May 19, 2006

What I’m Listening To: DJ Sweeney, by DJ Sweeney

Filed under: Uncategorized — crcb @ 11:25 am
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(Full disclosure: DJ Sweeney used to be my next-door neighbor, and her mother is a close friend of mine.)

DJ's jazz/swing/blues vocals are backed with some of the best instrumental talent Kansas City can offer. All the songs are classics, but for the most part not standards. I was familiar with only two, Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and the Rogers & Hammerstein hit, "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." The other tunes deserve to be better known.

For a self-titled album (though I understand that was unplanned), DJ Sweeney is refreshingly free of ego. DJ sings cleanly, with precision and feeling. Her performance is unencumbered by flash, flourishes, and superfluous ornamentation. She doesn't stand between the song and the audience, and she has the tact to give her talented instrumentalists time for wonderful solos. My only complaint is that the album is too short. I wasn't ready for it to be over.

You can find DJ Sweeney at


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