Sarah King and The Smoke RingsMay 31, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Alex Levin, Ben Cliness, Sarah King, Scott Ritchie, thejazzpage.com
Sarah King and The Smoke Rings are snappy quartet and excellent purveyors of Jazz Age, Swing-era music. King’s voice is genuinely tailor-made for the style, but with a very modern flair. Much the same can be said of the band comprised of its founder Alex Levin on piano, Ben Cliness on drums and Scott Ritchie on bass. There’s an honesty in their delivery of the music that makes it more modern day than tribute. The combination of these elements renders the music fantastic as they swing their way through works by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, Juan Tizzol, Arthur Hezog Jr., George and Ira Gershwin and Voncent Youmans, among others .
Click to listen to a clip of “Jersey Bounce”:
Tracks: It Don’t Mean A Thing, Tea for Two, Jersey Bounce, I Won’t Dance, Smoke Rings, Caravan, Some Other Spring, Love Is Here to Stay, I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do), Up A Lazy River .