Artie Shaw

Irresistible Swing

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The music on this budget CD is taken from clarinetist Artie Shaw's studio recordings for Musicraft. It has been reissued in more complete form elsewhere but, if found at a low price, this set is worth picking up. "The Hornet" and "The Glider" feature Shaw's 1945 Orchestra (his last major big band) playing a pair of swinging Buster Harding arrangements; there are also a pair of vocal features for Hal Stevens. The remainder of the set showcases Shaw with a studio orchestra that includes strings. The music ranges from first-class dance charts to showcases for Mel Tormé and the Mel-Tones, most notably their hit version of "What Is This Thing Called Love."

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