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Swing Around the World


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In the years before rock and roll took the world by storm, one of the most popular styles of music was big band jazz and swing. The catchy rhythms and brassy energy of classic swing music have influenced music around the world. From American swing revivalists to the bouncy guitar and violin riffs of French Gypsy jazz, African township jive and beyond, Swing Around the World is a unique collection of songs from the US and abroad that reveal the global impact of classic swing music. Putumayo. 2005.

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Swing is a jazzy, dance-oriented style that emerged in the USA during the 1930s and 40s. Its catchy refrains and inventive rhythms provided an uplifting, resolutely escapist soundtrack for the Depression and World War Two. During his ongoing search for world music that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, Putumayo producer Jacob Edgar located an engaging assortment of modern-day practitioners. Some are based in expected locales (New Orleans and elsewhere in the USA; others most definitely are not (Zimbabwe, Italy, Mauritius). The combos are fairly small and exuberantly extroverted. Each speaks the swing lingo fluently but many have an enchanting accent. That some tracks so strongly resemble the loopy, subversively giddy scores of classic Warner Brothers and Popeye cartoons will certainly help draw in the kiddies. And a portion of the proceeds will benefit former New York City Ballet star Jacques D'Amboise's non-profit National Dance Institute, which helps make dance and music programs accessible to schoolchildren around the world. --Christina Roden

1. I Van Enkulu - The Cool Crooners Of Bulawayo
2. Mari Nica Swing - Triton
3. Pallin' With Al - Squirrel Nut Zippers
4. Mumbles - Oscar Peterson
5. Fotoromanza - Alfredo Rey E La Sua Orchestra
6. Swing Pan Alley - Duke Heitger And His Swing Band
7. Mamma Mi Piace Il Ritmo - Renzo Arbore E I Suoi Swing Maniacs
8. Blue Drag - New Orleans Jazz Vipers
9. Gypsy Fire - Romane
10. Opihi Man - Ka'au Crater Boys
11. Hey, Rock - Jambalaya Cajun Band
12. Minor Swing:To Django - Children Of The Revolution

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B0009UVCOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Random Reviewer on June 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was playing in a store where I was browsing. (Not for music.) It was so distractingly good, I couldn't concentrate on shopping. By the time "Mumbles" came on, I had to ask a clerk what on earth we were listening to. That's how I ended up buying it.

That's how good. Swing from the damnedest places you've ever (or maybe never) heard of. ...Do you know how HARD it is to write an Amazon review while you're dancin' in your chair?

The liner notes are illuminating, about each band and each individual song (and they're in English, French and Spanish); I only wish the lyrics to the non-English songs had been included. But there's not a weak cut on this album. It's charmingly energetic and guaranteed to lift the saggiest mood.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Walk on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My husband and I are 40-somethings who just finished an intro West-coast swing class. We were looking for something a little different for practicing our new moves, even though we love the standards. This collection has some truly unusual twists on the swing genre, with a variety of tempo and mood that make for interesting repeat listenings. My only complaint is that I would trade one more of the English-language tracks for something more exotic.
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By homecritic on May 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is fun if you just want something to keep you company while you're cleaning the apartment, and it's also great to sit down, have a glass of wine and really pay attention. Fun music. Good variety.
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By G. Rice on May 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I love all the Putumayo albums but this is the best. I haven't shared it with anyone who hasn't loved it! My fourth graders sing along and the other teachers went to get copies.
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Wonderful, foot-tapping swing music - from different places in the world by different bands ..it will make you smile (because it made me smile)!
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