Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Harlem Jazz 1925-1937 - the Birth of the Big Band

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Harlem Jazz 1925-1937 - the Birth of the Big Band

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Duke Ellington & Fletcher Henderson Orchestras

Harlem Jazz 1925-1937 - The Birth of the Big Band

Audio Park APCD-6031

DUKE ELLINGTON: East St. Louis Toodle-Oo/Black Beauty /Harlemania . Stevedore Stomp/Double Check Stomp/It Don't Mean A Thing/Delta Bound/Dinah/Bugle Call Rag/Stompy Jones FLETCHER HENDERSON: Sugar Foot Stomp/What-Cha-Call-'Em Blues/Fidgety Feet/Sensation/Hop Off/The House of David Blues/Can You Take It? /I'll Always Be In Love With You/Jangled Nerves/Sing You Sinners. Recorded 1925-1937 TT: 60:00

I must have heard my first 78rpm recordings on poorly transferred LP reissues. The music often sounded as if a woolen blanket was thrown over the speakers, due to the fact that they wanted to get rid of the surface noise. I got a complete different experience while listening to this wonderful Japanese compilation. In fact the CD contains 1920s and 1930s material by two orchestras that were responsible for the development of the big band during the swing period. The first band is, of course the Duke Ellington Orchestra, with tunes like East St. …

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