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Jury is still out,
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The jury is still out for me on electro-swing. At its best it does offer a imaginative reworking of old material, at its worst (step forward Mr Scruff) it doesn't seem anything more than a revival of Jive Bunny. This compilation provides a good overview though. There are some great tracks here - the fusion of old and new is seamless and it's sometimes difficult to tell what comes from where. Other tracks, however, just take someones else's music and add a very repetitive, unsubtle percussion track. Worst of all is that these tracks don't swing - the importance of swing in jazz is that the rhythm switched from the bass drum to the ride cymbal - providing a subtle pulse rather than an obvious beat. Also, there was harmonic invention as well as rhythmic, whereas most of the tracks on this album reduce the harmony to two chords, even if these clash with the changes on the source material. All in all, this set is a bargain and provides a good intro to the genre. Undemanding music to play in the background - but you'd be better spending your money on the Jazz at the Philharmonic recordings. They really swing.