The Big Band Era was a period in music unlike any other that we have seen. And few performers of the era have shown lasting appeal the way that Glenn Miller has. In fact, it could easily be said that he defined the era like no other bandleader. Legacy Records new CD The Essential Glenn Miller just goes to prove what a tremendous influence Miller had on the music of his day.
Just like previous entries in Legacy’s Essentials series, this two disc collection captures the essence of Miller’s appeal. The 38 tracks contained in this collection include all of the bands best known hits such as “Moonlight Serenade”, “In the Mood”, “String of Pearls” and others. Also included are Miller’s takes on some familiar standards: “Blueberry Hill”. “At Last”, “When You Wish Upon a Star” and others.
A special bonus in this collection are eight tracks from Miller’s Army Air Force Band. When World War II broke out he stopped touring in 1942 to join the Army and assemble one of the most popular bands ever formed. He toured extensively entertaining troops until his plane disappeared in December 1944 while en route to France.
Listening to this collection makes it easier to understand why Miller and his band were so immensely popular. Their music continues to remain timeless. This collection is truly essential for anyone who loves jazz (and especially big band music).