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Swingin' Uptown: Big Band 1923-1952
     

Swingin' Uptown: Big Band 1923-1952

 
In contrast to BMG's mid-priced single disc swing compilations, which are centered on the biggest hits, this mid-priced, 44 track (134 minute), double-disc set is pitched toward the more serious fan. That doesn't mean that it isn't also great fun -- just that there's a lot more to learn here. Alongside the early cuts here by Ellington, Armstrong, Goodman, Basie,

Overview

In contrast to BMG's mid-priced single disc swing compilations, which are centered on the biggest hits, this mid-priced, 44 track (134 minute), double-disc set is pitched toward the more serious fan. That doesn't mean that it isn't also great fun -- just that there's a lot more to learn here. Alongside the early cuts here by Ellington, Armstrong, Goodman, Basie, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw and other luminaries, listeners will find an array of musicians that haven't been popular in half a century or more, including Benson's Orchestra of Chicago ("I Never Miss The Sunshine"), Carlton Coon & Joe Sanders ("High Fever"), Jean Goldkette ("I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now"), Charlie Johnson ("The Charlston Is the Best Dance of All"), Harlan Leonard ("A-La-Bridges") and Willie Bryant ("The Sheik of Araby"), not to mention curiosities such as "Strange Enchantment," the earliest known Gil Evans arrangement on record, as cut by Skinnay Ennis leading what had been the Evans Orchestra. Bob Crosby alumnus, Bob Zurke, a boogie-woogie influenced pianist whose short-lived career yielded a furiously rambunctious "Tea for Two" is also featured here. Producer Orrin Keepnews has stretched the envelope a bit here to include dance bands and orchestras that delved effectively into swing only occasionally, as well as true iconoclasts like Zurke -- in tandem with annotator Loren Schoenberg, he spotlights undeservedly forgotten figures such as tenorman Henry Bridges and trombonist Fred Beckett ("A-La-Bridges"), and also makes a fresh plea for respect on behalf of such once-famous and now derided figures such as Paul Whiteman. The sound has been discreetly and elegantly CEDAR-processed for clarity and no loss of impact.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636674629
catalogNumber:
66746

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Track Performer
McKinney's Cotton Pickers   Track Performer
Bennie Moten   Track Performer
Ben Pollack   Track Performer
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra   Track Performer
Jean Goldkette   Track Performer
Harlan Leonard   Track Performer
Ray McKinley   Track Performer
Bob Zurke   Track Performer
Mills Blue Rhythm Band   Track Performer
Benny Carter   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Teddy Hill   Track Performer
Boots & His Buddies   Track Performer
Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Benson Orchestra of Chicago   Track Performer
Willie Bryant   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Carter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Earl Hines & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Glenn Miller Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Sam Donahue & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Skinnay Ennis & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Herbie Fields & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Cecil Scott & His Bright Boys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Arthur D. Porter   Composer

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