Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra|
Stomp It Off
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Jimmie Lunceford's band was among the few organizations of the swing era that could challenge the Ellington orchestra for ensemble smoothness, and it's particularly good on the Ellington material here, such as "Mood Indigo... more »
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Jimmie Lunceford's band was among the few organizations of the swing era that could challenge the Ellington orchestra for ensemble smoothness, and it's particularly good on the Ellington material here, such as "Mood Indigo" and "Black and Tan Fantasy." The pieces here were all recorded in a nine-month period of remarkable productivity. The arrangements by altoist Willie Smith tend to more straightforward swing, while those by trumpeter-vocalist Sy Oliver give the band its originality, with sudden shifts in rhythm, interpolations of full sections playing complex "solo" lines, and sudden reed wails and brass punctuations cutting through the refined sectional writing. The excellent sound quality makes this an ideal introduction to the Lunceford band. --Stuart Broomer
The absolute difinitive Jimmie Lunceford CD!!!
Aaron The Baron | 09/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I were stuck on a desert island and I could only take one Jimmie Lunceford CD, Stomp It Off would be it. This CD, surprisingly a US release on Decca, is excellent, and gives one a difinitive overview of why Rhythm was Jimmie Lunceford's business with both takes of their theme song "Rhythm Is Our Business" a hauntingly swinging yet beautiful version of "Sophistocated Lady." All the songs on this CD are classics, from 1934-1935. Essentail for swing fans."
The Great one, sadly forgetten
Tony Thomas | SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the hot, sweet, but sophisticated, party music of the Swing Era. No one was more popular among Black youth who needed music to party than Lunsford. No one out performed them in their stage show. They were decisive to the shape of big band music with their arrangers setting the pace for many other swing bands for decades after Lunsfords death in the mid 1940s.
When I saw the series that was purported to tell the story of Jazz on PBS a couple years ago, I thought I had missed an episode because there was not a full program about Lunsford, or continual mention of the great band and its decisive influence on Jazz. Then I went to my friend who is one of the planet's major jazz lovers and who videotapes anything broadcast with jazz or good music and asked him about the missing episode. He said there wasn't one. I couldn't believe it, just couldn't.
Jimmie Lunsford's orchestra was one of the great Jazz Bands along with Basie, Ellington, and Chick Webb. In many ways, they were the popular royalty of swing, because they presented a higher level of entertainment and were probably more popular among African Americans than Ellington, and were longer lasting than Basie.
Listen to this music. It's smooth, cool, fun, nothing but danceable. The vocals are clean and cool and when the band sings it isn't the usual hoarse half-shout---which I still ador whenever a swing band shouts back--but an organized choir. This is music that must have been what the coolest of the cool guys and gals of the time listened to and above all partied to at the height of the depression.
While they may not have had the kind of impact on Jazz as an art as Ellington's excellent arrangements and compositions or the way Basie's rhythmn section made four beat swing unconquerable and provided a platform for the greatness of Lester Young and, Lunceford had a deeper influence on the white swing bands on post-swing "big band" music. The tight but swinging sound of the Lunsford orchestra, the way the horn sections alternated, the way the voicings were so clear and un mistakeable became the pattern for most of the popular swing bands. The great arrangers within the Lunsford Orchestra like Eddie Durham (Basie actually made a deal with Lunsford to borrow Durham for two years!!), Sy Oliver, and Gerald Wilson were hired by all the big white Swing bands of the 1940s like Glenn Miller who is forever identified with Eddie Durham's arrangement of "In the Mood." Oliver and Wilson outlasted the Swing era either as arrangers and leaders of recording and movie score orchestras into the 1970s.
It wasn't just dance and party music, smooth performanced, choreographed stage shows, Lunsford even had and pulled off great arrangements of light classical pieces.
Unfortunately, while Hampton, Ellington, and Basie lived on and kept their flames going, Jimmie Lunsford died in an auto accident in the forties. So, a lot people don't realize he belongs there with Basie and Ellington in the pantheon of Swing.
ruby_ | bellingham, wa USA | 07/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually don't have THIS album, but another of the same two years, 1934-1935. The tracks are all the same, only this cd has way more than my vinyl version. At any rate, Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra have smooth class that I have not really heard from many other bands of this era. It's big band without all the fuss of a lot of brass. Interestingly, although Duke Ellington and Lunceford were two of the leading bands of their time (along with Fletcher Henderson and Count Basie) Ellington was an active supporter of Luncefords band and even gave them two songs he never recorded: "Bird of paradise" and "Rhapsody Junior." Which are on this cd. If you liked the samples, I would go ahead and pick this thing up!"