Jan Savitt, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" 1941

It was a common practice for big bands to record updated versions of classical standards.  Though criticized by many jazz critics of the day as non-jazz novelties, I find this to be an enjoyable sub-genre of swing music.  The first example of this style on this blog comes to us courtesy of Jan Savitt, one of its finest purveyors.  This swinging arrangement of Paul Dukas's symphonic poem was penned by Jack Pleis.  It shows respect to the original without sacrificing the big swing sound.


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