A big band is a big band, no matter what. Or when. It was the Swinging Thirties (and how they swung!), which gave birth to the big band. Or rather, the big band which gave birth to the Swinging Thirties. Miller, Goodman, Shaw, Dorsey the names are perpetuated in popular music’s own hall of fame. The big band may first have cast its magic spell getting on for 50 years ago (can it really be that long?), but one particularly happy result of it is that today the big band is still very much alive, well, and doing nicely, thank you.
Label: Contour Records 2870 445
Sleeve Design: Jack Levy
Photograph: Robert Cundy