I am an older guy (64) with good ears and an audiophile sound system. I listen to a variety of genre of music and particularly favor the sound of 'swing', big bands, jazz, etc. Ted Heath, Les and Larry Elgart, etc are some of my favorites.
This purchase is my first exposure to the sound of Si Zentner. I am in love! The crispness and accuracy of the sound....the superb arrangements....incredible musicality....and most particularly the quality of the recording/reproduction are each amazing. The dynamics of the sound, the selection of the instruments, the placement of the microphones and digital mastering....make this a pleasure to listen to over and over again. This recording presents an awesome soundstage...it is accurate, broad and deep. The arrangements and musicianship are outstanding.
The only negative (and this is only my bias) is that the selection of songs are not from 'the all time top twelve." Having said that, I am going to go listen to the CD again.....because it is that good!
Excellent big band music from the 60's. This is, however, an ABRIDGED reissue of two of his previous albums: More (Liberty LST-7326 & It's Nice to Go Trav'ling (RCA LSP-3388). It does not contain "More" or "Come Back To Sorrento"). There are 22 tracks on the disc, not 21 as stated on the jacket. Tracks 20-22 are INCORRECT! Should be: 20) Birdland, 21) The Good Life, and 22) Exodus.
I was first introduced to the music of Si Zentner by my father. He had about 10 Si albums and played them constantly. He played in a band and was up on all the current sounds. The Si Zentner band never sounded dated. The horns were fresh, the music current and the arrangements very up to date. The Road Band CD covers most of the album "It's Nice to Go Travelling" and the "More" album from the early to mid-60's. Tracks like "Mission to Moscow", "Persian Market" and "Slow Boat to China" still sound fresh today! For a great big band sound that is not dated, Si is the man! The music sounds better than I ever heard it on dad's albums. Great sound quality brings out a lot that wasn't there before.
If you love big band with agreat beat, this is a must for big band music lovers. I first heard Zentner during the 1960's when I worked for a juke box company and put his 45,s on the juke boxes. His style was so very poplar back then and still is fabulous to listen to and dance to. My wife was an Arthur Murray dance instructor in the late 50's, when she taught me to dance using Si Zentner recordings. The trombone of Si comes thru so smoothly in his rendition of Londonderry Air. This album prompted me to buy his Country Blues CD.