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Greg Caputo Big Band: Classic Swing with a Modern Drive

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It’s comforting to know there are still devotees of the big band genre willing to rehearse, travel, and record what they believe in. One such “keeper of the flame” is drummer Greg Caputo, based in Springfield, MA. Greg has toured with the Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and Harry James bands, but his own 16-piece band seems to work the New England area. Makes sense, considering the 16 day gigs at stake.

This may or may not be his debut album, but one thing is certain: it’s an outstanding CD. (Pardon the ambiguity, but contacting Caputo was an exercise in futility; even Google couldn’t help.) The band is an exciting evocation of the swing era, recorded live, and expertly, at a Springfield theater in 2007. The entire 73-minute concert is comprised of first takes. How many bands listed above could boast of such an accomplishment?

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