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Eight To The Bar
Hey, Sailor!

Hey, Sailor!, the latest release from Eight to the Bar, is a dancer's delight. Whether you prefer Savoy-style Lindy hop or the smooth moves of West Coast swing, you'll find plenty of material to work with on the band's seventh CD, a collection of mid-tempo originals and covers that fuses boogie woogie, swing, and rhythm & blues.

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Hey, Sailor!
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The band performs competently on standards like "She's The Most" and "Well All Right", but it's the original compositions by members Cynthia Lyon, Tom Whalen, Collin Tilton and Megan Keith that truly charm. The title track, "Hey Sailor", at first sounds so sweet as to cause cavities, but Lyon's coy come-ons are enticing, and her harmonies with Keith hearken back to the flirty formula of the Andrews Sisters. On "Why Can't You Dance (With Me Like That)", Lyons turns on throatier, full-throttle vocals that really swing, while veteran sax man Collin Tilton struts his stuff on the breaks. But by far the most noteworthy original is "The Existential Boogie", a stomper of a song with classic boogie woogie piano licks that will lift you from your seat. The closer, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" is an obvious choice, but leaves the listener on a high note, ready to hit "play" a second time. Eight to the Bar are not ones to break new ground, but they know the formula for a good time, and musically they've got the chops to deliver the goods. Diehard dancers and fans of bands like Manhattan Transfer will enjoy their sound, and should make Hey, Sailor! a staple in their collection.

—Joanne O'Day



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