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Published on Sep 17, 2010
Here's a classic example of my introduction to jazz and swing music in my early childhood -by my Dad. As a musician himself, he always considered the Lunceford Orchestra to be 'up with the best', and seldom given the recognition they deserved. Knowing him, it was probably the precision and tight phrasing of the various sections that impressed him so much. I think this precise orchestration of "Rose Room" (arranged by Willie Smith; alto sax and clarinet) is probably the finest on record, it certainly captures an important developmental stage in the history of 'swing' and popular music.