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The Very Best Of

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On this album, Charlie Barnet is at his best. These recordings feature some of the most noted studio performances of his biggest hits. Charlie Barnet was born on Oct.26, 1913, in New York, NY and died on Sept. 4, 1991, in San Diego, CA. His main instrument was the Tenor Sax and his playing was greatly influenced by Coleman Hawkins. He also played Alto Sax and his style was based on that of Johnny Hodges. Charlie Barnett was also, along with the great Sidney Bechet, one of the few of that period (the 30 s and 40 s) to play the Soprano Sax. Charlie Barnet was born into a wealthy family and, although his parents preferred that he become a lawyer, was a professional musician by the age of sixteen. Arriving in New York in 1932, he began recording as a bandleader a year later. His 1939 recording of Cherokee was a big hit and he became quite famous. His career was at its apex from 1939 1949. After disbanding his regular group in 1949, which included a great Trumpet section consisting of Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Ray Wetzel, and Rolf Ericson, Charlie Barnet continued to tour occasionally.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grammercy Records
  • ASIN: B000P12IH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By B. C. Dolsen on November 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This set features versions of Charlie's big hits that were recorded in stereo in the 50s with all the best sidemen in the business! Absolutely amazing cuts recorded in much better quality than the ones from the 30s and 40s. You simply can't go wrong with this if you're a fan of Charlie Barnet or merely Swing/Jazz/Big Band.
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This appears to be exactly the same album released on Everest as "the Everest years," which consists of three 1958 sessions, originally on two LPs. Some of his biggest hits rerecorded with mostly new arrangements and all-star bands. Tight, swinging ensembles, excellent solos, and sensational sound quality. Most of the arrangements are by Bill Holman, with a few by Andy Gibson or Bill Moore. Barnet, who mostly played tenor, plays only soprano and alto on these dates, with the marvelous Dick Hafer being the featured tenor soloist. These are true stereo recordings, recorded on 35mm film, quite possibly with minimal mic technique. (This review based on the Everest release.)
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My Mom and Dad went to a Charlie Barnet concert a long time ago. Even though my Dad passed away over 10 years ago, my Mom remembered going with him to the concert. So I got her a cd to remind her of happier times with Dad.
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Good sound quality recording with all the Charlie Barnet big hits. Good to have it in your Big Band collection.
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