Various Artists

Swingin' Britain: The Thirties

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This double LP from British Decca will be difficult to find but it is worth the search for fans of swing music. The two-fer has 32 jazz-oriented recordings (most of them rare) by a variety of English groups: Danny Polo's Swing Stars, George Chisholm's Jive Five, the Embassy Rhythm Eight, Leonard Feather and Ye Old English Swynge Band, Lew Davis's Trombone Trio and Tiny Winters's Bogey Seven. Although the stereotype of British bands of the 1930s is of polite dance music, these performances show that the English had several very impressive swing stylists. Most notable, in addition to the American clarinetist Danny Polo (a bit of a ringer), are trumpeters Tommy McQuater, Max Goldberg and Dave Wilkins, trombonists George Chisholm and Lew Davis, Benny Winestone on clarinet and tenor and the tenors of Don Barrigo and Buddy Featherstonhaugh. This very worthy reissue is a collector's item.