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FULL FLAVOUR

RAY GELATO GIANTS


BKD 034

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• ‘The Full Flavour’, the debut album of Ray Gelato Giants, is Vegas-style Rat Pack Swing at its very best.

• Originally released in 1995, ‘The Full Flavour’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

• Mixing the popular jump ‘n' jive sound of the golden era of swing with Louis Prima influences and the spirit of Harlem, Ray Gelato is a dynamic and charismatic band leader.

• The set list includes tracks made famous by Louis Prima (That Old Black Magic and a medley of Basin Street Blues and Sleepy Time Down South), Charlie Ventura (Dark Eyes), Dean Martin, Nat ‘King’ Cole, and a rare up-tempo version of As Time Goes By.

• Claire Martin, fresh from being named ‘Best Jazz Singer’ at the 1995 British Jazz Awards is a guest vocalist, whilst band legend Benny Green contributes the booklet note.

• Formed in 1994, this highly successful septet has played to critical acclaim wherever they have appeared, including the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival and concerts in New York City, Philadelphia, Tampa, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.

• The Ray Gelato Giants opened for Robbie Williams’ ‘Swing When You're Winning’ concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performed at Bryan Adams’ birthday, Paul McCartney’s wedding and for HM the Queen.

• In 2007 the Giants were named ‘Best Band’ at the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.


1. Basin Street Blues /
    Sleepy Time Down South
2. Undecided
3. Dark Eyes
4. Don't Let It Go To Your Head
5. Forget About Livin'
6. That's Amore
7. That's Life
8. Exactly Like You

  9. Lazy River
10. Orange Coloured Sky
11. Apple Honey
12. Under A Blanket Of Blue
13. As Time Goes By
14. Since You Moved In With Me
15. Caterina
16. That Old Black Magic



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