Swingin' Uptown: Big Band 1923-1952

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636674629
  • Catalog Number: 66746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saturday Night Function - Duke Ellington (3:03)
  2. 2 I Never Miss The Sunshine (I'm So Used To The Rain) - Benson Orchestra of Chicago (3:30)
  3. 3 Variety Stomp - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:00)
  4. 4 High Fever - The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (2:46)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (2:46)
  6. 6 Lonely Melody - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (2:46)
  7. 7 The Charleston Is The Best Dance After All - Charlie Johnson (2:43)
  8. 8 Springfield Stomp - Cecil Scott & His Bright Boys (3:07)
  9. 9 Two Tickets to Georgia - Ben Pollack (2:39)
  10. 10 Talk to Me - McKinney's Cotton Pickers (3:03)
  11. 11 Cuttin' Up - Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders (2:57)
  12. 12 That Too, Do - Bennie Moten (3:19)
  13. 13 Sophisticated Lady - Casa Loma Orchestra (3:28)
  14. 14 Heebie Jeebies - Mills Blue Rhythm Band (3:09)
  15. 15 I've Got the World on a String - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:14)
  16. 16 Old Fashioned Love (In My Heart) - Joe Haymes (3:10)
  17. 17 Swingin' Uptown - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra (2:37)
  18. 18 The Blue Room - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (3:16)
  19. 19 Margie - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (3:06)
  20. 20 The Sheik of Araby - Willie Bryant (2:55)
  21. 21 Sugar Foot Stomp - Benny Goodman (2:46)
  22. 22 Study in Brown - Teddy Hill (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frankie and Johnny - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (2:49)
  2. 2 Chinatown, My Chinatown - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (3:18)
  3. 3 Blues of Avalon - Boots & His Buddies (3:25)
  4. 4 Strange Enchantment - Skinnay Ennis & His Orchestra (3:25)
  5. 5 Sunday - Benny Carter (2:44)
  6. 6 Rose Room - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:09)
  7. 7 Yellow Fire - Earl Hines & His Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 Mother Fuzzy - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (2:43)
  9. 9 A-La-Bridges - Harlan Leonard (3:18)
  10. 10 Flo-Flo - Sam Donahue & His Orchestra (2:32)
  11. 11 Sepia Panorama - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:22)
  12. 12 Embraceable You - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (3:03)
  13. 13 Tea for Two - Bob Zurke (3:14)
  14. 14 Dig Me, Honey - Larry Clinton (3:03)
  15. 15 Midnight Stroll - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (2:59)
  16. 16 Rhapsody in Blue - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:00)
  17. 17 Wonderful Thing - Count Basie Orchestra (2:34)
  18. 18 Hallelujah - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:00)
  19. 19 Idiot's Delight - Ray McKinley (3:02)
  20. 20 Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:05)
  21. 21 Blue Fields - Herbie Fields & His Orchestra (3:14)
  22. 22 April in Paris - The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (2:57)
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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
The 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
The 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
Nick Drake Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
King Oliver Composer
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Oliver Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Charlie Green Composer
William Jerome Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Charlie Price Composer
Arthur D. Porter Composer
Trent Composer
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