This classic swing album was never released in the U.S. - but here it is finally on 2 CDs with bonus tracks! Features a great big band-style sound, with songs like At The Woodchopper's Ball, Little Brown Jug, One O'Clock Jump, and many others.
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Swing music would seem to be a natural medium for German orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert, whose early inspirations included the American big bands. And this set finds "Fips" and his combo doing a good job covering some of big band music's classics.
This Taragon edition of "Swing" is really two separate albums. The first twelve cuts of Side One are the original "Swing" album that Polydor released in '78. The other three cuts on Disc One, and all of Disc Two, are either covers or Kaempfert originals culled from the bandleader's regular Polydor/Decca/MCA output between 1966 and 1975.
Kaempfert's musicians shine on the energetic "One O'Clock Jump" (great solos by tenor saxes Ferdinand Powell, trumpet/cornet player Ack van Rooyen and trombonist Jiggs Whigham) and brilliant, bracing performances like Benny Goodman's "Air Mail Special" (wonderful solo by Whigham) and Woody Herman's "Apple Honey." Anyone who associates Fips and company with dentists'-office music is in...
Recorded in October,1977, this was an album that Bert had looked forward to for years. It's to bad that it suffers from such a cloudy and crowded recording. I've listened to two CD's and one LP of this record and they're all the same. More soloist on this one than most, with Jiggs Whigam and Herb Geller contributing excellent solo work, unfortunately showing what a lightweight Ack Van Rooyen really is. It's not that Van Rooyen can't play, but a trumpet would have suited this classic material so much better than a his fluglehorn. This was Bert's next to last record and it features some of the most demanding arranging of his entire recorded career. A must-have for the hard-core and a good listen for the casual BK fan. If anybody still thinks that Bert Kaempfert's career ended with "Afrikkan Beat", this CD is only one of many pleasant suprises.
Wow! This 2 CD set has a wonderful selection of classic, swing tunes, including six swing tunes written by Bert himself. I can't think of one tune that I don't like as well as the others. That's not generally the case with a double CD set. Usually there are a few goodies and the rest are mediocre or just lousy. The Bert Kaempfert sound is so full and luscious. Each tune sounds like the original rendition enhanced with that infectious Kaempfert beat. I never thought it would be possible to improve upon the classics but the Kaempfert sound takes it to the next (and ultimate) level. Your feet will be tapping uncontrollably and like me, you may even get up and dance! Big smile and sigh... This is an absolute must-have for your music collection. Enjoy!
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