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Major Glenn Miller & Army Air Force Band
Genres: Jazz, Pop
This album's 17 tracks were recorded between October 1943 and April 1944, when Glenn Miller's band was stationed in America and contributing to the war effort by performing at war-bond and recruitment rallies. With popular... more »
This album's 17 tracks were recorded between October 1943 and April 1944, when Glenn Miller's band was stationed in America and contributing to the war effort by performing at war-bond and recruitment rallies. With popular vocalists Johnny Desmond and Tony Martin and a large string section complementing a jazz-oriented big band, Miller was able to cover a broad range of material, including ambitious arrangements of such show tunes as "Speak Low" and "People Will Say We're in Love." There are patriotic novelty tunes as well, and the swing content is high on Bill Finegan's "Tail-End Charlie" and Jerry Grey's "Enlisted Men's Mess" and "Jeep Jockey Jump." The Army Air Force Band included excellent jazz musicians, with a rhythm section superior to any of Miller's civilian bands. Pianist Mel Powell is featured on his own Gershwin-esque instrumental, "Pearls on Velvet," while drummer Ray McKinley animates the swing tunes. --Stuart Broomer
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Donna E. from RADFORD, VA
Reviewed on 8/28/2007...
17 pieces from th Big Band Era, including: St. Louis Blues March; Anvil Chorus; Oh What A Beautifly Morning; Ther'll Be A Hot Time In The Town of Berlin; Poinciana; Jeep Jockey Jump.
Another Side to the Talented Glenn Miller
BHG | 10/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Glenn Miller and the AAF Band shows another side to this talented man. Those used to his civilian band will find a new level of sophistication and experimentation in his AAF band. The addition of strings and a harder jazz leaning leaves us with a yearning for what could have been. I truly believe the face of music as we know it today, would have been totally different if Glenn Miller had survived World War 2."
The Ultimate Miller Album
Napolean | UK | 09/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Put simply, this one is the very best. And I say that as someone who has every Miller civilian band recording and about 30 CD's of the AAF / AEF material including the Conifer, Avid and RCA 4 CD sets.
I would like to point out that contrary to the review here which states that the music "appears to be taken from the original (RCA) 5LP set",this set only contains half a dozen tracks from that 1956 album, the rest are all performances taken from the same period of time but including different takes from different days, so the duplication is thankfully minimal.
Of all the Miller recordings I own, this is my most frequently played as I believe the performances on each of these songs are as good as it gets.
Clearly RCA has a lot more of this material still in the can from 1943-44 and decided to dip into it to produce this CD, the definitive take on Miller's non-civilian band."