BIG KAHUNA and the Copa Cat Pack is BACK with Shake Those Hula Hips, an album that shakes and stirs the flavors of big band swing, Hawaiian songs, TV themes, Las Vegas lounge, and full-strength party music into a big, tasty, mightily swinging, musical Mai Tai. An artful arranger, masterful saxophonist, hip crooner and animated bandleader, the BIG KAHUNA (aka Matt Catingub) packs fun and excitement into each and every swinging note. The tunes on this album don't really remind one of Hawaii, even though there are some great Hawaiian standards. In fact, this album makes you wanna get up and dance swing or latin, and that's not a bad thing at all. Even though the album art and song selection had me expecting a more relaxed "Island" experience, complete with lilting voices and steel guitars. This album turned out to be more up-tempo swingin' big band with a rather impressive horn section. I was amazed by the musicianship and fun that was packed into this album. The songs are pure big band fun. The arrangement of "I Dream of Jeannie" will have you breaking out in a sweat just listening to it. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the music on this album.
03.Ain't No Big Thing
05.Hey Baby (Shake Those Hula Hips)
06.It Don't Mean A Thing (If Ain't Got That Swing)
07.Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya
08.I Dream Of Jeannie
09.And the Angels Sing
11.In the Mood
12.Little Grass Shack
13.It Was A Very Good Year
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