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My name is Stu and I am here to share what I can.

For Sully, who asked:

Swing Music Recommendations

Capitol Collectors Series: Louis Prima

Ellington At Newport 1956

All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 by Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra

On the Air 1937-1938 by Benny Goodman

On The Sunny Side Of The Street by Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie

1932-1934 by Art Tatum

If any of you buy any of these albums based upon my recommendations, and if you don't dig them, I'll buy them from you, no questions asked.


Suldog said...

Thanks, Stu! I truly dig the stuff, and I've been getting tired of playing the same 10 or 12 CDs of Dorsey, Goodman, Miller and Barnet. I'll definitely pick up 2 or 3 of these, at least.

Suldog said...

Do you get a royalty for the links? If so, I'll go through you.

DAD said...

How about
STAN GETZ "Out of Nowhere"
or Anything by Dave Brubeck

Stu said...

You're welcome Sully, and no, the links are there just for convenience. To be clear, I don't shop at Amazon for my music, I shop at

And Dad, thanks, those are great. I especially love Dave Brubeck's take on West Side Story (although it's not swing, but jazz) and Stan Getz, well, there's nothing of his that isn't terrific.

Suldog said...

I actually have a few Brubeck sides on vinyl, and my own Dad was a huge Stan Getz fan, so a bunch of those that just have to be transferred to CD, too. Thanks for the tip on the Armstrong, though, Stu's Dad.

Stu said...

Let me be clear about something: Louis Armstrong invented the phrasing that is still used today as the basis for all pop music. He did it in a jazz oeuvre, but the melodic phrasing that he did was brand new, and endlessly copied by everyone since. Louis Armstrong was a genius.

Suldog said...

Funny you should mention that sort of thing, Stu. This weekend, I saw a not-so-great movie about the life of Jimi Hendrix, called (originality!) "Hendrix". It was on commercial TV. Every time there was a commercial break, there was at least one ad (sometimes many more) that featured guitar music of some kind. Every single one of them, without fail, included a lick or riff or phrasing or chord progression owed to Hendrix. It was startling.

Stu said...


Yeah, I totally get that. I'm a big Hendrix fan, although I'm not sure if I've seen that particular movie. Let's check imdb. (pause). Yeah, no mention of a movie featuring Jimi Hendrix called simply "Hendrix." Now, I have seen a 1973 documentary entitled "Jimi Hendrix" that I found to be very moving, especially his acoustic 12-string version of "Hear My Train a Comin'" which is a magical moment in time.

Jimi is, by far, the most tragic of early deaths among true Artists. He was hanging out with Miles Davis, and had he not died, imagine what rock music would have become.

Suldog said...

It was a bio-pic, not a documentary. It wasn't horrendous, but it was painfully obvious that the actor playing Hendrix couldn't play the guitar - or, at least, not left-handed. He did do a good job of getting the voice and mannerisms.

They briefly touched on his project "Sky Church" which was begun in 1970, a big band - jazz - rock fusion type of thing, with horn sections, etc., supposedly (probably true) shot down by the record company as non-commercial.