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by The Solomon Douglas Swingtet

The exciting début CD by this all-star ten-piece jazz orchestra, including a range of styles from classic swing through post-swing era, to the openings of the modern jazz era. It's a lot of different music, and it all swings.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For Dancers Only
2:34 $0.99
2. Johnny Come Lately
2:49 $0.99
3. Big Apple Contest
2:57 $0.99
4. Black and Tan Fantasy
5:06 $0.99
5. Shiny Stockings
5:43 $0.99
6. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
3:55 $0.99
7. Good Bait
2:53 $0.99
8. Swingmatism
2:33 $0.99
9. Cherokee
4:18 $0.99
10. Moonglow
5:14 $0.99
11. Cherry Point
4:16 $0.99
12. Alfie's Theme
4:18 $0.99
13. Stolen Moments
4:52 $0.99
14. There Will Never Be Another You
3:31 $0.99
15. Funky Blues
7:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Solomon Douglas is a jazz pianist and bandleader, whose various bands have played at countless events in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past nine years.

Solomon toured with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra as their pianist in 2006, and is now working as a full-time musician, bandleader, and dance instructor.

The Solomon Douglas Swingtet is a ten-piece dance band whose repertoire is rooted in that of the Basie band (Shiny Stockings, Cherry Point, One O’Clock Jump, Jive at Five, Splanky, Shorty George) and that of the Ellington band (Mood Indigo, Johnny Come Lately, Take The “A” Train, Cottontail, “C” Jam Blues), with other big-band standards and classic jazz tunes thrown in as well.

“A very good album! Very danceable, mixed tempos, and a variety of songs. I like it. I’m not just saying that, either. The band plays together very, very well.” —Frankie Manning (1914-2009), originator of the Lindy Hop (New York, NY)

“Good band. They play for dancers. That’s important.” —Dawn Hampton, dancer and musician (New York, NY)

“‘Swingmatism’ highlights Solomon’s expansive knowledge and passion as dancer, musician and arranger. I will be spinning this CD often!” —Jesse Miner, Swing DJ (San Francisco, CA)

“Very impressive, very professional and tight. I am blown away by the work and by the musicians picked. It is nice to have a swing CD made by a dancer.” —Virginie Jensen, Lindy Hop instructor (San Francisco, CA)

“This CD hits the mark for dancers. Swings hard, and hits you in the gut, especially when Solomon is on the keyboard. Get it, listen to it, dance to it!!” —Bill Borgida, Lindy Hop instructor and Swing DJ (Austin, TX)

“Really fantastic. Vastly superior to 99% of big band stuff produced in the last 20 or 30 years. Good to dance to and great to listen to.” —David Mortensen, Swing DJ (Seattle, WA)

“Great tunes, great musicians, great arrangements—a very stimulating and enjoyable listening experience, and swinging!” —Larry O’Brien, musical director of the Glenn Miller Orchestra

“I’ve danced to Junior Mance, Ray Bryant, Clark Terry, Barbara Morrison and more, and Solomon’s swingin’ group ranks right up there with the best of them for dancers.” —David Jacoby, Swing DJ (New York, NY)

“Not every day you find a band that can play traditional as well as modern jazz. The Solomon Douglas Swingtet has all those ingredients. And all I can say is that they are really solid.” —Chester Whitmore, jazz historian and choreographer (Los Angeles, CA)

“This band is one of the best swing bands in the country right now. We are so lucky to have someone who is truly recreating the side of jazz that makes us want to swing out within the true essence of Lindy Hop.” —Tonya Morris, Lindy Hop instructor and event planner (Los Angeles, CA)

“One of the best new recordings I’ve heard in a while... I love dancing to these guys, they have an authentic style and great energy.” —Nina Gilkenson, Lindy Hop instructor (Washington, DC)

“‘Swingmatism’ sounds great! Nicely recorded, clean, right, bright, swinging. In the words of Cheong Liu, ‘right on!’” —Alex Pangman, musician (Toronto, ON)

“If you are looking for a CD with some very good vintage-sounding swinging music, this is one to get!” —Mary Ann Devries, Swing DJ and organizer (Cleveland, OH)

“These are some of the best renditions of some of my favorite songs. I still can’t decide what is better: the fidelity and tone of the CD and band itself; or the fact that a modern swing band has so much obvious soul.” —Andrew Slac, Swing DJ, Lindy Hop instructor, and organizer (Portland, OR)

“This is one of the best CDs in my collection. From a modern-day artist, it’s tops. This CD is completely filled with songs that fill the dance floor, night after night. Buy it because the CD freaking rocks!” —Joshua Keroes, Blues and Swing DJ (Portland, OR)

