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 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm just all about Swing and Big Band lately.

From the 1920's




to the 1940's



Anybody else?

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Count me in.

In fact, "All the Cats Join in"



"It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)"

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Artie Shaw "Lady Be Good"



Did you notice how the average FSMer dresses like Artie Shaw?

Yeah, neither did I. big grin

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I didnt know there was a Swing/big band thread.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Don't forget Louis Jordan!



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

David; Do you have any of these Rhino CDs?

Alive And Kickin': Big Band Sounds At M-G-M (1997)


Hollywood Swing & Jazz (2000)


Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey - Swingin' In Hollywood (1998)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

No Big Band lover should miss this Kritzerland 2-CD release:



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2018 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The two classic Big Band biopics:



 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2018 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

David; Do you have any of these Rhino CDs?

Alive And Kickin': Big Band Sounds At M-G-M (1997)


Hollywood Swing & Jazz (2000)


Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey - Swingin' In Hollywood (1998)


I have the first.

I don't have the 2nd.

I just found the 3rd a few days ago.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2018 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Rhino did one once with Carmen Miranda et. al. singing Latin big band stuff, including the improbable Van Johnson doing one, too.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2018 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Count me in.



"It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)"



Oddly, I only like Ellington for his dance music, the stuff I think he didn't quite like having to write.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2018 - 11:59 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rhino did one once with Carmen Miranda et. al. singing Latin big band stuff, including the improbable Van Johnson doing one, too.

Maracas, Marimbas, And Mambos: Latin Classics At M-G-M (1997)

 
 Posted:   Nov 6, 2018 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

A lot of this era shows up in the cheap bin, which means I got to hear my first Jack Hylton recently, for just under 2 clams:

 
 Posted:   Nov 6, 2018 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

And this classic:

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2020 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Anyone here into modern swing revival? I found some groups from 5-10 years ago tonight on a YouTube playlist; I'm wondering if anyone here knows who the best young swing groups are as of 2020. Browser searching hasn't been too helpful.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've been in a 1920s and 1930s mood all year; it ties in with all that art crap I like.

"Got the Jitters"- Adrian Rollini (Vocal refrain by Chick Bullock)



The version by Isham Jones has a "menacing" vibe to it, but the Rollini group version is more "jittery."

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Blues of the Vagabond"- Duke Ellington and the Harlem Footwarmers



My all-time favorite Duke Ellington composition. I love that 1930, Great Depression sound and have wanted to compile a list of other such tunes. The trumpet solo starting at 2:17 is wonderfully...depressing, but it also swings.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Phelps just mentioned "menacing" and "depressing" and a recent trend in current jazz is...wait for it...Gothic Swing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Wasn't crazy about the vocal in the song above. "St. James Infirmary" is more gothic than that newfangled stuff.

The only new-era swing I recall was those mid-'90s groups: Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Etc.

Sorry I couldn't be of more--or any--help.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Wasn't crazy about the vocal in the song above. "St. James Infirmary" is more gothic than that newfangled stuff.

The only new-era swing I recall was those mid-'90s groups: Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Etc.

Sorry I couldn't be of more--or any--help.


I appreciate the feedback! I'm auditioning some electro swing today. Here's a sly one: A track released this year noting that as we're entering the 2020s it's time to bring back the jazz era of the 1920s. With its mix of hip hop and old school swing this reminds me a lot of the musical approach of the Leonardo DiCaprio "Great Gatsby" song score. Party up!

 
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