blues puts a smile on your face then you like "HAPPY LAND". Hmmmm, that even sounds like another name for New Orleans, which this song will no doubt make come to your mind. Hopefully that city will once again return to a happy land.
"WAY BACK BLUES" is such an appropriate title for the closing song on "BIG BAND BLUES". That's exactly what this disc is all about, Big Band blues, with a sound from way back.
Once again SWINGADELIC comes through with another outstanding product. With a little bit of luck, maybe someday we can refer to this band as the Nations "Biggest Little Swing Band" instead of the New York Metropolitan areas "Biggest Little Swing Band". In this writers' eyes and ears, the talent warrants the title.

-Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, February 06 Blewzzman's Blues CD Reviews #26

These guys can really jive and wail. Led by bassist Dave Post and featuring alto saxophonist, Buddy Terry, who played with huge names such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, Art Blakey and Horace Silver, this little big band's sound encompasses New Orleans and swing jazz as well as their own variation on standard blues genres. They certainly seem to have a great time with each other and the music. Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, they have played venues such as Lincoln center in New York and various regional blues and jazz festivals from Boston to Atlanta.
The disc contains a first-rate mix of outstandingly well-arranged classics and originals as well as a killer assortment of solos. "Down Home Girl," opens the CD with tremendous performances by trombonist, Rob Susman and guitarist, Fausto Bozza, who also contributes wry, walloping vocals to this tune. "Hay Burner," follows a touch lighter but with equally vivacious swinging energy and broader, more colossal sound. John Martin's baritone on "Don't Do It" is fierce. Post's stellar arrangement on classic blues standard "I Want A Little Girl" opens with Bauer's notable piano and features Buddy Terry on alto. "'Deed I Do," another swinger, features Terry's deep, rich vocals, Susman's cutting trombone and punchy trumpet solo by Les Rogers.
Fausto Bozza contributes some in-your-face vocals on T-Bone Walker's "Gonna Build Me A Playhouse." This one is marked by Ronnie Rauso's guitar solo. Percy Mayfield's "Lost Mind" is next. This one was arranged by Neal Pawley who offers up some subtley rousing vocals, here. Buddy Terry on alto is the highlight of Big Al Sears' slamming tune, "Castle Rock" and Tom "T-Bone" Stinson on organ shimmers. Up next is Fausto Bozza's high-flying burner, "Wake and Bake," featuring, on tenor, Dan Alvaro. Dave Post's delightful saunter, "Happyland," is accented with Terry's alto and Carlos Francis' shrill, shrewd trumpet. Neal Pawley's dazzling arrangements on "Lonesome Train" are marked by Albert Leusink's jaunty trumpet and Andy Reidel's guitar. Finally, Post's arrangements on the Ellington classic "Way Back Blues" are enriched by Terry on alto, John Martin on clarinet and Neal Pawley on trombone. Paul Pizzuti and Jason Pharr on drums are also not to be dismissed as they keep the pulse solid, steady and driving throughout.
What a great collection! This one is guaranteed to hook you with its high energy, outstanding variety of solo performances and superior arrangements.

-Veronica Timpanelli, March 06 Jazz Review.Com

Swingadelic, a self-labeled "little big band" based in New Jersey, varies from small combo to 14 pieces. This album, its third, makes a great promotional sampler, from the Basie sounding "HayBurner" chart by Sammy Nestico and the Delta-flavored church service of "Happyland", arranged by leader-bassist Dave Post, to the laid-back traditional jazz of "Way Back Blues." The group also displays some blues-leaning, blush-inducing lyrics filled with innuendoes such as "Don't Do It", straight from the frat house, and "Down Home Girl", peppered with Blues Brothers riffs. Among the many singers, Buddy Terry is a muscular-voiced standout. He's also a fine alto player whose basic training included Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Count Basie. The latter explains why Terry's alto is so reminiscent of Johnny Hodge's.

-Harvey Siders, Jazz Times, June 2006

Swingadelic is a collective of 16 musicians playing the Blues big-band style on (2). The music brims over with good-time fun where everyone gets into the act, including when it comes to the vocalizing assignments. Eight of the 12 tunes feature a band member in the singing role in front of the large cast. The musicians also rotate on most of the arranging tasks; bassist Post takes credit for five of the lively tunes, trombonist Pawley handled two, and guitarist Bozza one other. While structure and tight ensemble playing are fundamental to the music, instrumental soloists are not neglected. Alto saxophonist Terry takes the lead on several of these upbeat pieces, but the group appears to be egalitarian when it comes to stretching out. Pawley, Martin, Riedel, Francis, alvaro, Stinson. Rogers, Rauso, Susman, and Bozza each get a turn or two at bat for short swinging improvisations built around the bluesy arrangements.
The strength of the orchestra, however, is in the combined big-band sound that shows plenty of muscle or sensitivity depending upon the situation. The horns blare with mighty force or they offer restraint and control in providing a rich, mellow backdrop. The musical spirit shows the influence New Orleans has had on the development of the blues, but the impact of the Swing Era also surfaces, such as on "Castle Rock", where the 1940?s formula for success is re-created. Gospel music also finds a home with this band. Swingadelic is a modern-day representation of the roots of Jazz; the members are articulate an their execution and make the songs cook. Try it on for your next dance party.

-Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine, June 2006

One of my favourite styles of Blues is the "Little Big Band" that focuses primarily on th emusic of the Swing Era. Swingadelic is a 14 piece "Little Big Band" from Hoboken NJ, and this album entitles "Big Band Blues" is an excellent example. It is their third album following the sucess of "Organ-ized" and "Boogie Boo". There are vocals on 8 of the albums 12 tracks, with 3 each from guitarist Fausto Bozza and trombonist Neal Pawley, and 1 each from pianist John Bauers and alto sax player Buddy Terry. The bandleader and bassist, Dave Post writes in the sleeve notes that "it is about having a good time", and everyone on the album seems to be doing just that, and it makes the album a sucess. Personal choices are "Don't Do It", this features baritone sax player John Martin, and an arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Way Back Blues" with a great alto sax solo from Buddy Terry. I really enjoyed this album, and I am sure that if you are partial to the blues with a swinging facade, you will love this too.

-Steve Nicholson, Blues Matters (UK), Feb/Mar 2006