Swing Is the Thing [Retrieval]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Retrieval Records
  • UPC: 608917905328
  • Catalog Number: 79053
  • Sales rank: 281,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues - Duke Ellington (4:32)
  2. 2 Creole Love Call - Duke Ellington (4:13)
  3. 3 Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller His Rhythm & His Orchestra (4:32)
  4. 4 Stop, Look and Listen - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (5:18)
  5. 5 Beale St. Blues - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:19)
  6. 6 Blue, Turning Grey Over You - Fats Waller His Rhythm & His Orchestra (4:25)
  7. 7 Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 1 - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (4:04)
  8. 8 Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 2 - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (4:40)
  9. 9 I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (4:49)
  10. 10 The Prisoner's Song - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (4:15)
  11. 11 South Rampart Street Parade - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (3:34)
  12. 12 Dogtown Blues - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (4:10)
  13. 13 Concerto for Clarinet, Pt. 1 - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (4:33)
  14. 14 Concerto for Clarinet, Pt. 2 - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (4:56)
  15. 15 Chain Gang - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (4:17)
  16. 16 Ec Stacy - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (4:16)
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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
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
Al George Trombone
Harry Goodman String Bass
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Fred Guy Banjo, Guitar
Allan Harshman Viola
Al Hendrickson Clarinet, Guitar
Freddy Jenkins Trumpet
Les 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
Les 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
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
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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