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Swing Ninjas - Do Ya Hallelujah?
CD Album

Swing Ninjas

Do Ya Hallelujah?

Freshly Squeezed

Released: 27th April 2015 | 11 track swing album

SWING NINJAS evolved from a paired-down 3 piece busking band (the highest paid canape trio on the South Coast!), via 2 self-released (and swiftly super-ceded) cover version CDs (selling literally thousands of on the streets), to their current fully-formed incarnation as a New Orleans style big-band just signed to hip dance-based imprint FRESHLY SQUEEZED.

This album is their first of original material and features a 7-piece line-up of superb jazz talent plus assorted guests and backing singers. From such inauspicious beginnings,DO YA HALLELUJAH? comes as a revelation. A mongrel cross between Squirrel Nut Zippers, True Detective, Pokey LaFarge and Graham Green.It's a blackly humorous and distinctly wry British gumbo of songs about life, lust & penitence. We love its quirky world-view.

The superb song writing and musicianship speak for themselves, but like a Louisianafuneral procession marching past the daytime juke-joint, DO YA HALLELUJAH? is an open door to a subterranean jazz cellar; a clarion call to the alley in Brighton's labyrinthine Lanes. A place that lives in the imagination of the world. It's early Dr John, loose living, late night bars, 'resting' thespians, a slipper-clad octogenarian land-lady, dusty parlour palms, clock menders and card sharps. This is the SWING NINJAS.

"The Swing Ninjas are that rare thing: a revivalist band that actually has contemporary relevance."
Jason Draper, Record Collector Magazine
"...the serpentine clarinet lines in 'Animal Soul' add great texture to the work and the solo trade-offs on 'Sausage Tree' are worthy of an original Dixieland ensemble"
Alex De Lacey, Songlines Magazine
"An enjoyable knowing retro collection that brings New Orleans jazz and big band swing neatly together"
Dave Haslam, Rock 2 Reel Magazine
"-As heard on-"
Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music Funk & Soul Show