The title Swing Is Here would have been more appropriate for the 1930s instead of 1960 when this album was originally issued, and the big-band era had long since waned. Yet vibraphonist Terry Gibbs kept the home fires burning out in California with this exceptional orchestra of cool jazz giants playing a stack of standards and modern compositions by Bill Holman or Gibbs, and one look back with an Artie Shaw number. What is most interesting about these arrangements is that they are always different in emphasizing the fleet, dampened sound of Gibbs in contrast, apart from, or in tandem with the woodwinds and brass instruments.
Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Jazz great on one CD. Contains the complete original album the Exciting Big Band of Terry Gibbs, presenting an outstanding formation that includes such stars as Joe Maini, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli and Frank Rosolino. As a bonus, the complete LP Swing Is Here! Presenting nearly the same band. Includes 16-page booklet.
Bob Mintzer has led big bands off and on since the late 1970s, in addition to small groups and working as a part of the jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets. These sessions open with his colorful "'Swing Out," a forward-thinking chart in the mold of Bob Brookmeyer's large ensemble writing. "Each Day" is an upbeat number with a gospel undercurrent, while "Swangalang" is an infectious midtempo blues.
Swing and big band music by American musician, clarinetist, saxophonist and director Pat Longo (New Jersey, 1929) with his super Hollywood Big Band. Although Pat began his career in the Harry James band was not until 1979 when he achieved his goal of independence and form their own band, which was immediately in great demand. During the 70s and early 80s reaped great success mixing the more traditional aspects of the music of 'big band' with 'fun-rock-jazz' very popular then. His group joined a number of world class musicians of West Coast and jazz musicians of great talent.
Volume Two of this holiday-themed DVD-Audio release finds the Nashville Big Band Jazz Ensemble providing their own jolly, swing-charged takes on a series of Christmas classics. Includes "Silent Night," "Feliz Navidad," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and many more.