Tenor saxophonist Loren Schoenberg led a part-time swing orchestra throughout the 1980s. This definitive set finds his big band playing an arrangement apiece from Benny Carter ("Symphony in Riffs"), Buck Clayton, Eddie Sauter, Duke Ellington (a remake of "Harmony in Harlem"), Gil Evans, Jimmy Mundy, Gary McFarland, Horace Henderson, Bob Brookmeyer, and Eddie Durham (his classic rendition of "Blue Room"). In addition, Schoenberg is featured with the rhythm section on "I Cover the Waterfront" and Pete Rugolo's "Overtime." Among the many concise soloists heard from the excellent big band are trumpeter Dick Sudhalter and John Eckert, trombonist Matt Finders, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and pianist Dick Katz. This is a creative outing that avoids the usual nostalgic trappings associated with some swing-oriented big bands.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow