Swing Time

We review Dick Eliot’s fifth album, “I’ll Remember April.”

Dick Eliot’s 30 years of backing Las Vegas’ biggest acts is obvious on his fifth album, I’ll Remember April (October), but no more so than on the Sonny Rollins tune “St. Thomas,” which sets the pace for razor-like notes that melt into smooth chordings.

Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” features complex interplay between Eliot and guitarist Dave Sullivan, and the buttery swing of Ary Barroso’s “Brazil” demands your swaying accompaniment. Eliot’s guitaring is framed by an exceptional lineup of musicians, including brother Don Eliot, Andy LoDuca, Johnny Rico, Louis Martinez, Johnny Garcia and Timothy Hourigan. The album concludes with its only vocal piece – Eliot singing “That’s All.”

We hope not.

‘Swing Time’ appears in the January 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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