Swing Alive! At the Hollywood Palladium

Swing Alive! At the Hollywood Palladium

     
 
This album is from the soundtrack of a 1996 TV special, broadcast live from the Hollywood Palladium, for the benefit of PBS featuring stars past and present paying homage to that unique American music genre, swing. In business since their Duke University Blue Days of more than 60 years ago, making it the longest lasting musical organization under the same leader, Les

Overview

This album is from the soundtrack of a 1996 TV special, broadcast live from the Hollywood Palladium, for the benefit of PBS featuring stars past and present paying homage to that unique American music genre, swing. In business since their Duke University Blue Days of more than 60 years ago, making it the longest lasting musical organization under the same leader, Les Brown and His Band of Renown provided the musical glue for the session. The set features a wide variety of performers running the gamut -- from veterans of the swing era to more recent converts and disciples to those who don't fare all that well in the genre. There's Tex Beneke still riding the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" after more than 50 years since he and The Modernaires first recorded the original with Glenn Miler. Although the voice quivers, Beneke has not lost his swing credentials. Hal Linden, TV's Barney Miller, shows he is no slouch with the clarinet as he recreates three Benny Goodman hits. One of the newer swing groups, Royal Crown Review, does two numbers of its own before joining John Pizzarelli and Les Brown on a rousing "Sing, Sing, Sing." Then there are newer groups which look to performers from the past, like The Step Sisters doing an Andrew Sisters routine on "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," but adding a few wrinkles of their own along the way. Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Dennis Rowland entertains with an animated "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues," adding a bit of jazz yodeling a la Leon Thomas. Not all of the tracks maintain the high level of quality which characterize the session. Suzanne Somers doesn't quite make it on "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Despite the backing of Les Brown's group, Sheena Easton is out of her league trying to cope with "Sentimental Journey." Brian Setzer and his rock tinged swing will not likely appeal to swing purists. The ultimate trouper and song and dance man Bob Hope shows up to do a tune with Brown befitting their long association on Hope's radio and TV shows. Fittingly, the session ends with one of the most popular tunes from the Les Brown book, "Leap Frog." While somewhat uneven in spots, this album is an entertaining tribute to swing from the past and present.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/1996
Label:
Drive Archive
UPC:
0780674600224
catalogNumber:
46002
Rank:
283799

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Kennedy   Piano
Sheena Easton   Track Performer
Jake Hanna   Drums
Steve Fowler   Saxophone
Roger Neumann   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Setzer   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Hope   Track Performer
Royal Crown Revue   Track Performer
Hal Linden   Track Performer
John Fumo   Trumpet
Tex Beneke   Track Performer
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Lee Callet   Tenor Saxophone
Geoff Clarkson   Piano
Jack Coan   Trumpet
Kid Creole & the Coconuts   Track Performer
August Darnell   Vocals
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Bob Efford   Baritone Saxophone
Howard Fallman   Alto Saxophone
Darrel Gardner   Trumpet
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
Rusty Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Mark Jones   Trombone
Michael Lang   Piano
Don Markese   Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
George McMullen   Trombone
Bob Parr   Bass
Bob Payne   Trombone
John Pizzarelli   Guitar,Track Performer
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Don Roberts   Saxophone
Bob Sandman   Saxophone
Don Smith   Trumpet
Kirk Smith   Bass
Jack Sperling   Drums
Butch Stone   Vocals
Dennis Rowland   Track Performer
Gregg Field   Drums
Stumpy Brown   Bass Trombone
Scott Steen   Trumpet
Brian Setzer Orchestra   Track Performer
Brown & His Band of Renown   Track Performer
Dolores Hope   Track Performer
Brown   Vocals
Mando Dorame   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Ungerman   Baritone Saxophone
Fred Koyen   Trumpet
Eddie Nichols   Vocals
Mike Vlatkovich   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Roger Burn   Piano
Mette Berggreen   Background Vocals
Heidi Bjerre   Background Vocals
Chuck Hoover   Piano
Veikko Lepisto   Bass
Suzanne Somers   Track Performer
Pamela Stonebrooke   Vocals
Step Sisters   Track Performer
Rita Valente   Vocals
Linda Price   Vocals
James Achor   Guitar
Charlie Biggs   Trumpet
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Sheena Easton   Contributor
Dave Barbour   Contributor,Artwork,Art Direction
Bob Hope   Contributor
Royal Crown Revue   Contributor
Hal Linden   Contributor
Gary Owens   Contributor
Tex Beneke   Contributor
Tim Boyle   Engineer
Kid Creole & the Coconuts   Contributor
Denny Diante   Contributor
Brian O'Neal   Contributor
Kevin O'Neal   Contributor
Stephen Powers   Producer,Executive Producer
Billy Vera   Contributor
Dennis Rowland   Contributor
Eric Garcia   Contributor,Digital Post Production
Ken Kreisel   Engineer
Wink Martindale   Contributor
Brian Setzer Orchestra   Contributor
Dolores Hope   Contributor
Brown   Producer,Contributor
Phil Crumrine   Assistant Remote Engineer
Peter Grenader   Art Direction
Jim Bloomfield   Assistant Remote Engineer
Chris Mickle   Assistant Remote Engineer
Gustavo Sagastume   Executive Producer
Suzanne Somers   Contributor
Paul Zollo   Liner Notes
George Veras   Director,Producer
Step Sisters   Contributor

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