New and Notable Releases
Undeterred by the passing of the swing revival, snare-drum-brushing saloon singer Susie Arioli defiantly keeps blandly crooning the standards (Honeysuckle Rose, Night And Day, etc) along with her unobtrusive combo. In addition to the prissy guitar-plinking of Jordan Officer, there are a couple of ho-hum cameos here by Jeff Healey and late stride pianist Ralph Sutton (his last session, apparently) that add precious little in the way of musical excitement. It’s just pleasantly uninvolving enough for dinner party or restaurant use. They’ll be at Hugh’s Room tonight (Thursday, April 25).