The Swing era lasted from approximately 1934 to 1945. During that time there were but a few superstar-led orchestras, the jazz-driven bands of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington and the “sweet” band of Glenn Miller. Stylistically in-between these two was Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. The Dorsey band’s sound was melodious and danceable, but they could swing hard when the mood struck them. The leader’s buttery-smooth trombone tone was the envy of nearly all horn players and was even an influence on the style of one of the band’s vocalists, a young Frank Sinatra. GIANTS OF THE BIG BAND ERA is a fine budget-priced set of an even dozen of Dorsey’s biggest hits, both the dance tunes (“Opus One”) and the jazzier ones (“On the Sunny Side of the Street”).
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AllMusic Review by Mark Keresman