The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Songs from Lonely Avenue – (2009)

Brian Setzer is a brilliant musician and, somehow, this is his first album made up of entirely original material. He usually stuffs his albums with covers – er, his own take on songs from rockabilly to pop classics. But he has done something wonderful here by writing all his own songs. Listen to this album from start to finish and it will play like a movie. I’ve never listened to anything and thought I was watching a movie with my eyes closed. It’s the perfect score to something from the beautiful genre of film noir. “Lonely Avenue” is one of the best tracks on the album and it sets the mood perfectly. There are plenty of upbeat numbers as well, including the back-to-back “Mr. Jazzer Goes Surfin’” and “Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin’.” I’ve been meaning to feature this album on the site here since it came out (three years ago!). Well, I finally got around to it.