Let's Dance: Themes of the Big Bands 1934-1947

Let's Dance: Themes of the Big Bands 1934-1947

CD(German Import)

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For a budget-line production, Let's Dance isn't half bad. Gathering together some of the best-known bands and bandleaders (Xavier Cugat, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton) is sure to deliver at least a few gems, even if the recordings aren't from the artists' top shelf. That's what occurs here. Though versions of Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" and Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" don't necessarily pop and fizz like some that listeners have heard, the groove is still there. Elsewhere, Clyde McCoy's "Sugar Blues" and Jimmie Lunceford's "Jazznocracy" swing with underground abandon, approximating the sound of the party depicted on the release's front cover. Though noise reduction technology has been employed here, many tracks still suffer from age. But Naxos has included full notes and recording details for each track. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining big-band comp for the casual fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0636943253625
catalogNumber: 910625
Rank: 136367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Track Performer
Bunny Berigan   Vocals
Xavier Cugat   Track Performer
Eddy Duchin   Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Track Performer
Woody Herman   Track Performer
Harry James   Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford   Track Performer
Clyde McCoy   Track Performer
Skinnay Ennis   Vocals
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Bob Chester   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Shep Fields & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
David Lennick   Producer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
James Noble   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Leo Corday   Composer
Joseph Turnbridge   Composer
Alberto Pestalozza   Composer
Josef Bonime   Composer
James Scott   Composer
H. E. Gifford   Composer
Jack Waller   Composer
Jimmy Noble   Composer

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