World That Swings
While performing on board the Norwegian Star (Norwegian Cruise Line), Joe Kingston sang in the jazz band. Once a week the ship would dock in Honolulu, so he started dragging the band into a local recording studio (Rendez-Vous Recording). Sarah Cornell, who was also singing on the ship, but in a separate group, kindly contributed her vocal talents to a few of the tracks. Jan Jeffries, one of Honolulu's finest percussionists, was brought in to enhance some of the tunes. Luckily, the album was finished before any of the musicians went sailing off into the sunset. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * On October 8, 2005, John Berger, music critic for the Honolulu Star -Bulletin, wrote the following review of 'World that Swings': Kingston sings classic American pop songs with an exuberance that sells whatever he's singing.... As with his 2001 debut album, 'On the Swing Shift,' the sincerity of Kingston's vocalizing makes him a noteworthy disciple of Harry Connick Jr. and John Pizzarelli. Kingston opens the album on an upbeat note with a bright swinging arrangement of 'You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.' Two songs later, he shows his mellow side with a poignant rendition of 'Summer Wind.' Big Band-era classics, such as 'Embraceable You'' and 'Night & Day,'' predominate, but Kingston steps into the 1960s with 'This Guy's In Love With You.'' A tight sextet - sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, drums and keyboards - gives him the solid support that only a live horn section provides. Kingston closes with 'We've Got a World that Swings,'' another engaging upbeat anthem with a timeless theme.