The UK's leading big band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, were chosen by producer Mike Valentine for his exploration into the sound differences between direct cut vinyl and a multi-track analogue tape recording and mix done of exactly the same event. The album had to be recorded live so he had to choose a selection of music which would be of the perfect length. Valentine chose a recording studio which not only had a superb sounding space, but also an engineer versed in the black art of cutting live vinyl. Ultimately, he chose Air Studios with engineers Jake Jackson and John Webber. The Syd Lawrence Orchestra led by Chris Dean perform music consisting of eight pieces from the big band era, the creations of Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman played live at Air Studios. That recording is now available on CD - enjoy!
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.
"….. and recordings with Inga and the NDR Big Band followed. And then, year 1988 saw the first live concerts in Stade and Wolfsburg. More and more gigs followed, inter alia in 1993 a tour of northern and eastern states of Germany. This CD provides a summary of these joint ventures." liner notes