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Charlie Barnet - Hop on the Skyliner!
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Decca Records DL 8098

Skyliner
Gulf Coast Blues
The Moose
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Oh! Miss Jaxson
Pow-Wow

Drop Me Off in Harlem
Shady Lady
The Great Lie
Strollin'
Xango
Smiles


One of the handsomest as well as one of the most colorful of modern jazz
maestros, Charlie Barnet was born in Manhattan. His family was wealthy and socially
prominent; Charlie was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. By the time
he was sixteen, he had exchanged the spoon for a saxophone. Still in his teens, he
organized a five-piece band, secured a spot on a transatlantic ocean liner and, after
establishing himself in the field, went South for a serious study of jazz in the place of
its origin, New Orleans. Back on the road, Charlie Barnet's interpretation of modern
jazz was revolutionary. The going was rough; he had to fight old routines and older
traditions. However, the young people were with him, and when Charlie appeared at
New York's Famous Door in 1939 he became an overnight sensation.

A veteran of two decades in the band business, Barnet is almost as well-known as
a discoverer of new talent as he is as a band leader. Among stars who have at one
time or another been members of his organizations are Lena Home, Dizzy Gillespie,
Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Kay Starr, Fran Warren, Neal Hefti, among others.

This album contains some of Charlie Barnet's most characteristic numbers, "Skyliner,"
"Drop Me Off In Harlem," and others are among the swing classics which have been
identified with Charlie Barnet and his justly famous organization.