Dennis Blair is a funny guy, as funny a comedian as you will ever see. But Dennis Blair can also swing, and boy oh boy, can he sing. This new album, Hapless Romantic, is full of songs that sound as though they’re old standards, but are full of Dennis’ signature wit and truly impressive singing. Simply put, the man knows how to render a song. “Came Along for the Ride” is a particular highlight; the song flat out swings. “Smoochin'” – another swingin’ tune – is another highlight; full of humor. The rhythm section is uniformly excellent. The piano playing, particularly, is exceptional, both the rhythm playing and the leads. A fun, hip album from start to finish.