“You’ve got the best swing band in the nation! You’re true to the roots of Jazz... which is to... SWING!” —Clark Goodloe, musician (Sacramento, CA)

“I have to say you did a great job and your guys are really tight! I’ll definitely be playing tracks from it on Tuesdays on a regular basis. Really nice job!” —Mike Ringer, Swing DJ (Sacramento, CA)

“I often tell people that if they want a CD that combines great musicianship with a variety of styles and tempos, Solomon’s latest CD is a great choice, especially if you’re just starting to build your swing music collection.” —Byron Alley, dancer, Swing DJ, and organizer (Ottawa, ON)



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Dave Jarvis

Lindy Hoppers & Swing Lovers
Smashing. If you can resist tapping your foot while listening to any song on this album, consider an ear examination. Wish I could transport the band to British Columbia!


Nice CD
I had a chance to listen to their music in a dance event, where Solomon worked also as one of the dance instructors. This CD contains lots of dancable songs and reminds me of the way how great he was both as a piano player and as a dancer. The sound of the CD allows me to appreciate more clearly how each player interprets the songs and stay in the music together as a group. I personally prefer their Swing music to Blues, but it is a fun CD in all.

Elisabeth Castillo

Great CD, really hopping.
I loved the concert I recently attended, the Solomon Douglas Trio. Hope to see him again next time he's in my geographic area but until then I can enjoy the music anytime.

Matthew Seetin

Jazz For Dancers With Soul
Playing good music expressly for dancers can sometimes be an odd proposition, where "good music" and "for dancers" can unfortunately conflict. Artie Shaw famously and scornfully said that dancers would dance to windshield wipers, and too often music for dancers, produced to day, or even in the later period of the Big Band era, doesn't have much more life than a pleasant swishing back and forth of the rhythm that's fun and popular and easy to dance to. Solomon dodges the trap of playing music that is only pleasing to the feet and not to the ear on this album, and he still winds up with music that swings hard. This album shows off his skill as an arranger and his ability to round up some musicians who can wail in their solos.

Solomon's recording here of "Moonglow" is rich, and it shows some great skill in the arranging as the color of the music changes with each phrase. He starts with a statement the theme solo on the piano before passing the baton off to the more familiar clarinet (Ranney) as the rest of the rhythm section and Burgeson's obligato trumpet join in. The color changes again as the rest of the band joins in next with a thick polyphonic blend. Later on, we get another neat change of color as Ranney takes a solo lead on the clarinet, but he's only backed by Douglas's piano, which he's now playing in a style resembling stride. It's a fun piece that offers much more than the usual "theme, solo(s), theme" formula.

This is not to say, though, that Douglas is leaving the tempo down so he can play with artful arrangements for 15 tracks. Rhythm drives plenty of these tracks, but not without smoking solos from the band. "Big Apple Contest," a lively piece perhaps heard nowhere other than the film featuring it, gives half the band their turn to sing over the top of the bouncing themes, and sing they do. In the mid tempos, both "For Dancers Only" and "Good Bait" feature great instrumentation and orchestration of the themes and excellent solo work.

I could keep going on about Green's rich tenor sax in "Alfie's Theme" or the smile I got from Schleimer's baritone sax on the bottom of the opening to "Shiny Stockings" or Ordway and Burgeson's fun interplay in "Funky Blues," but I think they're going to cut me off sooner or later. Regardless, this is fantastic album not only for dancers, but any fan of 30's and 40's jazz. Solomon has added added some great touches of his own to some old favorites and some lesser-known gems.

sylvie wainwright

Swing lights .
As well as sharing happiness and emotion with the audience, Salomon Douglas is the light of his orchestra .With his cocktail of famous tunes, sophisticated improvisations, & talent he is illuminating the place he is playing .
In his light dancers are sparkling :)
Fantastic album providing a GREAT MOMENT OF PLEASURE !

oliver peters

After hearing the Solomon Douglas swingtet rrecently in West Hartford, ct I wanted to get
some of his music, and this CD is great!


Swing Jazz
This is a really great album -- fabulous arrangements, swings hard -- no way I can sit still listening to this!


This disc has become a standard in my collection because of its solid mix of danceable swing music. Perhaps most exciting, to Lindy Hoppers at least, is the debut of the Big Apple Song, which, as far as I know, is the first appearance of a recording of this song since the film Keep Punchin' came out in 1939. Highlights for me on the CD are the Big Apple Song, For Dancers Only, and Good Bait.