|All Artists: Main Stream Power Band|
Title: Soho Beat
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alanna Records
Release Date: 8/6/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
|Main Stream Power Band|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
In the steaming heat, in the summer 2002, the only thing hotter than the weather, will be the sensational MAINSTREAM POWER BANDS new CD. Even in the hottest shadeless, noonday Sahara, it won't match the heat generated from... more »
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In the steaming heat, in the summer 2002, the only thing hotter than the weather, will be the sensational MAINSTREAM POWER BANDS new CD. Even in the hottest shadeless, noonday Sahara, it won't match the heat generated from this new CD. Environmentalists, sorry but the global warming is about to reach a new level, possibly requiring outdoor air conditioning!! This could be one of the greatest big band swing albums ever!! Includes power house tunes by... Artie Shaw, Neil Hefti, Lionel Hampton, Sy Oliver, Jimmy Lunceford, Benny Goodman, Heinz Schonberger, Tony Meril, John Wallington, Eddie Carroll, Larry Clinton and Little Jack Little. Hearing is believing! Superb Dynamic Driving Band -- and the sound -- IT'S Simply Spectacular!!!
Probably the best contemporary swing band
Rocky Mountain Jazz Fan | Wyoming USA | 12/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a long-time fan of swing, I have a collection of some of the best recordings from that era, along with a lot of remastered recordings on CD, and the various band recreations from the 1960's onward (the Time/Life recreations by Billy May and Glen Gray, Ted Heath's recreations, the BBC orchestra, and the Spitfire Band--all quite competent recreations in high fidelity stereo sound).
So, when I picked up this album recorded by a relatively unknown band with no real "name" jazz artists, I didn't have big expectations. Wow! What a surprise. One first word of warning--this album is LOUD! Compared to most CD's, when you cue this up, you'd better turn the stereo down or you may have some angry neighbors. The good news--loud does not mean distorted. This is one of the best mastered big band albums to come along in awhile.
The tunes are mostly lesser known swing era tunes and a couple of original pieces. One thing for sure, they all swing. For the most part, they are new arrangements--though the arrangement often plays homage to the original along the way. The tune that probably most closely follows its original arrangement (and is the best tune on the album, in my opinion) is "Study in Brown." This delightful swinger, made popular by the Larry Clinton orchestra in the late 30's, has been, sadly, very rarely recorded since. Main Stream does it proud here, producing a swinging romp. Second place for best tune on this album would be "Walking Together," another swinger. This band has all of the earmarks of a good swing band--talented soloists, tight ensemble playing, and a hard-driving rhythm section to keep this steamer stoked up.
For any swing fan, this album is a must. For someone wanting to hear what hard-driving swing is all about without having to listen to scratchy original albums or poorly remasterd CD's, this will give a taste in sterling sound."