Savoy Nites by Joe Salzano & the Blue Devils

Savoy Nites by Joe Salzano & the Blue DevilsRobert Bell, professional guitarist at the Twin Cities Hot Club and a devotee of gypsy jazz music, has ordered this CD, which gets good reviews from the Swing dance crowd.

Ron’s CD Review writes "This band was excellent at the Hop the Millenium dance competition in Ensenada, Mexico." Ron likes "Blue Devil Stomp" (39 MPM) and the six-minute original "Phantom Blues" (37 MPM).

DJ Ryan Swift says, "The whole album is great plus it’s the first band I danced to live."

Available from Telemark Music.

We’ve lost track of the band. Anyone know where they’re playing now?

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Superior Dancing 4


Superior Dancing 4Today I was foxtrotting to Jim Reeves’ famous vocal: “I Love You Because”.  It was glorious.  I actually got some flight!

It’s probably my favorite Foxtrot, and it can be found on Superior Dancing Vol. IV.  Among the 20 tracks of Standard and Latin dances, there are many good vocals by original artists.

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

El Nuevo Cha Cha Cha


El Nuevo Cha Cha ChaI’m still in a Cha Cha mood, and my selection today is “Amor”, a hot female vocal on Andy Fortuna’s CD El Nuevo Cha Cha Cha. The choice was a tight contest with another track, “Bilando Boogaloo Remix”.

Actually all 17 tracks have a driving, distinct Latin beat that you can’t miss. You’ll have fun with it.

Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 2:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Casa Musica 15: Latinos


Casa Musica 15: LatinosToday I have the urge to Cha Cha and I have chosen “Chilly Cha Cha Cha” by Jessica Jay on Casa Musica 15: Latinos. It’s very popular with other dancers as well.



Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gold Standard


Gold Standard CoverGOLD STANDARD by Ross Mitchell, His Band & Singers (DLD 1054, $27) is my favorite CD for Standard Dancing. I use it every day to practice. It has 32 tracks—9 Quicksteps, 8 Waltzes, 8 Foxtrots, 3 Tangos, and 3 Viennese Waltzes.

I like all 32 tracks, but my favorites are “Desert Song” (W), “Kisses in the Dark” (W), “When You Wish Upon A Star” (FT), “Moonlight Serenade (FT), “The Rain In Spain” (T), and “A New Fangled Tango”.

You’ll really like it!

Latinized!/Casa Musica

Latinized!All Latin, 22 tracks, mostly vocals (2007)
Overall: B+

Another in Casa Musica’s Original Hits for Dancing series, this CD is a collection billed as “Latin-Flavoured Hits selected by Dancesport-DJ Berry Bleij.”

About half of the cuts on this CD from Casa Musica are strong, with most having a contemporary Latin sound. Whereas so often, a Samba featuring drumming without much melody is just, well, drumming, both “Mi Bombon” and “Amambanda” are Sambas that combine good energy with melodic interest. The Cha Cha “Less Talk More Action” is catchy with good energy but the lyrics may be a bit racy for some.

If you like pop songs redone in Latin style, Hotel California (Samba) is actually quite a good rendition. “Like a Virgin” (Rumba) does not fare as well. And if you really need to add another version of “Lipstick, Powder, and Paint” to your collection, this one by Roomful of Blues is definitely the one. It would do as well on the Ballroom floor as in a Myrtle Beach Shag club and clocks in at a nice 2:41.

Another classic in its own right, “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins is a good, high-energy Jive as is “Girls All over the World” by the cover band Big Town Playboys. “Satisfy My Soul” (Rumba), performed by the great Paul Carrack, is stirring, with a perfect tempo despite not having a Latin flavor. It’s worth buying the CD for that track alone.

“Hey Boy (Get Your Ass Up)” could have/should have been left off, being neither Latin nor a good Jive. Ditto for “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment