Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s

Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s
Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s (click images to enlarge)

Perfect Swing: Best Swing Bands of the 20s 30s & 40s

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For such a short and innocuous a word, 'Swing' packs quite a punch! You'll find the music style perfectly demonstrated on this album by many adept artists including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington.

Benny Carter & His Orchestra - Sunday
Jimmy Lunceford & His Orchestra - Ain't She Sweet
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra - Exactly Like You
Count Basie & His Orchestra - Topsy
Woody Herman & His Orchestra - At The Woodchopper's Ball
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Air Mail Special
Harry James & His Orchestra - Music Makers
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Explosion Swing
Lil Armstrong & Her Swing Orchestra - Lindy Hop
Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra - Good Queen Bess
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra - The Jumpin' Jive
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Deep River
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra - Flying Home
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam)
John Kirby & His Orchestra - Blue Skies
Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy - Wednesday Night Hop
Louis Armstrong/jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Swing That Music
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra - Oh! Lady Be Good
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Major & Minor Stomp
Earl Hines & His Orchestra - Indiana
Red Norvo & His Orchestra - It Can Happen To You
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Skyliner
Bud Freeman & His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra - The Eel
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Wrappin' It Up

Key Product Details

  • Artist0: Various Artists
  • Artist1: Jimmie Lunceford
  • Artist2: Teddy Wilson
  • Artist3: Count Basie
  • Artist4: Harry James
  • Artist5: Duke Ellington
  • Artist6: Benny Carter

Product Features

Of course, to lovers of between-the-wars jazz, swing is far more than a portmanteau term for a musical style. But try to get a fan or indeed, a critic to define what they mean by swing and you tend to get a response which echoes Fats Waller's famous dictum: "If you have to ask, you'll never know. What better way to open our marvellous collection of re-mastered classics from the swing era than with At The Woodchopper's Ball? Woody Herman's greatest commercial and popular success features Woody's haunting blues clarinet and Neil Reid's punchy trombone with Saxie Mansfield on tenor-saxophone and trumpeter Steady Nelson. Benny Goodman makes two appearances in our compilation and that is only fitting, given his dominant position in the swing pantheon. Christened the 'King of Swing' by his promotions people, Goodman was an incisive instrumentalist, a clarinet virtuoso who had emerged from Chicago's Jewish ghetto, made good musically and formed an excellent big band. It was Lil Armstrong (nee Hardin) who set her husband Louis on the path to stardom with some astute promotional ideas. When he moved on and they divorced, Lil re-built her career as a bandleader and cut some tasty small-group records. Her tribute to the Lindy Hop (a dance craze pioneered at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom) spots her girlish vocal and some hot trumpet from the underrated Shirley Clay. Louis Armstrong so much liked Swing That Music that he used it as the title for his (ghosted) autobiography. He made two versions of this exciting piece in 1936, the first with his own band and this with the popular Jimmy Dorsey orchestra just three months later.