SWING NINJAS evolved from a paired-down 3 piece busking band (the highest paid canapé trio on the South Coast!), via 2 self-released (and swiftly super-ceded) cover version CDs (selling literally thousands of on the streets), to their current fully-formed incarnation as a New Orleans style big-band just signed to hip dance-based imprint FRESHLY SQUEEZED.
This album is their first of original material and features a 7-piece line-up of superb jazz talent plus assorted guests and backing singers. From such inauspicious beginnings,DO YA HALLELUJAH? comes as a revelation. A mongrel cross between Squirrel Nut Zippers, True Detective, Pokey LaFarge and Graham Green.It’s a blackly humorous and distinctly wry British gumbo of songs about life, lust & penitence. We love its quirky world-view.
The superb song writing and musicianship speak for themselves, but like a Louisiana funeral procession marching past the daytime juke-joint, DO YA HALLELUJAH? is an open door to a subterranean jazz cellar; a clarion call to the alley in Brighton’s labyrinthine Lanes. A place that lives in the imagination of the world. It’s early Dr John, loose living, late night bars, ‘resting’ thespians, a slipper-clad octogenarian land-lady, dusty parlour palms, clock menders and card sharps. This is the SWING NINJAS.
released March 30, 2015
Bruce Stevens - Helicon / Tuba / Vox / Whistles
Jamie Mellor - Guitars / Vox
Will Hood - Alto Sax / Vox
Simon C. Russell - Double Bass / Vox
Leroy Horns - Baritone Sax / Vox
Peter Hill - Drums / Percussion
Matt Gest - Piano
Including fine musical contributions from:
Hugo Simmonds - Clarinet / Piano
Björn Dahlberg - Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
Suzane Mehdi - Drums / Percussion
Ben Jones - Harmonica
Will Rumfit - Trombone
Backing Vox - Corrinne Williams, Miranda Gunn, Izzy Cherry, Jess Stephens
Recorded by Matt Brown - Brightonliverecordings.co.uk
Mixed by Hush Paz. Mastered by Steve Fallone - Sterling Sound, NYC.
Original Artwork - Judi Thomas - Facebook.com/Judithomasart
Produced by Will Hood & the Swing Ninjas. www.theswingninjas.co.uk
"The Swing Ninjas are that rare thing: a revivalist band that actually has contemporary relevance." Jason Draper - Record Collector Magazine
"...the serpentine clarinet lines in 'Animal Soul' add great texture to the work and the solo trade-offs on 'Sausage Tree' are worthy of an original Dixieland ensemble"
Alex De Lacey, Songlines Magazine
"An enjoyable knowing retro collection that brings New Orleans jazz and big band swing neatly together"
Dave Haslam, Rock 2 Reel Magazine
As heard on - Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music Funk & Soul Show