Swing: Bandstand Kings

Swing: Bandstand Kings


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Many of the discs in Bluebird's new reissue series focus on one specific artist, but all-star collections like this one give a more sweeping overview of an era and its musical heroes. If the listener can find some of the poor recording quality charming rather than limiting, these 14 tracks have a lot of great history to offer. The basic question is "What Is This Thing Called Swing?" Best to start the answer with a 1939 all-star band featuring Jack Teagarden, Eddie Miller, and Benny Goodman, as they blow up a storm on the buoyant "Blue Lou." The slightly more restrained, electric guitar-driven "One O'Clock Jump" is billed to the Metronome All-Stars, an outfit that includes Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Charlie Christian, and Coleman Hawkins. The piano mastery of Fats Waller comes alive on "Truckin'," while Duke Ellington's genius as an arranger is showcased on "Harlem Air Shaft." Other legends that this collection refuses to miss are Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, and Artie Shaw. Many of these tracks may seem obscure to the casual big-band fan, which is why the set closes with the ubiquitous, quintessential sounds of the era, from Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing") and Glenn Miller ("In the Mood").

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2002
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0090266396726
catalogNumber: 663967

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Barnet   Soprano Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Vocals,Vibes
Franz Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Billy May   Trumpet
Buddy Rich   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Fats Waller   Piano,Vocals
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Bob Zurke   Piano
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Tex Beneke   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
George Dixon   Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet Obbligato
Eddie Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Powell   Clarinet
Jess Stacy   Piano
Rudy Traylor   Drums
Sonny Dunham   Trumpet
Milt Golden   Piano
Bill Miller   Piano
James P. Johnson & His Orchestra   Piano

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Artie Shaw   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Eddie Durham   Composer
Joe Garland   Composer
Cliff Preiss   Liner Notes,Annotation
Jerry Grey   Arranger
Ben Young   Reissue Producer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Ruth Marten   Illustrations

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