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Looking for really good big band Jazz (swing) albums.

I'm going to order Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie Band and Quincy Jones.

Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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This is one of my favourite big band albums:

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Also worth a listen:

Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder

Anything by New Jazz Orchestra if you can find it.

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19 minutes ago, Tony_J said:

This is one of my favourite big band albums:

That sounds good to me.

(Add to list) :^

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9 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

That sounds good to me.

(Add to list) :^

This is the Ellington album:

Check out "Madness in Great Ones - about 26 mins in - that trumpet player is truly insane.

And here's a bit of NJO:

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1 hour ago, Tony_J said:

This is the Ellington album:

Check out "Madness in Great Ones - about 26 mins in - that trumpet player is truly insane.

And here's a bit of NJO:

Oh yes, definitely the Duke Ellington. :^

The NJO is more of a slow burner. I'll listen to your link of NJO a couple more times.

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11 minutes ago, plasticpenguin said:

Oh yes, definitely the Duke Ellington. :^

The NJO is more of a slow burner. I'll listen to your link of NJO a couple more times.

Ellington is much more immediately accessible, but the NJO is worth persisting with. They only produced 2 albums AFAIK but both worth a listen. Fundamental problem with big band jazz is that you have to be earning a ton of money to be able to employ all those musicians, so they tend not to last long.

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12 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

Looking for really good big band Jazz (swing) albums.

I'm going to order Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie Band and Quincy Jones.

Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks.

I have quite a few hundred big band/swing albums here's a few I have and would recommend:-

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Don't necessarily want old Jazz or big band stuff, so modern equivalents would be good. But it has to have a whiff of old skool about the sound.

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4 hours ago, Tony_J said:

Ellington is much more immediately accessible, but the NJO is worth persisting with. They only produced 2 albums AFAIK but both worth a listen. Fundamental problem with big band jazz is that you have to be earning a ton of money to be able to employ all those musicians, so they tend not to last long.

Think Ellington is the favoured artist....

Might look up some more Count Basie. That appeals at the moment, but there are many others.

The only artist I would avoid is Jamie Cullum. Mrs. P has an album of his and his voice pees me off.

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Don't know if this is on brief, but is very enjoyable.

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Don't forget Louis Armstrong...

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1 hour ago, plasticpenguin said:

Don't necessarily want old Jazz or big band stuff, so modern equivalents would be good. But it has to have a whiff of old skool about the sound.

I don't think this is really the sort of thing you're after, but it's (comparatively) modern, and very good IMHO:

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