|Swing Into Action, Jed Clayton & The Rockabouts
El Toro Records ETCD3060
Jed Clayton & The Rockabouts hail from Sweden, the band was formed in 2000 and already have quite a good name on the rockabilly and western swing scene. They have released two full length CD's so far, the first being "What's Up Tonight" (ETCD-2060) and the second of course is this new release "Swing Into Action", both on the Spanish El Toro label. I associated the name Jed Clayton is immediatly with the old wild west, probably due to John Derek's character with that name in the 1953 Columbia Picture "The Last Posse".
But the band's music is not just country and western swing, it's also rockabilly, rhythm & blues and a bit of doo-wop, mixed in with some jazz & ragtime influences, mainly due to Per Dywling's trumpet. And you have to give the Rockabouts credit for producing an album entirely of original material, recorded and mastered at the Lonestar Recording Studios.
There are some fine authentic rockabilly recordings on this album, like "What You Do", "If You Want Me", "No No Baby" and the fabulous "Tarzan Rock", but the majority of the songs is more 40s style, rather than 50s rock 'n' roll. It is nevertheless a fantastic album, not in the last place because of Karin Sjöberg's excellent and sexy vocals. And for the jivers, there's more than enough on this platter to really Swing Into Action!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2003