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While the title alone would seem to invite criticism, it's a justified tag, as this 20-track collection rounds up some pretty serious contenders. Kicking off with Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo," Benny Goodman's "Stompin' at the Savoy," and Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," the set includes signature tunes from Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Erskine Hawkins, Charlie Barnet, and Buddy Rich. Maybe it's not the only big-band CD you'll ever need, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one to start your collection with.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266366125
catalogNumber: 63661
Rank: 4231


  1. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  2. Stompin' at the Savoy
  3. Take the "A" Train
  4. Four Brothers
  5. Tempo and Swing
  6. Begin the Beguine
  7. Song of India
  8. In the Mood
  9. Margie
  10. Bill's Mill
  11. King Porter Stomp
  12. Ya Gotta Try
  13. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  14. Variety Stomp
  15. Cherokee
  16. (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
  17. I'm in the Mood for Love
  18. Frenesi
  19. Tuxedo Junction
  20. Sing, Sing, Sing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Barnet   Track Performer
Count Basie   Track Performer
Cab Calloway   Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Track Performer
Lionel Hampton   Track Performer
Erskine Hawkins   Track Performer
Woody Herman   Track Performer
Earl Hines   Track Performer
Buddy Rich   Track Performer
Artie Shaw   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson   Track Performer
Glenn Miller   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
William Johnson   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Charlie Green   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Hsi-Ling Chang   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Gladys Hampton   Composer
Harold Hagopian   Producer

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