|The Ray Gelato Giants - Smokin'|
|Written by Joe Wood|
The latest release by Ray Gelato, Smokin' (Double Scoop) is aptly named, considering the success that this modern day bandleader has had over the past few years. Since he first gained mainstream notoriety singing "Vuo'Fa L'Americano" in the commercial for Levis Dockers® in 1998, he continues to be one of the few neo-swing performers to fill venues across Europe and the U.S. And who could complain? Gelato has struck upon a sure-fire formula for success, combining high energy antics in the spirit of Louis Prima and Sam Butera with the savoir faire and talent of crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Smokin', the eighth release from this jumpin' and jivin' machine, features 14 songs performed by Gelato and his legendary Giants. As usual, Gelato's song selections are second to none, including classics like "On An Evening In Roma", "My Kind Of Girl", and the Harry Connick, Jr. tune, "Recipe For Making You." Several originals round out the collection, such as "Forget about Livin'", "The Celebrity Club", and "A Pizza You," which diverge from Gelato's standard Vegas-style swing. In his continuing showmanship fashion, Gelato has delivered another delicious collection that everyone from your grandmother to your little brother will enjoy.