Memory Lane

Another recreation, but of a different sort, is “Five-Fifteen: A Tribute to the BBC Dance Orchestra” by Mr. Mart Sanders & his Swing Swindlers, on Divine Art 25034. Don’t be misled by the title, because only a few of the songs were recorded by Henry Hall, and the arrangements lean more towards a big band rather than a dance band style. The orchestra hails from Estonia, but you’d be hard put to it to tell that from the vocals, although one of the female singers is a little on the strident side. Sound quality is superb and the overall result is something of a knockout.

—Barry McCanna