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The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
Swingin' The Century

Bill Elliott'sfirst full-length release, Swing Fever, hit the scene in 1994, followed in 1997 by undoubtedly one of the best authentic big band albums of the past 40 years, Calling All Jitterbugs. now, Bill is back again, together with his 14-piece orchestra and four-person vocal group, the Lucky Stars. On his third release, Swingin' the Century, Elliott dishes up 15 cuts so stellar they're sure to blast even novice swing enthusiasts straight into orbit.


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Swingin' the Century

Swingin' the Century
When We Dance
The Shim Sham Song
The Boogie Woogie Rhumba

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Every single track on the disc is a true gem, from the opening original "Swingin' the Century" to the closing Glenn Miller classic "Jeep jockey Jump." But the entire album is peppered with standouts. "the Shim Sham Song," another Elliott original, fits the classic swing line dance for which it is named for to a tee. "Camp Hollywood Special" positively cooks, segueing into the smooth vocal harmonies of "When We Dance," a follow-up to "Streamliner," one of the most memorable tunes from Jitterbugs. There are more original instrumentals, including "Hep Hop" and "Maze of Death," but Bill's quirky side shines through with the sweetly corny vocals on "The Boogie Woogie Rhumba" and "At the Coconut." There is even an admirable rendition of Artie Shaw's classic "Oh Lady Be Good."

Swingin' the Century will surely be counted among the top ten swing albums of the decade. Authentic, modern and original—composed and performed in the fashion and spirit of '30s and '40s big band jazz—it just doesn't get any better than the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra.

- Chad "DJ Chops" Kincaid


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