Saturday Morning Swing: Bye and Bye

It’s almost the end of Fringe….usually I start to feel pretty forlorn around this time of year because a bunch of rad friends and artists who have been living in Adelaide for a month leave (and two friends have left Australia for good!). No! Maybe I just need to tour more next year so I can see them more often 🙂

So, I dedicate this edition of Saturday Morning Swing to them….till next time!

Fats Waller – Bye Bye Baby (1936)

Yep, I’m opening with Fats Waller again. I can’t help it! I am absolutely in love with Fats. Silly and cheeky with a cruise feeling but a janky rhythm. Yassss yassss. The kazoo in this kills me! So good.

Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington – I’m Checkin’ Out Go’om Bye (1956)

Let’s head over to the Big Band era for a while. If this doesn’t get you going on a Saturday morning I can’t help ya! The only thing I don’t like about this track is the fade out….boo fade out! Some of the older scratchier versions have a proper ending but this all I could find on the tubes.

Kermit Ruffins – Bye and Bye (2005)

This song has long been one of my favourites, and it’s the perfect one to end on. That build of energy makes my heart sing and my feet want to dance! Get up and have a boogie!

BONUS TRACK – Ok it’s not swing, but it has to be included.

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Saturday Morning Swing: Mellow tones

Today my Saturday morning is quiet, a bit chilly and I’m feeling a bit tired so today’s swing tunes are my favourite cruisy and casual songs.

Fats Waller – Honey Hush (1939)

This is one of my favourite songs of all time. So sweet and romantic. The rhythm section in this song is so lazy and shuffly, and the lilting of the brass and piano is just perfection.

Louis Armstrong and The Sy Oliver Orchestra – A Kiss To Build A Dream On (1951)

What I love so much about this track is how the song takes you on a journey. Everything feels so lovely and mellow, and then that trumpet kicks it up lifting you up and then we float back down on the piano….ugh, it just feels so nice!

Count Basie Orchestra – In a Mellow Tone (2009)

I thought I’d leave you with something that’s still cruisy enough for a Saturday morning but with enough pep and energy to get you ready for the weekend! I really dig the alto and the bass in this track. Happy Saturday!

Got any favourite mellow and casual swing tracks you want to share with me? I’d love to hear ’em! 

You can listen to these and all Saturday Morning Swing tunes in a playlist here.