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Charlie Barnet's band spurned conventional wisdom when they issued this set of rousing stompers and vintage standards in 1958. As the theory went, big bands had been dead for years and there was no interest among modern fans in these old numbers. That may or may not have been true then or now, but it was true enough that the band came out roaring on the title track and did not stop through 11 quick, often blistering numbers. The ensemble playing was furious but well disciplined, while solos were, out of necessity, quick, terse, and hot. Here is a disc proving that great material never goes out of style.

Biography

Born: October 26, 1913 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Charlie Barnet was unusual in several ways. One of the few jazzmen to be born a millionaire, Barnet was a bit of a playboy throughout his life, ending up with a countless number of ex-wives and anecdotes. He was one of the few white big band leaders of the swing era to openly embrace the music of Duke Ellington (he also greatly admired Count Basie). Barnet was a pioneer in leading integrated bands (as early as 1935). And, although chiefly a tenor saxophonist (where he developed an original sound...
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