Musichound Swing!: The Essential Album Guide (Musichound Guides)

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Rates, reviews, and analyzes the works of over 300 artists from yesterday and today, including Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Jelly Roll Morton, and Lester Young

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It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that SWING!

In 1935 Benny Goodman and his band began to rock and the swing era shifted into high gear. And as we dance into the new millenium, swing is again the thing. From the vintage sounds of the classic swing artists to the rollicking licks of western swing to the hottest neo-swing bands patrolling the planet in the never-ending quest to bring new life to the dance floor, MusicHound Swing sweats and swaggers and tells you who's hot and who's not. And you'll get a taste of rockability, jump blues, and boogie-woogie to boot. More than 300 acts from yesterday and today are given the royal MusicHound treatment, including:

Louis Armstrong * Mildred Bailey * Count Basie * Sidney Bechet * Big Bad Voodoo Daddy * Cab Calloway * Nat King Cole * Harry Connick, Jr. * Bing Crosby * Bob Crosby * Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis * Sammy Davis, Jr. * Duke Ellington * Benny Goodman * Fletcher Henderson * Peggy Lee * Guy Lombardo * Joe Jackson * Harry James * Louis Jordan * Gene Krupa * Billy May * Mighty Blue Kings * Amos Milburn * Glenn Miller * Jelly Roll Morton * Red Norvo * Carl Perkins * Louis Prima * Nelson Riddle * Roomful of Blues * The Brian Setzer Orchestra * Artie Shaw * Dinah Shore * Frank Sinatra * Noble Sissle * Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers * Dinah Washington * Paul Whiteman * Mary Lou Williams * Lester Young and many more.

Besides telling you "what to buy," MusicHound Swing is packed with in-depth biographical essays and details on artistic influences, musical development and trademark qualities. More than 100 photos and a free CD help bring the music to life.

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This book, the eighth MusicHoundR CD buying guide, covers swing music from the early boogie-woogie and Big Band performers through the current neo-swing revival. Profiling over 300 performers and musical acts (from Kay Kyser to the Royal Crown Revue), entries provide performers' biographical information, career hits and misses, musical influences, and important events. Although many of the performers and groups profiled here can be found in other works in the MusicHoundR series, most entries have been revised or completely rewritten for this volume. The book's most valuable feature is its "What To Buy" and "What To Avoid" sections, which give thorough purchasing suggestions. Also included are a glossary of key terms and dance styles, an extended bibliography, 100 black-and-white photos, and a sampler CD of contemporary swing acts. Indexes list the top recommended recordings, band members, producers, "roots" (influences on a performer), and swing categories. An additional, cumulative performer index for all MusicHoundR titles rounds out the work. Edited by Knopper, who was also responsible for MusicHoundR Lounge, this book is recommended for public and academic libraries of all sizes with popular music collections.AMichele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Edina, MN
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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