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BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA

SONGS FROM LONELY AVENUE

2009-10-05

It’s been two years since Brian Setzer took on Beethoven and other classical superstars on “Wolfgang’s Big Night Out” While that CD was loose interpolations of Classics, Songs From Lonely Avenue” is a soundtrack to an unwritten film. Brian’s love for not only the music of the 40’s and 50’s but the film noir from that era was the main inspiration for this CD. This is Brian’s most cohesive and arguably finest Orchestra release to date. The CD begins with the fiery sounds of Brian’s guitar on “Trouble Train” and proceeds into a full Orchestra assault. The title track “Lonely Avenue” has a classic 1940’s jazz sound. “Mr. Jazzer Goes Surfin” and “Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin” are rocking instrumentals that showcase how terrific and underrated Brian Setzer is a guitarist. This is the first Orchestra release where Brian wrote all the tracks and if the movie is half as good as this release is you will not want to miss Lonely Avenue. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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