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Old 08-16-2011, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with jazz, a style of music which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1950s. Big Bands evolved with the times and continues to today. A big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, vibraphone, singers (or vocalists), and a rhythm section. The terms jazz band, jazz ensemble, stage band, jazz orchestra, society band and dance band may be used to describe a specific type of big band.


In contrast to smaller jazz combos, in which most of the music is improvised, or created spontaneously, music played by big bands is highly "arranged", or prepared in advance and notated on sheet music. The music is traditionally called "charts". Improvised solos may be played only when called for by the arranger.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I`m neither a fan nor an expert on Big Band Jazz as a lot of those grand orchestral effects sound rather dull and dated to me.
Dizzy Gillespie, though, could inject some excitement by focusing the sound on his sharp, distinctive trumpet and by including Cuban percussionist Chano Ponzo in his group.
Although this track is 63 years old, it still sounds fresh, which is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to the guys who wrote it; Dizzy and Chano. :-

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Old 08-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This thread wouldn't be complete without Benny Goodman's arrangement of "Sing Sing Sing". Gene Krupa's full-throttle, furious drumming at very end amazes me everything I hear this.

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Old 08-19-2011, 05:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Big Band Swing is groovy man!

Count Basie ~ One O'Clock Jump



Duke Ellington ~ Take The A Train



Glenn Miller ~ In The Mood



Artie Shaw ~ Begin The Beguine



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Old 08-26-2011, 10:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Double post mess up.

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This thread wouldn't be complete without Benny Goodman's arrangement of "Sing Sing Sing". Gene Krupa's full-throttle, furious drumming at very end amazes me everything I hear this.
It's probably the only Big Band song I really like. The live at Carnegie Hall version definitely turns the song up to 11 with all the solos and Gene Krupa's awesome drumming.

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Old 09-05-2011, 09:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Love the Chick Webb clip. Up temp but so swingin!
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Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Duke Ellington. The best.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The North Texas State One O'clock Lab Band was a favorite back when I was in music school.

Can't post a link because I'm too new here, but try YouTube for them and the tune "FM."
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I guess Slim Gaillard & the Stargazers would count as well. Par exemple;


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