The Best of the Swing Bands

The Best of the Swing Bands



This is an unusual highlights disc to come from Hindsight, an archival label specializing in high-quality (and legal) releases of radio transcription performances from the 1930s through the 1950s. The opening number, a version of "Stardust" by Artie Shaw that is completely different from his standard studio edition (cut two years later), with an extraordinary chorus by Shaw, sets the tone for this release. Other highlights include a beguiling "Blueberry Hill" as performed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Bob Eberly on vocals, a pair of Duke Ellington delights ("Swamp Fire," "Tea for Two"), and Stan Kenton's hot version of "Baby Won't You Please Come Home." These transcriptions gave bands and soloists a chance to preserve some of the work that they did get around to putting down on record for commercial release, filling in lots of holes along the way -- the performances are first-rate all the way through, so even the casual listener will love with material, and the sound is excellent. The notes are nicely detailed as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/1994
Label: Hindsight Records
UPC: 0014921031128
catalogNumber: 311

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doris Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Brown   Saxophone,Track Performer
Woody Herman   Clarinet,Vocals,Track Performer
Harry James   Trumpet,Track Performer
Stan Kenton   Track Performer
Flip Phillips   Saxophone
Sears   Saxophone
Artie Shaw   Clarinet,Track Performer
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals,Track Performer
Avola   Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Karl George   Trumpet,Track Performer
Jerry Gray   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Saxophone
Corky Corcoran   Saxophone
Bob Eberly   Vocals,Track Performer
Hayden Causey   Guitar
Buddy Divito   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Arranger
Brown   Arranger
Stan Kenton   Arranger,Composer
Artie Shaw   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Composer
Jerry Gray   Arranger
Charlie Parker   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Sid Garris   Composer
Thomas Gramuglia   Producer
Leo Walker   Liner Notes

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