The Frank Popp Ensemble - The Swinging Library Sounds Of... (Universal)
UK release date: 13 June 2005
If you believe the fantastic artwork accompanying
this release, then Frank Popp is the epitome of
cool. He drives an MGB coupe (from the days when they
were cool) with the registration FRNK 01, wearing a
sharp suit and looking like he's been transported from
a detective movie.
Of course he is a partially fictional character,
although his name appears to be real. Happily the
music exhibits the same effortlessly fashionable vibe,
doubtless coming to an advert near you soon, if it
hasn't already. The 'swinging library sounds' of the
title are almost all credited to Popp, with the
exception of the marvellous Goo Goo Muck, sung by
Sam Leigh Brown, and they funk irresistibly.
His orchestral band is tight, opening up into the
breezy Catwalk - surely opening title material - or
supplying the right level of cheese for the
Hammond-driven Slaughter At Primrose Hill.
Universal get into the spirit as well, resurrecting
the famous Ace Of Clubs branding for the cover. It's a
joyous escape for some twenty minutes, and a CD to
throw open the windows to.