Artie Shaw

In the Mood with Artie Shaw

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The Artie Shaw installment of BMG Special Products In the Mood With series is an effective introduction to Shaw's clarinet, and his numerous big band incarnations. Including solid versions of the hits "Frenesi," "Begin the Beguine," and "Star Dust," the collection also features the gloomy, foreboding piece "Nightmare." While it is a solid purchase for the casual fan, this release includes only brief liner notes, and the fidelity is merely satisfactory, with RCA Victor's Very Best of Artie Shaw being superior in both sound quality and liner content.

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