Each of the tracks of “Dancing” communicates simultaneously and directly with the brain, the
emotions and the dancing feet. There is quite simply a very wide range of delights for the listener
to enjoy – and to get up and dance to.
Early jazz was first and foremost dance music, a fact which is all too easily forgotten these days. As each new dance craze arrived on the scene – from Charleston andRagtime, through Foxtrot and Lindy-hop, and then on to Jive – the development of jazz music moved along with it. Only later, beginning with ‘Swing’ and ‘Bebop’ was jazz finally established as music for the concert hall. The quartet ‘Echoes of Swing’ have put a clear marker down with their latest album ‘Dancing’. This band has been at the crossroads of such currents and developments for many years now. The pianist Bernd Lhotzky, alto saxophone player Chris Hopkins (aside the ‘Echoes’, like Lhotzky, a world class ‘stride’ pianist), the trumpet player (and vocalist) Colin Dawson and drummer Oliver Mewes are however, certainly anything else than a ‘dance band’, and although th...line up
Produced by Echoes of Swing Productions
Recorded by Erich Pintar at Tonstudio Weinberg, Kefermarkt (AT), May 26 - 28, 2015.
Mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Schiefermair
Arrangements: Colin T. Dawson: 04, 05, 08, 09 & 10 / Chris Hopkins: 01, 03, 07, 11,
12, 13, 15 & 16 / Bernd Lhotzky: 02, 04, 06, 10 & 14