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Sorta May / Sorta Dixie
Billy May
Sorta May / Sorta Dixie
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Billy May
Title: Sorta May / Sorta Dixie
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Creative World
Release Date: 11/12/1996
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 052824105126, 090204068371

CD Reviews

Billy May displays his genius
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sorta May / Sorta Dixie is packed with little musical jokes (2 key modulations in one ascending passage, or a marching band competing with a Dixie band) and yet never succumbs to the "joke album's" curse of getting "old". Each new hearing of it provides another smile, another double take, or another tap of the feet. May shows his cleverness everywhere and yet doesn't let it get in the way of the music. It is an admirable feat."
Classic Billy May--Amazingly Orchestrated Jazz Arrangements
Kurt Schulenburg ( | Woodstock, IL | 03/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Billy May is known for his outstanding arranging--the ability to take standards in new directions and this album shows how much fun this can be! Featuring a top-notch group of musicians (Conrad Gozzo on lead trumpet), this crew rattles off big band charts that are mixed with good ol' Dixieland swing. Certainly not main stream listening, this album nonetheless is very listenable and should be on every jazz arrangers most wanted list. Highly recommended."
Comment on audio quality
Kurt Schulenburg ( | 09/03/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Purists (like me) should be aware that these are originally (very good) monophonic recordings, but have been electronically "stereoized" on this CD. I'd have preferred untampered-with mono."