Light Music Society Newsletter

This is a sensitively performed, beautifully recorded tribute to Henry Hall’s BBC Dance Orchestra. Hall was the orchestra’s leader during its golden age, 1935-37, when the band had adopted an unprecedented lush approach to its arrangements; that very British sound we love so much, with more strings and less brass. Hearing these songs in digital sound one hears so much fine detail for the first time, though perhaps without some of the natural contemporary drive of the original recordings.

Mart Sander’s Swing Swindlers seem to have captured the original style very well. This kind of music is certainly jazzy but I always associate it melodically and harmonically with light orchestral music. It appears that the featured vocalists do not speak English as their first language, and this is noticeable although their tone is smooth and diction is perfect.

—Peter Edwards