"THE ONLY BIG BAND CD YOU'LL EVER NEED"
This CD offers a good sampling of what made people dance back in the era of the great big bands. We get classic tunes performed by some really big names from the big band era: Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires. "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" has a fine side dish of swing that works very well for this number; and Tex Beneke really sings his heart out. "Stompin' At The Savoy" stands out just as brightly; Benny Goodman & His Orchestra never miss a beat and Benny's legendary high standards for quality control produce this marvelous hit. We then get "Take the 'A' Train" by Duke Ellington; and that's grand. It sounds just as fresh today as when they first recorded it; and the band handles the quick tempo changes very well.
"Tempo And Swing" by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra packs a full punch that makes you tap your toes even in our times; and listen for "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra. This was a huge big band hit but no one ever did it any better than Glenn Miller did! "Bill's Mill" showcases the wonderful talents of Count Basie & His Orchestra;. It may not be as famous or well known as "In The Mood" but it's a fine piece of music anyway. We predict you'll like it.
"Ya Gotta Try" is a tune we really like. Of course, Duke Ellington and his mates return to do yet another snazzy number entitled "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).
The songs presented here were recorded between 1927 and 1977, so the sound quality varies a bit. But there's a small booklet with an intro and information one each track that's quite enjoyable!
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