Swing Is the Thing [Retrieval]

Swing Is the Thing [Retrieval]


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Released in 2007, Retrieval's Swing Is the Thing is a highly recommended sampler of definitive swing recordings made between February 1932 and February 1942 by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Bob Crosby, and Artie Shaw. Most of the selections are instrumental, and most exceed the durational constraints of the 10" record, which is a fancy way of saying that 14 out of 16 tracks last longer than four minutes, allowing for longer solos and extended ensemble jamming. While this compilation works well both as an introduction to and a reaffirmation of the swing tradition, the extra emphasis on Crosby -- he gets four tracks while the rest are assigned only two -- is a bit puzzling. If the producers of this album wanted to stick with long tracks, all they had to do was substitute Count Basie's "Cherokee" and "Miss Thing" for two of the Crosby tunes and this would have been even better and more accurate. Omitting Basie from the lineup in favor of Crosby is a programmatic gaff that bumps this collection down from outstanding to merely excellent.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Retrieval Records
UPC: 0608917905328
catalogNumber: 79053

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Conniff   Trombone
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet,Vocals
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Bandleader
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Fats Waller   Piano,Vocals
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Bob Haggart   String Bass
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mince   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Howard Smith   Piano
Warren Smith   Trombone
George Wettling   Drums
Bob Zurke   Piano
Wellman Braud   String Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Red Ballard   Trombone
Bus Bassey   Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Red Bone   Trombone
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Mike Doty   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Nick Fatool   Drums
George   Trombone
Harry Goodman   String Bass
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Allan Harshman   Viola
Hendrickson   Clarinet,Guitar
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Jenkins   Trombone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Slick Jones   Drums,Vibes
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
Neely Plumb   Alto Saxophone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Gil Rodin   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Rounds   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone,Vocals,Muted Trumpet
Tom Morgan   Guitar
Gene Traxler   String Bass
Charles Turner   String Bass
Lyman Vunk   Trumpet
Hank Wayland   String Bass
George Wendt   Trumpet
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Alex Beller   Violin
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Fred Goerner   Cello
Max Herman   Trumpet
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Joe Bauer   Trumpet
Bob Morrow   Violin
K. Collins   Viola
Jud de Naut   String Bass
T. Klages   Violin
Arthur Rando   Alto Saxophone
E. Lamas   Violin
J. Cathcart   Trumpet
Artt Mendelsohn   Alto Saxophone
Albert Casey   Guitar
Fred Stuice   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sonny Lee   Trombone
Joe Dixon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Lippman Orchestra   Piano

Technical Credits

Alan Freed   Composer
Bunny Berigan   Director
Benny Goodman   Director
Artie Shaw   Director
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Bob Haggart   Arranger,Composer
Deane Kincaide   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Bubber Miley   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Director
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer,Director
Rudy Jackson   Composer
Dick Sudhalter   Sleeve Notes
Harry Coster   Original Material
Jimmy Munday   Arranger
Michael Brooks   Original Material
Joe Lippman Orchestra   Arranger
Immerman   Composer

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