The Georgia Brooks Swingtet: With Thee I Swing

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The Georgia Brooks Swingtet: With Thee I Swing

This is a real treat of an album with significant Geelong input. Talented local instrumentalists Ben Calderazzo (guitar), Sean Loughran (drums), Kym Dillon (piano) and Michelle Scully (bass) are led by Melbourne singer Georgia Brooks, a rising star. Geelong sound engineer Isaac Barter mixed and mastered the album.
Brooks has a clear and appealing voice with superb articulation. She respects the songs and allows listeners to appreciate them too.
The songs are well-known and the style is very listener-friendly. It’s jazzy and foot-tapping stuff. Highlights include the group’s bouncy “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby” and a thoughtful “On A Slow Boat to China.” You might know the title track from its 1936 recording by Billie Holiday.
Georgia Brooks and drummer Sean Loughran are keen swing dancers and that’s the feel that infuses the whole album. If you like Hetty Kate’s style, this delightful album will appeal.
Belle Musique Entertainment
Reviewed by Ross Williamson (Jazz presenter, 94.7 The Pulse)