In the liner notes to his 2006 release Hindustan, bandleader (and former Lincoln Center Orchestra conductor and arranger) David Berger observes that there were, in 1938, no fewer than 5,000 big bands crisscrossing North America. How many are there today? One-tenth that number? One-twentieth? And how many accurately mirror the verve and imagination of the Goodman or Dorsey or Miller outfits? Pitifully few. Fortunately for fans of that faraway era, especially those of us who have had it up to our ears with tribute bands and other painfully faux substitutes, Berger’s 15-man ensemble is the real deal.
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