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In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics

Gerald "Jezz" Woodroffe was Robert Plant's keyboard player from 1982 until late 1985. He was featured in three Robert Plant solo albums, Pictures at Eleven, The Principle of Moments and Shaken 'n' Stirred. He toured with Robert Plant, Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez and others from June 1983 until September 1985 and co-wrote some of the more memorable Robert Plant solo tracks, such as Burning Down One Side, Stranger Here... Than Over There and Big Log.

Since then, Woodroffe has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Sally Hope and has put out five albums, Squaw Peak, Purusha Cover Me (1997), Manna From Heaven (1998), Medicine (2002) and Pearl (2007) and a new album Retrospective is set to be released later in 2010.

In 2004, Woodroffe released an album of Led Zeppelin covers, with double bassist Iona Mackintosh and drummer Ivor Roland, entitled In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics. The idea was not originally Woodroffe's, but of former Robert Plant guitarist, Robbie Blunt, who mentioned it in a phone call conversation. Since I've Been Loving You was the first track that was reconstructed.

There was enough interest in this album to have Woodroffe revisit it in July 2010, have it remastered and add a new track -- Big Log, from the 1983 album The Principle of Moments.

This album rocks, er swings! From start to finish it does not fail to captivate my attention. It conjures up thoughts of West Coast jazz clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, with dimly lit, smoky small rooms, with Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, Joe Marello and Stan Getz playing until the sun came up. Woodroffe stays true to the original tunes, while still taking alternative improvisational journeys into the sonic unknown.

Most every musical genre has been applied by various artists to the music of Led Zeppelin over the years, some with good success and others that might be summed up with the Led Zeppelin track What Is And What Should Never Be (an excellent track itself... Volume 2, Jezz?) however In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics has got to be one of the finest-sounding versions available today.

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics
Track Listing:
1. Moby Dick - 1:30
2. Kashmir - 5:39
3. The Rain Song - 5:36
4. No Quarter - 4:56
5. Dazed And Confused - 5:03
6. That's The Way - 3:54
7. Four Sticks - 4:51
8. Since I've Been Loving You - 6:04
9. Stairway To Heaven - 6:46
10. Big Log - 7:04

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics is available at http://www.sallyhope.col.uk/shop.php
Jeff Strawman, August 2010

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