Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Brian Setzer Orchestra - The Dirty Boogie

I don't think you need me to tell you that Brian Setzer is the real deal, but I'm mo tell you anyway. He's one of the greatest guitarists in the world, and his affinity for vintage sounds is not based in some misguided and idealistic view of the past. He's clearly a man out of time who plays like a man possessed.

The Dirty Boogie came out during the big swing jazz revival of the 90's, but unlike many of its contemporaries, it hasn't faded with time. It was a great album then and it's still one now. Brian Setzer's mastery of the guitar is evident throughout, but that's not the only thing that makes this album great. Setzer is backed by one of the better jazz bands in the land. The horns are more than competent, sounding full but not overbearing. The rhythm section never misses a beat, and the vocals are all top-notch. Nothing on this album is halfhearted or subpar. It's all great.

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