Various Artists

Big Bands of the Swinging Year, Vol. 2

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The second volume of Big Bands of the Swinging Year is a short program that only contains ten tracks on a single disc. Several of the immortal bandleaders and their orchestras are briefly highlighted, including Duke Ellington ("Take the 'A' Train"), Jimmy Dorsey ("I'm Just Wild About Harry"), Charlie Barnet ("Pompton Turnpike"), and Artie Shaw ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy"). Considering the glut of quality big-band compilations available, don't pay anything above a bargain-bin price for this disc.

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