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Big Band Classics [Castle]

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Castle Productions has released 22 tracks of classic big band music from four different bandleaders -- Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. They are all big hits, well known tunes to listeners of jazz in the '30s and '40s, and need no critique. It is what is left off of this sampler from other bandleaders, especially African-Americans, that may give rise to questioning the comprehensiveness of this release. If subsequent volumes featured the likes of Paul Whiteman, Andy Kirk, Tiny Hill, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Earl Hines, Jimmy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Boyd Raeburn, or Gerald Wilson, then you'd have a true representation of this era, more variety, and not just a white populist overview. Surely fans already own these great, but over reissued sides.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:33
2 2:50
3 3:17
4 3:20
5 3:26
6 3:12
7 2:54
8 3:15
9 3:57
10 5:13
11 5:11
12 2:50
13 3:19
14 2:51
15 3:15
16 3:26
17 3:21
18 3:16
19 3:10
20 3:09
21 2:58
22 3:35
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