Miller Magic for a New Millenium
Tuxedo Junction | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was recorded by Larry O'Brien and The Glenn Miller Orchestra in December 1990. It demonstrates what a great job O'Brien has done since he began leading this band in 1981. And he still is. I heard them at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theater in April 2003. All I can say is that this band is still superb! "Moonlight Serenade" features 16 Miller chestnuts including the title song and theme, "Serenade In Blue," "Little Brown Jug," "Tuxedo Junction," and 12 others. You can hear vocalist Julia Rich sing "I Know Why" from the 1941 Miller film "Sun Valley Serenade." Rich is an outstanding vocalist and still sings with the band, a real joy.For those who love the original Miller band, as I do, this CD will make a wonderful addition to your collection."
Too "sweet" - it sticks
Graeme J. W. Smith | Newport, RI United States | 09/16/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Larry O'Brien has currently (Fall 2004) got the band much sharper and with an edge nearer the 1941/2 sound but this CD is not it.
The original Miller Band was always being accused of being "sweet" rather than "swing" or "jazz". Of course it wasn't but this CD is so sweet it it cloying and sickly.
Give this one a miss and select from one of the many others on Amazon if you want to hear the Miller sound - because this "ain't it"."