Scott Hamilton and Duke Robillard: Swingin’ Again (album review by Christa V.)

Hamilton and Robillard had worked together before, on the 1987 album Swing which was a combination of jazz and jump blues. Here they recreate that same magic, the connection and dynamics between Hamilton and Robillard’s playing is for sure a highlight of the album. With Robillard on guitar and Hamilton on tenor saxophone, plus a collection of other friends including the rest of a rhythm section and some vocalists, this group is hard to beat! Most of the songs have a very New Orleans jazz feel to them that make you want to dance while appreciating the accuracy of the playing as well. The opening number, “I Never Knew,” showcases the ensemble really well, and contains a number of killer solos. That continues into “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket,” which adds a vocalist to the mix and demonstrates that even the ensemble’s backing licks are tight. This track also has some of the clearest New Orleans style jazz influences. Definitely not an album to overlook, it’ll leave you impressed and dancing! Favorite tracks: 1, 2, 7

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