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Suggestions for a Count Basie lover?

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I'm a huge Count Basie fan, but his contemporaries like Bennie Goodman and Glenn Miller leave me cold. None of them swing hard like the Count; they all seem to be more syrupy and pop with more ballads and easy listening type stuff. Cab Calloway is a better, but no Count.

 

But I'm sure there are other hard swinging big bands out there. Can anyone point me to some?

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Teddy Wilson's band.

 

Muggsy Spanier's Great Sixteen.

 

Some Jimmie Lunceford records.

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I'm not a fan of glen miller at all. Bennie goodman is more hit or miss. Sing, sing, sign is one of my favorites.

Some time ago, I bought a new cd. Can't remember where I read about the band. The name of the band is Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. I think I was expecting some sort of New Orleans blues, but it turned out to be a current swing band out of California.

I have bought several more and they make me smile every time. Swing is not dead yet
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Try this one. The Billy May Orchestra was a formidable big band with a kick to it.
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Earl Hines' band.
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Buddy Rich Big Band, Duke Ellington, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band

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I'm a huge Count Basie fan, but his contemporaries like Bennie Goodman and Glenn Miller leave me cold. None of them swing hard like the Count; they all seem to be more syrupy and pop with more ballads and easy listening type stuff. Cab Calloway is a better, but no Count.

 

But I'm sure there are other hard swinging big bands out there. Can anyone point me to some?


Woody Herman

 

Artie Shaw

 

Benny Carter

 

Duke Ellington

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