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|1. Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s|
|By: Various Artists, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter|
February 26, 2008
- 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.
|2. Urbane Jazz (Incl. 7 Bonus Tracks)|
|By: Roy Eldridge & Benny Carter|
March 09, 2010
|3. Benny Carter and His Orchestra: The Chronological Classics, 1939-1940|
|By: BENNY CARTER|
November 19, 1996
|4. 4 Classic Albums Plus - Benny Carter - Jazz Giant / Swingin in the 20s / Sax Ala Carter|
|By: Benny Carter|
March 13, 2012
|5. Nightfall: Cool & Smooth Jazz From the 20s 30s & 40s|
|By: Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman|
February 26, 2008
- 20 Chilled-Out Cool Jazz Tracks
- Animation and vitality of the best swing bands
- The music swings, but there's subtlety and sophistication in these jazz performances as well.
- The title track is Benny Carter's: Nightfall comes from a session organised by the writer Leonard Feather and made in April 1936
|6. Great American Big Bands of the 30s & 40s|
|By: Count Basie, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman|
- Our window on a long gone world opens with a piece by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra of the late 1930s. From the simplest of riff patterns, developed in the heady atmosphere of Kansas City jam sessions, an arrangement like Sent For You Yesterday would emerge, complete with fine solos and propulsive section work, the momentum supplied by one of the most perfect rhythm teams in all of jazz.
- Jack Teagarden (1905-64), another Texan, was the most celebrated jazz trombonist of his day but a reluctant band leader, with little appetite for business. His playing was always relaxed, at its best in the company of his peers.
- Benny Goodman's triumph at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, 1935, marked the official start to the 'swing era'. Sidemen became the focus of unprecedented attention, much like soccer players today, and crowds gathered wherever Goodman appeared.
- Louis Armstrong (1901-71), the fabulous 'Satchmo', was the single most important innovator in early jazz. By 1942, he had become a popular entertainer and a familiar presence in musical films
- Bill Ashton, founder of the superb National Youth Jazz Orchestra, aptly summed up the virtue of these and all their counterparts when he said that 'there's nothing more exciting in music than a big band in full flight.'
|7. Q-Jazz-More Than 100 Legendary Recordings 1956-60|
|By: Various Artists, Quincy Jones, Don Byas, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Lucky Thompson, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Clarke|
April 23, 2013
|8. Jazz Giant (OJC)|
|By: Benny Carter|
June 01, 1987
|9. Sophistication - Songs & Style From the 1930s|
|By: Carroll Gibbons, Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Hildegarde, Benny Carter, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Keller|
April 12, 2010
- Exceptional Vintage Music with charming and clever numbers which will always have great appeal
- 1930s Remastered Songs - the sounds of the Thirties always manage to conjure up a time of supreme refinement - a world of sophistication.
- Including Wisconsin-born Hildegarde Loretta Sell, who started life as a pianist, until she was discovered by impresario Gus Edwards & shortened her name
- Enjoy the versatility of the accomplished actress Gertrude Lawrence, and as a singer, her wide range.
- In his laid-back voice, Jack Buchanan drawls out some entertaining songs on this medley.
|10. McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1928-1930): The Band Don Redman Built|
|By: Mckinney's Cotton Pickers, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, John Nesbitt|
July 01, 1991