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by Ron
Wed May 12, 2004 11:36 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Joe Carroll with the Ray Bryant Quintet
Replies: 6
Views: 2535

We've had this discussion before, maybe it was on the old mail list.

Great album! As of Jan 2002 when I wrote my review, it was available as a Japanese import on Tower web site.
by Ron
Wed May 12, 2004 11:32 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi
Replies: 20
Views: 3928

Yeah, I have the extra ones, too, and they aren't that great. They have a 50's R&B sound.

I actually wasn't that fond of the original tracks, either, it was a CD I kinda wished I hadn't bought.
by Ron
Wed May 12, 2004 11:31 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Offensive Songs In General and Drawing Lines
Replies: 30
Views: 6274

Huh. I've never heard a song that I wouldn't play, but I haven't heard some of the ones you guys are talking about. But I probably wouldn't play something with ethnic putdowns or stereotypes. I'm all about playing swing songs about sex, though. Julia Lee has the most suggestive stuff, I've found. An...
by Ron
Wed May 12, 2004 11:16 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: how does a largely white audience effect the music?
Replies: 33
Views: 6154

I've always been a little surprised that blacks are so underrepresented in the Lindy Hop dance scene. I don't know enough about culture or demographics to speculate why. Not to mention that if one is not careful, any such speculation risks being offensive.
by Ron
Fri Apr 30, 2004 11:16 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Boswell Sisters
Replies: 25
Views: 5164

Songs with tempo changes should be played rarely, in my opinion. A dancer who goes out to dance to one tempo may get annoyed or feel awkward if it switches. That being said, "Bei Mir Bist Du whatever" from Swing Kids, the recently mentioned "Darktown Strutters Ball" by Alberta Hunter, "Ain't Misbeha...
by Ron
Fri Apr 30, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Song Samples
Replies: 24
Views: 4730

More clips, how fun! When I judge it as "danceable" I really mean, "I would play for Lindy Hop dancers". My scale: Very Danceable, Danceable, Somewhat Danceable, Not Danceable. 1. Somewhat Danceable. But people probably wouldn't Lindy to it with that upbeat, traditional jazz feel. I like the soloing...
by Ron
Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:28 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Groove to old school and vise versa
Replies: 22
Views: 6858

Lots of good comments from everyone.

I think bands may have an advantage with gaps between the songs, but I think even bands can benefit by flowing their songs a bit. In other words, don't go from ballad to barnburner to ballad to barnburner.
by Ron
Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:15 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What's the worst swing song ever?
Replies: 99
Views: 24255

I don't think "In the Mood" is worth a nomination as the worst swing song ever. Its bad, but there's so many worse songs. It's melody is inane, but catchy. However, the solos in the classic Miller version should win the award for the worst "jazz" solos ever.
by Ron
Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Eddie Reed: Will You Spin Him Nowadays?
Replies: 26
Views: 10647

No, I'm saying that his music is independent of the crimes he committed. And I'm not honoring him by playing his music, honor has nothing to do with it. I'm just playing music to entertain dancers. What if you find out that Artie Shaw was convicted for rape, for example, (and I'm just making this up...
by Ron
Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:38 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: 50s bands for swing dancing
Replies: 211
Views: 39340

julius wrote:This whole focus on "blaring" isn't just about the volume, it's about how it stands out compared to everything else.
Yes, that is a much better description.
by Ron
Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: 50s bands for swing dancing
Replies: 211
Views: 39340

Jerry- There's usually a lot of differing opinions by the DJs on this board about what makes a danceable song. But if I might take a risk at trying to speak for the group, most of the 50's big band songs you've put forward have been clearly deemed mediocre as dance songs at best, and its not just a ...
by Ron
Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Moon Songs
Replies: 18
Views: 5849

Moon over Bourban Street - Sting (yes, it swings)
by Ron
Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Eddie Reed: Will You Spin Him Nowadays?
Replies: 26
Views: 10647

I'm surprised anyone would even bring it up as an "ethical dilemma". I'd say, play it, absolutely. And I'm surprised to hear DJs say they don't have his CD or if they have it, don't play it anymore. He's made excellent hi-fi versions of some classic songs--well worth playing.
by Ron
Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:02 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: George Gee
Replies: 15
Views: 4187

He remastered the sound on the CD, as I mentioned in the first post. So does anyone have it, and find it better? Mr. Miner?
by Ron
Thu Apr 22, 2004 10:58 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
Replies: 10
Views: 2207

Jesse, you and I often have similar tastes, but LH&R isn't one of them. I just think they are OK.