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|1. Afro-Latin Party|
|By: Putumayo Presents|
March 22, 2005
- VARIOS INTERPRETES AFRO - LATIN PARTY
|2. 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.
|3. Fascinating Rhythm: Original Songs of the 1920s|
|By: Bert Firman, Red Nichols, Savoy Havanah Band, The Charleston Chasers, The Savoy Orpheans, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Arthur Roseburg, Lloyd Keating, Various Artists|
February 26, 2008
- This collection, impeccably restored to pristine clarity, is a own time machine, a way of buying into those far-off times of glitzy pleasure, when sober reality was simply not on the agenda
- Including The Charleston, in a version by the Savoy Orpheans which is notable for some typically tricky saxophone choruses and the danceable tempo
- With Paul Whiteman - a true giant of American dance music in every sense, for not only was Whiteman a man of impressive physical bulk, he was also the 'King of Jazz',
- Featuring Louis Armstrong, the most celebrated jazz musician of his day. His creativity, instrumental command and rhythmic daring setting the pace for a generation of musicians
- Danceable 1920s tempos, strong melodies, wacky lyrics, wailing saxophones, banjo and tuba rhythms, a sense of fun, no thought in mind other than the creation of pleasure
|4. South America Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits|
|By: Xavier Cugat|
April 22, 1997
|5. Flor De Amor|
|By: OMARA PORTUONDO|
June 15, 2010
|6. Cuban Originals|
|By: Beny Moré|
October 02, 1999
|7. Fred Astaire: Songs From the Movies 1930s & 40s|
|By: Fred Astaire|
February 26, 2008
- Fred was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska on 10th May 1899. His sister Adele was the older of the two (born 18th September 1896). Both displayed a notable talent for performing, and in 1906, after training in New York, they made their debut in Keyport.
- The Astaires came to London to repeat their Broadway success in 'For Goodness Sake' renamed 'Stop Flirting' for British audiences. A year later, their first Gershwin musical 'Lady Be Good' enjoyed huge success as did the follow up 'Funny Face'.
- In 1930 Fred Astaire's path first crossed that of Ginger Rogers. When the producers were having difficulty with Ginger's number 'Embraceable You' in the show 'Girl Crazy' they called on Fred to stage it.
- Fred Astaire was in London when the film 'Flying Down To Rio' opened in America. Despite their lowly billing, it was the team of Astaire and Rogers that had the critics reaching for their superlatives and the picturegoers buying tickets.
- Fred Astaire's film musicals are amongst the finest films of all. Their songs are amongst the best ever written. No-one has yet sung them with the style and elegance of their first interpreter - Fred Astaire.
|8. Rough Guide to Cuban Music Story|
|By: Rough Guide|
October 08, 2001
|9. Everybody Sing (Great Songs from the Hollywood Mus|
|By: Everybody Sing (Great Songs from the Hollywood Mus|
February 26, 2008
- 1930s and 1940s Hollywood Musical Hits
- Everybody Sing was introduced by the former Frances Gumm, now MGM's wonderfully talented child star, Judy Garland.
- In one of Fred Astiare's finest films, 'Swing Time' with the help of Jerome Kern's music and a deft lyric from Dorothy Fields, Astaire paid tribute to the legendary Broadway and film dancer, the African-American Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. The song was Bojangles Of Harlem.
- Having scored a success with the rueful duet, full of touching reminiscence, 'Thanks for the Memory', Bob Hope and Shirley Ross (born Leslie Townes Hope and Bernice Gaunt respectively) would be given another similar song to see if they could repeat their hit. They could. In the film 'Thanks for the Memory' named after their previous success, the pair introduced Two Sleepy People.
- The celebrated former lift operator, Miss Orleans and band vocalist Dorothy Lamour was born Mary Leta Dorothy Kaumeyer. The girl in a sarong, she was the love interest, fought over by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the famous series of 'Road' pictures. The Moon of Manakoora was featured in 'The Hurricane' starring Miss Lamour with Jon Hall.
|10. Bread Love and Cha Cha Cha / Cugat Cavalcade|
|By: XAVIER CUGAT|
January 30, 2001