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Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s
Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s
Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s

Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s

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Shipping Dimension 5.55 x 4.96 x 0.55 inches
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Number Of Discs 1
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Release Date 2008-02-26

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Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s Features

  • Of course, to lovers of between-the-wars jazz, swing is far more than a portmanteau term for a musical style. But try to get a fan or indeed, a critic to define what they mean by swing and you tend to get a response which echoes Fats Waller's famous dictum: "If you have to ask, you'll never know.

  • What better way to open our marvellous collection of re-mastered classics from the swing era than with At The Woodchopper's Ball? Woody Herman's greatest commercial and popular success features Woody's haunting blues clarinet and Neil Reid's punchy trombone with Saxie Mansfield on tenor-saxophone and trumpeter Steady Nelson.

  • Benny Goodman makes two appearances in our compilation and that is only fitting, given his dominant position in the swing pantheon. Christened the 'King of Swing' by his promotions people, Goodman was an incisive instrumentalist, a clarinet virtuoso who had emerged from Chicago's Jewish ghetto, made good musically and formed an excellent big band.

  • It was Lil Armstrong (nee Hardin) who set her husband Louis on the path to stardom with some astute promotional ideas. When he moved on and they divorced, Lil re-built her career as a bandleader and cut some tasty small-group records. Her tribute to the Lindy Hop (a dance craze pioneered at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom) spots her girlish vocal and some hot trumpet from the underrated Shirley Clay.

  • Louis Armstrong so much liked Swing That Music that he used it as the title for his (ghosted) autobiography. He made two versions of this exciting piece in 1936, the first with his own band and this with the popular Jimmy Dorsey orchestra just three months later.

About Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands Of The 20s 30s

For such a short and innocuous a word, 'Swing' packs quite a punch! You'll find the music style perfectly demonstrated on this album by many adept artists including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington. Benny Carter & His Orchestra - Sunday Jimmy Lunceford & His Orchestra - Ain't She Sweet Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra - Exactly Like You Count Basie & His Orchestra - Topsy Woody Herman & His Orchestra - At The Woodchopper's Ball Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Air Mail Special Harry James & His Orchestra - Music Makers Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Explosion Swing Lil Armstrong & Her Swing Orchestra - Lindy Hop Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra - Good Queen Bess Cab Calloway & His Orchestra - The Jumpin' Jive Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Deep River Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra - Flying Home Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) John Kirby & His Orchestra - Blue Skies Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy - Wednesday Night Hop Louis Armstrong/jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Swing That Music Artie Shaw & His Orchestra - Oh! Lady Be Good Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Major & Minor Stomp Earl Hines & His Orchestra - Indiana Red Norvo & His Orchestra - It Can Happen To You Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Skyliner Bud Freeman & His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra - The Eel Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Wrappin' It Up


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