Swingin'st

Swingin'st

by Vido Musso
     
 

Although issued in 1956, the recordings on Vido Musso's first LP for the Modern label were actually done around 1953-1954, with a young Maynard Ferguson on trumpet. Modern was one of the leading R&B-oriented independent labels of the early and mid-'50s, and as might be expected, these sides were a little R&B-influenced, particularlySee more details below

Overview

Although issued in 1956, the recordings on Vido Musso's first LP for the Modern label were actually done around 1953-1954, with a young Maynard Ferguson on trumpet. Modern was one of the leading R&B-oriented independent labels of the early and mid-'50s, and as might be expected, these sides were a little R&B-influenced, particularly in some of Musso's tenor sax vamping and the boogie patterns of some of the tunes. But really it was for the most part straight swing jazz, albeit slightly modernized from (and more clearly recorded than) what Musso had recorded as a younger swing musician in the 1930s and 1940s, even including a remake of the classic he'd cut in the '30s with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, "Sing, Sing, Sing." This isn't the grittiest or most creative swing jazz, and even by the early to mid-'50s was sounding a bit behind the times. But it's cleanly and zippily executed, and only on the hucklebuckling grind of "Rock House Blues" do they really tread close to '50s R&B. The 2004 CD reissue of The Swingin'st on Ace, incidentally, is substantially different from the original LP, more than doubling the length by adding the entirety of Musso's second Modern album, 1957's Teenage Dance Party; a previously unissued alternate take of the single "Blue Night"; and the 1954 single "Vido's Drive"/"Frosty." Teenage Dance Party, as can be deduced from the title, was a more consciously R&B-oriented set, with the incongruous addition of a creepy organ. It makes for a somewhat incongruous pairing with the more conventional The Swingin'st, though it's handy for rounding up Musso's most significant Modern output onto one disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2005
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667005524
catalogNumber:
1035
Rank:
182166

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Tracks

  1. Sing, Sing, Sing  - Vido Musso
  2. Back Street Boogie (Musso's Boogie)  - Vido Musso
  3. Jersey Bounce  - Vido Musso
  4. Movin' On  - Vido Musso
  5. Emaline  - Vido Musso
  6. Rockin' Time (Roseland Boogie)  - Vido Musso
  7. Vido's Boogie  - Vido Musso
  8. Sherry Pink  - Vido Musso
  9. On Stage  - Vido Musso
  10. Rollin'  - Vido Musso
  11. Rock House Blues  - Vido Musso
  12. Russian Lullaby (Lullaby)  - Vido Musso
  13. Sorrento  - Vido Musso
  14. Intermission Riff  - Vido Musso
  15. You Feel It  - Vido Musso
  16. Rockin' Time  - Vido Musso
  17. Sweet Sue  - Vido Musso
  18. Honky Tonk  - Vido Musso
  19. Speak Easy  - Vido Musso
  20. Blues for Two  - Vido Musso
  21. Oh! Yes  - Vido Musso
  22. Oh Marie  - Vido Musso
  23. Blue Night  - Vido Musso
  24. Vido's Drive  - Vido Musso
  25. Frosty  - Vido Musso

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vido Musso   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Vido Musso   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Edward Johnson   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Nick Robbins   Mastering
Ray Wetzel   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Billy Butler   Composer
Peter Gibbon   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
George Little   Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd   Composer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer

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