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HISTORY OF JAZZ:
The 90's have brought a much needed revitalization
to the jazz world and one of those areas that have seen the effects
is the return of the conventional "swing" band. Generally
referred to as "retro-swing", this 90's movement has garnered
quite a large national following along with some major press for some
of its top performers. Retro- swing incorporates the same bouncing,
swinging feel as the 30's and 40's swing band but the newer retro-swingers
have also added an number of more recent influences as well. One of
the more noticable influences has to do with the faster beat rhythms
(much higher bpm (beats per minute)) which often have those lindy hoppers
working double-time to keep pace. Also a number of the recent bands
have sounds based/influenced on such modern styles as ska and punk which
also add to the faster swing rhythms. The retro-swing bands have also
embraced such styles as jump-swing (a more blues-based boogie woogie
sound), lounge swing (varying from Louis Prima's Vegas style to Les
Baxter's island style), New Orleans/Cajun, and traditional swing (Glen
Miller, Benny Goodman styles).
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