Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Palomar, shalomar, Swanee shore, let me dig that jive once more...

I like the jazzier end of swing, so I’m not a big Glenn Miller fan. But I love the Nicholas Brothers on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and I’ve always loved Dorothy Dandridge’s bit, partly for the way it wonderfully finesses that racist “Pardon me, boy” line that begins the song.

On the other hand, the inimitable Cab Calloway and his band swung. Jumpin Jive” introduces one of the movies’ great dance sequences. Nicholas Brothers again, of course.

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