Scott Yanow
jazz journalist/historian and author of Swing

Dale Head’s debut recording as a leader is a joy from start to finish. His enthusiastic and very musical vocals (along with occasional spots on trumpet) are joined by a top-notch big band swinging like Count Basie and Harry James. The singer revives and uplifts a variety of classics and a couple of obscurities, really… read more

Edward Blanco
All About Jazz

Vocalist and trumpeter Dale Head is an unheralded local guy and a staple sideman from the Bay Area who performs the music of Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams to Harry James and others as he plays the classic to standards for audiences throughout southern California and elsewhere. On Swing, Straight Up, Head makes a splashing, swinging national recording debut singing… read more

Chris Spector
Midwest Record

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… read more