"Hearing Swing Theory," said one fan, "was
the first time I really understood 'the standards.'" The
band, in other words, plays the hits of the 1920s, '30s and '40s,
but with a modern appreciation for the words and music.
Kerry Parker takes a sweetly ebulient approach
to the songs she sings, giving today's listeners something of the thrill
that their first audiences enjoyed. Couple that with her lyrical
fiddling, and Swing Theory rises above the mimickry of revival bands
to stake out a fresh direction.
Tom Murray's lead guitar playing, meanwhile, lifts
the band into the magic realm of Django. With the salty, single-string
flair of the legendary gypsy soloist, it's Tom who really keeps Swing
Theory ahead of the curve.
Hal Glatzer calls himself "a lyrics guy." A
singer and backup guitarist, whose style is sometimes old-fashioned
and at other times ultra-new, Hal feels that these venerable songs
must be made not only understandable but truly memorable, so they will
never be lost.
And at the heart of the band is Myron Grossman's
sturdy, stand-up bass: the "swing" foundation from which
his fellow "theorists" can
gently bob and weave, and rise up in joy.