Various Artists

Jazz 101: Introduction to Swing

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With the resurgence in popularity of swing in the late '90s, almost every record label was sent scrambling to piece together a budget-priced collection of "The Best of Swing," and Concord Jazz was no exception. Unfortunately, while Concord is rich in its collections of acoustic, Latin, and contemporary jazz, their archives are a little light in the swing category. Nonetheless, big-band headliner Woody Herman and Louis Prima's frequent collaborator Keely Smith both make entertaining appearances. The album on the whole is a fun listen, but effort would be better spent on a compilation from Decca or Capitol, two labels that played a much bigger role in the big band/swing movement.

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