For such a short and innocuous a word, ‘Swing’ packs quite a punch! You’ll find the music style perfectly demonstrated on this album by many adept artists including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington.
“What a joy to listen to Past Perfect’s ‘Perfect Swing’ and ‘Perfect Big Bands’ collections. Not only do they mix popular favourites with occasional rarities, but the clarity of reproduction is startling. They keep Past Perfect as one of the world’s leaders in sound restoration.” Malcolm Laycock
Perfect Swing For so short and innocuous a word, ‘swing’ packs quite a punch. Although the heyday of swing music was more than half a century ago, even a passing reference to ‘swing’ can beam up images of lively jitterbuggers, crowded dance pavilions, and those beacons of the past, the big bands, endlessly active, instruments glinting in the ballroom spotlight.
Of course, to lovers of between-the-wars jazz, swing is far more than a portmanteau term for a musical style. But try to get a fan or indeed, a critic to define what they mean by swing and you tend to get a response which echoes Fats Waller’s famous dictum: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know. Writer Gene Lees’ was a touch more helpful when he wrote that ‘the verb describing what the music was supposed to do turned into a noun to identify it: swing.’ In time, press agents made this a show business construct, employing ‘swing’ as useful shorthand for the music made by the myriad touring big bands (and their smaller offshoots) which – sparked by Benny Goodman’s extraordinary breakthrough at the Los Angeles Palomar Ballroom in August 1936 – sprang up all over the United States.