Ultimate Big Band Collection: Great Theme Songs

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This easy-flowing ten-track set has a wonderful thematic premise -- it collects the signature musical themes of the biggest of the big bands from the swing era. Each of these bands had a composition that was its calling card, its brand, if you will, which means that here one gets vintage and timeless recordings of Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," Benny Goodman's "Let's Dance," Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," and Artie Shaw's "Begin the Beguine," among others. It's a nice way for jazz novices to get a quick introduction to each of these marvelous big bands and the signature themes that made them famous.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This easy-flowing ten-track set has a wonderful thematic premise -- it collects the signature musical themes of the biggest of the big bands from the swing era. Each of these bands had a composition that was its calling card, its brand, if you will, which means that here one gets vintage and timeless recordings of Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," Benny Goodman's "Let's Dance," Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," and Artie Shaw's "Begin the Beguine," among others. It's a nice way for jazz novices to get a quick introduction to each of these marvelous big bands and the signature themes that made them famous.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886977396120
  • Catalog Number: 773961

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take The "A" Train - Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra (2:56)
  2. 2 Let's Dance - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:34)
  3. 3 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Moonlight Serenade - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:24)
  5. 5 Ciribiribin - Harry James & His Orchestra (2:30)
  6. 6 Cherokee - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (3:16)
  7. 7 Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:14)
  8. 8 I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (4:47)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto in B-flat (Tonight We Love) - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (3:15)
  10. 10 Snowfall - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Piano
Bunny Berigan Trumpet, Vocals
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Ray Nance Trumpet
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Rex Stewart Cornet
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone
George Wettling Drums
Freddy Martin Conductor
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass
George Arus Trombone
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Al Avola Guitar
Red Ballard Trombone
Bus Bassey Tenor Saxophone
Edward Bergman Violin
Artie Bernstein Bass
John Best Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Claude Bowen Trumpet
Vernon Brown Trombone
Les Burness Piano
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Mike Doty Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington Piano
Buff Estes Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Hank Freeman Alto Saxophone
Allen George Trombone
Irving Goodman Trumpet
George Green Bass
Fred Guy Guitar
Glenn Hughes Trombone
Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone
Al Killian Trumpet
Russ Klein Saxophone
Cliff Leeman Drums
Steve Lipkins Trumpet
Johnny Martel Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Perry Tenor Saxophone
Eli Robinson Trombone
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Clyde Rounds Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Stone Violin
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Ted Vesely Trombone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Baritone Saxophone
Hank Wayland Bass
Sid Weiss Bass
Arnold Covarrubias Guitar
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Chris Richardson Saxophone
Chuck Peterson Trumpet
Bill Scott Trombone
Clyde Rogers Saxophone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Harry McKeehan Trumpet
Charlie Probert Trombone
Tom Morgan Guitar
Sonny Lee Trombone
Joe Dixon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe Lippman Piano
Dickie Wells Trombone
Joe Nanton Trombone
Charles Bealick Violin
Jack Francis Fina Piano
Robert Cecil White Drums
Norman Bailey Trumpet
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Count Basie Composer
Harry James Arranger
Artie Shaw Arranger
Claude Thornhill Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Freddy Martin Composer
Ray Austin Arranger
Vernon Duke Composer
Jack Fina Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jerry Gray Arranger
John Hudson Product Development
Jack Lawrence Arranger
Glenn Miller Arranger, Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Gregory Stone Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
George Bassman Arranger
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Bobby Worth Composer
Alberto Pestalozza Composer
Maria Triana Mastering
Josef Bonime Composer
Fanny Baldridge Composer
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