The Call of the Cicada

from The State of Swing by Jack's Cats



It’s music haunts me still. I know it always will.
That’s the Call of the Cicada.
A swelt’ring summer’s lust. The heat that starts at dusk.
That’s the Call of the Cicada.

Can you hear that siren song? It sounds so good it can’t be wrong. Follow me where pleasure waits, we’ll climb as one to Heaven’s gates.

Romance that’s never lost. The past is now and not forgot.
That’s the Call of the Cicada.

Saxes and trumpets blast their music sweet or fast.
You’ll hear them all at the Cicada.
Dancers with style and flash, a man with thin mustache.
You’ll see them all at the Cicada.


from The State of Swing, released March 29, 2019
The Musicians
Jack Malmstrom: bandleader, clarinet, vocal, producer, composer
Phil Small: piano, assistant producer
Gretje (Kitten) Angell: vocal
Blake Handler: vibraphone, auxiliary percussion
Mark San Filippo: percussion
Bryan Dedlow: guitar
Marcus Buser: bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Wenzel at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, California in March 2019.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.
Music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom

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Jack's Cats Los Angeles, California

Swing clarinetist and saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the 1940s into present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers. The Cats maintain an active live schedule holding forth for audiences with hand-picked standards, forgotten gems and original tunes. Their 2019 release "The State of Swing" features 14 originals. ... more

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