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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 ...