Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Blue Note designed Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi to appeal to Gen-X hipsters enamored with Sinatra, martinis, lounge music, cigars and Swingers. Unfortunately, the label didn't quite understand that the twentysomethings were celebrating the kitsch of '50s easy listening and the suave humor of the Rat Pack -- the music, in most cases, was secondary. That's why Oscillatin' Rhythm isn't an ideal package for the audience Blue Note wants to reach. The disc contains a selection of classic swing songs that Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billy May and Glen Gray recorded during the '50s and '60s. All of these versions are solid, but they're ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Blue Note designed Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi to appeal to Gen-X hipsters enamored with Sinatra, martinis, lounge music, cigars and Swingers. Unfortunately, the label didn't quite understand that the twentysomethings were celebrating the kitsch of '50s easy listening and the suave humor of the Rat Pack -- the music, in most cases, was secondary. That's why Oscillatin' Rhythm isn't an ideal package for the audience Blue Note wants to reach. The disc contains a selection of classic swing songs that Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billy May and Glen Gray recorded during the '50s and '60s. All of these versions are solid, but they're not quite as good as the original '30s and '40s versions, which used extremely similar arrangements. More problematic for hipsters, these version play it too straight for the batchelor pad tastes. So, Oscillatin' Rhythm falls in a bizarre netherworld -- it's good music that isn't kitschy, so it won't appeal to Gen-X swingers, but the very structure of this kind of various artists album won't appeal to jazz fans who genuinely appreciate this music. And it's unfortunate that it exists in that limbo, because it contains some very good music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724382109020
  • Catalog Number: 21090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Apollo Jumps - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra (2:57)
  2. 2 The Fox (2:31)
  3. 3 For Dancers Only (2:42)
  4. 4 Stompin' at the Savoy (3:11)
  5. 5 Leap Frog (2:46)
  6. 6 I've Heard That Song Before (2:53)
  7. 7 Shorty George (2:53)
  8. 8 Satin Doll - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Let's Dance (2:12)
  10. 10 Lean Baby (3:14)
  11. 11 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) (2:58)
  12. 12 Broadway (3:19)
  13. 13 Cotton Pickin' (3:38)
  14. 14 Stardust - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:26)
  15. 15 Opus One (2:56)
  16. 16 Swingin' the Blues (3:14)
  17. 17 Uptown Blues (2:50)
  18. 18 Sing, Sing, Sing (2:22)
  19. 19 Smoke Rings (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Anthony Trumpet, Track Performer
Count Basie Piano
Ruby Braff Trumpet
Les Brown Track Performer
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Harry James Trumpet, Track Performer
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jonah Jones Trumpet, Track Performer
Billy May Track Performer
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Gus Bivona Clarinet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Helen Forrest Vocals
Buddy Cole Piano
Si Zentner Tenor (Vocal)
Trummy Young Vocals
Clark Terry Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Duke Ellington Piano, Track Performer
Nick Fatool Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall Bass
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Boomie Richman Tenor Saxophone
Ray Sherman Piano
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Usselton Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
Harry James & His Orchestra Track Performer
Les Brown & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ray Anthony Orchestra Track Performer
Lloyd Morales Drums
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Harry James Composer
Billy May Arranger
Andy Gibson Arranger, Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Edgar Sampson Arranger
George Williams Arranger
Benny Carter Arranger
Duke Ellington Arranger
Eddie Durham Arranger
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Joe Garland Arranger
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
J. Hill Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger
Andy Bell Composer
George Bassman Arranger
Gene Gifford Arranger
Henri Woode Arranger
Tommy Dorsey Band Composer
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