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by David Rickert
During the '50s the Everest label was a preserve for big band leaders like Charlie Barnet whose days on the road were behind them, but still had a yen to hit the studios. Barnet's band could still hurl fireballs with the best of them, even twenty years after the height of his popularity, and although the numbers still run around the three-minute length, they still offer plenty of opportunities to get in some tasty swing soloing.
Barnet has ...read more
by Norman Weinstein
Charlie Barnet, a talented big band leader and saxophonist, must have found himself waking up on the days when these two albums, now packed on a single CD, were recorded in 1958, and thought he was in 1938. Sessions like these are what the term retro" is all about. Everyone is quite workmanlike in the studio. There are lots of the old favorites like Begin the Beguine" and Molten Swing." Bill Holman's arrangements are bossy and brassy and do little ...read more