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Orchester Kurt Edelhagen: Big Bands Live

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Maestro Kurt Edelhagen's Orchestra was a band for its time, deftly blending elements of swing, pop and jazz to help move Germany--at least the Western part of it--away from Nazi strictures and toward a more open-handed environment that not only tolerated but nourished the country's alliance to big-band music that spawned a wide array of world-class contemporary ensembles. As was true of many bands from overseas back in the day, not many of the Edelhagen Orchestra's recordings were readily available in the States, which makes this “new" anthology from 1954 that much more notable. The album's eighteen ...



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