Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra

In Swing Time

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Since Russian bandleader Oleg Lundstrem was around 70 when he recorded this CD, one might expect the music to be Russian versions of swing standards, but actually the music is quite modern, sort of an updated Thad Jones/Mel Lewis-type orchestra. No personnel listing is given although the liner notes refer to pianist Mikhail Okun, trumpeter Yuri Parfenov and tenorman Vyacheslav Preobrazhenski. The charts make liberal use of brass choirs and expertly set up the soloists, of which the tenor is the most talented. Overall this is a professional and rather enjoyable big-band outing from a Russian legend who led his first orchestra in 1934.

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