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The Swingville All Stars: At the Jazz Band Hall

These derive from a series that began in 1960 on Swingville, a Prestige subsidiary. Many of the musicians used were Swing Era veterans, more or less stranded at the time by changes in the music business. The big band scene had disintegrated as bebop and rock prospered. Young people were no longer dancing to jazz, but some of their seniors still cried for yesterday’s music. Producer Ozzie Cadena may well have been confused as to what they wanted, because he has Lee Blair play hokey banjo solos on several tracks, and almost half the chosen repertoire consists of Dixieland warhorses. There’s a horrendous eight-horn traffic jam at the end of “Darktown Strutters’ Ball.”

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