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Patrick VW - vocals
Lee Spath - drums
Adrian Rosen - bass
Pierre Grill - piano
Tommy Davy - guitar
Duane Padilla -violin
Rusty Higgins - soprano sax
Nick Mancini - vibes
Recorded and Mixed by Al Schmitt

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Puttin' on the Ritz

I've always loved this song. It just makes me feel good. I listened to the Bing Crosby version and basically stole the arrangement from him (well, without the huge orchestra.)

I wanted the CD to have a certain sound that featured piano, clarinet and violin on a bunch of the songs - and this one was perfect for the orchestra lines.

We really got into a fun groove when we recorded this. It was the first song of the afternoon session and it just flowed. Pierre Grill went into his Fats Waller trance and Duane Padilla took off on violin and rhythm section just cooked - so they made it really easy for me to sing it. After a few takes we nailed it.

We added Rusty Higgins on clarinet and he doubled the lines with Duane and did a great solo. We had 3 terrific solos in that song - violin - piano - clarinet. Wow.

We added Nick Mancini on vibes and he had a blast with it. He could have been the 4th solo- but we had plenty already. He played terrific licks and pads all through the song. He also does a James Bond type of chord progression after the solos. You'll have to listen to find out.

I also am glad that this song starts the CD. I have been having fun getting dressed in the old clothes and they do look classy -so it's appropriate that PUTTIN ON THE RITZ is the first song on SWANKY.

Yes.. I've gone down the rabbit hole.

VWPC-13-001-M.mp3: Puttin On The Ritz; 2:33

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