Stomping at the Savoy Box set, Import
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OK, I generally prefer the Decca, Columbia,and often JSP remasters as the case goes when arguing the Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman cases as to thir famous projects since the range is indeed compromised on many of these "budget jazz" labels to get the hiss out but when looking at the stellar selection presented here (the entire ASV/Living Series collection is here) as well as the entire Decca's Spinnin' The Web (excluding the first 2 tracks that are found on Classics releases).you can't go wrong.
Chick's output is practically all here, the schmaltz,great stuff and the campy tracks as well.99 tracks in all.
Being rather new to swing since I am still 48, I recommend this collection as well as recordings by Jimmie Lunceford, a close contemporary in style to my ears.
As to the music, it moves, shines,waxes nostalgia and maintains class,this diminutive little man was a giant of music and human spirit(akin to the UK's Ian Dury in the rock/punk world), and the beauty of these swing bands and their leaders, great songwriters and instrumentalists are truly an under appreciated idiom of fine art sorely in need of recognition and comeback in today's music world.
But the set of energetic swing music also has dynamic drumming from Chick, excellent arrangements from Edgar Sampson and Benny Carter, and great instrumental solos by trumpeters Taft Jordan and Bobby Stark, trombonist Sandy Williams, saxophonists Elmer Williams and Louis Jordan, and clarinetist Chauncey Haughton. Taft Jordan, Charles Linton, and Louis Jordan also contribute vocal variety with their own distinctive styles. Additionally, you can hear two of the monster hits of the Swing era, "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't be that Way", as originally performed by Chick Webb's band in performances that swing harder and have more energy than the later hit versions released by Benny Goodman.
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I love Chick. 1930's arrangements are so innocent. He certainly was the King. Great album. You will love Ella too.Published 1 month ago by Marshall J Bowen
This is a fantastic collection of Chick Webb and his amazing orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald. If you want a starting place to get to know Chick, this is without a doubt the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. D. Scoville
Great CD set, enjoying getting to hear more of Chick Webb with this collectionPublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Too bad this fine drummer passed away at such an early age, who lead one of the swingingest, driving bands of the late 1930's.Published on March 29, 2014 by Swingking
What a great set. Great liner notes too. Anyone wanting to hear some great big band/orchestral jazz... you're in for a treat. Long live Chick Webb!Published on December 24, 2013 by Peter Kaufman
Ensemble swing at its best. I play 1940's music through an old time Crosley radio in my waiting room for my patients to enjoy. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Edward L. Kramer DO
You'll love hearing one of the greatest swing bands ever !! This little man was a giant player . You must hear it all .Published on November 17, 2010 by Alvah D. Kuykendall
This 4CD Proper Box Set is the best set I have ever had the pleasure to own and use on my Sunday Night Radio Show. Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by Brian Lee Hart
This is a marvellous band and a first class drummer and it is spoiled by the vocalists, until Ella comes on the scene. My CD came from U.S.A. Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by DFVanhegan