Big Bands International

This is the first CD by the Estonian band recorded in 2004 playing a lovely tribute to our very own BBC Dance Orchestra. The band consists of three trumpets, two trombones, five saxophones, three violins, piano, guitar, bass and drums, two female vocalists Kelli Uustani and Mariliina von Uexkull and leader Mart Sander who is the principal vocalist plus a vocal quartet. It’s all here, the clipped phrasing of the saxophone section, the smoothness of the band with all the nuances of the BBC Dance Orchestra on display and all the vocalists in perfect accord with the period.

There are no fireworks just lovingly played dance music of pre-war Britain. If you are a follower of Malcolm Laycock’s “The Dance Band Days” you will thoroughly enjoy this CD with its excellent playtime. It’s all superbly recorded and as a tribute to the BBC Dance Orchestra it succeeds admirably.

—Peter Green