The Very Best of Artie Shaw

The Very Best of Artie Shaw

by Artie ShawArtie Shaw


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This RCA Victor compilation features some of Shaw's finest work spanning the years 1938-1945. As such, it's an interesting document in the history of World War II America. All 18 tracks are meticulously annotated, and Loren Schoenberg's biographical essay is a gem -- well-written, insightful, and free of banality and cliché. As for the music, it's classic swing, with performances by Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich, Roy Eldridge, and many more. The sound is top-notch by reissue standards. Shaw's masterful clarinet is a powerful presence, but there's also the writing and arranging to consider: Gershwin's "Summertime," Thomas Griselle's "Nocturne," Shaw's "Concerto for Clarinet," and Eddie Sauter's "The Maid With the Flaccid Air" take some pretty innovative turns, balancing out more pop-oriented fare like "Begin the Beguine" and "Deep Purple." (The latter would become a theme song of sorts for Marie Osmond some 35 years later.) The inclusion of three barnstorming radio broadcasts from 1939, "Everything Is Jumpin'," "My Blue Heaven," and "Diga Diga Doo," make the package all the more valuable. For a concise yet thorough introduction to Shaw's intelligent brand of swing, one couldn't ask for better.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266375325
catalogNumber: 63753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Artie Shaw   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
George Arus   Trombone
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Avola   Guitar
Bus Bassey   Alto Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Burness   Piano
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
Charlie DiMaggio   Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Mickey Folus   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Lou Fromm   Drums
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Gus Ischia   Trombone
Jenkins   Trombone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Tom Mace   Alto Saxophone
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Ed McKinney   Bass
Neely Plumb   Alto Saxophone
Lou Prisby   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Morris Rayman   Bass
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Ralph Rosenlund   Tenor Saxophone
Morey Samuel   Trombone
George Schwartz   Trumpet
Bob Swift   Trombone
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Bass
George Wendt   Trumpet
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Oran Thaddeus Page   Trumpet
Jud de Naut   Bass
Charles Coolidge   Trombone

Technical Credits

Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Engineer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer

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