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Ya want big bands? We got big bands. Sometimes we got one in each speaker. In this exploration of the more extroverted side of jazz, the boys check out works by a blazing trumpet player (and world-class womanizer), a so-so clarinetist with a heart of gold, two piano-playing band leaders who both worship Duke Ellington, and two (but it sounds like thirty) major-league skin-pounders. Much musing on the glory days of fifteen musicians criss-crossing the nation via bus routes, and there's just time left to discuss Wilco, Carl Wilson and... Celine Dion?.
Discussion of Harry James's album Trumpet BluesThe Best of Harry James (Capitol Records) 8:05
Discussion of Woody Herman's album Complete Columbia Recordings (Mosaic) 27:15
Discussion of Count Basie's album First Time! The Count Meets the Duke (Columbia) 43:30
Discussion of Buddy Rich's album Rich Versus Roach (Mercury) 59:40
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