Matt Catingub's Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack: Shake Those Hula Hips!
The album's high point comes on the Catingub's Latin jazz arrangement of "It Don't Mean a Thing," where soloists Doug Beavers and Mike Olmos add thrills. Always full of energy on saxophone, Catingub controls the band's intensity – mostly up-tempo for swing dancing. A big surprise comes from his arrangement of "In the Mood," which is presented as a slow, hot blues. The band and vocalists are able to interpret this one with powerful expression. Guest vocalists Rosemary Clooney and Debby Boone add a distinctive flavor to the session. Recorded late last year, Catingub's hula fest combines favorite glimpses from both the swing and go-go generations. It's fun.
Track Listing: Hawaii Five-O; Fever; Ain't No Big Thing; Avalon; Hey Baby! (Shake Those Hula Hips!); It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya; I Dream of Jeannie; And the Angels Sing; Waikiki; In the Mood; Little Grass Shack; It Was a Very Good Year; Tequila.
Personnel: Matt Catingub- leader, vocals, alto saxophone, piano; Albert Alva, Jeff Prinz- alto saxophone; Matt Cowan- tenor saxophone; Jennifer Lovejoy- baritone saxophone; Dave Scott, Brian Kettelhut, Mike Olmos- trumpet; Doug Beavers, Greg Saul- trombone; Dan Parenti- acoustic bass; Steve Moretti- drums; Rosemary Clooney- vocal on "And the Angels Sing;" Alex Budman- alto saxophone on "Waikiki;" Julie Waters- background vocals & running commentary on "In the Mood;" Maxine Waters, Orrin Waters- background vocals on "In the Mood;" Debby Boone- vocal on "Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya" and "Little Grass Shack;" John Bayless, Maria Ferrer- background vocals on "Tequila."
Record Label: Concord Music Group