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and her JJO win "Single of the Year 2002" from SwingTop40.com
at the SwingAwards!
"Great jazz and blues big band swing! This
CD is one of those sneaky surprises waiting out there in the swing music
scene. Striking out from Portland, OR, Lily Wilde has produced a phenomenal
album of big band swing, perfect for listening and dancing. Backed by the
full Jumpin' Jubilee Orchestra, Lily Wilde lays out a series of tracks that
capture the swingin' feeling of the big bands of the 1950s, like Billy May
and Count Basie. It's jazzy swing with the soul of the blues...in other
words, the genuine swing article, not some rock band that just stuck on
a few horns and called themselves a swing band. Lily Wilde knows her musical
history and knows what she likes, and that means you're guaranteed to like
it as well. Lily Wilde's voice is supremely soulful and powerful, reminding
a bit of Ella Fitzgerald and Helen Humes (one of Count Basie's best female
singers), but separate enough to have her own identity. She does a great
job with such swingin' classics as "Mister Five by Five," "Work Baby Work,"
and "Oh Babe!" (my personal favorite cut from the album). These all swing
smooth and very danceable, and should get a whole room of picky swing dancers
jivin' and wailin'. I also enjoy the humorous "Rip Van Winkle." Lily slows
it down and gets soulful and torchy on "Since I Fell for You," (the best
slow number on the album) and a beautiful version of "Stormy Weather." The
band itself swings hard in a very Basie-like style, sounding like the legendary
"Atomic" band from the 50s. This is most noticeable on a stand-out, mid-tempo
instrumental, "Go Ahead and Rock." It's an infectious piece. Swing fans
who haven't heard Lily Wilde need to get their hands on this gem while it
is still around. It's guaranteed to get you dancing again after you've worn
out all your "Swing Session" albums".
Ryan Harvey "Wolf Shadow"ΚΚ
"If I could give this CD more than 5 stars
Fatboyswing (Edinburgh, Lothian United Kingdom)
"I love this album - I live in Oregon and
am a swing fan (I have 20+ swing albums). A coworker let me listen to this
album and I was hooked. I was surprise to find out that Lily Wilde is a
local artist. If you like swing music sung by a good female artist then
I think you might really enjoy this album. This is definitely on of my favorite
albums. Heartily recommended"!
K. Rule (Beaverton, OR USA)
"Lily Wilde & Her Jumpin' Jubilee Orchestra
are Big Time. We couldn't have been more delighted to learn that Lily won
the first ever "Single Of The Year" Swing Award with "Oh Babe". Her CD,
"Insect Ball", is nothing but hits - one after another, after another. This
is the level of work we're going to have to have to break 21st Century Swing
into the mainstream. Orchestrations, performances and production that would
stand with any of those who preceded them. This Wilde Girl is the One".
"The Ol' Spin Daddy" White - SwingTop40,com
"This Portland swing band
is excellent. Their large band provides a full solid swinging sound,
and Lily's singing alternately soars and soothes. They cover a lot of
my favorite Buddy/Ella Johnson and Ella Mae Morse songs and do them
very well! No other band I know covers these songs. Great choices. This
band would undoubtedly be great to see and dance to".
"Hi Lily, Got the CD and loved
it! Thanks for keeping the music & stylings of Ella Mae, Ella J, Dinah
& Sarah alive. And you have one great Big Band"!
Lewis - Big Band Dance Party
"This is one of (if not *the*) best
debut CDs I've ever heard -----. As
a DJ & Swing instructor I've never heard a debut album this polished before.
Sound is tight, the vocals will send you, and if you've never danced before--you'll
be dancing anyway. Tempos are perfect for East Coast Swing & Lindy Hop
(from a beginner level to a "let's sweat!" :) -- this is one album I highly
recommend, and use frequently in class for teaching. If you like Bill
Elliott, desire their tightness & musicality, but desire a more earthy,
jump-blues inspired selections of tunes that really swing (from fast tempos
to really seexxy blues numbers), this is it. A big influences for this
band is Ella Mae Morse (who Lily sounds similar to). Check it out, you
WON'T be disappointed. Also, if you ever make it to Portland, OR be sure
to catch them here. They are hands down, the best swing band in town".
Freeman - swingout.net
"Whenever I play Lily's
CD, I always get instant phones asking 'Who is That?'"
Bob Ancheta - KINK-FM
"So I'm playing Lily's
new release in my office and other staff members come by and they want to
borrow it when I'm done. Does this give you some indication as to its appeal?"
Mary Burlingame - KMHD-FM
"Wilde and her orchestra
re-create not only the sound but the scratchy, rich feel of America's analog
Zach Dundas - Willamette
"Resident blues diva Lily
Wilde makes it seem she was actually present in the era when jump blues
resounded from jukeboxes all over town and in Northeast Portland clubs.
She is a solid deliverer of her feelings throughout without screeching like
many of today's so-called blues singers who are nothing more than ex-rockers.
Wilde does this while at the same time letting us know she is having fun."
Dick Bogle - The Scanner