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Thread #83809   Message #1545815
Posted By: JohnInKansas
19-Aug-05 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: Favourite Swing tune?
Subject: RE: Favourite Swing tune?
Another good one from the era is "Clarinet Polka." I think it was a Woody Herman piece. It's even, sort of, in a couple of the bluegrass fakebooks that are around the house somewhere, and I've heard people try it as a bluegrass piece. Really hard to get the "pop" on the arpeggio's on anything but a clarinet, and based on the way it's done by the "bluegrassers" I've heard, it must be hard to get the "swing" on a guitar.

"Stardust" was one of the most popular requests in the era, but quite a few players seemed to have a lot of trouble with it. Willie ain't got no problems with it though. It got played a lot less than it deserved because of the predatory copyright management by Hoagy's heirs(?).

"In the Mood" was very popular, and was requested often by the dance crowd into the late 50s, but for some reason trumpet players always seemed to have trouble with the accent shifts.

Too many good ones to pick favorites.