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Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi
     

Oscillatin' Rhythm: Great Swing Hits in Hi-Fi

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1997
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724382109020
catalogNumber:
21090

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Anthony   Trumpet,Track Performer
Count Basie   Piano
Ruby Braff   Trumpet
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
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
George Bassman   Arranger
Gene Gifford   Arranger
Henri Woode   Arranger
Tommy Dorsey Band   Composer

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