Frankie Manning's Really Swingin' Big Band Favorites


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1995 Sony Music Entertainment Inc/Sony Music Special Products

If it's good enough for Frankie, it's good enough for me. That says it all, doesn't it? Who else would know what big band arrangements and which bands playing them are the "swingingest"? I was looking for a good version of Shining Stockings because that's what Frankie uses for his group Shim Sham Shimmy and I wanted a copy around. I didn't know how many other great classics were on this CD. Not big, bad, and loud like BBVD or Brian Setzer, this music takes the time and enthusiasm to really swing and show that age and finesse is so much better than youth and energy. This is Big Band at its very best.

The CD is available from Living Traditions in Seattle, though I got my copy from Jonathan Bixby's A Really Big Stupendous Production in Santa Barbara.



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