Sunday, November 7, 2010

John Burnett Orchestra - Down For Dou...

John Burnett Orchestra - Down For Double-Delmark

 

     Most astute radio listeners of jazz know the distinguish on air voice of John Burnett. His daily show heard throughout the Midwest features ample doses of all manner of jazz from the earliest of eras to the present. And then there is the big band leader, John Burnett. And what a big and leader he is!
    Down for Double, his tribute to the "best bandleaders of swing" is a great primer for those wanting to hear the band sounds of yesteryear. The sounds that put big band music front and center of American music listening.
    The Disc's first 9 numbers from Glenn Miller, Ellington, Basie and Buddy Rich all swing like a big band should. All were recorded 'live' over a 5 year period at the Drury Lane and Fitzgerald's. High octane doses of In The Mood, In a Mellow Tone, One O'clock Jump, West Side Story, Sing, Sing, Sing, Out of Nowhere, and others are given a fresh redress. This is a big band that has to been seen 'live' to really feel its dancing pull. They are having a great swinging time!

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