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Title - 'Swing Masters - Vols 1 & 2'
Artist - Various

Michael-Anthony "Mooki" Taylor is a record producer of gospel/popular music. He has produced some of the biggest names in Christian music, including Stacie Orrico, toby mac, Out Of Eden, The Katinas, and ZOEgirl.

He is also the executive producer of the 'Swing Masters Series Volumes, 1, 2 and 3,' which include "Happy Birthday Lionel," (released in November) and "Benny Goodman: King Of Swing," (just released). Volume 3, which is a tribute to "Gene Krupa," and will be released in a month or so.

Lionel Hampton was born in April 1908 and was one of the seminal figures in the history of jazz. Famous as a colleague of Benny Goodman, he went on to become a bandleader in his own right and performed virtually until his death in 2002. The purpose of this album is not to merely imitate his music, but to capture its spirit.

To this end, four of the musicians on the album actually worked with Lionel Hampton, and brilliantly helped recreate the greatness of the music on this newly recorded project. Those musicians are John Bunch piano, Ken Peplowski clarinet, Warren Vache trumpet and Frank Vignola guitar, aka Swing Masters.

Vol. 2: Benny...King of Swing! is the next release in the newly recorded jazz/swing tribute series from Swing Masters. This edition represents the Benny Goodman danceable collection of music originally recorded by this jazz innovator. Goodman, who died in 1986, is still revered throughout the world as the most technically proficient jazz clarinetists of all times and 2009 marks the centennial of his birth.

His music ushered in the Swing era, he pioneered integrated bands in the 1930 s and his band was the first jazz band to play Carnegie Hall! Benny, who was dubbed King of Swing by one of his former band members Gene Krupa, played with such illustrious artists as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald.