DALE HEAD/Swing, Straight Up: Take my word for it. Not every teen was getting off to Led Zep at the same time. There were a few of us (ahem) that were discovering Basie, Hefti, and others and digging them in amazement. Badass firefighter turned swinging singer Head was one of the latter bunch. Realizing at an early age that swing was the thing he, absorbed it into his DNA if it wasn’t there already. Bringing rebirth to a dying breed, Head reinvigorates swinging, male jazz vocal, dispensing with the need to put his own stamp on something that’s bigger than all of us. Well done.

Volume 38/Number 317
September 12, 2015

CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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