Consider It Swung

Consider It Swung

by Tom Wopat


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The fact that Tom Wopat sings in addition to acting will not come as a surprise to those who have been following his career for a long time; Wopat did his share of singing when he was playing Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985. But what might come as a surprise to those who still associate him with that Southern-themed drama/comedy is the type of music he has been emphasizing in the 21st century. Wopat recorded plenty of country-rock in the '80s and '90s, which was appropriate given the good ol' boy stereotypes that The Dukes of Hazzard celebrated. But the Wopat of the 2000s and 2010s has favored a vocal jazz/cabaret/traditional pop approach, and country is hardly the focus of Consider It Swung. The closest this 2009 recording comes to being country-influenced is Wopat's bluesy interpretations of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" and Delbert McClinton's "Maybe Someday Baby," but even on those songs, his outlook is more Mark Murphy than Conway Twitty or more Dave Frishberg than Ray Price. This is definitely a jazz-oriented effort (albeit a jazz-oriented effort with some cabaret-isms at times), and Wopat handles himself convincingly on a variety of material. Wopat performs a few Tin Pan Alley songs (including George Gershwin's "But Not for Me," Cy Coleman's "You Fascinate Me So," and Harry Warren/Al Dubin's "42nd Street"), but unlike others who operate in the vocal jazz/cabaret/traditional pop realm, he doesn't make the mistake of inundating listeners with a bunch of overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses that have been recorded by literally hundreds of artists over the years. Wopat (who turned 58 in 2009) also finds the jazz possibilities in Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel," Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues," and Joni Mitchell's "Two Grey Rooms." And it should be noted that his version of "42nd Street" is a real surprise; instead of giving that standard the type of uptempo exuberance it usually receives, Wopat offers a post-bop version that is slow, haunting, and surprisingly moody. Not without its share of surprises, Consider It Swung is a rewarding non-country effort from the former Dukes of Hazzard star.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2011
Label: Lml Music
UPC: 0711788025924
catalogNumber: 259
Rank: 135046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Wopat   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Malach   Tenor Saxophone,Musician
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
John Fedchock   Trombone
David Finck   Bass
Birch Johnson   Trombone
David M.   Musician
Bob Mann   Guitar,Musician
Roger Squitero   Percussion
Frank Basile   Baritone Saxophone
Tedd Firth   Piano
David F.   Musician
David Richenberg   Baritone Saxophone
David R.   Musician
Bob Milliken   Trumpet,Musician
Peter Grant   Drums
Jonathon Werking   Piano
Brian Preschi   Trumpet
Andrew Ezrin   Piano
David Rieckenberg   Baritone

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
David Clayton-Thomas   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Tom Wopat   Arranger,Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Walter Becker   Composer
Dubin   Composer
David Finck   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
John Oddo   Arranger
Marc Shaiman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Michael Whalen   Composer
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Scott Wittman   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Tedd Firth   Arranger
Dean Thompson   Composer
T.W.   Liner Notes
Andrea Johnson   Booking
Joey Cobbs   Cover Photo
David Frishberg   Composer
Dave Hart   Management
Sandy Barron   Composer
Phillip Edward Galston   Composer

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