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Reviewers: Don Mather, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Gerald Fenech

Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey Glenn Miller And many others
ASV mono Living Era AJS 239

As this album of 2 CD's contains 45 tracks, every one of the big swing hits from the period 1932 to 1946 is included. Playing time totals 2 hours 32 mins.

I would like to congratulate everybody involved at ASV, on the quality of the sleeve notes, which list all the personnel involved. For me this made the whole thing so much more enjoyable, I think I would have guessed it was Lester Young who did the Tenor solo on the 1938 Basie version of Jumping at the Woodside, but it is nice to know for sure.

Ella Fitzgerald is featured as the singer with the Chick Webb Band on Sing Me A Swing Song, Ben Webster is on Tenor with the Ellington Band on Take the A Train

and I could go on and on.

If music from this era is your favourite, this album is very well produced. My taste is much more with the Big Bands of the 50's, when Stan Kenton was at the top of his fame and the Bands of Basie and Herman were at their most creative.

for a well produced CD.

Don Mather

Don Mather is a Saxophone Player and Bandleader based in Coventry

Tracks: Cherokee / Skyliner (Charlie Barnet). Jumpin' at the Woodside / One O/Clock Jump (Basie). I can't get started (Bunny Berigan). I've got my love to keep me warm (Les Brown). Swing It (Benny Carter). Honky Tonk Train Blues / Swing Mister Charlie (Bob Crosby). Amapola . Besame mucho (Jimmy Dorsey). Boogie Woogie / I'm getting sentimental over you / Opus No.1 / Without a song (Tommy Dorsey). Don't be that way / King Porter Stomp / Roll 'em / Sing Sing Sing / Stompin' at the Savoy / Why don't you do it right? (Benny Goodman). Flying Home / I'm in the mood for swing (Hampton). Body and Soul (Hawkins). Christopher Columbus (Henderson). At the Woodchopper's Ball (Herman). Rosetta (Hines). All or nothing at all / Back Beat Boogie / Ciribiribin (Harry James). Walkin' and Swingin' (Andy Kirk). My Blue Heaven (Lunceford). Amercian Patrol / Chattanooga Choo Choo / In the Mood / A String of Pearls / Tuxedo Junction (Miller). Back Bay Shuffle / Begin the Beguine / Frenesi (Shaw). Sing me a Swing Song (Webb / Fitzgerald).


Don Mather

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