CD Ultimate Big Band Collection: Artie Shaw (CD 7006616),
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Ultimate Big Band Collection: Artie Shaw

  • 1. Begin the Beguine
    2. Traffic Jam
    3. Goodnight Angel
    4. All the Things You Are
    5. Star Dust
    6. Frenesi
    7. Any Old Time
    8. Man I Love, The
    9. Concerto for Clarinet, Pts. 1 & 2
    10. Nightmare
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80549

  • Credits
    ProducerDidier C. Deutsch (Compilation)

    Clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw led one of the most elegant dance bands of the swing era; it was a group whose arrangements were intensely formal, while simultaneously concentrating on solid groove. His volume in Sony's Masterworks Jazz series reveals this in spades. From the opening reading of "Begin the Beguine," with its strutting guitar comping, his shimmering clarinet solo, and the brass strolling along the bassline, through uptempo banger's like "Traffic Jam," the slippery sentimentality of "All the Things You Are," and the colorful, easy shuffle in "The Man I Love," Shaw and his group knew how to put dancers out on the ballroom floor and keep them there. This budget comp collects ten of the group's best-known recordings, providing a solid, swinging introduction to a singular artist. ~ Thom Jurek

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